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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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The New Yorker’s supercilious first mention of North Carolina in 1925 proved to be typical of those for decades to come: “The depressing motto of the Charlotte Theatre, Charlotte, North Carolina, is ‘Attend the Movies Regularly. In No Other Way Can You Get So Close to Life for So Little.’ ” – Aug. 30, 1947 […]

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It’s been a while since I last dumped a batch of North Caroliniana into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, that instantaneous measure of phrase frequency over the decades. Caveat e-lector: This is data at its rawest — conclusions should be jumped to for entertainment purposes only. Here goes: – Duke lacrosse vs. Duke football and […]

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“When I first came to Charlotte [in 1941], I was the only poor Jew in town. I lived in drab bungalows whose siding often sprang for want of nails and there were occasions when I couldn’t meet the rent for my room in a semi-transient hotel whose curtains were stiff from a decade’s dirt. When […]

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On this day in 1961: The “Freedom Riders,” headed from Washington to Jackson, Miss., to challenge the South’s segregated bus facilities, incur their first arrest during an overnight stop in Charlotte. Joe Perkins, a 27-year-old New Yorker, refuses to leave after being denied a shoeshine in the bus station’s white-only barbershop and is jailed for […]

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“Maybe [Mick Kelly] would be a great inventor. She would invent little tiny radios the size of a green pea that people could carry around and stick in their ears.” – From “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” (1940), Carson McCullers’ first novel, begun in Charlotte and completed in Fayetteville Singer-playwright Suzanne Vega recalls this […]

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“The [Rolling Stones' 1965] tour continued successfully through Baltimore, Knoxville and Charlotte, where [photographer] Gered Mankowitz and [drummer] Charlie Watts were beaten up in the hotel coffee bar by a little old lady with an umbrella, who looked exactly like Granny Clampett of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies.’ She’d taken a dislike to them because of the […]

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“At North Carolina Medical College [educational researcher Abraham] Flexner quoted a faculty member: ‘It is idle to talk of real laboratory work for students so ignorant and clumsy. Many of them, gotten through advertising, would make better farmers.” – From “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” by John M. Barry (2004) […]

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Unsettling news indeed: The “well-being” of North Carolinians reportedly ranks 36th in the nation. Gallup’s composite index weighs 20 factors, such as stress, obesity, job satisfaction, nighttime safety, happiness…. Happiness? Tar Heels come up short in happiness? Why, it hasn’t been that long ago — the ’70s, actually — that John Shelton Reed was explaining […]

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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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