Know Your City!: Aug 8, 2022

August 5, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Name the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives that attended Xavier University in Cincinnati. What is the name of the bar and grill on Third Street, directly across from Paul Brown Stadium, that is destination #1 for Bengals and Reds fans that are not at the game? This historic hotel, across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, offers four-star luxury in its 114 guestrooms and gourmet dining at Coppin’s, one of the best restaurants in the area. What is its name? And here are the answers: John Boehner. Former Speaker Boehner, […]

Know Your City! — July 25, 2022

July 25, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Who is the media mogul, born in Cincinnati, who started television networks CNN and TBS? What is the name of the baseball movie, filmed in Cincinnati, that presents the story of the notorious “Black Sox” scandal of 1919? What Cincinnati museum was opened by Tod Swormstedt in 2005?   And here are the answers: Ted Turner. Born in Cincinnati in 1938, Robert Edward “Ted” Turner is known around the world as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, sportsman and environmentalist. After his family relocated to Savannah, GA, Turner adopted the mannerisms of a Southern gentleman and […]

Know Your City! — July 11, 2022

July 10, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the iconic downtown Cincinnati diner that has been serving the city since 1956? In Newport, KY, just across the river from Cincinnati, there is a mansion built in 1814 that later became an infamous live music venue. What was it called? 1960’s era radical and social activist Jerry Rubin attended this Cincinnati high school, as did jazz musician Fred Hersch and football greats Darren Anderson and Dick Gordon. What high school is it? And here are the answers: Hathaway’s. Hathaway’s Diner moved in 2021, from its longtime location […]

CF Know Your City! — June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What was the name of the apartment complex in downtown Cincinnati that Donald Trump managed while still a high school student in 1964? What was the name of the annual “hip hop music festival” that was held in Cincinnati from 1996 to 2008? Cincinnati-based organic chemist and food storage scientist Frederic Baur patented a device that is familiar to snack lovers the world over. What was it? And here are the answers: Swifton Village. According to the Los Angeles Times, “At a foreclosure auction in 1964, Fred Trump (Donald Trump’s father) bought Swifton […]

Know Your City! — June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the microbrewery on Madison Road in Cincinnati that is located in a converted warehouse? What is the name of the large-scale botanical garden in Cincinnati that is filled with everything from bonsai collections to man-made waterfalls and a huge display of orchids? This entertainment center in Milton, Ohio, 25 miles outside of Cincinnati, features arcade games, indoor go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars and more! What is its name? And here are the answers: Mad Tree Brewery. Opened in 2012, Mad Tree Brewery stands out among the Queen City’s […]

Know Your City — May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Who is the Cincinnati-born stand-up comedian that headlines arenas across the country and has also appeared in the films, “Friday After Next” and “Norbit”? Who was the Reds’ left fielder known by his nickname, “The Big Donkey”? What 2015 movie was filmed in parts of Cincinnati that “portrayed” 1950s New York and New Jersey? And here are the answers: Katt Williams. Born Michah Williams in Cincinnati in 1971, Katt Williams started his career as a nightclub comic and quickly grew his reputation as an outrageous and provocative comedy superstar. After appearing on BET’s […]

Know Your City! — May 2, 2022

May 2, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Who is “Gapper” and what is his significance to the city of Cincinnati? Who is the retired baseball player, born in Cincinnati, that won Rookie of the Year as an Atlanta Brave, and played in the World Series for three different teams? What is television station WCET famous for? And here are the answers: One of three Reds mascots. Along with Mr. Redlegs and Rosie Red, Gapper is one of the current mascots for the Cincinnati Reds and the only dog in the MLB. He was first introduced as the furry dog companion […]

Know Your City! — April 18 2022

April 18, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: In 1843, President John Quincy Adams gave his last public speech at a ceremony for what Cincinnati landmark? What is the name of the celebrated Cincinnati restaurant where Danny Combs is the head chef? What is the name of the historic district outside of downtown Cincinnati that is sometimes referred to by locals as “Liberty Hill”? And here are the answers: Cincinnati Observatory. Located at the peak of what was then called Mt. Ida, the Cincinnati Observatory was built by Ormsby M. Mitchell on land donated by Nicholas Longworth. The cornerstone was laid […]

Know Your City! — April 4, 2022

April 4, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Who is the current head conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra? What is the name of the “mega church” in Cincinnati that has over 34,000 congregants? What city park, located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, originally served as a Presbyterian cemetery? And here are the answers: Louis Langrée. Louis Langrée has been the musical director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Born in Mulhouse, France in 1961, he studied and took his first few jobs in the music business in his home country, and later conducted orchestras in Austria and Great Britain. He […]

Know Your City! — Mar 21, 2022

March 21, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the Italian eatery in downtown Cincinnati that is named after a famous Italian opera singer? Who is the University of Cincinnati graduate and operatic soprano who is both a Grammy and Emmy Award-winner? What is the name of the Cincinnati bar that makes its own Amaro? Bonus question – what is Amaro? And here are the answers: Scotti’s Italian Eatery. Legend has it that, in 1911, restaurateur Salvatore Scoleri met Metropolitan opera star Antonio Scotti and asked if he could call his restaurant “Scotti’s” in honor of the […]

