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 bedrock guitar sound upon which their more experimental 70’s era hits were constructed. The group’s roots were in 1950’s soul, culminating in the 1959 classic “Shout!” Brothers Ronald, Rudolph and O’Kelly Isley, who had Jimi Hendrix in their band in 1965, added younger brothers Ernie and Marvin to the mix in 1973. Ernie proved to be an industrious and inventive guitarist, contributing to hits like “Between the Sheets” and “Choosey Lover.” His decisions to give his guitars women’s names and take them to bed with him, however, is something even Hendrix could not have dreamed up!
- After graduating LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Don Hasselbeck played college ball for the University of Colorado Buffaloes and was drafted in the second round by the New England Patriots in 1977. After seven years in New England, Don moved on to play for the Raiders (the year they won the Super Bowl), Vikings and Giants. His greatest legacy, however, might be that he is the father of two NFL greats, Tim and Matt Hasselbeck.
- Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, known for its “Culinary Entertainment,” now has five locations – Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Columbus, and Lexington. His first foray as a restaurant owner, however, was the Precinct, opened in 1981 with the backing of several athletes in Cincinnati. Ruby learned the restaurant business as a kid on the Jersey Shore, and after attending Cornell University, he found himself at a Holiday Inn in downtown Cincinnati. That’s where his entrepreneurial instincts kicked in. He turned a 12th floor bar into the “Den of the Little Foxes” (a lá the Playboy club) at Lucy’s in the Sky disco and made it the place to be for those who wanted to see and be seen. His success at Lucy’s quickly propelled him to the post of Regional Director of all seven Holiday Inns in Cincinnati, but it was his business philosophy and instincts that earned the confidence of his connections (like Johnny Bench and Pete Rose) who encouraged and financially backed his first steakhouse.
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