Name That City! — Feb 24, 2022

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

  1. What southern city is the birthplace of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino?
  2. What midwestern city was the first in the U.S. to add fluoride to its water in 1945?
  3. Roberto Clemente is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game. What city is home to the team that Clemente played for?

And here are the answers:

  1. Answer: Knoxville, Tennessee. If you’ve visited East Tennessee or have knowledge of the region, you’ll likely have a unique experience when you go see a Quentin Tarantino film. Almost every movie he has made contains a reference to various Tennessee towns, certainly an homage to the city of Tarantino’s birth – Knoxville, TN. From Bruce Willis’ watch to Brad Pitt’s East Tennessee accent, Tarantino frequently nods to the area where he was born in 1963. When his parents split, Tarantino moved with his mother to Torrance, CA, outside Los Angeles, where his love of cinema truly took hold.
  2. Answer: Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its public water supply in 1945. Five years later, when the schoolchildren of Grand Rapids were found to have significantly fewer cavities than children from surrounding communities, other Michigan cities also began fluoridating and soon achieved similar results. Within a few years, cities and towns across the United States were fluoridating their water.
  3. Answer: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born in Puerto Rico in 1934, Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Originally recruited by the Dodgers in 1954, Clemente took a few years before hitting his stride with the Pirates. By 1960, however, he was batting .312 with 94 RBI and led the Pirates to the World Series, in which the Pirates defeated the Yankees in seven games. Pittsburgh returned to the World Series in 1971, and with Clemente hitting .414, they won another World Championship. Tragically, Clemente died in a plane crash the following year. His legacy lives on in the city that claimed him as one of their own.