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Archive for February, 2011

Legendary coach Dean Smith turns 80 years old today. Hope you have a good one, Coach Smith. [Image above is from the Hugh Morton Photograph Collection, North Carolina Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC]

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The widely noted death of Frank Buckles made me wonder: Who was North Carolina’s last surviving veteran of World War I? Depending on how strictly you define “North Carolina’s” and “World War I,” he seems to have been either – David Samuel “Tex” Little,  born in Catawba but moved to Texas after the war and […]

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– A visceral provenance indeed: The staircase where Harriet Jacobs was beaten. – The hoopla for “The King’s Speech” gives cause (were any needed) to look back at the insightful and unblinking work of Durham’s Barry Yeoman, e.g.,  “They Called him B-Biden” and “Why My Stutter Makes me a Better Reporter” and “Wrestling with Words.” […]

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State and local officials unveiled a highway historical marker recognizing the life of Lewis Sheridan Leary in Fayetteville yesterday. Leary was among the 21 men who joined John Brown in the raid on Harpers Ferry on Oct. 16, 1859. Leary was born in Fayetteville in 1835. The son of free blacks, Leary worked with his […]

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As an attention-grabber, it’s hard to match “There’s a meteor the size of North Carolina heading straight for Earth!” But screenwriters aren’t the only ones to make the state their yardstick of choice…. “Panama is about the size of North Carolina.” – internationalliving.com “Ecuador… is about the size of North Carolina.” – rampant-books.com “Scotland is […]

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1. “Vandermint Auditorium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.” 2. “There’s a meteor the size of North Carolina heading straight for Earth!” 3. “When I think of Orville and Wilbur Wright standing on a hill at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, tossing a coin to see which one would take the first airplane flight… and then I think […]

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– How Charlotte got to be CHARLOTTE (while somehow retaining an amazing microhabitat or two). – How Asheville came to host its first  flash mob pillow fight (while still honoring its more traditional pastimes). –  How a covered wagon from Rowan County ended up on the second floor of a restaurant in New Washington, Indiana. […]

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“….We shall at some time or other have a king; but no precaution should be omitted that might postpone the event as long as possible — ineligibility a second time appears to be the best precaution. With this precaution I would go so far as a 10 or 12 year term.” — North Carolina delegate […]

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Even though I currently live in Wake County, I’ve never ventured out to Lizard Lick, a crossroads community in eastern Wake County. I’ve always wanted to say that I’ve been there…or at least through there. Little did I know, however, that I could be magically swished away to Lizard Lick by simply switching on truTV’s […]

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John “Buddy” Lewis, onetime Washington Senators slugger, died last week in his native Gastonia. At 94 Lewis was the 11th oldest living major league baseball player — and the only one whose career had begun before 1936. (Second-oldest: 98-year-old Clarence “Ace” Parker, Duke’s two-sport star.) Lewis’s chronic weakness was fielding. Before the Senators exiled him […]

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