Know Your City! — March 7, 2022

March 7, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Which Northern Kentucky city, directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, was originally called “The Point” before changing to the name it uses now? Who is the NFL quarterback and Cincinnati native that appeared in two Super Bowls, including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII? The liquid-filled, black plastic sphere used to tell fortunes (that some people call a “toy”) was invented by two Cincinnatians. What is it called? And here are the answers: Covington, KY. In 1814, John Gano, Richard Gano, and Thomas Carneal purchased 150 acres of land on the west […]

Know Your City! — Feb 21, 2022

February 21, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What Northern Kentucky city is home to Evergreen Cemetery, the location used for the filming of the funeral scene in the movie “Rain Man”? What was the name of the rock band, formed in Cincinnati in 1965, that had a major radio hit with the song “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero”? What is the name of the “over the top” doughnut shop that recently opened in Cincinnati’s Norwood neighborhood? And here are the answers: Southgate, Kentucky. The movie “Rain Man” won a slew of awards in 1988, including Best Picture, and many of […]

Know Your City! — Feb 7, 2022

February 7, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the Downtown Cincinnati Museum, opened in 2004, that is part of the American trend of “Museums of Conscience”? What medication was invented in the 1940’s by UC researcher George Rieveschl? What was nickname given to the 1982 AFC championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers? And here are the answers: Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The museum presents the history of the Underground Railroad and also pays tribute to all efforts to “abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.” Along with the Museum […]

Know Your City! — Jan 24, 2022

January 24, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What 1970’s children’s cartoon based its “Hall of Justice” on the façade of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal? What museum is housed in Essex Studios, the former building of the Herschede Clock factory? What is the name of the second-tallest building in Cincinnati, an Art Deco structure built in 1930? And here are the answers: Super Friends. “Super Friends” was an immensely popular Saturday morning children’s cartoon show that ran on ABC from 1975-1983. While locals had suspected the “Hall of Justice” connection for decades, it was confirmed in 2009 that Hanna-Barbera background supervisor Al Gmuer […]

Know Your City! — Jan 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What brand of beer, normally associated with Boston, has a taproom in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighborhood? What is the children’s toy developed in the 1930’s by Cincinnati company Kutol? Two 1970’s TV shows filmed scenes at Cincinnati’s Kings Island theme park. One was “The Brady Bunch.” What was the other one? And here are the answers: Sam Adams, aka “Boston Lager,” actually got its start in Cincinnati. Jim Koch, a Cincinnati native, used his family’s recipe and started brewing beer in his Cambridge, MA kitchen in 1984. Recognized as the founding father of the […]

Know Your City! — Dec 20, 2021

December 20, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What pottery store, which is located in OTR, has been an institution since 1880? Who is the Cincinnati Original that dressed as “Peanut Jim Shelton” in a tux and top hat, selling concessions to baseball fans at Crosley Field? Who was the heavyweight boxing champion from 1949-1951, also known as the “Cincinnati Cobra”? And here are the answers: So much more than just a store, Rookwood Pottery Company’s flagship store can be found on Race Street in Over-the-Rhine. Want to dazzle your holiday visitors with hand-thrown “Luster” Christmas Trees? Rookwood’s got ‘em, along […]

Know Your City! — Dec 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What was the name of the Cincinnati company that was the first in the US to print greeting cards? In what year did the Cincinnati Reds become the first major league team to play a night baseball game under lights? Although she may be mostly associated with “The City” (in this case, New York), this famous actress actually grew up in Cincinnati. What is her name? And here are the answers: While the Hallmark company may be synonymous with the idea of “greeting cards,” it was Cincinnati’s Gibson family and their Gibson Greetings […]

Know Your City: Nov 15, 2021

November 15, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:  The 23rd U.S. president, who served from 1889 to 1893, was born in the town of North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, which is now incorporated as part of the “Greater Cincinnati area.” What president was it? Who was the world leader that gifted the Capitoline Wolf statue in Eden Park to the City of Cincinnati? What is the name of the museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, that is the world’s only museum dedicated to ventriloquism? And here are the answers: Benjamin Harrison’s family relocated from Virginia to Ohio before he was born in […]

CF Know Your City! — November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: The outdoor game that has become popular among college students, tailgaters, campers, and various other inebriated suburbanites was allegedly invented in Cincinnati’s West Side. What is it called? A 1993 film, based on a Neil Simon play, was filmed in Ludlow, KY because if its resemblance to 1940’s New York. What movie was it? Who was the popular “Singing Cowboy,” born in Cincinnati in 1911, who was one of the most famous Western Movie Stars of his era? And here are the answers: While the location of the American Cornhole Association is north […]

Know Your City! — Oct 26, 2021

October 19, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the diner on Reading Road (and now in OTR) that has been serving delicious breakfasts and lunches since 1941? What Cincinnati neighborhood was the site for five unsolved serial killings between 1904 and 1910? An HBO series with the word, “Cincinnati” in its three-word title aired for one season in 2007. It took place in Southern California and never mentions the city of Cincinnati. What was it called? And here are the answers: Sugar ‘n Spice Diner is famous for their Wispy Thin Pancakes and Huge Fluffy Omelettes. […]

