So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 15

1. To what experience was actress Susan Sarandon referring when she said, “It’s kind of like taking a hallucinogen. You have to have someone that goes with you on your first trip and kind of walks you through it.”

2. True or false: Until being imported by wildlife authorities, no beavers lived in modern North Carolina.

3. In the late 1950s what two NFL teams played an annual exhibition game in Winston-Salem?

4. “It was the hour of twilight on a soft spring day toward the end of April in the Year of our Lord 1929, and George Webber leaned his elbows on the sill of his back window and looked out at what he could see of New York.” This is the opening sentence of what well known novel?

5. The largest freshwater fish ever caught in North Carolina weighed how much — 77, 97 or 117 pounds?

Answers….

 

 

 

 

 

1. Eating one’s first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

2. True. The last native beaver was sighted in Stokes County in 1897.

In 1939 a shipment of 29 beavers from Pennsylvania was released in the coastal plain. They thrived, stocking expanded and trappers prospered, until timber damage and flooding necessitated beaver control programs in some areas.

3. The Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins. The week before the game the Packers trained in Greensboro, the Redskins in Winston-Salem.

4. “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe, 1940.

5. In 2016 Landon Evans of Benson, fishing from a dock on Lake Gaston, caught a 117-pound, eight-ounce blue catfish.

 

One thought on “So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 15”

  1. Good Morning Lew. I always enjoy your North Carolina Miscellany posts “So You Think You Know North Carolina.” Question number 3 in this morning’s (4/12/18) quiz brought back some really great memories. We have talked often via comments about that Redskins-Packers exhibition series played in Winston-Salem from 1955-1960. And thank you so much for adding the Mary Garber link. Mary is a legendary sports journalist and one of my favorite sports writers. (Wish she were still around to give us her take on the current NFL / National Anthem controversy).

    This morning’s post reminded me of another sports legend and my dear friend, the late Charlie Harville, who was sports director for WFMY-TV in Greensboro during the time of those games. I recall his interview with Packer Great Paul Hornung out by the pool at the Oaks Motel on Summit Avenue in Greensboro where the Packers stayed leading up to the game.

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