Here are this week’s questions:
- The scientist who was the inspiration for the naming of NASA’s HST space telescope in 1990 was born in Missouri and grew up in Illinois before moving to Louisville. His early career included a stint as a teacher and coach at New Albany High School, just across the river from Louisville. What was the name of this “spaced out” scientist?
- What was the name of the professional men’s basketball team in Louisville that played in the American Basketball Association from 1967-1975?
- Who is the inspirational Louisvillian, born without eyes or the ability to straighten his arms and legs, that drew national attention while playing trumpet in his wheelchair with the University of Louisville marching band?
And here are the answers:
- The story of Edwin Hubble, whose name was used as an homage to his work when the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and other orbiting observation stations were developed by NASA, is one of a diligent, dedicated and low-profile genius. His parents, John Powell and Virginia James Hubble (who is buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill cemetery) moved the family to Kentucky, first to Shelbyville in 1909 and then to Louisville in 1911. Edwin departed Louisville for England to study at Oxford but returned to the area and took the job at New Albany High School in 1914. By 1917, he was studying astronomy at the University of Chicago. His involvement in the fields of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology led to work that resulted in “Hubble’s Theory,” the notion that our universe is expanding. In addition to the HST, Hubble’s name is attached to an asteroid, a moon crater, a planetarium in Brooklyn and a highway in his hometown of Marshfield, MO.
- The Kentucky Colonels’ basketball games were exciting and popular with Kentuckians as well fans across the nation. The Colonels were part of the ABA, a new league that started in 1967 and brought professional basketball action to fans in cities that didn’t have an NBA franchise. In 1976, many of the ABA teams joined the NBA, including the Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets. The Colonels did not, however, so the games they played at Louisville Gardens (now just the Gardens) and Freedom Hall live only as a moment in a long-forgotten time for the team’s supporters. Legendary players like Dan Issel, Louie Dampier and Artis Gilmore helped the team to win the most games and to have the highest winning percentage in the entire history of the ABA.
- Patrick Henry Hughes is familiar to UL fans and lots more folks in the city of Louisville and across the nation. Anyone passing the intersection of East Broadway and Barrett Avenue can’t miss his likeness plastered on a huge banner proclaiming, “Patrick’s Louisville.” While a part of U of L’s marching band, Patrick’s father, also named Patrick, became as visible as his famous son, wheeling the trumpeter across the field so he could stay in formation with the rest of the band. After college, Patrick (the younger) turned his talents to writing and performing all kinds of music. He is also an inspirational public speaker and media celebrity who has appeared on ESPN, ABC’s World News Tonight, and perhaps most famously, Extreme Makeover, Home Addition, which featured the Hughes’ home being transformed into a palace by Ty Pennington and his crew. Patrick has also released two CD’s and a book, I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams.
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