Know Your City — Oct 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the historic cemetery in Covington, KY, originally consecrated in 1843? What Cincinnati Bengals receiver caught two touchdowns in 1982’s Super Bowl XVI? What is the name of the continuous truss bridge built in 1995 that replaced the Cincinnati-Newport Bridge? And here are the answers: As part of Renaissance Covington, Linden Grove Cemetery offers walking tours that provide a glimpse at its long and illustrious history. As a certified Level One Arboretum, you can also see a wide variety of plants and trees, including several very old Pin Oak […]

Know Your City! — October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What is the name of the holiday tradition, originated by German immigrants in Cincinnati, that brings choirs from around the country together to celebrate the Christmas season? What was the name of the 1988 movie filmed in Cincinnati and Norther Kentucky that starred Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald? Cincinnati’s Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905. What organization did the Sons of Daniel Boone eventually become? And here are the answers: The inaugural Saengerfest, the first in North America, was held in Cincinnati in 1849. It consisted of almost two […]

Know Your City! — September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:  What is the name of the popular brunch spot located at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza? What is the name of the Cincinnati music venue that began life as an auto repair shop and has been rockin’ the Clifton neighborhood since 1971? What private school was depicted in the 2000 movie, “Traffic,” and then threatened to sue the filmmakers to have its name removed from the film? And here are the answers: A National Historic Landmark, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is among the most recognizable buildings in downtown Cincinnati. Its in-house restaurant, […]

Know Your City! — Sept 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Name the Kosher-style delicatessen in Cincinnati that is known for their “World’s Best Reuben Sandwich” and is usually accompanied by potato pancakes and a bowl of all-you-can-eat dill pickle slices. In 1871, Cincinnati businessman Henry Probasco donated what downtown landmark, adorned with a nine-foot-tall woman, to the “People of Cincinnati”? What is the name of the skyscraper in downtown Cincinnati that stands 495 feet and was the fifth tallest building in the world when it was completed 1913? And here are the answers: In the late 1800’s, a Jewish immigrant with a passion for […]

Know Your City! — September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:  Name the downtown Cincinnati movie theater, now closed, that was famous for midnight showings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” What is the name of the news radio station that has kept Cincinnati up to date since 1922? “The Norse” is the team name for what college, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Highland Heights, Kentucky? And here are the answers: Skywalk Cinemas opened in 1973 on Race Street in downtown Cincinnati. It was situated on the city’s system of elevated and mostly enclosed walkways known as the Skywalk. The two-screen theater […]

Know Your City! — September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What is the name of the trendy dining destination in Covington that used to be an automotive service station? Name the last quarterback to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to victory in the playoffs in 1990. Name the Cincinnati Reds announcer who did play-by-play for the team from 1974 to 2019. And here are the answers: Described as an “Instagrammer’s dream,” the Standard in Covington immediately draws you in with bright colors and a design that incorporates the building’s history as an automobile service station. Tires are incorporated into the restaurant’s décor and fun music […]

Know Your City! — August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Who was the Cincinnati Reds manager during the “Big Red Machine” era that won the World Series in 1975 and 1976 with the Reds and later, with the Detroit Tigers? What Cincinnati neighborhood is home to the Cincinnati Union Terminal? What is the name of the annual marathon run in Cincinnati during the first weekend in May? And here are the answers: Sparky Anderson was an intensely driven baseball player as a young man who never reached the heights that he would later in life as a manager. He played and coached for several […]

Know Your City! — August 24, 2021

August 25, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Central Parkway was built in 1928, on top of “what failed experiment with below ground transit?” What is the name of the establishment, founded by William Scarborough in 1858, that stood at the corner of Vine and Walnut Streets in Cincinnati’s financial district? This music icon, who won a Grammy award as co-writer of Boyz II Men’s hit song, “End of the Road,” was born in 1956 in Cincinnati. What is his name? And here are the answers:  Under the streets of Cincinnati lies the vestige of an ambitious, ultimately unsuccessful vision – The […]

Know Your City! — August 17, 2021

August 17, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: When traveling the highways and byways of Cincinnati, you “sorta” notice the word SORTA on city buses. What does it stand for? What is the name of the small, private, Catholic university across the river in Crestview Hills, KY, that was started by Benedictine nuns in 1921? What is the name of the music hall and “rejuvenated Cincinnati treasure,” reborn in 2016 thanks to an $11,000,000 renovation? And here are the answers: The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is a tax-supported, independent political subdivision of the State of Ohio and is a government […]

Know Your City! — August 10, 2021

August 10, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What is the name of the area in Cincinnati, between Hyde Park and Walnut Hills, that is home to great shopping destinations like 10,000 Villages and the BonBonarie Bakery? Name the street in the above-mentioned neighborhood that residents tried to change in 1916 because they thought it sounded “too risqué?” A few neighborhoods over, in Evanston, a baby girl was born in 1922. She became a Hollywood icon, co-star of three movies with Rock Hudson and two with James Garner, and a recording star whose record hit #2 on the Billboard chart in 1956. […]

