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Archive for September, 2018

1. The Big Three of headache powders all originated in North Carolina. Name the products and their hometowns. 2. Sugar Ray Leonard, Charles Kuralt and Whistler’s mother were all born in what city? 3. The last fatal shark attack in N.C. waters occurred in 2001, 1991 or 1981? 4. What U.S. president supposedly reported seeing […]

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“[There are] countless small shrines in the hometowns or the adopted towns of native sons and daughters who went away to become famous, though some of the stars are barely remembered today. These museums are mostly special for their focus and usually reflect an undying care for their subjects by true keepers of the faith…. […]

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“Lennon’s comment [that the Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’], in context, was an observation about religion losing its connection to youth. But it was taken, especially in the South, as an anti-Christian boast. “ ‘Anyone making a sacrilegious remark like that has no place on our station,’ George Nelson of WRNB in New Bern, […]

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Birthed as the William Hayes Ackland Art Center, the Ackland Art Museum turns sixty today.  The art center held a special preview for UNC faculty on Friday evening, September 19, 1958.  The official dedication ceremony took place the next morning, featuring a talk titled, “The Role of the College Museum in America” by S. Lane […]

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1. In 1895 students at Davidson College voted to change the school colors to crimson and black — what had they been previously? 2. What lake once ranked among the world’s largest farms? 3. What are terpenes — and what do they have to do with the Blue Ridge Mountains? 4. Match these TV personalities […]

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  “Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday, four days after her near fainting spell, with little room for another misstep. “The moment she took the stage, Clinton addressed the topic that has overwhelmed headlines since Sunday: Her health. She acknowledged to the Greensboro, North Carolina, crowd that being forced to stay at home […]

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1. From scribbled notes on an early manuscript, Wilmington document examiner Maureen Casey Owens confirmed the identity of the author of what political roman a clef? 2. What was North Carolina’s first incorporated town? 3. For what was L.A. “Speed” Riggs famous? 4. In 1990 a whimsical “playing field” of seven spherically pruned holly bushes […]

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Several new titles were 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 […]

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  This odd plastic relic of the age of coin-op parking meters just makes me smile. Designed to slip over the top of a driver’s side window, it not only promotes the Cabarrus fair, but also serves to dodge a parking ticket and (I’m guessing here) to provide a couple of handy coathooks. Wonder how […]

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1. What decorative object at the Hickory home of U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger caused a racial dispute in 1994? 2. What Duke University student did Reynolds Price recognize for writing fiction “as if a kind of perfect pitch had been inserted into her head by God”? 3. In 1987, Kivett’s Inc. of Clinton, one of […]

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