Toledo Trivia: How well do you know the Glass City?Written by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | firstname.lastname@example.org
During the July Fourth celebrations, Parade magazine offered an issue with a series of trivia questions about America. I scored in the high second tier of the test, and it inspired me to assemble a similar test on Toledo trivia. Here, compiled from a number of sources noted at the end of this column, are 50 questions about the Glass City. There’s no contest, but it is an opportunity to see how much you know about your city.
1. Who referred to Toledo as a “future great city of the world” when he served as editor and publisher of The Blade?
A. Charles Gardner
B. Jessup Scott
C. Lamson Skinner
2. Tony Packo’s opened its original East Side location in:
3. Which department store operated under the slogan, “Toledo Born — Toledo Owned — Toledo Operated”?
B. Lion Store
4. What was Allen DeVilbiss famous for?
A. Developed atomizer to deliver medicine to nose and throat.
B. Developed first light bulb-making machine.
C. Brought spark plug business to Toledo.
5. Which of these criminals used the Toledo area as a hideout?
A. John Dillinger
B. Legs Diamond
C. Pretty Boy Floyd
D. All of the above.
6. Which of the following were not Toledo movie/stage theaters in the 1940s?
A. Loews, Paramount, Rivoli
B. Palace, Princess, Royale
C. Ka-Sees, Bon Ton, Kin Wa Lows
7. Who is the only Toledoan to be appointed as chief justice to the United States Supreme Court?
A. Morrison Waite
B. Noah Swayne
C. James Ashley
8. Which of the following banks did not fail during the 1930s?
A. Toledo Trust
B. Second National Bank
C. Ohio Savings Bank
9. What was Toledo mayor Samuel Jones’ nickname?
A. Golden Eye
B. Golden Rule
C. Golden Throat
10. Why did Toledo style itself as “The Coventry of America”?
A. Because of its many churches.
B. After the main bicycle manufacturer in England.
C. Because of its specific dove population.
11. What was the Toledo I?
A. One of the first cargo ships launched from Toledo.
B. The name of an early Jeep model.
C. A dirigible that landed on and then took off from the top of the Spitzer Building.
D. An airplane that flew mail to Put-in-Bay.
12. What did Amadeus Rappe establish in 1841?
A. Toledo Scale Company
B. Toledo’s first Catholic church
C. Toledo Bee newspaper
D. St. Francis de Sales High School
E. Tiedtke’s Department Store
13. True or False: Actor Jamie Farr was in attendance at the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game between the USA and USSR at the Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
14. Toledo University (now University of Toledo) student James Neal is credited for what contribution to the university in 1923?
A. Designed the bell tower.
B. Established UT’s first fraternity.
C. Gave the university’s football team its nickname.
15. An attorney, an architect, an industrialist, a real estate agent, a journalist and two artists incorporated what in 1901?
A. Toledo Bar Association
C. Toledo Museum of Art
16. What was the first animal donated to the Toledo Zoo?
17. What award did ESPN bestow upon Fifth Third Field in 2007?
A. Best ballpark in Minor League Baseball
B. Best hot dogs in International League
C. The Roost named best seats in Minor League Baseball
18. According to Gen. George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II, what was “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare”?
A. The Jeep
B. .50-caliber machine guns
C. Boots produced in East Toledo
19. What was the inspiration for the 1983 Yes song, “Our Song”?
B. Toledo Sports Arena
C. Maumee River
20. Who proclaimed in 1923 that his greatest enjoyment in life was “the service of giving, whether material or spiritual”?
A. Edward Drummond Libbey
B. Michael J. Owens
C. Frazier Reams
21. What Toledo-discovered substance has been used in the making of Corvettes, Apollo space suits and the Alaska pipeline?
A. Synthetic composite
22. Which area native provides a voice on the animated Disney series “Phineas and Ferb?”
A. Katie Holmes
B. Crystal Bowersox
C. Alyson Stoner
23. Who is credited with giving Toledo its name?
A. Washington Irving
B. Two Stickney
C. Willard J. Daniels
D. James Irvine Browne
E. All of the above
24. Which of these countries does not host a Toledo sister city?
25. True or False: Musician Randy Sparks, who wrote the unflattering song “Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio,” subsequently received the key to the city.
26. Marcy Kaptur was elected to her first term in Congress in 1981. Which of the following Toledoans was not yet born when Kaptur was elected?
