There has been some discussion on research for writers lately and I agree, it is important to check your facts when mentioning historical events. If I am writing a story set in the past I like to mention TV programmes of the time, politicians who were in the news, pop bands and sporting events etc. I think it helps to set the scene. My biggest problem, however, is getting sidetracked by interesting pieces of information while I'm supposed to be checking dates and places. As a result I have accumulated quite a bit of trivia knowledge which I'd like to share with you.
If you have any spare time (and who hasn't at the moment?) please feel free to add your own.
Here are just a few examples:
The 1950s Robin Hood television series starring Richard Greene was created by US scriptwriters who could not write for American programmes due to them being blacklisted because of their left-wing views.
Although The Saint TV programme starring Roger Moore was set in the 1960s, the character was created by author Leslie Charteris in 1928. If you are watching the re-runs on Freeview you might notice that not only does Charteris get recognition as a scriptwriter he is also given credit for the theme tune. Charteris set up residence in the USA but was not allowed citizenship because his father was Chinese.
When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made the first of his three visits to meet with Hitler in Germany in September 1938 this was the first time he had flown.
Hero of the 1966 Word Cup Final, Geoff Hurst, had also played professional cricket. He played one game for Essex in 1962. He scored no runs, did not bowl but took one catch.
I look forward to whiling away an hour or two reading your contributions.