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“There is a minor incident [in "Appointment in Samarra," 1934] of a girl climbing a flagpole at a country club. At the time I wrote that, it was my invention, but after the book was published, I learned that a girl had climbed a flagpole at a country club in North Carolina, and another girl […]

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“2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the year in which humanity finally cured cancer. Readers of today’s obituary pages may doubt this. But I know about the anniversary because I broke the cancer cure story for the Associated Press. Forty years later, alas, my story remains unmatched. The experience taught me a valuable lesson about […]

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“[In 1958], to communicate its contribution to the nation’s security, Douglas [Aircraft Corp.] organized a tour of its 1.5 million-square-foot plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, to show reporters and civic leaders ‘how the Nike-Hercules [missile] is assembled from start to finish.’ “The sole woman reporter [Lillian Levy of the Washington Evening Star] observed that ‘the […]

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On this day in 1880: Shortly after being unloaded in Charlotte, The Chief, a circus elephant, turns on his keeper and crushes him to death against a rail car. “The man sank down without a groan,” reports The Charlotte Observer, “and the elephant turned and started up the railroad track, the excited crowd fleeing in […]

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From vendors, a sampling of pinback buttons from the Democratic National Convention. The Occupiers didn’t achieve much success in the streets, but their designer showed considerable talent. Speaking of unproductive protests, here’s my own.  

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Harper’s Weekly sent a correspondent and an artist to cover the 1875 centennial celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Although it admitted skepticism about the document’s authenticity, Harper’s devoted a full page to the ambitious program of speeches, fireworks and banquets staged by the town of perhaps 5,000. “The people are exhibiting an enterprise […]

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Unlike my previous samplings here and here and here, some of the slights suffered by Charlotte seem to have been unintentional — or maybe not even insults at all. What do you think?…. “It makes you wonder who won the War Between the States.” – Kurt Vonnegut, visiting novelist, marveling at Charlotte’s glitzy uptown. (1994) […]

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Say about us what you will, Democratic conventioneers — as already recalled here and here, we’re no novices in civic disparagement: “If you all think dealing with Charlotte is difficult from up here, try being one of their neighbors.” – Rep. Drew Saunders of Huntersville, enlisting legislative sympathy for his bill to thwart Charlotte’s road-widening […]

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In preparation for the barrage of disrespect sure to accompany the Democratic National Convention, I’m offering a second sampling of past insults endured by the host city: “They don’t know art from nothing. Half of them don’t even know what state Charlotte is in.” – Vernon James, D-Pasquotank, describing his constituents’ reaction to the debate […]

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When I moved to Charlotte in 1974, I soon learned that George Washington had memorably dismissed it as “a trifling place.” But that was only the beginning — as the prototypical overreaching Southern boom town, Charlotte has lent itself to decades of  insults. Because the Democratic National Convention will test as never before the thickness […]

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