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“President Truman’s frequent blasts at the editorial pages of U.S. newspapers have not overly concerned us. If a majority of U.S. newspapers have backed the Republican Party candidates in recent Presidential elections, it does not follow that (1) they are wrong, or (2) they are dishonest…. “But there is another aspect to the ‘one-party press,’ […]

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“On 28 June 1969 the Mothers [of Invention] played the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Charlotte Jazz Festival. .. [Frank] Zappa claimed that ‘before we went on, I saw Duke Ellington begging — pleading — for a ten-dollar advance. It was really depressing.’ After the show Zappa told the band: ‘That’s […]

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On this day in 1834: Just down the street from the Capitol, Rep. Robert Potter of Granville County loses $2,800 in a card game. Pulling a pistol and a knife, he pockets the pot and exits. A week later, Potter will be expelled for reflecting discredit on the legislature. Previously, however, his colleagues had been […]

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Last minute DIY gifts courtesy of the cookbook collection! Image from On campus cookbook. From Out of our league. Dog Biscuits from A book of favorite recipes. Best Ever Hot Chocolate Mix from Welkom : Terra Ceia cookbook III, a collection of recipes. Homemade Marshmallows from K├Ârner’s Folly cookbook. Peanut Brittle from Peanuts on parade […]

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Thanks to Linton Weeks at NPR for these two North Carolina examples of the mostly forgotten tradition of Christmas pranks: — “Early on Dec. 25, 1953, the town of Stony Point, N.C., was rocked by an explosion near the railroad tracks that woke local folks and shattered store windows. According to the Statesville, N.C., Daily […]

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If you’re already fed up with the 2016 presidential campaign and aching for a new candidate to shake things up, our December Artifact of the Month is for you! The artifact is a pinback button reading “Dizzy Gillespie for President.” Dizzy Gillespie, of course, being the jazz trumpeter who earned his place in the pantheon […]

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“The signs [at Biltmore House] telling you the admission fee were practically invisible, but you could see from the ashen-faced look on people as they staggered away from the ticket windows that it must be a lot. Even so I was taken aback when my turn came and the unpleasant-looking woman at the ticket window […]

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Crock Pot Beef Stew from Heavenly delights. Crockpot Chicken Parmigiana from Cooking on the cutting edge. Crock Pot Picnic from Heavenly helpings, seasoned with love : recipes collected from great cooks past and present of White Oak Baptist Church, Archer Lodge, NC. Slow Cooker Chocolate Stout Pot Roast from Well, shut my mouth! : the […]

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“The recent visit of Mickey Rooney to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where I am stationed, is an event I shall always remember, even though he left my morale just where he found it. Young Mr. Rooney dropped in more or less under the auspices of the U.S.O. His arrival was breathlessly awaited and, though my […]

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Back in August we sent out a call to alumni seeking clothing from their student days. The items will be used in an exhibition about student fashion at UNC in the twentieth century. We’ve been thrilled by the generous response to our request: Alumni have come forward with a mountain of fantastic items to loan […]

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