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On this day in 1942: Charlotte-born John Scott Trotter conducts the orchestra for Bing Crosby’s rendition of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The record will sell more than 30 million copies — the best-selling single in history. Trotter, the roly-poly son of a wholesale grocery salesman, launched his career as pianist and arranger in fellow Charlottean […]

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He-Man Burgers from Miss B.’s first cookbook : 20 family-sized recipes for the youngest cook. Caramba! Burgers from Mario tailgates NASCAR style. Veggieburger from The cat who– cookbook. Burgundy Burgers from The Farmville cook book. Paul Bunyan Burgers from Favorite recipes. Lentil Burgers from Vegetarian delights : a hearty collection of natural food recipes. Whopper-Burgers from Carolina […]

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 On this day in  1942: In Hollywood, Roy Acuff records “The Wreck on the Highway,” based on a real-life accident in Rockingham. The melancholy song will become a country-music classic and a staple of Acuff’s long career, but it was first recorded (as “Crash on the Highway” or “I Didn’t Hear Anybody Pray”) in Charlotte […]

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“….There is one arena in which [Lebron]  James has topped the man he wants to dethrone as the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time….  James has become the moral leader of the NBA…. “There’s absolutely zero chance that Michael Jordan would ever endorse a wildcat strike [such as the one proposed against Donald Sterling]. He’s […]

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“I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.” – From Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe Since being published in the first half of the twentieth century, the titles of Thomas Wolfe’s novels Look Homeward, Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again have appeared thousands of times in all things Wolfe-related. The two […]

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“Much is different between Massachusetts and North Carolina — our geography, our industries, our crops and our problems. You have sent us your hurricanes — and taken our textiles mills in exchange. “Much is different — but much more is the same. Our borders and your borders extend back to the Atlantic. Our history and […]

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“How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?” asks Priceonomics (May 16) — and by golly it has the answers, thanks to a booking-agency list provided by an anonymous source. These numbers don’t include expenses and seem only ballpark-reliable, but of course the North Carolinians caught my eye…. James Taylor:  $1 million plus […]

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“Kasell got his first radio gig when he was 16; he hosted a late-night, easy-listening music show on WGBR in Goldsboro, N.C., playing romantic songs and waxing poetic about young lovers all through the evening. (You’ll want to click the listen link at the top of this page to hear a clip of that!) “Once […]

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“In the late 1940s, when the Red Sox were in Washington to play the Senators, Williams received a telegram from a doctor in North Carolina who was attending a dying boy. The doctor said the boy talked about him constantly and wondered if Williams could send him an autographed ball to give him a lift. […]

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Ken’s Yankee Chili  from What’s cookin’? in 1822. Yankee Country Ham from A dash of Down East. Northern Spaghetti from Favorite fancies cook book. Yankee Doodle Salad from The Family circle cookbook. Yankee Noodle Bake from The clock watcher’s cook book. Yankee Seafood Casserole from Tarheels cooking for Ronald’s kids. Yankee Slaw from What’s cookin’? in 1822.

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