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Column: Take this quiz on the week's top business quotes

Up on business news? Up on who said what about business? Show me what you have. Got all nine out of nine? (Even No. 8?) Take a deep bow. Then go treat your mom to a great meal.

1. "It's Simpsons overload." Who said it?

a) Fox TV owner Rupert Murdoch on the upcoming Simpsons TV marathon.

b) Universal Orlando spokesman Michael Lewellen about the new Simpsons-themed ride.

c) Simpsons creator Matt Groening on the commercialization of his animated cartoon.

2. "There will be a tipping point where Tampa becomes a superstar city." Who said it?

a) Lawrence Yun, National Associaton of Realtors chief economist, in Tampa.

b) John McCain, Republican presidential candidate, in Tampa.

c) Richard Florida, regional economist and author of the new book Who's Your City?

3. "Volatile and normal weather and lower than expected customer and usage growth in Florida affected our retail revenues. … We expect lower revenue growth in Florida for the balance of 2008." Who said it?

a) TECO Energy CEO Sherrill Hudson.

b) MarineMax CEO Bill McGill.

c) Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson.

4. "The supervisory deficiencies here permitted the firm's trader to perpetrate a scheme that allowed him to benefit at the expense of the firm's customers." Who said it?

a) Susan Merrill with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, on Tampa brokerage firm GunnAllenn.

b) SEC chairman Christopher Cox on St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial.

c) Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink on Bank of America activities in the state.

5. "The era of the truck-based large SUVs is over." Who said it?

a) Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Co., addressing a new emphasis on smaller vehicles.

b) Michael Jackson, CEO of Fort Lauderdale auto relating giant AutoNation.

c) Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in remarks on the green movement.

6. "I've never done this well, this fast." Who said it?

a) Stu Sternberg, Tampa Bay Rays, on his team playing over .500 baseball.

b) Michael Tokarz, chairman of Tampa's Walter Industries, on the company's huge stock increase.

c) Bubba the Love Sponge Clem on his rise to No. 1 in Tampa Bay radio ratings.

7. "Our preference would have been to re-elect the slate that we proposed." Who said it?

a) Media General/Tampa Tribune CEO Marshall N. Morton on three dissident directors being elected to the company's board in April.

b) CSX CEO Michael Ward on the Jacksonville proxy fight at this year's annual shareholder's meeting.

c) Clearwater CEO Bob Dutkowsky of Tech Data on new challenges to the corporate board's makeup.

8. “We want to get the Floridians up here and out of the heat." Who said it?

a) Richard Lutovsky, CEO, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

b) Steve Cook, Vermont deputy commissioner of tourism and marketing.

c) Michele McKenzie, CEO, Canadian Tourist Commission.

9. "An awful lot of people are coming just to have fun." Who said it?

a) Frank Supovitz, NFL senior vice president of events, on Super Bowl XLIII coming next year to Tampa.

b) Paul Catoe, Tampa Bay & Co. CEO, on a new campaign for the summer tourist season.

c) Bud Nocera, CEO of Visit Florida, on in-state ad programs aimed at Floridians.

Robert Trigaux can be reached at

Answers: 1-b, 2-a, 3-c, 4-a, 5-b, 6-c, 7-a, 8-b, 9-a

Column: Take this quiz on the week's top business quotes 05/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2008 10:08am]
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