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Photo and bio of Charles Mallory, "the only working literary agent in Kansas City" and a book author himself starting out in New York.
People Talked About
Photo and description of William Allen White, or William White, "editor of the Emporia 'Gazette'" and author of a book about Kansas life called "The Real Issue."
Persona Creata: Street-Wise Super-Hero
Photos and biographical article about Alonzo Washington, 30-year-old black creator (writer, artist, and publisher) of the Omega Man super-hero character of comic books and action figure in Kansas City,...
Perspective--Blood, Ballots and Boodle
Article congratulating the "outstanding job of machine smashing" in Kansas City by Maurice M. Milligan. Also his account told in his book about the political corruption of the Pendergast Machine all the...
Photographs and Facts
Photo and biographical article about Robert Thresher, a grain dealer and president of the Board of Trade in 1913. Born in Ohio in 1865 and coming to Kansas City in 1892 with residence and personal rare...
Material pertaining to the Zebulon Pike Southwestern Expedition. The items include a brief author's note describing the temperature scale used by the Pike party (Reaumur), a review of a 2005 Pike-related...
Plotting the Missouri Landscape: Modern Technology Preserves the Work of the State's First Surveyors
Geographers at the University of Missouri at Columbia have been working to create digital maps of those made by the state's first surveyors. ''In 1815, federally commissioned surveyors began blocking off...
Poetry in Motion: A Mid-Missouri Poet Speaks Out for Rhyme and Reason
Photos and biographical article about Betty Cook Rottman, or Betty Rottman, a poet (with a book of her collected poetry called "Tyrant's Tears") in Columbia, Missouri retiring from work at the University...
Politics: Is Tom Pendergast Really Dead?
Article describing the book by Professor Thomas Murphy about Kansas City's history of crime in city politics, from Old West days to the Pendergast machine and beyond.
Book review (written by William Reddig) of "The Inside Storyof the Pendergast Machine by the Man Who Smashed It" by Maurice Milligan, about the Kansas City Pendergast machine headed by Boss Tom Pendergast...
Pursuit Of a Ruptured Duck: When Kansas Citians Went To War
Edward Matheny recently authored a book entitled "Pursuit of a Ruptured Duck: When Kansas Citians Went to War". The term "ruptured duck" refers to the lapel pin given to honorably discharged veterans....
PW Interviews: Bill Martin
Photo and biographical article about Bill Martin, Jr., "writer in residence at Holt, Rinehart & Winston" and a promoter of child literacy around the country. His first book published in his hometown Kansas...
Reviews: Through Missouri with Pen and Camera
Review of the photographic book "Missouri: Faces and Places" by Wes Lyle and John Hall, with photos and descriptions of "the Kansas City Shake House on 12th Street," a street scene in front of the Downtown...
Right Makes Might
Photo and biographical article about Cliff Jones, "chairman and chief executive officer of R. B. Jones Corp.," writing a book called "Winning through Integrity" on his "noblesse oblige" philosophy. Description...
Robert Altman's Quest
Photographs and article about the career and recent work of Kansas City native, Robert Altman. Altman's 2001 film, "Gosford Park", was a major critical success.
Saving Place: William Volker's Legacy and His Beloved Ros[e]lawn
The author discusses the biographical book "Mr. Anonymous: The Story of William Volker" written by Herbert C. Cornuelle more than 50 years ago. Includes information obtained with an interview of Jean Cornuelle,...
Short Ethnic History of the Germanic People in Wyandotte County
The third in a series of articles on ethnic communities in Wyandotte County, Kansas, this article provides an historical overview of early German settlers to the area, as well as neighborhoods, churches,...
Some Weatherby Lake History
September - December 2004
The article contains excerpts from the book The Chronicles of Weatherby Lake 1936-1997 by the Weatherby Lake Historical Task Force.
Special Events: Kansas City History Is Topic for Annual Dinner
Photo and biographical article about Wilda Sandy, a Jackson County historical author of the 1984 book "Here Lies Kansas City" with much information about burial places of formerly prominent Kansas Citians....
St. Louis Woman
Biographical article about prominent female American novelist Kate Chopin (1851-1904). It describes her life spent in Saint Louis, her views ahead of their time on feminism, and her most important novel,...
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