Thanks for playing Know Your City! Let’s review the questions.
- For years, Jim Porter’s Good Time emporium was a fixture in Louisville. What was unique about the (long dead) namesake of that bar?
- In February of 2012, the city of Louisville was bestowed an honor by GQ Magazine. What was that honor?
- According to most accounts, Kentucky sisters Patty and Mildred Hill penned this song in the 1890s for kindergarten students to celebrate birthdays. It went on to become a hotly contested legal entity. What was the name of this omnipresent song?
And here are the answers:
- At 7′ 8″ tall, Jim Porter was known as the Kentucky Giant. While he had nothing to do with the bar you probably remember, he did operate a number of bars in the Portland area in the 1800s. He also hung out with Charles Dickens when the author came through Louisville. Dickens described Porter as walking “in a crowd as a lighthouse among lampposts.”
- GQ Magazine dubbed Louisville “The Manliest Town in America,” saying “when it comes to the masculine arts—bourbon, baseball, bettin’ the ponies—good luck topping Louisville.”
- The Hill sisters wrote the Happy Birthday song. Surprisingly, the use of that little ditty became controversial over a number of years, with different entities owning the rights to it. It wasn’t in the public domain until 2016. Click here to read the crazy story.
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