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 of Dayton, in Coldwater, OH, legend has it that the game itself was invented in Cincinnati. Just as Abner Doubleday’s “invention” of baseball is tangled in mystery and ambiguity, so corn hole’s inception has no concrete historical record. Also known as bag, corn bags, bag toss, bean toss, and Indiana Horseshoes, it seems definite that the game has its origins in the Midwest. Some in Cincinnati recall playing the game as far back as the 1950’s. The above-mentioned Association, founded in 2003, established the permanent rules and regulations, and has more than 25,000 members in 21 different countries.
- Filming for “Lost in Yonkers” began in August of 1992. Producers found several sites throughout the area, but the primary action in the film was shot in Ludlow. Producers realized they could save money and retain authenticity by having the Kentucky town “star” in the movie, which also starred Richard Dreyfuss and Mercedes Ruehl. Over 800 locals also got to appear in the movie as extras.
- Roy Rogers’ name may not be well-known to young people in America, but he was once the biggest star in movies. Born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati 1911, he moved to California in 1930 and first pursued his interest in music, joining several country and western bands. Around this time, he changed his name to Dick Weston and finally to Roy Rogers, while singing with the Sons of the Pioneers. He chose the name Roy Rogers in honor of his childhood dentist, Roy Rodgers. His fulm career began soon after, and along with his wife, Dale Evans and horse Trigger, appeared in over 100 movies and became a household name. He died in 1998.
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