publication date: Friday, February 1, 2019 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Controversy

clue: Two violin strings and a statue of Beethoven led to this musician's notoriety in a series of newspaper columns and a movie that changed his life.

explanation: Ayers was a homeless man playing a broken violin under a statue in Los Angeles when we was met and befriended by opinion writer Steve Lopez. The popular newspaper columns by Lopez about Ayers led to the movie The Soloist and helped Ayers get an apartment. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Matthew Preston, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk


Similar Goos

Nathan Phillips

This peace activist was at the center of a storm of controversy after he got some teens to turn their frowns upside down. Go »

Nadya Suleman

It wasn't the first six kids that made her notorious. It was the other eight. Go »

Alec Smith

Diabetics may have more access to insulin thanks to the mother of this young man who made a tragic mistake with his own, thanks to insufficient medical insurance and a meager restaurant paycheck. Go »

David Dao

You may want to give up your seat or you will suffer a broken nose and get dragged off the plane. Go »

Alex Morgan

She's an Olimpique gold medalist and world cup champ. Go »

Micah Johnson

This sniper decided to gun down cops in Dallas before being blown up by a robot. Go »