This week’s questions:
- What infamous find led to the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival?
- The Grisanti family brought three iconic restaurants to Louisville that bore the family name. Can you name the three restaurants that are, unfortunately, no longer here?
- What professional football player was initially turned down in his college years by Notre Dame for being too skinny, but then went on to play college ball for UofL?
And the answers:
- In 1966, Louisville resident Peggy Weber, Chairman of the Jeffersontown Restoration Society and her friend Petra Williams discovered an original gas lamp that had been buried under the steps of a local church. They convinced town leaders to buy replica gaslights to line the town square. Then the friends suggested that the town hold an 8-day yearly festival on the square. The festival (in non-COVID years) draws about 200,000 visitors each year.
- The restaurants were Mamma Grisanti’s, Ferd Grisanti’s and Casa Grisanti’s. Mamma Grisanti’s was a more casual Italian restaurant located in DuPont Circle. Ferd Grisanti’s opened in 1973 in Jtown, and was the final restaurant owned by the Grisanti family in Louisville. Casa Grisanti opened in downtown Louisville in 1959 as a fine-dining establishment, complete with white tablecloths and tuxedoed servers.
- Johnny Unitas—His pro career spanned from 1956 to 1973 and he is consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time.
Thanks for playing!