QUESTION: Can you name the singer/icon who has a special place in his heart for Bloomington-Normal because it was the site of his first big arena show? (a) Kenny Chesney; (b) Phil Collins; (c) Bruce Springsteen; (d) Barry Manilow; (e) Elton John.

ANSWER: It was (d) Barry Manilow who had a 1975 show at Illinois State University’s Horton Field House, his first “big” show, he says, where he and his band had to run to their limousine along College Avenue to avoid fans pursuing them.

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