So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 12

1. In 1764, colonial Gov. William Tryon suggested what innovation to the postmaster general in London for speeding dispatches from North Carolina?

2. The first crash of a commercial airliner in North Carolina occurred in 1960. What was the cause?

3. In the early 1900s what organization was empowered to enforce North Carolina’s game laws?

4. In the 1990 NASCAR movie “Days of Thunder,” filmed largely in Charlotte, what part did 2008 presidential candidate Fred Thompson play — crew chief, track owner or bootlegger?

5. “When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy.” What acclaimed 1987 novel begins with these startling words?

Answers below….







1. That ships make use of the then little-known Gulf Stream.

2. A dynamite bomb. The National Airlines flight from New York to Miami had just passed Wilmington and was over the ocean when it was ripped by an explosion. Before it could attempt a landing at the Wilmington airport the plane disintegrated and crashed in a farm field, killing all 34 aboard.

Among the dead: passenger Julian Frank, a New York lawyer facing prosecution for embezzlement, who apparently carried the bomb on board in a bag. His death was ruled a suicide, voiding the $1 million in life insurance he had taken out a few months before.

A few months later the Federal Aviation Agency will reduce by more than half the maximum amount of insurance a passenger can buy.

3. The Audubon Society.

4. Track owner. As Big John, Thompson chews out rival drivers: “If you two wanna turn yourselves into a greasy spot out on a country road somewhere, go right ahead but you two monkeys are not going to do it on my racetrack. You trade paint one more time, you so much as touch, I’m gonna black flag the two of you.”

5. “Ellen Foster” by Kaye Gibbons, a native of rural Nash County.


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