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Archive for July, 2011

  “When talk turns to great musicians born or raised in the Carolinas, a name that rarely comes up is George Clinton, the godfather of funk and architect of today’s rock and hip-hop. “To be sure, Clinton, who was born in Kannapolis [on July 22, 1941], didn’t begin blending doo-wop and rock with his early […]

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Breaking news from WRAL: Under new name, Peace College will admit men as students In honor of the change, I thought we’d share a few items from our collection on the soon-to-be-renamed institution in Raleigh: Click here for more Peace postcards. In addition, here’s a commencement invitation from 1883.

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1. True or false: The 1962 movie “Cape Fear” (remade in 1991) was modeled on a true N.C. story. 2. In 1940 only two U.S. cities with populations over 100,000 prohibited Sunday movies. One was Knoxville, Tenn. What was the other? 3. The movie “Cold Mountain,” set in the N.C. mountains, was filmed mostly in […]

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“Some people say that North Carolina is the acknowledged home of BBQ. That’s like saying that Atlanta is the acknowledged home of the waffle because it had the first waffle restaurant in 1955.” The latest from Lee Smith. When a hero was called for in McDowell County, Albert Joyner answered. Bill Powell gives museum his […]

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It’s lunch time as I write, so I’m thinking with my stomach. And my stomach is wishing that it and the rest of my body was in Wilson. Today’s Raleigh News and Observer features a mouth-watering article about one of Wilson’s culinary treasures. Sadly, work keeps me here in Chapel Hill today. But the next […]

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On this day in 1945: A dance and show at the Charlotte Armory features the Nicholas Brothers and 27-year-old Dizzy Gillespie (who is still playing a conventional trumpet — his famous upturned bell will result from a serendipitous 1953 mishap). Admission is $1.50 – “white spectators, 75 cents.”

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“When mornings get nippy, as they must even in Carolina, and black Emma swings along the road, kitchenwards, and sees a glint of frost on the rail fences, then some lucky family in ‘Cah’lina’ is going to get meat pie for dinner. “And such a meat pie! Big, deep, steaming — with a flaky, brown […]

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“I’ve never heard anybody in the North use the plural “Applebee’ses” that I heard once in North Carolina.” – From “The Southernness of the South: An Interview with Roy Blount, Jr.” in American Heritage, May 15, 2007

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“When [Edgar Lee] Masters did leave [New York] to reunite with his estranged wife and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, [H.L.] Mencken said that he could not imagine how a civilized man could remain content in such a town.” – From “Mencken: The American Iconoclast” by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers (2005) In fact, Masters seems to […]

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This newspaper article mentioned in the July Artifact of the Month post contains the transcript of a letter written by Union Private Samuel Patton to his wife, Nellie. Published in The Wooster Daily Record in Ohio on January 20, 1938, Patton’s letter includes many observations and details about his surroundings in 1863 central southern Tennessee. […]

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