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Though best known for Texas Pete hot sauce, concocted in 1929, the TW Garner Food Co. has produced a wide and oft-tweaked range of condiments. Among recent additions: Salsas and wing sauces. Its minimalist pepper sauce has remained a staple, however. “When whole, green Tabasco peppers are soaked in vinegar and salt,” Garner promises, “the […]

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News of cartoonist Mort Walker’s death came not long after I happened onto a lengthy 1981 letter Walker wrote to Charlotte Observer features editor Bob Ashley defending a newly controversial character in Beetle Bailey: “I’ve been using Miss Buxley once a week for about ten years and never got a complaint really until about three […]

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“To the spectators at the streak Wednesday night: “As loyal streakers to Carolina, who happen to be female, we do not feel that touching our breasts and/or other genitalia is necessary to the spirit of the streak. It was degrading both to us and the people who did it. We feel that it has defeated […]

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Thanks to the efforts of Carolina undergraduate Elizabeth Trefney, UNC is privileged to be hosting an exhibit featuring a panel from the historic AIDS Memorial Quilt. The panel will be on display in the Carolina Student Union Building through January 31. The exhibit serves as a powerful reminder of the devastating global impact of HIV/AIDS, […]

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1. Contrary to plans, the 1928 silver anniversary commemoration of the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk didn’t feature a fly-over by squadrons of Naval airships from Virginia. Why? 2. “There is not a modern New York hostess, scarcely even an old-fashioned one, who does not have cigarettes passed after dinner.” This social advice […]

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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I’m stymied. I obtained these place cards from a collector who was breaking up a full set of U.S. senators said to have attended a presidential — perhaps — dinner. If so, because of the long and nearly simultaneous tenures of Lee Overman (1903-1930) and  Furnifold Simmons (1901-1931), the hosting president could have been Roosevelt, […]

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1. True or false: Among the crimes requiring the death penalty in early 19th-century North Carolina were burglary, bigamy, sodomy, highway robbery, dueling where death occurs and hiding a slave with intent to free him. 2. In three years FDR’s Works Progress Administration built 63,311 of these in North Carolina — what were they? 3. […]

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                        This humble, well-used cardboard hand fan combines three key elements of black history in North Carolina: — Dr. King. — North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance, the state’s preeminent black business. — The typically un-air-conditioned churches that accommodated not only worship services but also […]

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A few days ago on January 9th, The Herald-Sun published a story online titled, “When Martin Luther King Jr. came to Durham.”  The article included a photograph of King and others walking on Durham’s West Main Street on February 16, 1960.  They were on their way to the F. W. Woolworth & Company lunch counter, […]

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