Name That City! — August 19, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions:

  1. What Midwestern city is the birthplace of SNL’s Chris Farley?
  2. Which city is the home of Arthur Bryant’s barbecue restaurant, the birthplace of “burnt ends?”
  3. Which city is home to Shaw University, the first Historically Black College in the American South?

And here are the answers:

  1. Chris Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1964. Raised in an Irish Catholic household, Farley and his two brothers attended Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart in Madison, and later, Marquette University in Milwaukee. After a short time at Chicago’s legendary Second City Theater, he was hired for “Saturday Night Live” in 1990 and stayed on the show for five years. A successful film career followed, including “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep” with fellow SNL alum David Spade. As famous for his self-destructive behavior as his comedic talent, Farley tragically passed away in 1997 at age 33, after battles with numerous addictions.
  2. Writer Calvin Trillin called Arthur Bryant’s restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, “the greatest restaurant in the world.” People across the country consider it the nation’s best barbecue joint, and famous diners over the years have included Harry Truman, Tom Hanks, and Jack Nicholson. No single dish is more closely associated with Kansas City, and Bryant’s in particular, than “Burnt Ends,” which consist of the trimmings from a beef brisket that would have normally been thrown away. Once people started drowning them in Bryant’s spicy sauce, they became a delicacy that rivals the ribs, chicken and sliced pork with which they share the menu at Bryant’s.
  3. Raleigh, North Carolina’s Shaw University was founded in December of 1865, and originally consisted of three buildings which were actually converted antebellum cabins. The university now has an enrollment of 1300 students, 174 faculty members, and a proud history of empowerment and racial justice. Famous alumni include Adam Clayton Powell, Gladys Knight and three members of the hip-hop group Lords of the Underground.

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