Know Your City! — Aug 3, 2021

August 3, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:  This Cincinnati rock band formed in 2003 and has released six albums. Consisting of powerhouse lead singer & songwriter Erika Wennerstrom and a rotating cast of bandmates, they have been described by Pitchfork as “heavy enough to level a small city.” What is the band’s name? Name the gymnast and Cincinnati native who was a member of the “Magnificent Seven” women’s team that won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. This department store began as a dry goods store on Main Street in Cincinnati in 1830. The company grew, and the […]

Know Your City! — July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: A boulevard in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood claims the name of a World Heavyweight Champion fighter who grew up in the Queen City. Who was he? This Cincinnati hotel closed after 85 years in existence but was reopened in 2011 as an office building. What’s the name of the hotel? After several unsuccessful businesses, a thirty-nine-year-old, 8th-grade dropout launched a legendary Cincinnati record label that music historians say helped create rock and roll. Who was he? And here are the answers: Ezzard Charles, known as the Cincinnati Cobra, enjoys a place in the […]

Know Your City! — July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: In 1788, the city of Cincinnati was renamed in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of officers from the Revolutionary War. What was the previous name of the settlement? Although Bobbie Sterne was the first woman elected mayor of Cincinnati, there was another woman who served as acting mayor for eight months in the 1950’s. What was her name? In 1982, a twin-engine Cessna crashed into a bookstore in Montgomery, killing four FBI agents and the man who had directed the agents to fly from Chicago to Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport. Who was […]

Know Your City! — July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:  Pig statues arose all over Cincinnati about 20 years ago. If you chose to count them all, there were about 400! What was that all about? Since the early 2000s, this annual festival has celebrated beer and comedy, two great things that go great together! Though the 2021 event is cancelled, the festival will be back in late summer 2022. What is the name of this festival? What is the name of the legendary downtown Cincinnati bar and grill that has operated at 210 East 8th Street since 1861? Here are the answers: […]

KNOW YOUR CITY! — June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:  As hot as today’s headlines! Who is the Reds superstar who made a little girl cry when he was ejected from a game against San Diego, only to invite her back the next day and give her an autographed baseball with a special apology written on it? The binturong, a mammal native to the dense rainforests of Southeast Asia, holds a special connection to the city of Cincinnati. What is another name for this animal? Every fall, the Cincinnati region bellies up to the kneipe (pub) to celebrate Oktoberfest on both sides of […]

Know Your City! — June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What is the name of the winery, located in Colerain Township, that boasts wines like “Cincinnatus” and “Tears of Joy?” What is the name of the arena where 11 people lost their lives while attending a Cincinnati concert by rock band The Who in December of 1979? Which Cincinnati indie pop band became hugely famous by telling its fans to “Shut Up and Dance?” And here are the answers: Vinkolet Winery, located 20 miles northwest of downtown Cincinnati, is the brainchild of Croatian engineer Krešo Mikulić. Mikulić emigrated to the US as young man, […]

Know Your City! — June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Which notorious American gangster hid out with his gang at a house on South Second Street in Hamilton, Ohio (20 miles outside of Cincinnati), in 1933, around the time the gang broke their leader out of a Lima, Ohio jail? Prior to its current name, the Duke Energy Convention Center had a different name. Who was the person that the convention center was named for in 1987, and why was there a bit of controversy surrounding his name being used? In 1872, an organization called the Society of the Acclimatization of Birds was founded […]

Know Your City! — June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Who is the Cincinnati native and member of a famous “brotherly” musical group that has been known to sleep with his electric guitars? Name the Cincinnati native and NFL star who played tight end for four different teams in eight years and is father to two sons who also became NFL players. Who is the restaurateur, born in New Jersey, who came to Cincinnati in 1970 and started a restaurant empire, now famous for great steaks and celebrity sightings? And here are the answers: Ernie Isley, of Cincinnati’s own the Isley Brothers, created the […]

Know Your City! — June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: A Cincinnati Bengals fullback named Elbert Woods had his nickname associated with an endzone dance that became a sensation in Cincinnati and beyond. What was the nickname and what did fans name the celebration dance? In 1970, this publisher and entrepreneur opened a strip club in Newport, KY, called The Brass A**, a business that is still operational today under the same name. Who was the notorious pornographer responsible for launching this dubious enterprise? This 2018 crime comedy starring then-81-year-old Robert Redford was filmed at various locations close to Cincinnati. It also starred […]

Know Your City! — May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What is the name of the racetrack located 12 miles southwest of Cincinnati in Florence, KY? Originally known as “Delta,” this neighborhood in Eastern Cincinnati is considered one of the most desirable in the city. Featuring a lively town square, hiking trails in Ault Park and Zip’s Café, home of the “best burgers in the city.” What is its name? Located in Lebanon, OH, it is the oldest hotel in Ohio. It has hosted many famous luminaries, including twelve American Presidents, and was the site of a 2008 campaign stop by Republican Presidential and […]

