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Tiles made by Malibu Ceramic Works greet visitors to Legacy Park. The city incorporated on March 28, 1991. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
9:27 am PDT March 26, 2021

With a City Hall brawl casting a shadow on the celebration that is Malibu at 30, you might be looking for a distraction from all the bickering.

The Malibu Surfside News has just what you need: the 30/30 Quiz, 30 questions about your favorite 30-year-old.

Phone a friend, poll the audience, ask an expert. Whatever you do to answer the questions pertaining to Malibu, which hits the milestone on March 28, this quiz promises to be serious fun without being too serious.

You’ll find the answers at the end. 

 

1. The gateway signs proclaim “21 Miles of Scenic Beauty,” but when they first went up and for decades after Malibu’s incorporation in 1991, the signs touted a scenic beauty stretching how many miles? 

  1. 25

  2. 35

  3. 27

  4. 37

 

2. In Miley Cyrus’ song “Malibu,” the protagonist’s wish is to:

  1. walk into the sunset

  2. swim away with the fish

  3. write the great American novel

  4. surf Zuma Beach

 

3. When she struck clay, Rhoda May Knight Rindge, founder of Malibu Potteries and widow of Frederick Hastings Rindge, was actually searching for:

  1. oil

  2. gold

  3. buried treasure

  4. diamonds

 

4. Her scandalous memoir “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again” was a best-seller in 1991. But the late Malibu resident Julia Phillips was also known for being the first:

  1. woman to be called a “celebrity chef”

  2. woman to serve as mayor of Malibu

  3. woman on the Malibu Colony homeowners association

  4. woman to win an Oscar as a producer

 

5. In 1991, the same year Malibu incorporated, Wolfgang Puck and ex-wife Barbara Lazarus opened this under-the-sea themed restaurant in Malibu Colony Plaza:

  1. Granita

  2. Spago

  3. Latigo

  4. Mr. Chow

 

6. In 2020, which alum of the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs” listed a Malibu home for $11.5 million?

  1. Jodie Foster

  2. Anthony Hopkins

  3. Frankie Faison

  4. Chris Isaak

 

7. Opening in the 1960s, this restaurant and motel brought a little tiki to Pacific Coast Highway:

  1. Trader Mal’s

  2. Malibu Lanai

  3. Island Hut

  4. Tonga Lei

 

8. Malibu’s median age is:

  1. 45.7

  2. 52.4

  3. 63.9

  4. 70.1

 

9. Malibu Creek State Park has played host to numerous on-the-ground TV and movie shoots, including which two of the following?

  1. “Planet of the Apes”

  2. “Two and a Half Men”

  3. “M*A*S*H”

  4. “Point Break”

 

10. An outdoor moment in this Nicholas Sparks movie was filmed at El Matador State Beach:

  1. “The Lucky One”

  2. “The Notebook”

  3. “Message in a Bottle”

  4. “The Longest Ride”

 

11. Most of Malibu Creek State Park landholdings were donated by:

  1. Jimmy Stewart

  2. Fred Astaire

  3. Johnny Carson

  4. Bob Hope

 

12. Spanning 67 miles and offering spectacular views from the mountains above Malibu, this is one of the longest continuous trails in Southern California:

  1.  Rattlesnake Trail

  2.  Backbone Trail

  3.  Kanan-Dume Trail

  4.  Skeleton Trail

 

13. Open to the public in 1934, Malibu Pier, an important part of Frederick Hastings Rindge’s Malibu Rancho, was originally built in:

  1. 1901

  2. 1921

  3. 1905

  4. 1899

 

14. Which singer named a child after Zuma Beach?

  1. Gwen Stefani

  2. Kelly Clarkson

  3. Katie Perry

  4. Lady Gaga

 

15. Malibu Barbie debuted in:

  1. 1961

  2. 1971

  3. 1981

  4. 1951

 

16. Malibu Ken released their eponymous debut hip hop album in:

  1. 1979

  2. 1984

  3. 2002

  4. 2019

 

17. The Barbie Malibu Dream House, a short-term rental that debuted as part of the 60th anniversary of its namesake doll, went for how much a night?

  1. $60,000

  2. $6,000

  3. $600

  4. $60

 

18. The property under the Adamson House went for how much per acre in 1892:

  1. $5

  2. $10

  3. $20

  4. $1,000

 

19. A 2007 fire destroyed this one-of-a-kind structure in the hills above the Civic Center area:

  1. The Downey A-frame

  2. The Atwater Bungalow

  3. The Hodges Castle

  4. The Getty Queen Anne

 

20. Located at the end of Malibu Pier, this iconic restaurant was named for a 1960s folk song:

  1. Ruby’s Diner

  2. Malibu Munchies

  3. Alice’s Restaurant

  4. Sea Lion

 

21. The Malibu Coast AVA was established in:

  1. 2014

  2. 2008

  3. 2000

  4. 1994

 

22. Angelyne got top billing in this “Malibu” movie:

  1. “Malibu Bikini Shop”

  2. “The Malibu Vampires”

  3. “Malibu Shark Attack”

  4. “Malibu’s Most Wanted”

 

23. For its contribution to the growth and development of surfing, Malibu found its way into:

  1. a Beach Boys song

  2. the National Register of Historic Places

  3. Surfer Magazine’s Hall of Fame

  4. the list of California Historical Landmarks

 

24. George Vancouver, the explorer who named Point Dume, authored this book:

  1. “Two Years Before the Mast”

  2. “Six Feet Below”

  3. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

  4. “Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World”

 

25. The name Malibu is derived from:

  1. the tall ship George Vancouver used to circumnavigate the globe

  2. the car from Chevrolet

  3. a Chumash word meaning “where the surf sounds loudly”

  4. a rare tree species in the Santa Monica Mountains

 

26. Walt Keller may have been the first duly elected mayor of the city of Malibu, but in the 1930s, this person had the distinction of being elected honorary “Mayor of Malibu Beach”:

  1. Upton Sinclair

  2. Edgar Rice Burroughs

  3. Truman Capote

  4. Dylan Thomas

 

27. A plaque at Hughes Research Laboratory commemorates this device from the 1960s, dubbed “the harbinger of a technological revolution that has forever changed the world”:

  1. light emitting diode

  2. first Betamax camcorder

  3. microwave oven

  4. first working laser

 

28. Legacy Park is a multi-benefit project intended to provide passive recreation and:

  1. alternative sleeping options for the homeless

  2. an off-leash dog park

  3. an “environmental cleaning machine” that captures stormwater and urban runoff for treatment

  4. a “protest zone” away from City Hall

 

29. Disney California Adventure Park opened in 2001 with this ride inspired by Malibu:

  1. Vroom-a-Zuma

  2. Pacific Coast Flyway

  3. Point Doom

  4. Maliboomer

 

30. A Paradise Cove home once owned by Kenny Rogers hit the market last year for a record $125 million. What sets it apart from other cliffside dwellings is the:

  1. private pier

  2. funicular to the beach

  3. wine cave

  4. subterranean screening room

 

 

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