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James a Fussell
March 22, 2008
Graphics and statistics reflecting what happens in Kansas City between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 2008. It was based on an article, "The Busiest Hour on Earth" that ran in New York's "World Magazine" in 1906....
A Major Player in the Olympics
July 2, 2012
Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous designed more than 100 temporary and permanent structures for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England, including the Olympic stadium. The firm is well-known...
Above the Crowd
July 13, 2008
Cover story about the Petrehn family and their history with hot air ballooning. Includes photos. John Petrehn held many hot air balloon records, and in the late 1980s he became the first American to fly...
All You Need Is One
June 7, 2011
Pictures and short description of Kansas City inventors and their inventions including Robin Westlin (skirts for birdcages); Hoyl Lockett (Image-Light, a product that lets consumers see their digital pictures...
September 6, 2007
Story features the massive glass sculpture being created for the Sprint Center by artist Tom Bloyd. This steel and glass piece is to be called "Spiral Ribbon" and will weigh 3,000 pounds. It was commissioned...
Building a Career
May 2, 2011
Article spotlights BNIM architect Amy Slattery and her work on the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Slattery also helped design the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and is...
March 21, 2009
Grant Snider, a dental student at UMKC, won the Charles M. Schulz Award, the national top collegiate cartonnist award. Includes a couple samples of cartoon strips and photograph of Snider with the article....
Foothold on History
May 7, 2013
Profile and interview with Robert Shemwell, podiatrist of Harry and Bess Truman. Shemwell became the Trumans' doctor in 1959 when he took over the practice from another podiatrist, Stanley Rowe, at the...
Group Hopes to Revive Old Disney Studio
May 28, 2012
Article reports on fundraising efforts by a group called Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., for the restoration of the old Laugh-O-Gram animation studio at 31st Street and Forest Avenue. The group hopes to reopen...
Growing Their Future
September 14, 2011
BoysGrow in Wyandotte County, Kansas, is a non-profit youth farming program created by John Gordon Jr. to teach kids about farming and entrepreneurship.
Honk for KC Area Inventor
April 19, 2008
The bumper sticker was invented by silk-screen printer, Forest P. Gill. His company, Gill Studios, Inc., was founded in 1934 and is still in business in Lenexa. Patti Brown researched Gill for her Master's...
One for the Books
August 30, 2008
Article profiling 102-year old Martha Smith who in 1926 took a job at the Coal Creek Library in Vinland, Kansas, and 82 years later, still comes to work there. The Coal Creek Library was founded in 1859...
Patrons Check Out New Library
July 13, 2009
Bonner Springs Public Library, a $3.5 million wood-and-stone structure with a signature green roof, opened July 12, 2009. The 20,000-square-foot building includes a stained-glass window and "wood beams...
Seeing a Way to a Better Life
November 22, 2010
Article describes the services of low-vision clinic at Kansas City's Alphapointe Association for the Blind.
Star's Feature Writers Earn Top Honors
July 18, 2009
Short article relating that three writers for The Kansas City Star won top prizes in the annual American Association of Sunday and Features Editors' Excellence-in-Feature-Writing Contest. The three were...
Storm of Success
April 16, 2012
Articles profiles former KCTV meteorologist Bruce Thomas, now known as the "Weather Radio King." Since 2004 Thomas has been the national spokesman for the Kansas City-based Midland Radio Corp. and has...
Success on the Fly
October 18, 2009
Article profiles Robert Baslee and his company Airdrome Aeroplanes, a world leader in producing replica WWI aircraft. Baslee has designed and manufactured over 60 planes in this Holden, Missouri, workshop,...
Tending Family Trees
November 23, 2010
Article spotlights the services and resources of the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Mo. The 52,000 square foot center, part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system, is the largest free-standing...
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