Know Your City! — May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Name the Cincinnati venue that played host to the Beatles in 1966. Bonus question: the singer and songwriter of the 1966 radio hit “Sunny” was one of three acts that opened for the Beatles in Cincinnati. What was his name? Which Cincinnati native is one of only four US Soccer players to win three Gold Medals? In 1965, the Daoud brothers, Dave, Charlie, Frank, and Basheer, changed the name of their restaurant, Hamburger Heaven, to what name that is now top-of-mind for lovers of authentic Cincinnati chili? And here are the answers: Like their […]

Know Your City! — May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: Here are this week’s questions: This stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus is named for a player who died after an injury incurred during the 1923 intrastate rival game against Miami University (of Ohio). What was his name? Who was the Cincinnati Enquirer cartoonist from 1976 to 2008? He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and created the nationally syndicated comic strip “Zits.” Name the politician from Southgate, KY who attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, played major league baseball from 1955 to 1971, and eventually served as both a Congressman and Senator […]

Know Your City! — May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: In 1993 the Cross County Highway was renamed after which American president? What Cincinnati amusement attraction was founded in 1867 and was originally called Parker’s Grove? Who is the “famous dad” who had a successful career of his own on Cincinnati television in the 1960’s and 70’s, after relocating from Kentucky to California to Ohio? And here are the answers: It may interest Cincinnati residents to know that there are about 30 streets, boulevards and highways named for Ronald Reagan in the United States, not to mention a street in Ireland and a traffic […]

Know Your City! — April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: As Summer 2021 draws near, music fans in Cincinnati are hopeful that festive outdoor concerts will resume at this historic pavilion on the banks of the Ohio River. Name the venue. Name the Cincinnati band, active from 1986 to 2001, whose 1993 album “Gentlemen” is regarded as a classic of the Grunge Era. Who is the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of “The Hours” and what is his connection to Cincinnati? And here are the answers: Riverbend Music Center began construction in 1983. The following year, the outdoor, “shed”-style venue opened as “The […]

CF Know Your City! — April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What is the name of the Cincinnati hockey team that is a minor league affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and plays their games at Heritage Bank Center? What is the “Ohio-centric” sweet treat that is a hit at Haute Chocolate in Montgomery? Who was the Cincinnati-born founder of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship who had a huge hit in 1975 with the song “Miracles?” And here are the answers; The Cincinnati Cyclones are the latest of several professional hockey teams that have called the Queen City home. Others included the Stingers, the Mohawks, […]

Know Your City! — April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What is the name of the Cincinnati delicacy, sometimes simply described as “fried mush,” that was introduced by German immigrants to the Queen City and remains a popular breakfast item at many local diners and cafes? In November 1971, Pink Floyd was one of four musical acts that performed concerts at this legendary Cincinnati theater. Name the venue, and as a bonus, on what street is it located? What is the name of the “boy band” from Cincinnati that won a Billboard Music Award in 1999, as well as a Kid’s Choice Award and […]

Know Your City! — April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: The 2019 movie The Public, filmed primarily in downtown Cincinnati, starred and was directed by this well-known Hollywood actor. He is the son of a screen legend who has not “ducked” the limelight in forging his own illustrious movie career. What is his name? This legendary second baseman won World Series Championships for the Reds in 1975 and 1976 and played in another World Series for the Phillies in 1983. He eventually had a statue of himself erected at Great American Ballpark in 2013. What is the name of the Wilder, KY, bar that […]

Know Your City! — March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions: What singer-songwriter sang about a woman who, “came down from Cincinnati, it took her three days on a train; looking for some peace and quiet, hoped to see the sun again. But now she lives down by the ocean, she’s taking care to look for sharks…” Bonus points for providing the name of the song! What was the name of the University of Cincinnati head basketball coach from 1989 to 2005 who garnered a reputation for wrangling players who may not have always been on the right side of the law? Which legendary […]

Know Your City! — March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Ohio is represented in the United States Senate by one Democrat, Sherrod Brown, and by this Republican and Cincinnati native. What is the name of the junior senator from Ohio, elected in 2010? What was the name of the TLC show that aired in 2011 and followed Officers Tia Pearson, Colleen Deegan, Mandy Curfiss, and Rose Valentino while they patrolled the streets of the Queen City? Visitors who fly to Cincinnati are often surprised that their plane lands in Hebron, KY. Those arriving at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport may be interested to learn that […]

Know Your City! — March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Whose controversial 1989 art installation at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center caused an uproar among conservatives who objected to photographs of classical nudes, sensual flowers, and five explicit images of gay S&M culture? What is the name of the hugely popular tennis tournament that takes place every August at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, OH? What was the name of the Southgate, KY, entertainment venue that burned, tragically, in 1977, killing 165 people? Bonus question: What entertainer was headlining the club that night? And here are the answers: Cincinnati’s art scene was in […]

Know Your City! — March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Who was the Hamilton, OH-born comedian and game show host who tragically took his own life in 1996? This restaurant north of Cincinnati serves world-renowned barbecue ribs and sells its own sauce. Opened in 1951, it has fans worldwide, including Rosemary Clooney, who served its cuisine at her own wedding reception! What is the name of the live music venue on Vine Street that has hosted rock royalty, from U2 and the Police to James Brown and Snoop Dog, and was originally opened in 1905 as “The Nordland Plaza Nickelodeon?” And here are the […]

