June 2008 Issue
Are You a Bona Fide Buckeye?
There are the facts that every Ohioan learns in school: the number of counties (88), the number of U.S. presidents born here (seven) and the state bird (cardinal), flower (scarlet carnation) and insect (the ladybug). But there’s also the body of knowledge that can only be acquired by living here and absorbing the state’s facts and foibles. That’s what makes a true Ohioan.
For example, a bona fide Buckeye regards butter not so much as a spread for toast as a sculpture medium at the Ohio State Fair. It’s a fair guess that you are from Ohio if you don’t understand why Peruvians have such difficulty pronouncing the city of Lima or Spaniards the city of Toledo. By the way, if you ever visit the Toledo in Spain, it would be terribly gauche to ask for the directions to Tony Packo’s.
1. Which one of the following restaurant chains is not headquartered in Ohio: Bob Evans, White Castle or Roy Rogers?
2. Country artist Dwight Yoakam attended high school in what Ohio city?
3. What 20th-century presidential candidate lamented of Columbus, "This is the city that always gives me the greatest amount of applause and the fewest votes"?
4. Sherwood Anderson’s epic ‘Winesburg’ was burned in the basement of the library of what northern Ohio town it skewered?
5. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married at the Ohio farm of which Ohio writer?
6. Name the Buckeye city from which the lost-in-Babylon stars of the film “The Out of Towners” hailed.
7. What Cleveland native and national humor treasure was compelled to serve time at Boy’s Industrial School, near Lancaster, Ohio?
8. Name the U.S. president from the Buckeye State whose ignominious claim to fame was getting stuck in the White House bathtub.
9. Which of these three cities did not precede columbus as the capital of Ohio - Zanesville, Chillicothe or Dayton
10. What is the popular nickname of the Newport Southbank Bridge, connecting Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky?
11. What was the political distinction of Ohioan John Scott Harrison?
12. Name the Buckeye rock group that made a hit of “Hang on Sloopy” before it became a signature tune associated most commonly with Ohio State Football.
13. Cite the number of games the Cleveland Indians won in the 1954 World Series against the New York Giants.
14. What major Ohio city was sometimes called “Porkopolis”?
15. What Ohio Governor was pictured on the U.S. $10,000 bill?
16. Name the two former U.S. presidents from the Buckeye State featured on U.S. currency.
17. Which Ohio president’s slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.”
18. What Ohio City was home to the rock group Devo?
19. What Major League baseball player began his pitching career with the Cleveland Indians at age 42 in 1948?
20. In Ohio, a pair of gold pants pendants are awarded to the winners of what gridiron clash?
21. Name the college bowl game, the year and the opposing team Ohio State was playing when Woody Hayes swung the punch heard around the world.
22. What sports figure has come to be affectionately nicknamed “The Vest?”
23. What lives of two Ohio inventors were chronicled in the book titled The Bishop’s Boys?
24. What Ohio president’s wife was nicknamed “Lemonade Lucy?”
25. Spell the name of the city of origin of Neil Armstrong, first Ohioan to walk on the moon.
26. Name the two Ohio-born U.S. presidents who were assassinated while in office.Are You a Bona Fide Buckeye?
27. Who was the first Ohioan chosen as U.S. President after women were given the right to vote?
28. The Depression-era gangster Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd met his Waterloo outside what eastern Ohio City?
29. What well-known Ohio song begins with the prelude, “Long long ago, Someone I know, Had a little red canoe, In it room for only two”?
30. Ulysses S. Grant would occasionally saunter down from the White House to the Willard Hotel in the afternoon to savor a cigar and a sip of whiskey in the hostelry’s lobby, the jaunt became such a habit that people would often meet him to curry his favor or seek his approval of their various agendas. The assemblage of politicians and businessmen who sought out this impromptu audience in the hotel vestibule ultimately gave birth to what Political Expression?