Here’s a review of the questions:
- At the beginning of the 1988 film, “Gorillas in the Mist,” this famous primatologist and conservationist (played by Sigourney Weaver) is seen attending a lecture by Dr. Louis Leakey at the Louisville Science Center in 1966. What was her name?
- This Louisville music store moved from its iconic location at the corner of Frankfort Ave. and Stilz Ave. to the site of the “Old Tumbleweed” on Mellwood Ave. What is the store called? Bonus points – what is the name of the family that has run it and rocked Louisville since 1972?
- This corporate behemoth has its international headquarters in Louisville. Its “White House” is visible from the Watterson Expressway (I-264) near Newburg Road, and its logo is slathered all over the Kentucky Derby every year. What is the name of the company?
And here are the answers:
- Dr. Dian Fossey was working as an occupational therapist in Louisville after graduating from college in her native California. A trained equestrian, she came to Kentucky partly to work with horses while employed at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Her work with wildlife in Africa went on to become legendary, including her mysterious death in Rwanda in 1985. Her years in Louisville, including the infamous “pursuit” of Leakey, laid the groundwork for her amazing accomplishments in the years that followed. It is not known if the “Louisville Science Center” location used in the film was in Louisville or if the science center as we currently know it looked anything like it does in the movie back in 1966.
- The corner of Mellwood Avenue and Edith Road has become a cultural hotspot in recent years, as the home of the Mellwood Art Center and Mom’s Music. In 1979, Marvin and Beverly Maxwell opened Mom’s Music on Frankfort Avenue, starting as a retail store and sound contracting business with an emphasis on helping musicians and churches with their musical needs. In the mid 80’s Mom’s began teaching private music lessons and soon added group lessons with its popular and now famous Rock School. Rock School has grown into a multi-level group class that provides kids from 8 to 18 the opportunity to learn to play in a band, schedule their own performances, and even record their own music. Mom’s moved from its Frankfort Ave. location to the old Tumbleweed restaurant on Mellwood Ave. in the early 2000’s.
- While Louisville is not the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, its corporate headquarters have been located there since 1998. YUM! Brands, a conglomerate that also currently owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, calls the sprawling campus on Gardner Lane its home, and there’s plenty of fast-food magic being conjured up there. The history reads that in 1977, PepsiCo, the soft drink maker, acquired Pizza Hut, and then Taco bell a year later. In 1986, they purchased KFC from R.J. Reynolds. In 1997, PepsiCo left the food industry and Tricon Global was formed, with its headquarters in Louisville. Tricon changed its name to YUM! in 2002, and company continues to thrive, employing 34,000 people worldwide.
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