Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- Which Northern Kentucky city, directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, was originally called “The Point” before changing to the name it uses now?
- Who is the NFL quarterback and Cincinnati native that appeared in two Super Bowls, including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII?
- The liquid-filled, black plastic sphere used to tell fortunes (that some people call a “toy”) was invented by two Cincinnatians. What is it called?
And here are the answers:
- Covington, KY. In 1814, John Gano, Richard Gano, and Thomas Carneal purchased 150 acres of land on the west side of the Licking River at the confluence with the Ohio River and appropriately named it, “the Point.” They later changed the name to Covington in honor of General Leonard Covington, an American officer who once trained troops in the area and was killed in the War of 1812. In its infancy, most of the commerce in Covington was connected with the rivers that formed the northern and eastern boundaries of the city. Because the Kentucky side of the Ohio River was relatively shallow compared to the Ohio side of the river, Covington was never able to develop its riverfront as a viable public landing for boats and steamships, which instead moored on the Cincinnati side of the river, where steamship building facilities were located. Today, Covington is a bustling city of 40,000 people, offering unique cultural features to locals and visitors alike.
- Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson was born in Cincinnati in 1988 and moved to Richmond, VA as a young child. He attended college at North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. He led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in February 2014. The Seahawks lost to the Patriots the following year in Super Bowl XLIX.
- Magic 8-Ball. Laura C. Cooper Pruden was a medium who lived in Price Hill. Her son, Albert Carter, gained interest in mysticism from his mother. He applied for a patent for his Syco-Slate “liquid filled dice agitator” in 1944. The patent listed Abe Bookman, Julius Mintz and Max E. Levinson as co-filers. Later, Levinson and Bookman ultimately patented the actual Magic 8-Ball as we know it, in its classic round shape with additional answers.