Jim Oliva announces Trivia 50 will be one of his last contests
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Local trivia legend Jim Oliva announced on late Sunday night that he is on his way out of the world’s largest trivia contest.
In a heartfelt commentary before the final question of the 54th hour, the longtime contest organizer announced that he is looking to soon ride off into the sunset. While this will not be his final year, he told the radio audience that he will aim to fully hand the contest over in 2-3 years.
“I joke about my age and that I’m healthy as a horse, and I am, and I’d really like to be able to not work and do all of this until the day I die,” explained Oliva in his 90FM announcement. “I’d like to take some opportunities to see the country and see the world.”
Oliva took the contest over in 1979 after being passed the torch by founder Tim Donovan. In that time, Oliva has witnessed the speedy growth of the contest, reaching out to over 10,000 players annually. While many has shown appreciation for “The Oz” over the years for his work, he remains humble, and gives a lot of the credit back to the students and community.
“It’s me that thanks you for allowing a crazy lousy d— from Chicago that gets to have fun all year and work as a teacher with all of these hundreds and hundreds of kids that I’ve worked with over the last 41 years.” said Oliva. “They’re amazing.”
“They [students] love this place, pretty much like I do.”
Oliva and John Eckendorf will continue to write the contest until it will eventually be taken over by David Coulthurst, who is a longtime trivia player and captain of the Beer Pigs team. He is currently a Communications Supervisor at Sentry. Oliva described Coulthurst as an “excellent” human being.
Coulthurst will pick his own partner to write future questions with.
“He’ll be working with me starting as soon as I stop crying, and he’ll be taking over.” said Oliva.
For more information on Trivia 50, and trivia history, check out the official website at http://www.90fmtrivia.org/