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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit View Post
    Didn't Happy Chandler also have his office in Cincy, as well?

    Not Cincy trivia, but re: Smells: Piqua was home to several underwear factories at one time. Wonder that THAT smell was?
    Yep, Happy suspended Durocher from downtown IIRC.

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    Cincinnati is home of the decadent, quasi-misogynistic leerings of the band The Afghan Whigs.
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    Famous Cincinnatians

    Artists
    Jim Dine - major American artist of the second half of the 20th century born in Cincinnati in 1935. Attended Walnut Hills High School, the Cincinnati Art Academy and the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Arts.

    Robert S. Ducanson - prolific artist of the Hudson River School style raised in Cincinnati.

    Frank Duveneck - painter born in Covington, KY in 1848 who influenced a generation of painters.

    Suzanne Farrell - ballet dancer born in Cincinnati in 1945.

    James Levine - conductor and pianist born in Cincinnati - debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 10.

    Hiram Powers - began his career as an artist in Cincinnati.

    Harriet Beecher Stowe - author of Uncle Tom's Cabin - lived in Cincinnati, across the river from Civil War border-state Kentucky, and drew from these experiences for her book.

    John Henry Twachtman - painter, born in Cincinnati in 1853, who studied under Frank Duveneck and is considered a leader in the Impressionist movement.

    Tom Wesselmann - Cincinnati artist born in 1931 whose work was included in the American Pop Art exhibition at the Whitney Museum, New York.

    Thomas Worthington Whittredge - artist who lived in Cincinnati, best known for his Hudson River School scenes.

    Educators & Innovators
    Daniel Carter Beard - Covington, KY resident who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which evolved into the Boy Scouts of America.

    Nelson Glueck - leading biblical archaeologist born in Cincinnati, discovered the site of King Solomon's copper mines.

    William McGuffey - professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH who redefined reading textbooks in the late 19th century with his eclectic Readers series.

    John William Mauchly - Cincinnati born physicist who collaborated with others to build ENIAC, the first large electronic computer.

    Neil Armstrong - first man on the moon who later served as a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1979.

    Entertainers
    Theda Bara - silent film star, born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati in 1890.

    George Clooney - actor born in Augusta, KY

    Rosemary Clooney - singer, actress and aunt of George Clooney born in Maysville, KY.

    Doris Day - actress, born Doris von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati in 1924.

    The Isley Brothers - R & B group from Cincinnati who had a major hit with "Twist & Shout", later re-recorded by the Beatles.

    Ruth Lyons - television hostess broadcast her show on WLW-TV from 1947-1967

    Sarah Jessica Parker - actress who grew up in Cincinnati.

    Tyrone Power - movie star born in Cincinnati in 1914.

    Roy Rogers - popular singing cowboy, born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati in 1911.

    Steven Spielberg - innovative filmmaker born in Cincinnati.

    Jerry Springer - talk show host, was once Mayor of Cincinnati and later anchor on WLWT-TV news.

    Ted Turner - media mogul born in Cincinnati.

    Andy Williams - singer, attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati.

    Presidents
    Ulysses S. Grant - Civil War General and 18th President of the Unites States, born in Point Pleasant, OH in 1822.

    Benjamin Harrison - 23rd President of the United States, born in North Bend, OH in 1833.

    William Howard Taft - 27th President of the United States, born in Cincinnati in 1857.

    Sports Stars
    Eddie Arcaro - jockey born in Cincinnati who rode the Kentucky Derby winner 5 times and the Triple Crown winner once.

    Steve Cauthen - born in Covington, KY, was the first jockey to exceed $6 million in earnings.

    Anthony Munoz - Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle who played his entire career as a Cincinnati Bengal.

    Oscar "Big O" Robertson - three-time basketball All-American at the University of Cincinnati, 1958-1960, and the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1961.

    Pete Rose - Major League Baseball's biggest lifetime hitter with 4,256 hits, was born in Cincinnati.

    Roger Staubach - Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer played football at Purcell High School in Cincinnati.
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    Cincinnati Firsts

    1835 First bag of airmail lifted by a hot air balloon.

    1849 First city in the U.S. to hold a municipal song festival - Saengerfest.

    1850 First city in the U.S. to establish a Jewish hospital.

    1850 First city in the U.S. to publish greeting cards - Gibson Greeting Card Company.

    1853 First practical steam fire engine. First city to establish a municipal fire department and first firemen's pole.

    1869 First city to establish a weather bureau.

    1869 First professional baseball team - the Cincinnati Red Stockings, now known as the Cincinnati Reds.

    1870 First city in the U.S. to establish a municipal university - University of Cincinnati.

    1870 First city to hold annual industrial expositions.

    1875 First city to establish a Jewish theological college - Hebrew Union College.

    1880 First city in which a woman, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, began and operated a large manufacturing operation - Rookwood Pottery.

    1880 First and only city to build and own a major railroad.

    1902 First concrete skyscraper built in the U.S. - the Ingalls Building.

    1905 Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, later known as the Boy Scouts of America.

