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The Pins Are In!
August 25, 2004
Kessler Park now has a disc golf course after its supporters spent the last four years meeting with Parks and Recreation, PIAC representatives, neighborhood associations and other businesses and supporters....
Taking the Leap Into the Art World
September 29, 2006
Article about how people are jumping on a trampoline, being videotaped for a Sprint Center art project. Chris Doyle, a Brooklyn multimedia artist is in charge of this public art project. This $1.3 million...
R. Shelden and Ruth Stafford
Biographical article about R. Shelden Stafford and his wife Ruth Stafford, local "ferry pilots" flying small airplanes to destinations around the world from their headquarters residence "at Lake Lotawana."...
Planes Thrilled 125,000 Here in 1918
Article recalling the mock air battle on August 28, 1918, over Swope Park, by the British-American Flying Mission touring the country to provide the public better understanding of airplanes and their utilization...
Pilot Says Flying Pope John Paul II 'Was the Peak of My Experience'
April 1, 2011
In-depth article about Nelson Krueger, airline pilot for Trans World Airlines (TWA), who captained the specially outfitted plane for Pope John Paul during the week of Oct. 1-7, 1979, on the Pope's first...
Patek at Peace
April 25, 2004
Article describes the trials and triumphs of Fred Patek, shortstop for the Kansas City Royals during the 1970's. Patek, at 5' 5", is considered one of the most successful "small" shortstops to play major...
Parks and Recreation Department Statistics
February 28, 2007
Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department has 212 parks, 130 ball diamonds, 116.5 surface acres of lake, 109 tennis courts, 55 shelters, 20 soccer fields, 19 miles of exercise trails, 18 football fields,...
Obituary for Senator John E. Downs
November 12, 2003
Senator Downs died November 9, 2003. He served as a Missouri State Representative from 1957-1958 and was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1960 and served until 1970. During WW II, he was shot down...
Murder Awaited a Wastrel Unprepared for Full Life
Photo and book review of "The Mullendore Murder Case" by Jonathan Kwitny about the life and death by murder of Eugene Mullendore III (ca. 1938-1970), a rich cattle ranch owner "of Osage County, Oklahoma,...
Grand Boulevard Gets an Even Grander Name
April 15, 2008
"Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City was officially dedicated Grand Boulevard of the Americas on Monday with flags from 34 countries adorning light poles along the roadway." The flags of 152 countries...
From Desk to Cockpit: Then It's Back to Clerical Job for Mrs. Grace M. Harris
Photo, caption, and article about Mrs. Grace Harris, "a 2-time winner at the National Air races in Cleveland," awarded there by actor Jimmy Stewart. Description of her airplane flying career which began...
Review of Izumi.
Flying High: Sprint Center's 'The Moons' Will Be Unveiled Wednesday
October 9, 2007
Photo of New York artist Chris Doyle and his creation of "The Moons," public art that features three circular video screens depicting Kansas Citians "flying" through colorful skies. "The 10-foot screens...
Fliers on Way to Iowa
Description of the mock air battle August 28, 1918, conducted by the British-American Flying Mission in its tour across the country to provide the public a better understanding of airplanes and how they...
Flags Are Flying on Grand
August 17, 2007
Grand Boulevard has become Grand Boulevard of the Americas and will have 152 vinyl flags flying along it that represent a tribute to the 35 nations of the Organization of American States. James M. Malouff...
Dr. John Outland Dies: Midwest Athletics Loses a Widely-Known Friend
Photos (as a college football player and later as a doctor) and biographical article about Dr. John Outland, "former All-American football player and the father of the Kansas relays [a track and field...
Diva from 50 Years Ago Finds New Recognition
File containing photos and a biographical article about Etta Moten Barnett, or Etta Barnett, a 96-year-old singer and former actress "in 1930s Hollywood film roles that were not demeaning." Born in Texas...
Deal Is a Liftoff for KC
April 1, 2008
Discussion of the proposed construction of a $375-million aircraft assembly plant with possible 2,100 well-paying jobs by Bombardier Aerospace. Bombardier is a Montreal, Canada, based company. The decision...
Claims Flying Record: Max Conrad Lands in St. Louis after 5,000-Mile Flight
Article about 65-year-old pilot Max Conrad and his successful claim of "the world's record for flying distance in a closed circuit," in the air for 38 hours "from Saint Louis to Des Moines to Kansas City...
Branson Airport Is Set to Fly
April 23, 2009
Commercial passenger flights will begin May 11, 2009, at the new, privately financed Branson Airport. The owners purchased 925 acres in the Ozarks about eight miles south of Branson and "built a runway,...
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