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Death noted: TV comedy pioneer Soupy Sales, born Milton Supman in Franklinton, where his parents Irving and Sadie ran a dry-goods store. According to today’s obituary in the New York Times, “His last name was pronounced ‘Soupman’ by neighbors, so he called himself Soupy as a youngster.” He was 83. After joining the Navy, earning […]

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Making Apple Butter

For your Friday morning viewing pleasure… We think that this man and woman are making apple butter.

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An article in today’s New York Times on deaths in a sweat lodge in Arizona quotes Page Bryant, described as a “psychic in Waynesville, N.C.” Ms. Bryant herself had once been in Arizona, but left because the New Age craziness there was too much for her. She came to the mountains of western North Carolina […]

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“If you read ‘Paradise Lost,’ they think you’re a demon-worshipper.” – Bill Flowers, owner of the Milestone Club in Charlotte, describing (in 1982) his neighbors’ reaction to the New Wave scene This week the Milestone, still gritty but and now venerated, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Saturday: Raleigh’s Birds of Avalon. Among past acts: R.E.M., Nirvana, […]

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The first two years of the Mack Brown football era in Chapel Hill were pretty miserable. Back-to-back 1-10 seasons were hard to take, and the ABC (Anybody But Carolina) fans had a blast making fun of the Tar Heel football program. In fact, I distinctly remember a joke that was told during those years: Person […]

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On this day in 1928: Exemplifying the cigarette industry’s effort to win over women, a full-page ad in Progressive Farmer magazine offers this testimonial from Amelia Earhart: “Lucky Strikes were the cigarettes carried on the Friendship when she crossed the Atlantic. They were smoked continuously from Trepassey [Newfoundland] to Wales. I think nothing else helped […]

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Another interesting image from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives. Image Details: “Turbines inside the power station at High Rock Dam on the Yadkin River,” image copied from a print supplied by H. Lee Waters of Lexington, NC. [88-292]

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Today is the 80th anniversary of Wilson Library’s dedication. Enjoy the picture below from 1929. If you would like to read more on the history of Wilson Library, see the following web site: Louis Round Wilson Library: An Enduring Monument to Learning.

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Celebrate Archives Week!

Governor Bev Perdue has proclaimed October 19-25, 2009, as Archives Week in North Carolina. The State Archives in Raleigh is hosting several events to celebrate the week. Read more about them here: http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/archives_week/index.htm. Go out and hug an archivist today.

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Until William Jennings Bryan’s 1896 campaign against William McKinley, presidential candidates seldom left home in search of votes. Stumping was left to surrogates. Although Bryan lost (and then lost and lost again), his willingness to hit the trail changed American politics forever. This passage from American Heritage magazine (April/May 1980) suggests that Marion Butler, the […]

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