    1906 First university to offer cooperative education - University of Cincinnati.

    1935 First night baseball game played under lights.

    1952 First heart-lung machine makes open heart surgery possible.
    Developed at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    1954 First city to have a licensed Public television station - WCET TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran View Post
    I believe it's called Givaudan. And sometimes it smells like burnt dogfood...:
    Yes, that's the name and, you're right, sometimes the aroma is not pleasing.

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    My father works at Givaudan--he comes home smelling like the flavors they make. It's pretty disgusting.

    There's a partially-built, abandoned subway under Cincinnati.

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    There's a partially-built, abandoned subway under Cincinnati.
    http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/subway.html


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    Abandoning that is one of the great mistakes in Cincinnati history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    Abandoning that is one of the great mistakes in Cincinnati history.
    Not really -- ask a Pittsburgh native how important the subway is to their city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    Not really -- ask a Pittsburgh native how important the subway is to their city.
    The problem with the Cincinnati subway is that they've not managed to do ANYTHING with it, and have wasted quite a lot of money and time fighting over it instead of doing something productive with it. At this point, above-ground public transportation (something the city does really need) is more viable than a subway, you're right. But the city is still forced to maintain the subway tunnels due to the water lines that run through them and the fact that they literally hold up Central Parkway, among other things. So they are still spending tax dollars to maintain them without making better use of them.

    There's been talk of using them for transit, for public walkways, for shopping, for art galleries...a whole bunch of things that have never come to fruition, sometimes for legitimate reasons, sometimes just because people couldn't agree on anything. The city also paid dearly for the building of the tunnels themselves; the whole process was poorly engineered and when it rained and soil eroded, houses along the subway line trails literally began to crack at the foundation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    Not really -- ask a Pittsburgh native how important the subway is to their city.
    I-75 would not be where it is today if the Subway had been completed, and that's reason enough for me to say they should have finished it.
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    Cincinnatians won't adopt viable public transportation until the day they wake up and realize they're spending 3 hours a morning traveling the 10 miles they need to cover to make it to work. And then it'll be too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    Cincinnatians won't adopt viable public transportation until the day they wake up and realize they're spending 3 hours a morning traveling the 10 miles they need to cover to make it to work. And then it'll be too late.
    I think you're right. And this baffles the crap out of me.

    I have to say that more people take buses to work than I expected. I recently had a short-term job working downtown and I would say the majority of people I worked with took the bus to work -- people from parts of the city but from the suburbs as well (West Chester etc.) I'm willing to bet most of that had to do with gas prices and parking more than time (for me, it is quicker -- and safer -- to drive given how relatively close to downtown I am).

    But after normal working hours? Forget it. I wouldn't even know how to deal with bus schedules at that time, let alone how safe it might be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    The problem with the Cincinnati subway is that they've not managed to do ANYTHING with it, and have wasted quite a lot of money and time fighting over it instead of doing something productive with it.
    You could subsititute any number of words with "subway" and that sentence could be re-used over and over again throughout Cincinnati history.

    Personally, I'd be in favor of utilizing the subway, in conjunction with a light rail system, to connect the entire region. I'd love nothing more than not having to make the morning 45 minute drive into downtown and spend that time, instead, sleeping on a train ride.

    The problem is, you have to make the plan worthwhile to all parts of the region -- and outside of direct-cash payments to everyone west of I-75, I don't see that ever actually happening. Maybe with gas prices still hovering north of $2 per gallon, the time is right to propose the issue again.
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    Charles Manson was from Cincinnati.
    So was Stephen Spielberg.
    Neither spent much time there, probably until their teens at the most.

    Cincinnati is the birthplace of reform judaism.

    The owner of Samual Adams beer grew up in Cincinnati. Jim Koch's father was the last of a long line of brewmasters. Koch didn't go into brewing initially, but got into brewing after starting down a career path in consulting.

    There are caves in the hills of Delhi, above the Ohio River, supposedly used by the nuns at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity to hide escaped slaves.

    If you stand by a drinking fountain in the corner of Union Terminal, you can talk to the person at the opposite drinking fountain, about 50 yards away without raising your voice.

    The engraving of a steamboat on the Tyler Davidson Fountain was done by a man who'd never seen one. Someone obtained a used steamboat line ticket for him and he used the illustration on it to make the engraving.

    If you live on the west side, it's still faster to use the Anderson Ferry to get to the airport.

    The subway project was stopped because they ran out of money AND because by the time they wanted to start again there were two problems- the new trains were too big for the sharp turns and it was obvious that the population was not growing in the directions that the train lines were built. It would not have served enough people.

    The Fountain Square garage was a station on the subway line, IIRC.

    Ted Turner is from Cincinnati. His mother's funeral was at St. Francis De Sales church.

    St. Francis De Sales church had (may still have) the world's largest free swinging bell. When rung, it shattered windows in the neighborhood.

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