Here’s a review of the questions:
- In 1993 the Cross County Highway was renamed after which American president?
- What Cincinnati amusement attraction was founded in 1867 and was originally called Parker’s Grove?
- Who is the “famous dad” who had a successful career of his own on Cincinnati television in the 1960’s and 70’s, after relocating from Kentucky to California to Ohio?
And here are the answers:
- It may interest Cincinnati residents to know that there are about 30 streets, boulevards and highways named for Ronald Reagan in the United States, not to mention a street in Ireland and a traffic circle in Poland. Legislators in Hamilton County, Ohio chose to rename the Cross County Highway after the 40th president, a popular figure in this part of the world, at least for Republicans. The highway forms a suburban east/west lateral route across the county, connecting I-71, I-75 and I-275.
- After apple farmer James Parker’s namesake, which included a dancehall, dining hall and bowling alley, changed its name to Ohio Grove, the Coney Island of the West, it became a popular destination for thrill-seekers across the region. A 3,000-passenger boat called the Island Queen ferried tourists to the park, now simply called Coney Island, where they could enjoy the Devil’s Dip and Little Dipper roller coasters and, eventually, the Tumble Bug and Sunlite Pool. The major amusement attractions ceased in 1971, after ownership moved their operation to the less flood-prone part of town that is now Kings’s Island. A fabulous water park now beckons summertime splashers to the site, also the location of outdoor concert venue Riverbend Music Center.
- Nick Clooney, father of actor and director George Clooney, was born in Maysville, KY, an Ohio River town sixty miles southwest of Cincinnati. The brother of famed singer Rosemary Clooney, he became a radio and TV star in the Queen City, appearing on WLW, WKRC and WCPO before taking on the role of a nationwide game show host with 1973’s “Money Maze,” and eventually host of American Movie Classics on AMC. Photos of young Nick bear a striking resemblance to his famous son.