Curator Knows Best: zalkon2004

(Last Updated On: March 22, 2017)


Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats Ho!

When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.

This week we feature zalkon2004, curator for the Star Trek subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Its been so long, about nine years…Well, as best as I can remember, it all started in a basement gambling den. I was deeply in debt (we’re talking high five figures here) to a fisherman-turned-gambling godfather who ran his enterprise down by the wharf. I personally never met him and only knew of him by a moniker that I won’t reveal here. Just know that it was ‘fishy’ in nature. (I discovered during my time in this particular underworld there is no shortage of fish related puns.) One day I was told to meet an associate of said “fishy man” whom I’d dealt with numerous times named Joey “No Toes”. I don’t actually know if he did not have any toes – it always seemed inappropriate to ask him to take off his shoes. Among the many fascinating interests of Joey’s, apart from what you might imagine, was trivia. He was a bit of a nut. He was also quite the raconteur and he started telling me stories about a trivia site he and his buddies would often visit. It was called Sporcle. (He thought it was a funny name and pronounced it with a high-pitched and elongated ‘Spooor’ sound. Sort of like Curly from The Three Stooges.) They took delight in playing the Sports quizzes. They found many of the answers to those quizzes humorous. Something about “lots of action” and “crooked refs”–I didn’t ask questions. Anyway, after our meeting, and after performing a few tasks which I have a hard time recalling the details of, I was fortunately able to clear up the debt, extricate myself from the abyss and immerse myself in a life of mentally stimulating diversions. And I have a mobster who may or may not have had toes to thank for it.

Or I could have clicked a link to a sports quiz on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie basketball blog. Like I said, it was a long time ago.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was 10, so I grew up watching “The Next Generation”. I loved the universe, the thoughtfulness of the stories and the characters (TNG will always be my first love and Picard my favorite character but DS9 has become my favorite series.) I waited about 3 years for the subcategory to open up. By that time I had already been a curator for four other subcategories – Missing Word, Actor, Movie Resume, and Discovery. When I saw that the post had been vacated I applied immediately.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
There are many but my favorite bit of Star Trek trivia is the story Nichelle Nichols, who plays Uhura, tells about how Martin Luther King Jr. talked her into staying on the show when she was thinking of leaving.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
My all-time favorite quiz is Star Trek: TNG Episodes. When I was getting into Star Trek I started memorizing the episode titles. I also like Star Trek Characters by Appearances & Muhammad Ali or Captain KirkStar Trek Blitz is also very good- in its unpublished form it was presented with an audio file playing classic Trek battle music!

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
There are a number I like so I’ll list a few. For those that like episode titles, the descriptions of plots in Star Trek: TOS Season 1 Episodes by Hint really show how strange some storylines were. You can’t go wrong quoting Picard, as proved by Patrick Stewart Quotes: Professor X or Picard? And I have a fondness for Star Trek: Doctor’s Diagnosis by EzrianBashiraxStar Trek: 12-1 Civilization!! is another quiz I like and joeflint82 has a pretty good trivia series focused on DS9 & Voyager, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine A-Z (Easiest). The reference and picture in How Many Lights Did Picard See? made me laugh when I first played it!

In Star Trek you can’t go wrong playing quizzes by WillieG, scole9179, or william2.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Ugh, fine, I’ll admit it… I like Dancing with the Stars. I was sick in 2010 and started watching it by accident and got hooked. I think I’ve “reported” Dancing with the Stars Contestants for an update like three times over the years. I also love the Letters in History series by wiggytitch. I also really enjoyed the quizzes in the NBA by First Name series by caramba and feel it deserves more attention from NBA fans.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Back in the early days of Groups a small group of us Star Trek fans had a nice little group going, I miss that. Now I pretty much just check in daily on the Recent Discussions page to read some of the threads and keep abreast of what people are chatting about.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Assuming you’re not Betazoid, and therefore not telepathic, you can use Sporcle Messages.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I’ve said it before elsewhere, but sbme makes really enjoyable music clip quizzes. Every time one gets published I’m happy to see it. I also think beisaa puts out a lot of quality work. I like when LisaSimpsonOH gets published, always creative.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Don’t really have a favorite for either so I’ll use this poem I’ve had hanging up in the house for years:
It’s not my place
to run the train,
the whistle
I can’t blow.

It’s not my place
to say how far
the train’s allowed
to go.

It’s not my place
to shoot off steam,
nor even clang
the bell.

But let the damn thing
jump the tracks
and see who catches hell.

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Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.