Know Your City! — March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Cincinnati’s culinary community was well represented in Season 16 of Top Chef by this energetic young chef who opened CWC, The Restaurant, in Cincinnati’s Wyoming neighborhood. What is her name? One of the world’s greatest film directors was born in 1946 in Cincinnati. His family eventually moved west in 1957, ending up in Los Angeles. He directed TV shows like Marcus Welby, MD and Columbo, before releasing his first movie, Duel in 1971. What is the multiple Oscar-winning filmmaker’s name? What was the name of Covington, KY, brewery that had a 100-year run, from […]

Know Your City! — February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: This 1884 tragedy left 56 people dead and over 300 wounded. Citizens of the Queen City, enraged over crime-ravaged streets and corrupt city leaders, marched on the city jail, and eventually battled with National Guard troops in what has gone on to be referred to as what?  Tony Award-winning performer Faith Prince, opera superstar Kathleen Battle, and legendary jazz trumpeter Al Hirt all graduated from what Cincinnati-based educational establishment? What Northern Kentucky city was the third largest city in Kentucky in 1900, became known as “Sin City” in the 1940s and 1950s, and is […]

Know Your City! — February 16, 2021

February 16, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: In 2018, the Netflix film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, about Ted Bundy, was filmed in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Which actor played Bundy? What Brooklyn-based rock band started in Cincinnati and released the best- selling albums Crocodile and High Violet? The Reds won the World Series in 1919, playing against the American League team that went down in infamy due to the cheating scandal that rocked baseball that year. What team did the Reds defeat in 1919? And here are the answers: Zac Effron. The High School Musical heartthrob took a dark […]

Know Your City! — February 9, 2021

February 9, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: The origins of “Cincinnati Chili” are vast and varied. However, it is widely known that immigrants from what country were the originators of what we now eat every day in Cincinnati and the world over? Who wrote the theme song for the TV show, “WKRP in Cincinnati?” Which World Series champion baseball superstar played high school baseball at Cincinnati’s Sycamore High School and college ball at the University of Cincinnati? Here are the answers: Macedonia. Macedonian brothers John and Tom Kiradjieff created Cincinnati chili in 1922 at the Empress Restaurant. Their unique recipe included […]

Know Your City! — February 2, 2021

February 2, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Which Hollywood star attended numerous Xavier University basketball games while his son was an assistant coach at the school? Which R&B superstar has their likeness depicted on a huge mural at the corner of Main and Liberty Streets in Cincinnati? Cincinnati’s pro basketball team, the Cincinnati Royals, became what modern day NBA team? And here are the answers: Bill Murray. Murray’s son Luke was an assistant coach under Chris Mack at Xavier. When Mack took the job at Louisville, Luke Murray was invited to make the move as well. Not surprisingly, Bill Murray is […]

Know Your City! — January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: What was the original name of Mount Adams? What Cincy building was the first reinforced concrete frame building in the U.S.? What was banned in Cincinnati in 1979, had a one day exemption in 2002, and then allowed for good in 2004? And here are the answers: Mount Ida. It is named after Ida Martin, a woman who lived in the hollow of an old sycamore tree located on a steep hill. The name was changed in 1843 after President John Quincy Adams arrived at Mount Ida to dedicate the Cincinnati Observatory. The Ingalls […]

Know Your City! — January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions: Big Bone Lick is now a state park in Kentucky, located about 25 miles southwest of Cincy. What is historically significant about the park? What is unique about the Cincinnati Fire Department? The Cincinnati Observatory holds astronomy programs and historical tours. What historically significant piece of equipment is located there? And here are the answers! Big Bone Lick was where the first documented fossils of Ice Age mammals were discovered. The fossils were found in a 1807 expedition undertaken by William Clark at the direction of President Thomas Jefferson. In 1853, the Cincinnati Fire […]

Know Your City! — January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Here are this week’s questions: Today, Kroger ranks as one of the world’s largest retailers. And it all started in Cincinnati. Can you answer these questions about Kroger? What was the original name of Kroger? In the 1930s, Kroger was the first grocery chain to do what? In the 1970s, Kroger became the first grocer to implement this technology. What was it? And here are the answers: In 1883, using his life savings of $372, Barney Kroger opened a grocery store he called The Great Western Tea Co. After growing to 40 stores in different cities, the company became Kroger […]

Know Your City! — January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

Here are this week’s trivia questions: From what establishment would you be able to order a 6-pound pretzel? A woodworker named Mark Singer visited Indonesia in 1994 and was introduced to an industrial glue. He introduced it to the North America in 1999. What is the name of his company, now based in Sharonville? What Grammy-nominated poet, activist and author grew up in Lincoln Heights? Here are the answers: Servatii Pastry Shop—Servatii’s founder, Wilhelm Gottenbusch, a German immigrant, came to the United States in 1963, and opened his first bakery on Observatory Avenue in Hyde Park. Wilhelm and his sons […]