A. Katie Holmes
B. Crystal Bowersox
C. Anita Baker
27. Toledo’s current population is 284,012. In which census year did Toledo hit its greatest population of 383,818?
28. Which of the following was not a nickname for Toledo’s minor league hockey team?
29. Which is the oldest Toledo television channel?
30. What Palm Sunday disaster in 1920 destroyed Raab’s Corners?
B. Gas explosion
31. True or false: The first mayor of Toledo, John Berdan, won the election by one vote.
32. The Anthony Wayne Bridge (High Level Bridge) is how long?
A. 3,215 feet
B. 2,315 feet
C. 5,132 feet
33. Metroparks of Toledo Area consists of how many acres?
A. 50,100 acres
B. 100,500 acres
C. 10,500 acres
34. What are Toledo Symphony Orchestra conductor Joseph Hawthorne and Lester Freedman, then a faculty member at the University of Chattanooga, credited with inspiring?
A. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle
B. Toledo Repertoire Theatre
C. Toledo Opera
35. What is Toledo’s Blair Museum famous for?
A. Witchcraft exhibits
C. “The Facts of Life” memorabilia
36. The Holiday With Heart Charity Gayla was established in:
37. What do Jerry Anderson, Paul W. Smith, Frank Venner, Don Edwards, Fred LeFebvre and Michael S. Miller have in common?
38. The Cherry Street Bridge was built in 1914. In what year was it renamed the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge?
39. Which famous baseball player visited the offices of The Blade in June 1928?
A. Ty Cobb
B. Honus Wagner
C. Babe Ruth
40. Who was Ernest M. McSorley?
A. First Lucas County auditor
B. First mayor of Ottawa Hills
C. Captain of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald
41. Brothers Michael and Mark Kersey are better known as:
A. Mr. Atomic
B. The Fab Four Minus Two
C. Dust Brothers
42. Clyde Scoles is the director of:
A. Toledo Botanical Garden
B. Toledo Chamber of Commerce
C. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
43. Which service lists as its mission, “Reliable, Timely and Safe, Accessible, Affordable and Friendly”?
A. Toledo Water Department
B. Columbia Gas of Ohio
44. Which Downtown restaurant welcomes you with the sign, “Eat here, diet at home”?
A. The Blarney Irish Pub
B. Table Forty4
45. Put these national monuments in order of height:
A. St. Louis Gateway Arch
B. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay
C. Washington Monument
D. Statue of Liberty
46. What do William Miscannon and Keith Dressel have in common?
47. How many workers were killed during the construction of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway bridge?
48. Which woman, once known as the “female O.J. Simpson,” set football rushing records during seven seasons with the Toledo Troopers?
A. Christine Brennan
B. Linda Jefferson
C. Donna Owens
D. Linda Washington
49. Which artist played a concert at Centennial Hall on April 23, 1977?
A. Frank Sinatra
B. Stevie Wonder
C. Elvis Presley
50. William Harbeck’s gravestone at Woodlawn Cemetary reads, “Victim of ________.”
A. The Hindenberg
B. Swine Flu
D. Sept. 11, 2001
6. C (Ka-Sees, Bon Ton and Kin Wa Lows were Toledo supper clubs.)
9. B (Jones’ only rule for employment, posted on a wall in his factory, was “Do unto others as you would do unto yourself.”)
11. C (Aviator Roy Knabenshue won $500 for piloting the airship from the fairgrounds on Dorr Street to the Spitzer Building and back in 30 minutes.)
13. True (Farr has said limited ticket availability left him seated surrounded by Russian hockey fans.)
14. C (“Skyrockets,” later shortened to “Rockets”)
19. B (The band sings, “Toledo was just another good stop/Along the good king’s highway … Toledo’s got to be the silver city in this good country.” Toledo is also mentioned in the 1977 Kenny Rogers hit “Lucille” (“In a bar in Toledo across from the depot/On a bar stool she took off her ring.”)
21. C (The trademarked spelling of Fiberglas contains only one “s.”)
22. C (She voices Isabella Garcia-Shapiro.)
23. D (Each man receives credit in various apocryphal stories, but historian Clint Mauk credits Browne, founder of Toledo’s first newspaper The Gazatte, who chose the name “for no particular reason except the name Toledo had not been used yet.” According to the City of Toledo website, “One recounts that Washington Irving, who was traveling in Spain at the time, suggested the name to his brother, a local resident; this explanation ignores the fact that Irving returned to the United States in 1832. Others award the honor to Two Stickney, son of the major who quaintly numbered his sons and named his daughters after States. The most popular version attributes the naming to Willard J. Daniels, a merchant, who reportedly suggested Toledo because it ‘is easy to pronounce, is pleasant in sound, and there is no other city of that name on the American continent.’”)
24. E (The list includes Beqaa Valley, Lebanon; Coimbatore, India; Delmenhorst, Germany; Hyderabad, Pakistan; Londrina, Brazil; Pozna?, Poland; Qinhuangdao, China; Szeged, Hungary; Tanga, Tanzania; Toledo, Spain; and Toyohashi, Japan.)
