Tell Me Something: Kevin Larrow, founder of traveling trivia night

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Kevin Larrow of Waterford is the founder of TriviAcademy, a team-based trivia game that has fanned out to several bars and pubs in the region. Larrow is a Holyoke, Mass native but after meeting his wife Jennifer at Gettysburg College, he moved with her to Connecticut in 2006. Inspiration for TriviAcademy draws on Larrow’s extensive work in area schools. He calls it a “one-night, back-to-school whirlwind of social studies, movies, television, literature, and science all tied together with plenty of music and laughter.” TriviAcademy is held weekly at half a dozen venues: Tuesdays at The Black Sheep in Niantic, the Old Lyme Inn in Old Lyme, and The Brazen Hen in Westerly; Wednesdays at The Harp and Hound in Mystic and On the Rocks at Fox Hopyard Golf Course in East Haddam; and Thursdays at Margarita’s in Mystic.

Say you have a modern-day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?

Johnny Cash and my lovely wife Jennifer, of course.

What's your favorite sandwich?

Buffalo chicken wrap.

You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?

Madame Tussaud’s (wax museums).

What’s your favorite word in a language other than English?

Pinot Grigio.

What’s your favorite TriviAcademy team name you’ve heard?

I’m usually a bit ashamed to read some aloud; you can find them on our Facebook page. The really good ones are usually a play on words like “E=MC Hammered,” nostalgic like “Slater’s Mullet,” or bits of insight like “Emo Grass Cuts Itself.” There are also jokes at someone else’s expense, frequently my own expense.

Who played at your first live concert?

Dave Matthews Band.

Sorry to have to tell you this, but an asteroid is going to wipe out all humanity next week. So, what’s your last meal and who is coming to dinner?

The menu will include extra-spicy chicken fajitas and margaritas. The guest list will include the 2004 Boston Red Sox, Jon Stewart, and the cast from “Armageddon.”

Other than your smartphone, name an item you can’t live without:

My bird feeders.

Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:

Cable television.

You’re a DJ at club. What’s the night’s last song?

At a school dance, then it has to be “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

At a club, then it’s “We Built this City” by Starship.

At TriviAcademy it’s always Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World.”

What’s the last television shows you binge-watched?

“Dexter.”

What poem have you read more than any other?

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.

If you present day you could give advice to younger you, what would it be?

Smart is sexy. Study Spanish, not French. Don’t be in such a hurry. Nothing comes all at once.

Last book you couldn’t put down:

“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Other than yourself who would be your dream TriviAcademy host?

We’re already blessed with very talented teams of hosts. However, if I were to add few more: Shawn and Gus from “Psych,” Bret and Jemaine from “Flight of the Concords,” or Marc Summers and Robin.

What’s a word you can never spell correctly on the first try?

Renaissance.

Which movie, television show or theatrical production most accurately depicts life as a TriviAcademy host?

The game begins like “The Wonder Years” but usually ends up like “Animal House.”

Coffee or tea?

I’m a teacher, definitely coffee. The stronger the better.

Saturday night or Sunday morning?

Sunday morning.

Anagrams or palindromes?

The one where you take two separate words and combine them using a shared letter (like Trivia and Academy).

What is your pet peeve?

People who try to cheat at TriviAcademy. If you see something say something.

What historical event would you like to have witnessed?

The Gettysburg Address

What is your favorite place in Connecticut to recharge and/or find serenity?

If I’m on foot then its Rocky Neck State Park. However, I’d rather be anywhere on my kayak.

Who alive today do you most admire?

Nurses, teachers, and Elizabeth Warren.

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