The deadline for my "How Well Do You Know Hawai'i?" quiz has passed, and the two top scorers are Allison Nowlan and JohnnyK. As promised, each will receive a handcrafted CD of tunes by Bette Midler, the answer to question 3, within ten snail-mailing days of receipt of their mailing addresses to email@example.com.
The answers: 1. "Magnum P.I." 2. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 3. Bette Midler. 4. Australian. 5. America Online, eBay. 6. One-quarter. 7. coffee. 8. U.S. Senate. 9. Honolulu. 10. surfing.
For the purposes of this blog, the inception of the Great Recession in the U.S., the epicentre of the crisis, is taken as the start date for the global slump. The U.S. has been in recession since December 2007.