25. True (He received the key from Mayor Donna Owens. To make amends, he subsequently wrote “Holy Toledo (On A Sunday Morning, Everyone’s In Church Or On The Way)” and “I Want My Maumee (I Wanna Go Back To Toledo).”)
26. B (Holmes was born in 1978, Bowersox in 1985 and Baker in 1958.)
28. A (Goaldiggers, not Golddiggers)
29. C (WTOL: 1958; WNWO: 1966; WTVG: 1948; WUPW: 1985; WGTE: 1960.)
30. D (It caused several deaths and more than $25 million in damage.)
31. True (He was elected at a meeting in 1833.)
32. A. (The bridge was built by McClintic-Marshall Co., the same company that built the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.)
34. C (Hawthorne reportedly invited Freedman to “invent” opera for Toledo in 1957.)
35. B (The Blair Museum has the world’s largest collection of lithophanes and is the only museum worldwide dedicated to the art. Lithophanes are etchings made in translucent porcelain that can only be clearly viewed when lit from behind. The museum, located at Toledo Botanical Garden, is home to more than 2,300 lithophanes and has about 750 on display.)
36. C (Ed Hoffman, Dick Flock and David Hindall founded the event to bring the LGBTQA community together for the holidays.)
37. They all hosted radio programs on 1370 WSPD. To varying degrees of success.
38. A (At the same meeting, Toledo City Councilman Max Reddish also proposed naming a proposed pavilion in International Park after King, but that action was opposed and defeated by then-councilman Jack Ford.)
39. C (The Blade described Ruth in a headline as “A good fairy to crippled Toledo youth.”)
40. C (McSorley went down with the Fitzgerald on Nov. 10, 1975, at age 63.)
41. A (The brothers are artists.)
45. St. Louis Gateway Arch (630 feet), Washington Monument (555 feet, 5 1?8 inches), Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay (352 feet), Statue of Liberty (151 feet, 1 inch; ground to torch: 305 feet, 1 inch)
46. They were both Toledo police officers killed on duty. Miscannon was shot and killed during a riot in 1970. Dressel was shot and killed while trying to stop a drug deal in February 2007.
47. A (Five tradesmen lost their lives during construction of the signature bridge that now provides the I-280 Maumee River crossing: four workers from Ironworkers Local 55 — Arden Clark II, Robert Lipinski Jr., Michael Moreau and Michael Phillips — died when a gantry crane collapsed on Feb. 16, 2004. Andrew Burris, a member of Carpenters Local 1138, died April 19, 2007, when the platform on which he was working detached from the bridge and fell to the ground.)
48. B (Jefferson set the National Women’s Football League (NWFL) ablaze in her first season in 1972. She ran for 1,388 yards and 32 touchdowns in her first season as a Toledo Trooper. From 1972-’75, Jefferson ran for 4,092 yards on 285 carries, an astonishing 14.4 yards per carry. The numbers prompted womenSport magazine to name her its first “Woman Athlete of the Year” in 1975. In 1976, she was the NWFL’s player of the year — she rushed for almost 1,500 yards — and was the league’s first most valuable player in its championship game.)
49. C (Elvis opened the concert with “See See Rider” and encored with “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”)
How well do you know Toledo? Give yourself two points for each correct answer.
- If you scored 90-100 points: Outstanding! You must be Jamie Farr!
- If you scored 80-90 points: Great! You paid attention at Libbey High School! Or Macomber! Or DeVillbis!
- If you scored 70-80 points: Not bad, but you need to see more Mud Hens games and eat more MOADS at Tony Packo’s.
- If you scored 60-70 points: You must have cut a lot of UT classes to party at the frat house.
- If you scored 50-60 points: You spent too much time watching “Coffee With The Fords.”
- If you scored below 50 points: Carty Finkbeiner would be ashamed of you.
Sources: “Historical Tales of Toledo,” by Clint Mauk; “Toledo’s Three Ls: Lamson’s, The Lion Store & Lasalle’s,” by Bruce Allen Kopytek; “East Toledo at Work,” by Larry R. Michaels and Ronald J. Mauter; “Historic Photos of Toledo,” by Gregory M. Miller; www.toledozoo.org; www.toledomuseum.org; www.imdb.com; www.milb.com; www.utoledo.edu; www.toledoblade.com; www.owenscorning.com; toledo.oh.gov; www.toledofreepress.com; U.S. Census Bureau; www.wgte.org; www.historicbridges.org; www.metroparks toledo.com; www.toledoopera.org; www.lithophanemuseum.org; www.hwhcharitygayla.org; Facebook; bridgehunter.com; www.tarta.com; www.toledolibrary.org; www.toledonewsnow.com; and www.setlist.fm.