All in all, 1990 was a newsy year in Utah County, filled with headlines about politics, the environment, personal strife and business fortune. Here's a test to see how well you recall tidbits of information sprinkled throughout the news from Utah County during 1990:

1. When was the first major group of Utah County residents called to active duty as part of Operation Deseret Shield and what technical ability do members of the group have?2. What did Brigham Young University football coach LaVell Edwards say was the greatest thing about Ty Detmer during the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award ceremonies in New York in December?

3. What was the number Provo residents were asked to call last March to test the new enhanced 911 emergency phone system?

4. Who is the space education center at Central Elementary School in Pleasant Grove named after?

5. In the '50s Beep-Bop was the rage. In 1990 in Utah County it was "QBOP." What does the acronym "Q-BOP" stand for?

6. What Utah County-based company's stock is regarded as the best bet in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report?

7. Democrat Bill Orton campaigned non-stop in his bid for Utah's 3rd District Congressional seat last November, and his hard work paid off in a stunning upset victory over Republican Karl Snow. Orton has always been a hard worker. What did he do as a teenager to earn spending money?

8. What list did both Ty Detmer and Robert Redford make in 1990?

9. What did the American Civil Liberties Union contend last year that junior and senior students and faculty members in the Alpine School District were being forced to do?

10. Provo and Orem also made someone's list this year. Whose list was it and what rank did the cities garner?

11. Who is Sam Rushforth?

12. What did Orem City buy for $1.16 million in September?


1. The 120th Quartermaster Detachment of the Utah National Guard, whose 14 members live in or near American Fork, was called to active duty on Aug. 24. Members of the unit specialize in water purification.

2. Edwards said: "Of all the great things I can say about Ty Detmer, the greatest is that he has a year left of eligibility."

3. 811. The enhanced 911 emergency system, which provides police dispatchers with a computer terminal display of the address and telephone number of the caller, began operating April 1.

4. Central Elementary's space education center is named after former teacher Christa McAuliffe, who died during the space shuttle Challenger explosion. The space center provides pupils with hands-on experience in space flight and related science subjects.

5. "Q-BOP" stands for Quille Basic Oxygen Process. Geneva Steel is installing two Q-BOPs to replace its open hearth facilities. The word "quille" means fountain and indicates that air enters the oxygen furnace from the bottom.

6. In its special investment guide issued in December, U.S. News and World Report rated Novell Inc.'s stock the top performer of 200 stocks and mutual funds.

7. Orton, who grew up in North Ogden, used to milk cows every morning while he was in high school to earn spending money.

8. Manwatchers Inc. named Detmer and Redford to their list of "Most Watchable men for 1990." Men on the list were cited for

"being examples of men who enhance our lives not only by performance and appearance (but) who sometimes use their celebrity status to influence events in the country."

9. Pray. The ACLU filed suit in July against the Alpine and Granite school districts for allowing use of prayers before and after school activities such as graduations, athletic, drama and other events.

10. Provo and Orem came in 11th on Money Magazine's 4th annual "The Best Place to Live Survey" released in August. In 1989, the two cities ranked as the 61st best places to live in the country.

11. Rushforth is the co-chairman and co-founder of the Utah County Clean Air Coalition, a member of the Provo Canyon Parkway Committee, spokesman for the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance, a member of the Utah County chapter of the Sierra Club and a botany professor at Brigham Young University.

12. Orem bought Scera Park for $1.16 million from SCERA (Sharon Cultural Educational and Recreational Association) in September. The 20-acre park, located at 700 S. State St. in Orem, includes an outdoor amphitheater, two pavilions and two playgrounds. SCERA, a 50-year-old non-profit community organization, will use proceeds from the sale for a 15,000-square-foot addition to the Scera Theater, which will be used as an arts center.