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  “Never before had there been a coordinated statewide effort to showcase North Carolina as a destination. Tourism had the potential to lift the state out of economic despair. So in 1937, the newly created Division of State Advertising embarked on a campaign under the slogan ‘Variety Vacationland’…. “The phrase … would become mostly history […]

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On this day in 1943: In a war-benefit exhibition game at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams meet in uniform for the second and last time during their careers. Ruth, 48 and long retired, manages and pinch-hits for a team of New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. Williams, 24, plays for the North Carolina […]

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1. Longtime character actor Murray Hamilton, who was born and died in Washington, N.C., played the husband of Anne Bancroft in what famous movie? 2. True or false: Though now known by its distinctive black and white stripes, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse was once painted red and white. 3. The Durham mansion at the center […]

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. Before flat-screen TVs there were chubby TVs — and these miniature souvenir knockoffs made in Hong Kong. “Blowing Rock N.C. on television” offers eight click-through color images, including Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad. (Spot any unlisted Hugh Mortons, Stephen Fletcher?) Viewers of “Outer Banks N.C. / television” can gaze at only a single color […]

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1. “Sometimes into Asheville, sometimes Memphis town / The revenooers chased him, but they couldn’t run him down.” Who sang — and wrote — these lines from the 1958 pop hit “The Ballad of Thunder Road”? 2. Before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, he first tried it […]

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Somebody went to a lot of trouble to put together this souvenir trinket — miniature foldout photos of North Carolina landmarks (State Capitol, Duke Chapel, etc.), encased in a  leather-like cover with metallic emblem, all attached to a link bracelet. The black and white images are “real photos” — like early postcards — rather than […]

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1. What writer caused a furor in Chapel Hill in 1931 with his poem about the Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers unjustly accused of rape in Alabama? 2. What are the four “-villes” among North Carolina’s 15 largest cities? 3. What N.C. airport has the longest commercial runway between Washington and Atlanta? 4. Advertising Age […]

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  This beat-up, taped-up employee badge is a humble reminder of a once-thriving outpost of the Cannon textile empire. Wiscassett Mills was founded in Albemarle in 1898. During World War II,  its yarns were used for machine gun belts and parachute harnesses. In 1978 Wiscassett was purchased by Cannon Mills. By 2000 when the plant […]

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1. “And I always remember that whatever I have done in the past or may do in the future Duke University is responsible in one way or another.” — Who spoke these words at a Greensboro campaign rally in 1960? 2. What crucial contribution to the tobacco industry was made by a slave in Caswell […]

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On this day in 1907: Billed as “an extra added attraction,” Carry Nation appears in Salisbury’s Fourth of July parade. After inspecting local saloons — at 61, she is no longer busting them up — she declares the town a “hell hole.“ Nation’s month-long N.C. tour concludes in Raleigh. Raleigh Electric Co., whose streetcars profit […]

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