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“Roger’s long torturous season [1961, in which he hit a record 61 homers] was over…He had committed to a traveling, postseason home-run-derby exhibition that also featured Harmon Killebrew and Jim Gentile…. He had a miserable experience. Again, the press was at the heart of his problems. Gentile recalls: ” ‘We went to Wilson, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro […]

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– “Ruth’s hit carried at least 600 feet…  certainly a record that will stand for all time in Winston-Salem.” – Amnesia? A faked death? Or what? – “A preservationist by nature” from Durham blows his Maine chance. – Scavenged from Monitor repair job — and turned into a doll cradle! – So what comes after […]

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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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– 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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“In a kind of parting shot…  as whites fled, those highways [to suburbia] were often routed specifically through African American neighborhoods…. “In Durham, for example, [N.C.] Route 147 was built to help connect the downtown manufacturing and business center with land being developed and sold almost exclusively to whites in suburbs north of the city. […]

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– If Western North Carolina was so big on Unionism, why weren’t its legislators? – 18th century “stone” dollhouse from defunct Old Salem Toy Museum blows away auction estimate. – I hadn’t realized that Pearl Fryar, the topiary wizard (and movie star) of Bishopville, S.C., had such extensive roots in Clinton and Durham. And he’s […]

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More phrase-frequency charts from Google Books Ngram Reader: – Chapel Hill vs. Raleigh and Durham – Variety Vacationland. Tourism promotion not a priority during World War II? – Billy Graham vs. Jim Bakker. No contest, even during the glory run of PTL. – North Carolina vs. South Carolina. South Carolina’s spike in the early 1700s […]

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– Death noted: actress Patricia Neal, who played opposite Andy Griffith in the prescient and underrated “A Face in the Crowd” and opposite Gary Cooper in “Bright Leaf,” which inspired “Bright Leaves,” Ross McElwee’s  bittersweet documentary on tobacco. – A big day for challenging long-accepted Civil War numbers: the death toll for North Carolina troops […]

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“One hundred and eight convicts escaped from North Carolina prisons and prison camps last month. Each day into the office of the Durham Herald-Sun ticked A. P. dispatches from Raleigh naming the runaways…. “Telegraph Editor John R. Barry bit his pencil for a new headline to put over such repetitious news…. ‘TODAY’S ESCAPES’ [soon became] […]

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“The first documented use of the name Hayti in Durham is found in a deed of 1877 in which a lot was sold ‘near the town of Durham in the settlement of colored people in the South East end of the corporation of said town known as of Hayti.’ “The origin of the name in […]

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