Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy Birthday, Kansas!

Today is the anniversary of Kansas being admitted to our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: January 29, 1861
Parentage: The name is said to be based on the Sioux word "konza,"  which means "people of the south wind."  
Place in the Family 
Number 34
Kansas was admitted immediately prior to the Civil War, 
just after Oregon (Feb 1859) and right before West Virginia (June 1863). 
"To The Stars Through Difficulties"
Kansas was admitted as a state in the midst of the pre-Civil War animosity that existed in the US; it was called "Bloody Kansas" for several years because of the battle over it being a Slave State or not. cause....so "difficulties" was always part of its nature. 
The Sunflower State
Little known fact: 75% of all US sunflowers come from Kansas. I'm kidding.

On the License Plate 
What is that, the state seal 
on its side?

State Flag
A blue flag with the state symbol in the center and the word "Kansas" at the bottom.
As I've said too many times already, I don't mind the seal so much,
but WHY do we need the name?! If you have to put your state's name on your
flag, you're doing something wrong.

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Kansas" 
Kansas City
Actual State Capital:Topeka

State Size (Area) is 15th of 50
Population is closer to 32nd of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Kansas Sports: 
NFL (Kansas City Chiefs)
supposedly in Missouri, but I forgot them
back in August so here they are. Sorry? 

MLB (Kansas City Royals)

Anybody From Kansas
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
34th President Dwight Eisenhower was born in Texas but grew up in
Kansas and considered it his home.

Good vs Evil 
Erin Brockovich
real-life political activist

Westboro Baptist Church
God doesn't hate, but I do think He cries... 

Kansas Film Celebrities
Buster Keaton
comedian, "The General"

Hattie McDaniel
Academy Award-winning actress

Dennis Hopper
actor, "Easy Rider"

Annette Bening
actress, "The Kids Are All Right"

Historical Kansans
Russell Stover
founder born in Kansas
Amelia Earhart

Pizza Hut
founded in Wichita in 1958 

Bob Dole
former Senator & Presidential candidate

George Brett
MLB All-Star born in WV, but
played his entire career with the 

Kansas Literary Celebrities
Damon Runyon
"Guys & Dolls" stories

William Inge

Bill Martin, Jr
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear" 
Steve Lightle
comic-book artist

Kansas Musicians
Charlie Parker 
jazz great

"Carry On My Wayward Son"

Martina McBride
"This One's For The Girls"

Kansas TV Celebrities
Vivian Vance
actress, "I Love Lucy," "The Lucy Show"

Hugh Beaumont
actor, "Leave It To Beaver"

Madge Blake
actress, "Batman"

Jim Lehrer

George Murdock
actor, "Barney Miller," "Star Trek: TNG"

Jeff Probst
host, "Survivor"

Eric Stonestreet
actor, "Modern Family"

Fictional Kansans
Dorothy Gale
"We're not in Kansas any more!"

Elmer Gantry 
preacher in Sinclair Lewis novel

Matt Dillon
sheriff in Dodge City

Dennis the Menace
lives in Wichita

Mary Ann Summers
from Winfield
The Winchesters
"Supernatural" ghost-busters

A Song For You....
"Kansas City"
by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
performed by Wilbert Harrison
supposedly this is about Kansas City, Missouri
but since the lyrics never call it out, I call it fair

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