Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- Who is “Gapper” and what is his significance to the city of Cincinnati?
- Who is the retired baseball player, born in Cincinnati, that won Rookie of the Year as an Atlanta Brave, and played in the World Series for three different teams?
- What is television station WCET famous for?
And here are the answers:
- One of three Reds mascots. Along with Mr. Redlegs and Rosie Red, Gapper is one of the current mascots for the Cincinnati Reds and the only dog in the MLB. He was first introduced as the furry dog companion to Mr. Redlegs in 2002. Gapper is an energetic red dog that resides in the “gap” in the stadium seats at Great American Ballpark.
- David Justice. MLB superstar David Justice was born in Cincinnati in 1966, and attended high school in Covington, KY, at Covington Latin High School. He was an exemplary student, skipping seventh and eighth grades and graduating at age 16. He showed tremendous promise in both baseball and basketball and attended college at nearby Thomas More College. At age 21, he entered the Atlanta Braves farm system, and eventually became a major factor in that team’s dominance in the 1990’s. He played for the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, appearing in the World Series for all three teams. Justice was married to Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry from 1992-1997.
- First public television station in the U.S. WCET, also known as virtual channel 48, is a Public Broadcasting Service TV station licensed in Cincinnati. It is owned by the Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation. Historically, it has a much greater significance, on a national scale, as it was the first officially licensed public television station in the United States. In 1951, the station was broadcasting from a maintenance closet at the Cincinnati Music Hall. On March 11, 1955, the FCC granted WCET the first non-commercial educational broadcast license in the country. The event represents the dawn of the public television model as it is now known. Funding itself through viewer contributions and corporate donations, the mission is to “educate, enrich and engage the communities it serves.”