George Remus, originally a pharmacist and later a lawyer, is known as the king of the Bootleggers. He used his knowledge of pharmacy and law to circumvent the Volstead Act to buy distilleries that had gone out of business due to prohibition, on the pretext of selling it for "medical purposes". He became the largest supplier of quality booze to folks like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Arnold Rothstein, and on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire": Nucky Thompson. Remus moved to Cincinnati (Price Hill) because allegedly, over 60 percent of the commercial distilleries were within 100 miles of here.
He made millions. There are many interesting stories about his life, including originating the "temporary insanity" defense. Come for a spirit-filled
Professor Plageman's presentation will be followed by an
optional Bourbon Tasting presented by The Cock and Bull. Five Bourbon samples will be given for a cost of $20 (paid directly to The Cock and Bull). At EmpowerU we believe in participation! Please join us for this fun after-event. Bourbon tasting will last until approximately 9:15 PM.
Mark Plageman, is a Professor Emeritus of Miami University. Since his retirement, he has been teaching courses on French culture and literature for senior citizens at Miami's Institute for Learning in Retirement and the University of Cincinnati's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. His interest in George Remus and Prohibition goes back to WWII days when he and his cousins played cops and robbers on Remus's 10 acre estate at Eighth and Hermosa Avenues in Price Hill. He is currently doing presentation on George Remus for the Price Hill Historical Society where most of the documentation on Remus is housed. He has given some 20 presentations on this topic in the past two years.