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BIG CITY: Test your downtown knowledge (answers)

By Kirk Ross

Sorry about the tough quiz, folks. Not many passing grades among the few folks to send in their answers. The idea was to highlight the fact that there are so many stories, facts, ideas and people who can get lost in the mists of time.

That’s kind of what local newspapers are all about. Here’s hoping this one lasts.

Now on to the answers.

1. Heading from campus toward Hillsborough, the streets in order are Cameron, Franklin, Rosemary and North.

2. Two men who have run establishments downtown have had the nickname “Papa D.” What are their actual names and their establishments? Papa D – Edward G. Danziger – ran Danziger’s restaurant on Franklin Street. Papa D – soon-to-be county Commissioner Mark Dorosin – ran the nightclub Hell on Rosemary Street.

3. Name two bookstores that were located in the 100 block of either East or West Franklin. The Intimate was in the middle of the 100 block of East Franklin, and Logos, a Christian bookstore, was located at 100 West Franklin.

4. Where did Marty Ravellette hang out in the mornings? Born with no arms and hailed a hero after saving a woman at an auto wreck, Marty used to go to Sutton’s Drug Store about every morning. They still miss him there. Me too.

5. Where was the Sidetrack tavern? Where the Armadillo Grill is now located in Carrboro

6. Where did the sidetrack it was named for go to? A large mill operation located in the area off Roberson Street that is now a large parking lot for Carr Mill Mall.

7. Name one of the two people who tackled Wendell Williamson and the intersection where it happened. (Sorry about the typo on the name in the print version.) Bar manager William Leone and attorney Bob Epting tackled Williamson as he tried to reload his weapon at the corner of Henderson and Rosemary streets.

8. Where did former Chapel Hill Mayor Jimmy Wallace teach? Over in Raleigh at N.C. State

9. What large downtown structure is named for him? The Wallace Parking Deck on Rosemary Street

10. Where and when was Chapel Hill’s first civil rights sit-in? On Feb. 28, 1960, four weeks after the famous Woolworth’s sit-in in Greensboro, a small group of Lincoln High School students refused to leave the whites-only sitting area at the Colonial Drug Store, which was located on Franklin Street where the West End Wine Bar is now.

11. Say something Catbaby would say. “Hey Cat,” “Whataya say Caaaat,” or simply “Caaaaaaat” are acceptable answers.

12. Carrboro used to have a Western Auto store. Where was it? About where Acme is now. I bought a red Schwinn there before it closed.

13. What was the first name of the late, great Friendly Barber? Grady. We miss him too.

14. In what famed Chapel Hill clothing store did Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts play on Hot Diggity Days? Julian’s

15. What building is named for Doug’s mother? The old UNC laundry building, located next to the cogeneration plant on Cameron Avenue is named for Kennon Cheek and Rebecca Clark.

16. Where was the Dairy Bar? The one downtown was located in The Courtyard facing Franklin Street in the space that used to house Pyewacket’s takeout space.

17. What is the name of the big hill you travel down heading east from downtown on Franklin Street? Stroud Hill

18. What is the shared last name of Bill, Matt, Sheila and Moreton? Neal

19. When did Julian Carr buy the mill in Carrboro? 1909

20. What did Professor Venable teach? Chemistry

21. Where is “Chapel Hill’s Oldest Tavern?” The Cave is located at 452 and 1/2 West Franklin Street.

22. Whereabouts on the hill was the original New Hope Chapel? Near the spot where the Carolina Inn now rests

23. The parade of history mural in Porthole Alley ends with a sink and the signature “R Mutt.” What does this name refer to? Sorry, no real Chapel Hill connection here. It refers to surrealist Marcel Duchamp, who used the name R Mutt as the signature on his work “Fountain.”

24. Where was the first automatic traffic signal in Chapel Hill located? At the intersection of Columbia and Franklin streets, installed in 1923. It was the top story on the front page of the inaugural issue of the Chapel Hill Weekly.

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