Memorable visitors to North Carolina (before HB2)

Second of two parts  (Part one)

Went to high school in North Carolina: Althea Gibson

Went to college in North Carolina and graduated despite having flunked his English placement test because he was imitating Faulkner: Walker Percy

Went to college in North Carolina but didn’t graduate: Shelby Foote, Emmylou Harris and Jeff MacNelly

Had three hits for Yale in a college baseball game in North Carolina: George H.W. Bush

Had to return his Olympic gold medals because he had played semipro baseball in North Carolina: Jim Thorpe

Met in North Carolina: Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll

Married in North Carolina: Horace Greeley, Walter Reed, Charlton Heston, Stephen Douglas, John Hersey and Daniel Boone

Honeymooned in North Carolina: Margret Mitchell and Woodrow Wilson (separately)

Wrote books in North Carolina: Carson McCullers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jack Kerouac

Wrote books set in North Carolina despite never having been here: Jules Verne

Wrote a book set on the Mississippi River despite never having been there because she had done her research in North Carolina instead: Edna Ferber

Got drunk in North Carolina and gave a memorable reading at Duke: Dylan Thomas

Got drunk in North Carolina and lost — forever — page 12 from his “Light in August” manuscript: William Faulkner

Didn’t get drunk in North Carolina: Carry Nation

Cut his first record in North Carolina: Bill Monroe

Cut “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (in one take!) in North Carolina: James Brown

Shot out a TV set in North Carolina: Elvis

Preached a sermon in North Carolina: P.T. Barnum

Joined the Marines in North Carolina: Art Buchwald

Crowned the Azalea Queen in North Carolina: Ronald Reagan

Visited North Carolina in the Spirit of St. Louis: Charles Lindbergh

Visited North Carolina in an autogiro: Amelia Earhart

Visited North Carolina in a carriage and got stuck in the mud: Marquis de Lafayette

Visited North Carolina on a Greyhound bus and went to jail: Joe Perkins

Visited North Carolina and found it, to his surprise, “a peacefully homogenous community where money is never mentioned, where no racial tension exists either on or under the surface; & where instead of colliding with indoctrinated automata, one meets courteous individuals! For the first time I realize what ‘America’ might have been.”:  e. e. cummings


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