Up your nose with a rubber hose: The Welcome Back, Kotter quiz

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"Ooh, ooh, Mister Kotter!" How much do you remember about the former Sweathog, Gabe Kotter, and his class of inner-city troublemakers? "Signed, Epstein's mother."

What fictional high school is the home of the Sweathogs?

It's based on the real New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, but fictional James Buchanan High is home to the Sweathogs.

What was Gabe Kotter's wife's name?

Marcia Strassman played the role of Julie Kotter.

Whose stand-up comedy routine was the inspiration for the series?

Gabe Kaplan based the Gabe Kotter character on his stand-up comedy, which included stories about growing up in Brooklyn.

Who was considered the ladies' man of the group?

Even if he's the only one who thinks it, it's Barbarino who's considered the ladies' man of the group.

Which character was made into an action figure?

In 1976, Mattel sold 9-inch action figures of Vinnie Barbarino, Arnold Horshack, Juan Epstein and Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington, as well as Gabe Kotter.

Who had everyone saying, "Up your nose with a rubber hose"?

Vinnie Barbarino, that's who. He also liked to say, "I'm so confused!"

What number is the Sweathogs' homeroom?

Gabe Kotter's classroom -- the Sweathogs' homeroom -- is classroom No. 11.

What subject does Gabe Kotter teach?

Kotter teaches Social Studies. The Sweathogs really aren't interested!

What was Julie Kotter's "world famous" casserole?

While the world might not have known it, Julie Kotter will tell you she makes a "world famous tuna casserole."

Gabe Kaplan was one of two creators of the show. Who was the show's co-creator?

Gabe Kaplan and Alan Sacks were co-creators of the show. Sacks also has many TV movie producer credits.

Who wrote and recorded the theme song, "Welcome Back"?

Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian wrote and recorded the show's theme song, "Welcome Back." The band is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for songs including "Summer in the City" and "Do You Believe in Magic."

What was "Welcome Back, Kotter," originally going to be called?

We know it as "Welcome Back, Kotter," rather than its original name, "Kotter." It was renamed after the theme song, "Welcome Back."

When asked to draw his favorite thing, what does Vinnie Barbarino draw?

While the other Sweathogs draw girls and burgers (and heartburn), Vinnie draws a picture of himself.

According to Arnold Horshack, what does the Horshack name mean?

Horshack, according to Arnold, is "a very old and respected name. It means 'the cattle are dying.'"

What was Epstein's full name?

Epstein's first name was Juan. But his full name was Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein.

Who plays Horshack's mother, Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara?

John's sister, Ellen Travolta, plays the role of Arnold Horshack's mother, Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara.

Who guest-starred as drama coach Alex Welles during the first season?

While all of these actors appeared on the show, James Woods played the character Alex Welles.

During an interview with "People" magazine, which cast member expressed great displeasure about working on the series and with Gabe Kaplan?

Marcia Strassman, who played Julie Kotter, was outspoken about her dissatisfaction working on the show, and her dislike for co-creator and actor Gabe Kaplan. She tried to break her five-year contract and missed out on some movie roles.

Which Emmy-award winner wrote the episode in which Horshack faces Carvelli in a boxing match?

Garry Shandling wrote the episode - it was called "Horshack vs. Carvelli." He also wrote four episodes of "Sanford and Son."

Which city's ABC affiliate decided not to pick up the show when it premiered, citing racial tensions?

Boston residents missed the first four episodes. The city's ABC affiliate station decided not to air the series because of racial tension in the city at the time. After seeing the show, though, they lifted the ban.

According to Beau, who was introduced in the final season, a real man never steps on what?

As Beau will tell you, a real man never steps on a pregnant alligator.

What were the names of Gabe and Julie's twin girls?

Gabe and Julie's twin girls were named Rachel and Robin.

Which comedian did Gabe Kotter impersonate in many of the episodes?

Famously a fan of the comedian, Kaplan impersonated Groucho Marx every chance he got.

Who was the first woman to "officially" become a Sweathog?

Melonie Haller played the first female Sweathog, "Angie Globagoski," introduced in season 3.

What was the name of the WBAD radio DJ character George Carlin played during his guest appearance on the show?

Wally "The Wow" Wechsel, a former Sweathog, was played by George Carlin. Fred Grandy, known for his role as Gopher on "The Love Boat," also made a guest appearance, as Wally's engineer,

Where was Julie Kotter, Gabe's wife, originally from?

Julie Kotter was originally from Nebraska. When her sister visits Julie and Gabe, she develops a crush on Sweathog Epstein.

What "Kotter" spin-off lasted just 5 episodes?

The 1976 spin-off, "Mr. T and Tina," starring Pat Morita, aired for just 6 episodes in 1976.

What movie did John Travolta appear in during his time as a Sweathog?

During his time as Vinnie Barbarino, John Travolta appeared in "Carrie," "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever." He also starred in a TV movie, "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble."

John Travolta wasn't the only emerging movie star. What did Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington) appear in while he also starred on "Welcome Back, Kotter"?

In 1977, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs appeared in the mini-series, "Roots," while also starring on "Welcome Back, Kotter."

During the final season, Gabe Kotter leaves the classroom for what other position in the school?

During the final season of the show, Kotter becomes the school's vice principal. He spends much less time, if any, in classroom No. 11.

How high did the show's theme song, "Welcome Back," get on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

The theme from "Welcome Back, Kotter" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in 1976.

On which animated sitcom does one of the Sweathogs appear as a sperm donor?

One of the Sweathogs - not Horshack - is listed in the Springfield Sperm Bank's 101 Frozen Pops catalog, on "The Simpsons."

Which "Charlie's Angels" actress did not audition for the role of Julie Kotter?

Jaclyn Smith did not audition for the role of Kotter's wife, Julie. She is the only actress who remained with "Charlie's Angels" for its entire television run.

Which Sweathog went on to sing background vocals on Rick James' "Super Freak"?

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, the actor who played Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, sang background vocals on Rick James' album "Street Songs," which includes "Super Freak."

What did Gabe Kaplan title his comedy album about a group of high school kids called the Sweathogs?

In 1974, Gabe Kaplan recorded an album called "Holes And Mello-Rolls," about a gang of high-school kids called the Sweathogs.

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