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- John Timmons’ ear X-tacy was an institution during its 26 years as an alternative record store. While bands, many local, would come and play on the premises, one band was memorable for its turnout on July 4, 2000. Who was the band?
- So there’s a cave in E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park that’s accessible to the public. What’s the cave’s unusual name and what was its purpose?
- He owned a house at the corner of Frankfort Avenue and William Street in Clifton that, with its wrought-iron enclosed courtyard, was filled with oddball antiques, including a reduced scale replica of the Statue of Liberty bearing Richard Nixon’s face. Who was he?
And here are the answers:
- The Foo Fighters—When the band played at ear X-tacy on that day, the store was packed with 700 people inside and 200 people on the outside. There was a documentary made about the record store in 2012, called Brick and Mortar and Love.
- Sauerkraut Cave is located right behind an archery range in the park. It was formerly used as storage for the Lakeland Asylum for the Insane. The cave is reinforced with brick walls and pillars. It’s covered in graffiti and is a common site for those interested in paranormal activity.
- Jerry Lotz was his name and the collection of oddities he’d amassed over 75 years was widely known as “Jerry’s Junk.” However it was really more of a museum and included stuff salvaged from Disneyland and horseshoes from the Kentucky Derby, still with dirt embedded. Jerry died in 2019 and his collection was auctioned off.