Name that City: Aug. 18, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. What southern city is the hometown of “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks?
  2. Bryant’s Lounge, located in this midwestern city, offers 450 different cocktail concoctions that are kept in a rolodex behind the bar. What city is it?
  3. What American city is the location of the infamous 1865 shootout between Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt?

And here are the answers:

  1. Knoxville, TN. Christina Hendricks was born in Knoxville in 1975. Her mother was a psychologist, and her father, a native of Great Britain, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, which meant that the family moved frequently in Hendricks’ early life. She studied ballet and theater as a teenager and moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue a career in modeling. She began appearing in TV commercials and music videos, and eventually small acting roles on sitcoms on MTV and Showtime. She hit it big in 2007 by taking the role of Joan Holloway, the office manager, on AMC’s “Mad Men.” Set in a fictitious advertising agency in 1960s New York City, her performance received critical praise, and earned her six Emmy nominations. She remained as a performer on “Mad Men” until the show ended in 2015, and has also appeared in the films “Drive” and “Lost River,” as well as the more recent TV productions “Good Girls” and “American Woman.”
  2. Milwaukee, WI. Technically a “beer hall” before becoming a “cocktail lounge,” Bryant’s has been open since 1938. The distinction was important at the time since many bars in Milwaukee were referred to as “Tied Houses” during prohibition. A tied house was a tavern with an exclusive relationship with a specific brewery to sell that brewer’s products. Once prohibition was lifted, Bryant’s wished to upgrade its business model and start selling cocktails only. They have elevated that notion to an art form that visitors can experience today. Test your libation boundaries on your next visit by trying cocktails with names like “The Rat Pack,” “The Brain Buster” and “The Ray Gun.”
  3. Springfield, MO. Regarded as the inspiration for countless western tales, including the movie “High Noon,” the shootout between Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt took place at 6 p.m. on July 21st, 1865, in the town square of Springfield, Missouri. The result of a dispute over a card game, the shootout ended with Hickok killing Tutt with one bullet. Hickok was tried and acquitted, and the incident lives on in American folklore. Springfield’s Public Works Department now offers a walking tour with posted landmarks and audio commentary to commemorate the site where it all happened.