Name that Flyover City! — May 26, 2022

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

  1. What city is home to the newly opened Bob Dylan Center?
  2. What city was the birthplace of “Walking Dead” actress Melissa McBride?
  3. In what city would you find Paul’s Pel’meni, a restaurant specializing in pel’meni, or delicious Russian dumplings?

And here are the answers:

  1. Tulsa, OK. The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa celebrates the life and music of a true American icon. Though born in Minnesota and weaned on New York City’s folk music scene in the early 1960s, Tulsa was chosen by benefactor George Kaiser and agreed to by Dylan himself. The fact that Bob Dylan’s biggest influence, Woody Guthrie, has a museum in the same city probably didn’t hurt in convincing the Nobel-prize-winning singer/songwriter to locate the center in Tulsa either. The museum itself contains instruments, artworks, and other memorabilia, and has a jukebox full of Dylan tunes selected by Dylan acolyte Elvis Costello.
  2. Lexington, KY. Melissa McBride was born in Lexington in 1965. She attended high school in North Carolina and started her acting career in 1991, first in commercials and eventually in TV shows like “Matlock” and “Dawson’s Creek.” She had a small part in “The Mist,” a horror movie directed by Frank Darabont, who later cast McBride in the “Walking Dead.” Her character, Carol Peletier, begins season one as a timid single mother caring for her daughter, but as the series progresses, McBride’s character develops from being weak and dependent into a strong, cunning, and loyal warrior.
  3. Madison, WI. Few cities in America have a regional delicacy as interesting and delicious as Madison, Wisconsin, home of Paul’s Pel’meni. Owner Paul Schwoerer started creating and selling the unique dumplings in 2003, and now owns and operates the restaurant on 414 West Gilman Street in Madison. People who aren’t familiar with his pel’meni can’t understand how it is that Schwoerer sells only the one thing. When he explains it, it makes more sense. “I started with four electric hot plates, and I made them (the dumplings) by hand with a rolling pin,” Schwoerer said. “So, that’s how I sold one thing … I built it on and off for 12 or 14 years.” The dumplings come filled with ground beef, seasoned mashed potatoes, or a mixture of both.