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. Who was she?
And here are the answers:
- The neighborhood known as O’Bryonville got its name from the Irish family that purchased 72 acres of land there in the 1830’s. What began as a region for “Country Living” became a populous and bustling commercial region by the early 1900’s. By 1925 there were forty-five commercial establishments along the several blocks of Madison Road. Grocery stores like the B.H. Kroger Grocery Company, furniture stores, barber shops, automobile services, and banks all served the needs of the surrounding community. Today the district offers unique shopping and dining destinations, including Federation Antiques (Cinicinnati’s Oldest Retail Store) and O’Bryon’s Irish Pub.
- In 1916, residents of O’Bryonville lobbied City Council to change the name of Cinnamon Street. Cinnamon was too risqué for their proper sensibilities, and residents complained about wiseacres cracking jokes at their expense. The street’s name has nothing to do with spices. It commemorates pork packer and commission merchant John Cinnamon, who owned property in the area. Cinnamon was among the founders of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
- Throughout her show biz life Doris Day fondly reminisced about growing up in Cincinnati. “I could have happily lived my entire life in Cincinnati…but preordination had other plans for me,” Day said in her autobiography. Born Doris Kappelhoff, she gravitated quickly to performing, first as a dancer and then as singer for numerous big bands. After two failed marriages, her agent convinced her to audition for a role in a Hollywood film, and she wound up making her first movie appearance in 1948’s “Romance on the High Seas.” She followed that up with more than 20 starring roles, which included “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in 1956, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In that movie, she sang three verses of “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be),” the song progressing through the life of the narrator—from childhood, through young adulthood and falling in love, to parenthood. She later recorded the full song, which became a hit, and one of the greatest “earworms” of all time. Doris Day passed away at her home in California in 2019, at the age of 97.
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