Know Your City! — December 29, 2020

December 29, 2020

Here’s a review of the questions: Cincy’s Kutol Products Company, Inc., has been manufacturing cleaning products since 1912. What side product are they responsible for creating? We all know Cincy’s connection to chili, but what other fast food item was created by a McDonald’s franchise owner in the city? We love us some Graeter’s ice cream. What makes Graeter’s ice cream production process different than any other in the world? And here are the answers! PlayDoh–One of Kutol’s first products was wallpaper cleaner. It was a putty-like flour-based material that was the foundation of the totally cool modeling compound kids […]

Knokw Your City! — December 8, 2020

December 8, 2020

Here’s a review of the questions: The Flying Pig Marathon has grown substantially since its start in 1999. What was unique about the race in 2011? What was Cincy-born Fred Baur famous for? Albert C. Carter was the son of a Cincinnati clairvoyant. What did he invent? And here are the answers: With a record registration of more than 30,000 runners, the 13th running of the Flying Pig Marathon the winner of the Women’s division, Mary McDonaugh, was legally blind. Fred Baur was an organic chemist who was most notable for designing and patenting the Pringles can which gave Procter […]

Know Your City! — December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

Here are this week’s questions: What is historically significant about the world-renowned Rookwood Potter Company? Who gifted Cincinnati with the Capitoline Wolf statue in Eden Park? VH1 called this happening the “Least Metal Moment” of 2004. It just so happens it was in Cincy. What was it? And here are the answers: Rookwood Pottery was the country’s first female-owned and operated large manufacturer. It was founded in 1880 by Marie Longworth Storer Nichols. Benito Mussolini—He was extremely fond of the statue, which depicts Romulus and Remus feeding on the milk of their adoptive mother-wolf. Mussolini liked the fact that Cincinnati […]

Know Your City! — November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

Here’s review of the questions: For whom was the house that became the Taft Museum of Art built? Who was the architect of the original Cincinnati Art Museum building? What originally existed in the space that became Union Terminal and is now the Cincinnati Children’s Museum? And here are the answers: Martin Baum—Baum was the son of German immigrants who became an American businessman and politician. Baum attracted a great number of German immigrants to work in his enterprises, which included steamboats a sugar refinery, a foundry and real estate. Baum bought the property on Pike Street in 1812 and […]

Know Your City! — October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

Here are the questions: What are the names of the two stone lions that stand in front of McMicken Hall and are among the most popular symbols of the university? Which popular television family was conceived by a UC alumnus? What three alums of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) have won Grammy Awards in, we might add, very different genres? The answers: Mick and Mack have guarded the front lawn of the university since 1904. They are copies of statues that stand in the Loggia del Lanzi in Florence, Italy. The Waltons–Earl Hamner graduated from UC with a degree […]

Know Your City! — October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

Here’s a review of the questions: In 1976, the Reds became the first and only team to have a perfect postseason since the League Championship Series was started in 1969. Who was the World Series MVP that year? In 1936, this two-story Tudor-Revival house was built in Green Township on the West Side. It still boasts the original, hand-painted rathskeller murals by Mathias Noheimer that celebrate Cincinnati’s German heritage. What’s the name of this house and who was the original owner? The Bengals have not won a Playoff game since 1991. Fans think this is because of a curse. What […]

Know Your City — October 6, 2020

October 6, 2020

Here’s a review of the questions: Which of these is Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood—Sayler Park, Avondale, Walnut Hills, or Columbia-Tusculum? What architect designed the Contemporary Arts Center? Name at least four musicians or bands that hail from Cincinnati. And here are the answers: Columbia-Tusculum is the oldest neighborhood in Cincy. The neighborhood, noted for its Victorian era homes, was founded in 1788 on the Little Miami River. It even predates Losantville—which was Cincinnati’s first name—by one month. The late Zaha Hadid designed the Contemporary Arts Center, which opened May 31, 2003. The British Iraqi architect was known for taking the strongest […]

Know Your City — September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020

Here’s a review of the questions: Cincinnati is home to how many Fortune 500 companies? The historic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is an example of what kind of architecture and design? Cincy’s abandoned subway system consists of how many miles of track and how many stations? And here are the answers: Cincinnati is home to six companies from the 2020 Fortune 500 list: Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bancorp, American Financial Group, Western & Southern Financial Group, and Cintas. The Hilton Netherland Plaza, which was completed in January 1931, is best known for its French Art Deco architectural style. […]

Know Your City — September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions: George Rieveschl was a chemistry professor and researcher at the University of Cincinnati in the ’40s. What is he known for inventing? This Cincy native was the first African-American to win the National Medal of Technology (which he won posthumously in 1991). Who was he and what was his most notable invention? Living in Cincinnati, Granville T. Woods set up his own company to develop, manufacture and sell electrical apparatus. What was his first patented invention? And here are the answers! Rieveschi was a chemical engineering professor who was researching […]

Know Your City! — September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions: What was the original name given to Cincinnati and what did it mean? According to the latest Cincy census data, what gender is in the majority? What unique place in history does The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health hold? And here are the answers: The settlement’s original surveyor, John Filson, named the territory Losantiville. The name means “The city opposite the mouth of the river.” It seems that Filson was a very literal person. Women, but only by 1% (51% women, 49% men) Mercy holds the legacy of being the FIRST Jewish […]

