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'Peanut' Still Pitching
August 18, 2010
The only woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, Mamie Johnson (Peanut), will be one of the celebrities in the 2010 Buck O'Neil Golf Classic at the Shoal Creek Golf Course August 23, 1020. Johnson pitched...
An Artist With Vision Slowly Loses His Sight
November 27, 2007
Article features African American artist Robert J. Reed, Sr., of Kansas City, Kansas. "With primarily black paper and chalk as his medium, most of his work focuses on portraits of people who pop into his...
Ballplayers, Celebrities Gather for Opening of Negro Leagus Baseball Museum
Details the events surrounding the opening of the museum, located in the 18th and Vine district.
Davis Busy as He Relaxes
May 21, 1964
News article about Sammy Davis, Jr., the famous entertainer, appearing in Kansas City for a show for Menorah Medical Center at the Hotel Muehlebach.
Death of Ben Strauss
Photo and obituary for Benjamin Strauss, or Ben Strauss, "81 years old, widely known photographer and founder of Strauss-Peyton studios in Kansas City." Born in Cleveland in 1871 and coming to Kansas City...
Dee Wallace Phones Home
April 14, 2007
Dee Wallace, a Kansas City, Kansas, born actress, is home "to receive a lifetime achievement award from the local chapter of Women in Film and the GM Alliance." She is credited with nearly 150 acting credits...
Drum Roll, Please, as Dining Spot is Reborn
May 6, 2006
After being closed for 25 years, the Drum Room in the Hotel President is due to open on May 10, 2006. The restaurant opened in 1941 and such celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, the...
Famous Burger Rolling Away
August 17, 2007
A 60-year-old Sedalia, Missouri, landmark called the Wheel Inn Drive Inn is scheduled to close on September 3, 2007. The restaurant is known for its Guber Burger, a "1940s era hamburger with peanut butter."...
September 12, 2009
Map and guide identifying the gravesites of famous people buried in Kansas City-area cemeteries, including Elmwood Cemetery, Forest Hill, Mount Moriah, and other sites.
Honors to the Dead
Description of the funeral for George Caleb Bingham in July 1879, including details of the ceremony and a list of Kansas City area celebrities in attendance.
Jewish Stories Prominent in New Book on Old Cemetery
September 24, 2010
Article about the new book “Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City,” by photographer and preservationist Bruce Mathews and Judge Alex Sachs. A brief history of the cemetery, gravestone images, and...
Kansas City Mouse Best Known Creature in World: Walt Disney Used as Model Little Rodent in His Thirty-first Street Studio
September 8, 1935
Article with photos and description of the early animation career and upbringing of Walt Disney in Kansas City with his first studio at 3028 Bellefontaine Avenue. Numerous details about his various artistic...
Land of the Real People
April 27-May 3, 2006
Article profiles Kansas Citians who have achieved stardom on television as participants in various reality shows. Includes a roster of reality show celebrities from the Kansas City area over the years,...
Public Event for Tammy Faye Planned
July 23, 2007
Tammy Faye Baker Messner died July 20, 2007, at home near Kansas City. According to her son, Jay Bakker, a public ceremony to remember former PTL televangelist Tammy Faye is in the works.
Quiet De Mille Wedding
January 22, 1938
Article describes wedding of Cecilia De Mille, daughter of the great director, to Joseph W. Harper, a Hollywood publisher. The wedding took place in the penthouse suite at the Hotel Muehlebach.
Renowned Dancer Dies At Age 88
November 9, 2008
World famous ballet dancer Rosella Hightower died November 3, 2008, age 88, at her home in Cannes, France. "She grew up in Kansas City and went on to start one of the premier dance schools in Europe."...
Shooting Star: Vaudeville and Hollywood Celebrities Beat a Path to the Door of KC Photographer Orval Hixon
January 28, 2007
Kansas City photographer Orval Hixon had his studio just off the lobby of the Baltimore Hotel at 11th and Baltimore streets. "He photographed hundreds of performers from 1915 to 1930." The article includes...
Thank You, Thank You
Discusses various historic entertainment and other notables with ties to Kansas City.
The Stars Endorse This Place
December 11, 2008
A laundry business in Westport called Westport Cleaners located at 20 Westport Road is owned by Mike and Joe Sansone and opened in 1967. The place is known as "Cleaner to the Stars." The shop has done...
Unlikely Rider is Getting His Dues
September 22, 2008
The Tom Bass Arena, "a $1.3 million equine warm-up facility at the [American Royal] complex in Kansas City's West Bottoms," is nearly complete. It is named after African American horseman Tom Bass who...
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