Trivia Techi

Clark Taylor at times puts his engineering degree to work as he hosts trivia nights at The Jolly Scholar. 

Clark Taylor, ’17, the Jolly Scholar’s new trivia king, expands the repertoire


You may know that a Richter scale measures the size of earthquakes, but can you guess what a Saffir-Simpson scale measures?

If you said hurricanes, you would have felt right at home at The Jolly Scholar May 2nd. The Case Alumni Association hosted a special trivia contest at the campus brewpub as part of the Senior Send-off celebration. Clark Taylor, the show’s energetic host, shaped the questions for engineering and science majors.

Taylor, ’17, was happy to do it. He graduated last spring from the Case School of Engineering with a degree in computer science. He’s been holding off on a career decision while waiting tables at the Jolly and co-hosting its popular Tuesday Night Trivia games. Now he’ moving up. Longtime co-host Erik Miller, PhD, is stepping away to focus on brewing beer, and Taylor will take over the show.

Look for the repertoire to expand.

“I’m excited. I’m going to try to change the format—just kind of mix things up,” Taylor said.

The 23-year-old Jeopardy buff from Kensington, Maryland, brings a passion for technology and engineering to his new role as campus trivia king. Taylor has twice now staged trivia nights designed for engineering majors, in addition to one tailored for law students. He’s open to more themed nights, he said, and he would like to make the games more interactive--in synch with his personality.

He’s a bearded young man who wears his ball cap with the bill up as he stalks the pub like a lounge singer, microphone in hand, asking questions that beg for a little thought and sometimes imagination.

 “I don’t want people to feel like they’re taking a test,” Taylor explained. “I want it to be interesting but I want it to be fun.”

He also hosts a weekly trivia night for Cleveland State University students at Burgers 2 Beer, but that’s a different audience.

“We can’t ask too many sports questions here,” he said. “It’s Case. You have to know your crowd.”

He can ask Case teams to name the early Internet domain names, and spark feverish discussion.

See how you do with a few queries from his engineering portfolio. No Googling, but you can consult teammates.

  1. In 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message, “What hath God wrought?” between which two U.S. cities?

  2. Howard Wolowitz is the only one of the four main male characters on The Big Bang Theory lacking a PhD. In what field did he attain his lowly master’s degree?

  3. The Three Laws of Robotics were first introduced by this renowned science fiction writer.

  4. What does BTU stand for and what does it measure?

  5. When the Internet was new, there were only a handful of top-level domain names, including .com. Can you name five more?


Answers: 1. Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; 2. aerospace engineering; 3. Isaac Asimov; 4. British Thermal Units measure heat; 5. .org, .net, .edu, .gov., .mil.