So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 8

1. Which of these is not true about Pineville native James K. Polk?

A. He was the first president to retire voluntarily after his first term.

B. He was the only president to have served as speaker of the House.

C. He died sooner after leaving office than any other president.

D. He was the first presidential candidate referred to as a “dark horse.”

2. Evel Knievel, the late motorcycle daredevil, played for what Charlotte sports team in 1959?

3. “As my husband says, you don’t have to be a dentist to remove the plaque.” What legislator, now a prominent state official, gave this explanation for a 1998 prank?

4. True or false: Daniel Boone lived longer in North Carolina than in any other state.

5. The largest black bear ever killed in North Carolina weighed 440 pounds, 660 pounds or 880 pounds?

Answers below…






1. All are true. (Polk died barely three months into retirement.)

2. The Charlotte Checkers. Then 20 years old and still known as Robert Knievel, he found minor-league hockey unpromising and after a few exhibition games returned home to Montana.

3. Catawba County Rep. Cherie Berry, now labor commissioner. Angered by President Clinton’s admission of lying about Monica Lewinsky, Berry swiped a plaque on the lectern commemorating Clinton’s 1997 speech in the House chamber. When the clerk threatened to examine film from security cameras, she gave the plaque back.


5. 880 pounds. In 1998 Coy Parton of Sevierville, Tenn., shot the bear after hounds had chased it into a thicket in Craven County. (Yes, he’s a cousin of Dolly Parton.)