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Trivia Questions

This page is dedicated to the memory of Patricia Reardon Monahan (1950-2000.)

Current question

Q: The Metropolitan District Commission, the agency that provides drinking water and wastewater treatment to Hartford and surrounding towns, began adding something to the drinking water in 1960. What was it?

A:Fluoride. The MDC initially considered letting each of its member communities vote on making the change, but the board members eventually “reasoned that since the science behind fluoridation was fairly complex, they were the only ones who could make an informed decision,” according to Kevin Murphy, in his 2011 book, "Water for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission."

Previous questions

Q: On February 24, 1961, the Federal Communications Commission granted a first-of-its-kind license to Hartford's WHCT-TV, Channel 18. What did the license allow?

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Q: What Hartford radio station operated from 243 South Whitney Street from 1980 to 1988?

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Q: Who was the first African-American elected to public office in Hartford?

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Q: In the 1920s, Ann Corio was living on Zion Street and attending Hartford Public High School when she embarked on a career that would earn her world acclaim as the "queen" of her profession. What was that profession?

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Q: Who is the dashing fellow depicted in this downtown statue?

statue face

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Q: For whom is the Betances School named?

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Q: James Renwick, the architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, also designed a Hartford church. Which one?

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Q: What landmark restaurant of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s became such a hangout for legendary Democratic State Chairman John Bailey that his family bought one of its booths and installed it in their home, hoping he’d stay in more often?

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