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Shoeleather Quiz # 1

1. From where did Mayor George Athanson broadcast his overnight radio show?

2. Which famous person spoke in Hartford? (a) John Brown; (b) Emma Goldman; (c) Abraham Lincoln; (c) Elizabeth Gurley Flynn; (d) Frederick Douglass; (e) all of them.

3. Name Hartford’s most famous Negro League baseball player ( Hint: he graduated from Bulkeley High).

4. What was the name of Hartford’s first “head” shop? (Bonus question for you flower children).

5. Name these two men. Which one was from Hartford?


15 comments on “Shoeleather Quiz # 1

  1. John McMahon
    November 26, 2013

    1. WTIC. 2. E. 3.John Taylor (knew his son, also a Bulkeley grad) 4. Stairway To Heaven? (A guess…probably wrong…probably an establishment on Union Place that escapes my feeble memory…lol) 5. Thurmond Milner & Dick Gregory.

    • Steve Thornton
      November 26, 2013

      Great try! Not 100%. but you still may be the winner! Check back tomorrow!

    • charles rankin
      November 28, 2013

      That’s Wilber Smith with Dick Gregory;

  2. Lynn Coda-Klein
    November 26, 2013

    WDRC, E, John Taylor, UFO Shop, Thurmond Milner & Dick Gregory

    • Jimmy Higgins
      November 26, 2013

      Almost! I should be more clear. # 1 is asking for a physical location.

  3. Kathy Taylor
    November 26, 2013

    1. WWUH 2. All of them 3. John “Schoolboy Taylor” 4. Staairway to Heaven 5. Former Hartford Mayor Thurman Milner with Dick Gregory. Milner was from Hartford.

  4. Mary Tossell
    November 27, 2013

    Every Monday Scot St James was joined on the air by Hartford Mayor George Athanson.- in 1967 WDRC studios moved downtown to 750 Main Street. November 3, 1971 Scott St. James and the Morning Mayor were on WPOP from the summer of ’64 they were at Cedar St in Newington.

  5. Marybeth lawton
    November 27, 2013

    WTIC at Travelers Insurance Co.; e, all of them;John Taylor; Stairway to Heaven; Thurmond Milner and Dick Gregory

  6. Tom Condon
    November 27, 2013

    WDRC, all of them, Johnny “Schoolboy” Taylor, Sticky Fingers, Wilber Smith and Dick Gregory.

    • charles rankin
      November 29, 2013

      that looks like wilgur smith.

  7. Steve
    November 27, 2013

    Ooo you guys are so close! Answers today ( Wed. nov. 27) at 7:00 pm! Hi Tom!

  8. Jill Friedman
    November 28, 2013

    I knew almost all of those, but the one I should have known….Hartford first ‘head shop’…..must have been there thousands of times! Sad to see the whole area go! Now here’s one for you? What was the Make-Believe Shop on High Street? What was the name of the coffeehouse on Union Place, next to CT Lunch? Who owned PICNIC, the restaurant on Union Place? And here’s the good one…Who’s burried in Hooker’s tomb?? lol

    • Jimmy Higgins
      December 1, 2013

      These are really good! Especially Picnic. I remember the restaurant, forget the owner. Judith something? The coffeehouse was Wooden Ships I think. Remember the people’s clinic on High Street?

  9. Jimmy Higgins
    December 4, 2013


    I. The location was Connecticut Lunch on Union Place ( part of the cafeteria is now Papa’s Pizza). Hizzoner interviewed denizens of the night and chatted about everything. A good place to get a plate of spaghetti at 3:00 am.

    2. All of them spoke in Hartford. (sort of a dumb question, I think).

    3. Johnny “Schoolboy” Taylor, so- called because he broke state records while at Bulkeley. Taylor could have played for the Majors if he had made believe he was Cuban (that’s where the color line stopped) but he wouldn’t do it. Taylor even struck out Satchel Paige!

    4. The store was called UFO. It was on Union Place as well. You could buy used jeans and rolling papers.

    5. On the left is State Senator Wilber Smith. On the right is comedian/activist Dick Gregory.


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