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South Park DJ hopes 33-hour quiz marathon earns him Guinness record

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Disc jockey and trivia host Jason Hinkledire of South Park entertains the crowd on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the Dead Horse Cantina & Music Hall in McKees Rocks.
Disc jockey and trivia Host Jason Hinkledire of South Park entertains the crowd on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in the Dead Horse Cantina & Music Hall in McKees Rocks.

Jason Hinkledire hopes the Guinness Book of World Records will declare him the world's greatest marathon quizmaster.

The professional disc jockey and South Park resident tested the knowledge of more than 100 people at a trivia contest that ran for 33 hours, 9 minutes on April 11 and 12 in Viola's restaurant and tavern in Moon.

Hinkledire said he believes Guinness officials will certify that his effort surpassed the previous record, a quiz marathon that ran for 32 hours, 15 minutes in 2003 in the United Kingdom.

“I have served as quizmaster for numerous area trivia competitions, and I was confident I had the ability to set a new world record,” said Hinkledire, 39. Guinness representatives couldn't be reached for comment.

Hinkledire, a professional disc jockey for about 15 years, organized the marathon through Hinkledire Entertainment, a firm he runs with his wife, Janice.

The toughest part of the trivia marathon was to stay on task.

“Guinness rules required I ask a trivia question every minute,” he said.

“I enjoy listening to the banter between the teams, and bantering with the teams myself, but I couldn't allow that to sidetrack me from staying on schedule.”

Janice Hinkledire provided critical support.

“Making sure all the requirements of Guinness were met was very challenging,” she said, and much planning was needed.

“Jason's original goal was to go for over 33 hours, so over 1,900 trivia questions had to be ready. That's a lot of research,” she said.

The Wise Guys, the winning team, was impressed with the event that started at noon April 11, team member Robert Simoni of Center said.

“During the marathon, Jason had an excellent variety of easy and hard questions,” he said. “But by the time it got to be 2 a.m. I was hitting a wall. I needed some strong coffee to keep me going.”

Fellow Wise Guy Bob Ziomek, a Western Pennsylvania native who lives in Orlando, agreed the event was physically challenging.

“All that sitting really started to get to me,” he said.

The Guinness Book of World Records website said the organization receives an average of 1,000 applications a week from those seeking to set a record.

Guinness stresses that efforts be carefully documented, so its “adjudicators” can determine whether a record was set. Confirming whether a prior record was broken could take up to six weeks, and thoroughly investigating a claim of a new type of record can take 12 weeks, the website said.

The Hinkledires' trivia marathon also served as a fundraiser.

More than $1,300 raised through registration fees, an auction and raffle will benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, Janice Hinkledire said.

“A lot of people came together so that Jason could become the best marathon quizmaster,” she said.

Andrew Leheny is a freelance writer.

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