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Archive for September, 2019

Among places from which Bo-fort, North Carolina, is delightfully different: Bew-fort, South Carolina.

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Kinston Produce Marketing Co. obviously covered a lot of ground, but this label likely was meant for a vegetable crate. Thanks to Richard Garafolo, director of the Learning Resources Center at Lenoir Community College, for tracking the etymology of Kinoca: “I have talked with several members of a group that meets in our Heritage Place […]

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“NASCAR was its showpiece property, but [RJR] underwrote 55 other events and sports teams: Camel Biker Rallies, Camel Smokin’ Joe’s [previously Winston Eagle] hydroplane, Vantage golf championships, Salem ProSail, RJ Gold Bass Tournaments, Doral Skiing and more. “Says H.A. ‘Humpy’ Wheeler, president of Charlotte’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway, ‘When they write the history of marketing in […]

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“While teaching at Elon and working towards the doctorate at Duke, Powell perceived the need for a biological supply house that could provide schools and colleges with their laboratory specimens. At the time, only two other businesses in the United States supplied specimens for classroom use — teachers were expected to collect their own protozoan, […]

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“[Oscar Herring of the La Grange Chamber of Commerce] said it is believed La Grange got its [nickname] from an African-American train porter. ” ‘As the story goes, every time the train would roll into town, this porter would call out “La Grange, La Grange — The Garden Spot.” ‘ “Herring said several families have […]

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