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Archive for May, 2018

1. True or false: Until “Birth of a Nation” — the movie version of Thomas Dixon’s “The Clansman” — it never occurred to the Ku Klux Klan to burn crosses. 2. What ship at the center of an international incident in 1975 began its existence as a Liberty Ship built in Wilmington during World War […]

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With the 2018 graduation now behind us, the May Artifact of the Month reminds us that although our time at the University is brief, our love and appreciation for the school is eternal. This class ring from 1940, formerly owned by the late historian and Curator of the North Carolina Collection William S. Powell, invokes […]

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On this day in 1999: Ben Folds Five, Smashmouth, Dovetail Joint, Fountains of Wayne, Jimmy Eat World and 2 Skinnee J’s headline a benefit concert for refugees from Kosovo in Albania. Tickets at Charlotte’s Blockbuster Pavilion (later PNC Music Pavilion): $19.65, $15.65, $10.65.  

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1. What are the six poisonous snakes found in North Carolina? 2. Greensboro surgeon John Lyday served as the model for what well-known movie and TV character? 3. True or false: North Carolina has no buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 4. “Positively no dogs of any size, value, color or ugliness allowed. Guests who […]

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“In no State is it unlawful for Mongolians [Asians] and Indians, Negroes and Mongolians, or Negroes and Indians to intermarry. The only exception to the last is that in North Carolina it is unlawful for Negroes to intermarry with Croatan [later Lumbee] Indians or to go to the same school with them. To this statute […]

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“Sitting at 4,600 ft. elevation, Ghost Town in the Sky [later Ghost Town Village]  has been in existence since 1961. R.B. Coburn built the Wild West-themed amusement park on Buck Mountain for $1 million. “During its peak seasons, the park welcomed around 500,000 guests. These guests moved quickly through the park as the chairlift impressively […]

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1. Evelyn Lincoln, secretary to President Kennedy, wrote that on the eve of his trip to Dallas he had told her he might replace Vice President Lyndon Johnson on the 1964 ticket with what North Carolinian? 2. “Your name is James. You’re twenty-three. You live in North Carolina.” These words appear in what controversial 2004 […]

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Though neither a Tar Heel born nor a Tar Heel bred, Tom Wolfe managed quite a number of Miscellany appearances — often juxtaposed with native sons Thomas Wolfe (here,  here  and here) and Junior Johnson (here and here). In 2000 Wolfe became the first recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Prize. From his acceptance note, handwritten atop […]

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No date on this promotional plate, but Highlands lost its bragging rights in 1981 with the incorporation of Beech Mountain (5,506 feet).  

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“[‘Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America’]  sprang from [Kathleen] Belew’s research on a 1979 anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, in which five members of the Communist Workers Party were murdered. A comment by one of the killers, who was among a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis, stuck […]

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