Know Your City! — May 16, 2022

Here’s a review of the questions:

  1. Who is the Louisville native and actress that co-starred in “Dexter” and the CBS TV version of “Limitless”?
  2. The Lewis & Clark Bridge spans the Ohio River, with Prospect, KY on one side and this small Indiana town on the other. What town is it?
  3. What snacking innovation is credited to a Louisville pharmacist named John Colgan?

And here are the answers:

  1. Jennifer Carpenter. While not as famous as Louisville’s other “acting Jennifer” (Lawrence), Jennifer Carpenter has had a successful showbiz career since leaving the Derby City. She was born in Louisville in 1979 and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy before attending Julliard in New York and starting her acting career. Her breakthrough film role in 2005 was “Emily Rose” in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”. She won an MTV Movie Award for “Best Frightened Performance” and a Hollywood Life Breakthrough Award. She was also named “Breakout Performer” at the 2006 Scream Awards. In 2006, she landed the role of Dexter’s adoptive sister in Showtime’s “Dexter,” also starring Carpenter’s first husband, actor Michael C. Hall. She later divorced Hall and married Seth Avett, a musician and member of the highly successful band The Avett Brothers.
  2. Utica, IN. The historic town of Utica has gotten a financial boost since the completion of the “East End Bridge” in 2016. The fact that it has been a thriving river community since 1794 should not go unmentioned. Hikers and bikers that cross the bridge and find themselves in the charming little town receive a hearty welcome from the locals, along with a glimpse of Southern Indiana history in its restored buildings. Settlers first came to Utica in covered wagons, and after a time were ferrying goods and people across the Ohio to the Kentucky side. The ferry and limestone production businesses were what allowed Utica to grow. “The easiest way to describe Utica,” according to former Mayor Jimmy Carter, “is it’s an old river town that is still a very unique little town,”
  3. Flavored Chewing Gum. John Colgan, owner of the Colgan Gum Company, had developed a sweet treat in Louisville in the late 1800’s called Taffy Tolu. After taking his innovation to the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, the product was bought by William Wrigley Jr., who quickly applied the practice of flavoring chewing gum to his own line of confections, becoming the biggest name in chewing gum to this very day. But what did Colgan’s gum actually taste like? Well, it tasted like Tolu, a fragrant brown balsam obtained from a South American tree. And the kiddos loved it!