By Todd Camp
Whether you’re new to the Dallas scene or think you know Big D like the back of your hand, you might not know this iconic American city as well as you think you do. Try our handy quiz and test your knowledge of all things Dallas.
- In 2013, he was Big D’s hottest guy (literally). He’s since had a full makeover (and frankly doesn’t look quite himself anymore) but a new set of duds and a welcoming personality have ensured that he’s as big as he ever was. Who and where is he?
- Just a few blocks from where the Turtle Creek Chorale performs most often, the city embraced its reputation for epic proportions with a three-dimensional, adjectivial adaptation that allows shutterbugs to spell their own fun. What and where is it?
- Not one, but two local watering holes took their monnikers from an iconic TV husband and wife who had more than their fair share of onscreen battles. Marriage might not have been on its best behavior in the onscreen incarnation, but that hasn’t stopped these bargoers from fighting to have it anyway. Name the bars and the show.
- With this month’s latest stage show, Dallas Theater Center preaches, “Don’t dream it, be it.” But hot patootie, bless my soul, one of the stars of the original film adaptation of this show hails from Big D. Love or hate him, who was he before he took a delicious stage name?
- Before KRLD-FM 105.3 started spewing sports talk, it once had a bird’s-eye view of the entire town. What was its former home?
- Long before Carrie Bradshaw swooned over shoes on HBO’s Sex in the City, another Carrie gave Dallasites a chance to raise shopping to an artform. Who was she and what did she do?
- This newly reborn haven for local music was named after its often misprounced geographic location. What is it?
- It’s easy to be overshadowed by your older brothers, especially when they sing like angels and are easy on the eyes, but while girls and guys alike were jonesing for each member of this trio of talents, the youngest of the group had one thing going for him that his older sibs didn’t — he was the only one of the three born in Big D. Who is he?
Answers (No peeking!):
- The newly rebuilt Big Tex welcomes visitors to the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park
- The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “B & G” sculpture outside of the AT&T Performing Arts Center is one of many such installations throughout the city.
- J.R.’s Bar & Grill and Sue Ellen’s in Cedar Springs were named after Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing and Linda Gray’s Sue Ellen Ewing from the TV show Dallas.
- Marvin Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf, played Eddie in the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. DTC presents The Rocky Horror Show Sept. 11–Oct. 19.
- In 1978, radio station KOAX-FM broadcast “from 500 feet above the city” in what is now the Reunion Tower restaurant. It later moved and became KRLD-FM.
- Carrie Marcus Neiman, her husband A.L. Neiman and her brother Herbert Marcus Sr. opened the first Neiman Marcus on Elm and Murphy Streets in Dallas in 1907.
- Deep Ellum was originally called “Deep Elm” because of its location on lower Elm Street, but the early inhabitants’ pronunciation as “Ellum” ending up sticking.
- Nick Jonas, who along with his brothers Joe and Kevin were better known as Disney darlings the Jonas Brothers.