Know Your City — September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions: The late Cincinnati boxing great Aaron Pryor was voted “Greatest Junior Welterweight of the Century” by the Associated Press. What was his nickname? Cincinnatians are used to seeing “Lazarus Lizards” running around. How did the greenish ten-inch lizards with a long tail and a pointed snout, who are not native to North America, end up in Cincinnati? Fredric Baur, a Cincinnati chemist and food storage technician, designed and patented a container that offered a new way of packaging potato chips. What was it called? And here are the answers: Pryor […]

Know Your City! — September 1, 2020

September 3, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. On May 24, 1935, Cincinnati Reds Owner Powel Crosley debuted a special promotion that forever changed Major League Baseball. What was the promotion? After several unsuccessful businesses, a thirty-nine-year-old, 8th-grade dropout launched a legendary Cincinnati Record Label that music historians say helped create Rock N Roll. Who was he? Cincinnati is the hometown of Hollywood’s first female sex symbol, the original ‘vamp,’ and star of over 35 movies. Who was she? And here are the answers. On May 24, 1935, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Powel Crosley introduced the first […]

Know your City — August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020

Thanks for playing Know your City! Let’s review the questions. A boulevard in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood claims the name of a World Heavyweight Champion fighter who grew up in the Queen City. Who was he? Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine was the northern boundary of the City of Cincinnati until 1849. Popular gambling dens and taverns stood just north of Liberty Street. What was the neighborhood called? Offices for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital occupy a historic Avondale hotel property known for hosting touring musicians from The Beatles to Bob Dylan. What’s the name of the hotel? And here are the answers. […]

Know your City — Aug 11, 2020

August 11, 2020

Thanks for playing Know your City! Let’s review the questions. In 1880, Cincinnati-based arts entrepreneur Maria Longworth-Nichols founded one of the first female-run manufacturing companies in the United States. That company remains in operation today. What’s its name? Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood is the childhood home of Hollywood’s highest-grossing filmmaker, studio mogul, and modern blockbuster creator. Who is he? Responding to research that women want entertainment while doing housework, Cincinnati-based, consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble helped launch a timeless genre of radio and TV dramas in the 1930s. What was the genre? And here are the answers: After Establishing the […]

Know Your City — July 28, 2020

July 27, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. In the Roaring Twenties, Cincinnati was home to the King of the Bootleggers, a Prohibition Crime Boss equal to Al Capone, and a popular character on HBO’s period drama Boardwalk Empire. Who was he? Cincinnati enjoys a spot on the pro football record books for the Freezer Bowl, the second-coldest game in NFL history. Who did the Bengals face in the January 1982 American Football Conference Championship Game? A 19th-century Cincinnati Enquirer crime reporter and journalist is best-known as the writer who introduced Japanese culture, folktales, and life to the […]

Know Your City! — July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. OK, here’s a question for the kid in all of us. Three hundred sixty four acres of King’s Island is named Rivertown. Three of the most popular coasters in the park are located here. Can you name them? Who was Lucius Cincinnatus? True or false? Cincinnati is within a day’s drive of 49.70% of the United States populace. And here are the answers: The coasters located in Rivertown are the Beast, Diamondback and Mystic Timbers. Interesting tidbit: Woody Harrelson worked in Rivertown’s Handmade Leather Shop when he was a teenager. […]

Know your City! — June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. From 1967 to 1984, the TV show he hosted had the highest Arbitron and Nielsen ratings of any live entertainment/information program in the Midwest. Who was he? Can you name Cincinnati’s first department store? Cincinnati was once home to a members-only nightclub that was part of a chain created by a well-known robe-wearing entrepreneur. What was the name of the club? And here are the answers: Bob Braun—Braun hosted a live weekday noon variety show—The Bob Braun Show, of course–that featured such guests as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Barry Manilow, […]

Know your City — June 9, 2020

June 9, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. Who holds the Reds all-time record for home runs in a career? Speaking of baseball, what Cincinnati-born U.S. President was the first to throw the first pitch of baseball season? Let’s turn toward the arts for a moment. Who was Robert Scott Duncanson? And here are the answers: Johnny Bench—Although considered “Baseball’s Greatest Catcher,” Bench would collect 389 home runs and 1,376 RBIs in his career. William Taft–The game was in 1910, between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics. The Senators won 3-0. (Taft was also the first president […]

Know your City — May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. A jewel-box of a building capped by a silver dome, this place has been called ‘The Birthplace of American Astronomy.’ What is it? The Cincinnati Reds is a team that is near and dear to our hearts. But it wasn’t the first ball club formed in Cincinnati. What was the name of the first team? Before Cincy native Neil Armstrong and his crew left the moon for home during the Apollo 11 mission, they left quite a few objects behind to commemorate the mission. Can you name one of the […]

Know your City! May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions. Cincinnati-born sculptor Caroline Shawk Brooks was partial to a particular sculpting medium. What was it?? How many times have the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series? Can you name five movies that have been filmed in Cincinnati? And here are the answers: Butter– Brooks was the first known American sculptor working in the medium of butter, and she would come to be identified as “The Butter Woman.” In 1873, she created a bas-relief portrait that she donated to a church fair. The church was able to fix its roof from […]