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 Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck and told the true story of Forest Tucker, an escapee from prison who accomplished an unprecedented string of bank robberies.
And here are the answers:
- Elbert “Icky” Woods made his rookie season in 1988 truly memorable by inventing and performing “the Ickey Shuffle” after scoring touchdowns. Legend has it that Woods told his mother that he would break into a dance every time he scored, so he could not let her down. The dance evolved over the course of the season and became a hit with Bengals fans and eventually the general public. Woods only played for two seasons before leaving the NFL with a knee injury. The dance lived on, however, and has been featured in a Geico insurance commercial, an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” and on “Inside the NFL,” where he joined his former teammate Boomer Esiason in a tribute to the shuffle.
- To quote Cincinnati Magazine, “If you’ve ordered al pastortacos at La Mexicana, or a Coney Island at Dixie Chili, then you’ve done so within view of one of Monmouth Street’s last remaining strip clubs, hidden in plain sight in a transitional neighborhood primed for a sequel.” Owned by native Kentuckian Larry Flynt, who later founded Hustler magazine and lived a life that would make for an amazing movie (Milos Forman’s 1996 epic The People vs. Larry Flynt), the Brass A** survived the 1980 “prohibition” in Newport that closed many of its seedier establishments.
- Director David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) brought cast and crew to shooting locations in Covington, KY, and Bethel, OH in the spring of 2017 for what would be Robert Redford’s final movie performance, “The Old Man and the Gun”. As the legendary actor told WCPO at the time, “Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and I’ll move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21.” The film was well received, scoring 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned a respectable $18,000,000 at the box office.
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