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 Village, a half-empty complex in Cincinnati. Donald Trump was just a high school student but assumed increasing responsibility in managing the complex through college and business school. In his book, The Art of the Deal, Trump described Swifton Village as his ‘first big deal.’ He recounted, in a chapter titled ‘The Cincinnati Kid,’ booting poor, nonpaying tenants who had ‘come down from the hills of Kentucky’ with ‘seven or eight children, almost no possessions.”
- Scribble Jam. Dubbed “America’s Largest Hip Hop Festival” in 1996, Scribble Jam was the brainchild of “Fat” Nick Accurso and Jason Brunson, founders of graffiti magazine Scribble, and Cincinnati DJ Mr. Dibbs. Held in the parking lot of Annie’s Bar, the first event drew about 25 people. The next year, 500 came, including a young rapper from Detroit who called himself Eminem. Eventually growing and expanding to include headliners like Puff Daddy and Big Daddy Kane, the festival peaked in 2005, attracting 7,000 attendees, 50 percent of whom were from outside Cincinnati. The economic downturn of 2008 caused the festival to cease that year, but the memories of music, art and fellowship live on.
- The Pringles Can. Fred Baur was born in Toledo and attended the Ohio State University, eventually settling in Cincinnati, where he worked for Procter & Gamble. Dr. Baur’s claim to fame, despite many successful developments at P&G, was the Pringles potato chip can that he patented in 1970. According to his family, he was so proud of the invention that he asked for his remains to buried in a Pringles can when he died in 2008.