Name That City! — July 29, 2021

Here’s a review of the questions:

  1. In what city was the first successful bone marrow transplant in the U.S. is performed?
  2. Bob Dunn’s first recordings for Decca with Milton Brown are considered to be the first electric instrument recordings. What part of flyover country did he hail from?
  3. In what city was the touch screen technology first developed?

And here are the answers:

  1. Madison, WI—The first successful bone marrow transplant was performed by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Professor Fritz Bach, MD, and University of Minnesota Professor Robert Good, MD. It was done in 1968 on a 22-month-old boy with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, an immunodeficiency disease. Bach conducted the transplant at UW Children’s Hospital. The boy’s sister had donated the bone marrow, which allowed her brother to live into adulthood.
  2. Gibson, OK—Bob Dunn became interested in the steel guitar as a young boy and took correspondence courses on the instrument from Walter Kolomoku. Dunn’s style was unique among the steel guitarists of his time. He was an admirer of the trombonist Jack Teagarden and took a similar approach to his soloing, using a horn-like phrasing far away from the Hawaiian stylings of the day. He always tried to treat the steel guitar as a jazz instrument, or what he termed a “modern instrument.” You can listen to the recordings here.
  3. Lexington, KY—In 1971, a “touch sensor” was developed by Doctor Sam Hurst (founder of Elographics) while he was an instructor at the University of Kentucky. This sensor, called the Elograph, was patented by The University of Kentucky Research Foundation. The Elograph was not transparent like modern touch screens, but it was a significant milestone in touch screen technology. The Elograph was selected by Industrial Research as one of the 100 Most Significant New Technical Products of the Year 1973.

Thanks for playing!