The winners of our “Where Were You In 2009?” quiz

By Armond Noble
This item appears on page 77 of the July 2010 issue.

Aroll of the drums! A blare of the trumpets! It’s time to announce the winners of our “Where Were You In 2009?” quiz.

Lifetime Subscription to ITN: Neil Johnson, San Jose, CA; three-year subscription to ITN: Fern Malila, Oakton, V A; $50 Magellan’ s Travel Supplies gift certificate: Janet Ellis, Plano, TX; two-year ITN subscription: Dorothy Morris, Honolulu, HI; ITN wristwatch: Russ Crum, Canton, MI; one-year ITN subscription: Kathy Wilhelm, Cary, NC; an ITN hat: Arlene Lichtenstein, Commack, NY; ITN’s book “Best of Britain”: Janet Harms, Encino, CA; ITN’ s book “Best of Italy”: Priscilla Hawk, Westport, CT; a one-year ITN subscription to be given as a gift to the person of their choosing: Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ. Next, when said recipient sends in for a travel achievement certificate (Globetrotter, World Traveler, etc.), there will be NO charge: Laura London, Lexington, MA.

In addition, 35 entries will be randomly chosen to receive a one-issue extension of their subscription.

Well, maybe it’ s the Christmas Spirit come early or I’m getting old or (most likely) I was just so taken with all the nice comments about ITN that readers sent in with their entries that. . . we’re going to have a second round of prizes!

Lifetime Subscription to ITN: Terrence Cummings, Lincolnshire, IL; three-year subscription to ITN: Dan Byrne, Brighton, MI; $50 Magellan’ s Travel Supplies gift certificate: Irvin Smith, Missouri City, TX; two-year ITN subscription: June Rollins, St. Charles, IL; ITN wristwatch: Eileen Lavine, Bethesda, MD; one-year ITN subscription: Connie Doty, Orinda, CA; ITN hat: Milton Lilie, Rye, NY; ITN’s book “Best of Britain”: Arne Pedersen, Little Silver, NJ; ITN’ s book “Best of Italy”: Michael Licamele, Easton, CT; a one-year ITN subscription to be given as a gift to a person of their choice: Paul Simon, Villa Park, CA. Next, when said recipient sends in for a travel award (Six Continents, Quarto Mondo, Phileas Fogg, etc.), there will be NO charge: Diane Vigilante, Fair Haven, NJ.

About 90% of our entries came in via e-mail, so about 10% spent 44¢ each to enter. So we picked out one letter entry to receive 10 times what they spent. A check for $4.40 goes to Carl Amundsen, Morristown, NJ.

Now, as a special treat for all those who read all that all the way through, here’ s another game. With prizes! Did you go on a cruise in 2009? If so, what was the name of your ship and the name of the cruise line? E-mail your answer to or write to “2009 Cruise,” c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818-1910. Note: you must also include your ZIP code. Because that’s how we keep our subscriber file. And we need your ZIP to find you to mail the prizes. Deadline for entry is August 13.

Where did your fellow ITN readers go in 2009? Here’s where (margin of error 5.4%):

1. UK 2. Mexico 3. Germany, Italy 5. France 6. Spain 7. Canada 8. Cambodia 9. Egypt, Vietnam, 11. Costa Rica, Turkey 13. Thailand 14. Argentina, Belize, South Africa 17. Chile, Ireland 19. Austria, Netherlands 21. Jordan, Switzerland 23. Australia, India, Panama, Peru 27. Greece, Guatemala, Tunisia 30. Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Portugal 34. China, Laos, Russia 37. Croatia, Czech Republic, Israel, Laos 41. Bahamas, Brazil, Morocco, Poland 45. Barbados, Belgium, Ecuador, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand 51. Colombia, Jamaica, UAE 54. Antigua, Botswana, El Salvador, Malaysia, Mali, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia 62. Bulgaria, Burma, Kenya, Malta, Monaco, Senegal, Zimbabwe 69. Dominican Republic, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Haiti, Romania, Sweden, Uruguay 77. Albania, Bhutan, Denmark, Dominica, Gambia, Grenada, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nepal, Oman, St. Lucia, Tanzania, 91. Bahrain, Bosnia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Syria, Trinidad & Tobago, Uzbekistan, Zambia 106. Afghanistan, Arme- nia, Belarus, Benin, Cape V erde, Georgia, Ghana, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Micronesia, Mozambique, Qatar, St. Kitts, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu and, all tied at the end, 126. Andorra, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cuba, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Guyana, Libya, Macedonia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tonga. 148 nations!

There also were these entities: 1. Cayman Islands 2. Antarctica, Galápagos, Hong Kong 5. French Polynesia 6. Falklands 7. St. Barts 8. Greenland 9. British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, St. Maarten 12. Bermuda, Easter Island, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Madeira, St. Martin, Turks & Caicos 19. Aruba, Azores, Canary Islands, French Guyana, Majorca, Okinawa and 25. Corsica, Cook Islands, Grenadines, Macao, Majorca, Réunion, South Georgia, Zanzibar.