Here’s a review of the questions:
- What was the name of the legendary rock club on Bardstown Road in Louisville that was a heavy metal mecca from 1973 to 1999? The venue hosted rock icons Night Ranger, Quiet Riot and Blue Öyster Cult, as well as countless local big-hair bands of the era.
- Which iconic American writer was known to frequent the Seelbach Hotel bar in downtown Louisville while stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War One?
- Who is the Louisville-born actor who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1976 for his role in the movie “Network” and provided the voice for Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in the movie, “Toy Story 3?”
And here are the answers:
- A Thornton’s gas station now sits at the site of the notorious Toy Tiger. Originally part of the Brown Suburban Hotel property, the club was purchased by shady local entrepreneur Luther James in 1973. It was in the 1980’s however, that the venue really hit its stride, offering patrons not only music, but wet t-shirt and banana-eating contests and lots and lots of drugs. Its famous neon sign, featuring a tail-wagging tiger, is printed indelibly on the memories of those who staggered through its doors.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in Louisville is considered to be the inspiration for characters and settings used in his most famous novel, “The Great Gatsby.” The Seelbach’s Rathskeller space was converted into a USO during the war, and it is here that the 21-year-old Fitzgerald met George Remus, the “King of the Bootleggers,” who became the inspiration for the character Jay Gatsby. When he was later stationed in Montgomery, AL, Fitzgerald met Zelda Sayres, whom he eventually married. Zelda found her way into “Gatsby” as well, as Daisy Fay, and her city of origin changed from Montgomery to Louisville in the novel. A tangled web, perhaps, but check out how the Seelbach is described in “The Great Gatsby” and tell us you would not want to pop in for a cocktail: “There was a ripe mystery about it, a hint of bedrooms upstairs more beautiful and cool than other bedrooms, of gay and radiant activities taking place through its corridors and of romances that were not musty and laid away already in lavender but fresh and breathing and redolent of this year’s shining motor cars and of dances whose flowers were scarcely withered.”
- Ned Beatty graduated from Eastern High School in 1955. His film career did not take off until his notorious role in “Deliverance,” in 1972, opposite Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight. In “Network,” he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for playing Arthur Jensen, the network’s chairman of the board. His scene in the boardroom with Peter Finch, who posthumously won the award, is considered one of the greatest speeches in film history. Beatty went on to appear such classic movies as “All the President’s Men,” “Superman” and “Rudy.” His work in 2011’s “Toy Story 3” is certain to have caused some nightmares for kids and adults alike!
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