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Kansas Trivia

 The iconic Western Auto sign, seen in this file photo from the Kansas City Star, is being restored and should come back to life sometime this summer.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:30

The iconic neon Western Auto sign in downtown Kansas City is undergoing restoration. The man responsible for the sign's existence is George Pepperdine, a native Kansan who founded Western Auto Supply Company and later, the college that became Pepperdine University. What's the name of his Kansas hometown?

Frosted glass window to the governor's office at the Kansas Statehouse (Photo by KPR)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:17

The Missouri General Assembly is convening a special session to consider whether to impeach Governor Eric Greitens.  Only 14 governors have ever faced impeachment.  But who was the first governor to be impeached in America?  Yes, it's someone from Kansas.  Name that governor!  (Hat tip to KCUR reporter Sam Zeff for inspiring today's question!)

This carte-de-visite is a composite of Native American images believed to have been made in the late 1860s and early 1870s by William S. Soule. At least some of the images were likely made in Indian Territory; some may have been made in Kansas. The featured photo in the center of this composite is Satanta, the Kiowa chief. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:00

Q: Who said the following: "I don't want to settle. I love to roam all over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die."? (Hint: There's a town in southwest Kansas named after this famous Native American.)

Mark Hamill, known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies recently said on Twitter that he wants to visit Kansas.  Was he serious?  So far, no one seems to know.  (Image by Lucasfilm)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:14

Q: Actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, was recently asked on Twitter where he has never been but wants to go. His one word answer was "Kansas." Hamill didn't elaborate. Another Star Wars actor already makes routine business trips to Kansas. Name the Star Wars actor who gets his aircraft (and maybe his spacecraft) regularly serviced in Wichita.

Typical oil rig (Photo from U.S. Energy Department)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:00

Q: For the past two years - and for most of the past 50 years - which Kansas county led the state in oil production?

The Designated Survivor is typically kept in a secure and undisclosed location. We know where it. In fact, we're there right now.  But we are not allowed to tell you where we are.
KPR Staff Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:00

Q: When all the nation's leaders are gathered in one place at the same time (such as during the State of the Union Address or a presidential inauguration), one American citizen is designated to keep the federal government functioning in the event of a catastrophic event. This person is known as the "Designated Survivor." Two people born in Wichita have served in this capacity. Name either of them.

Windmills, both new and old (like this one in Stafford County), are a common feature of the Kansas landscape. Can you name another one? (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:10

Q: "Torn Ribbon," "Beerbower's Two Point" and "Hyde's Spur Wheel" are all examples of a ubiquitous item that arrived in Kansas in the 1800s. Many versions of this item are still in use today across the state. The answer isn't windmills, so what is it? 

According to Guinness World Records, the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, is the oldest purpose-built movie theater in the world. (Photo by Jean Hutchison is used by permission. Please do not download or duplicate without her permission.  More information available at www.jhutchisonphotography.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:10

Q: According to Guinness World Records, the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas, is the world's oldest movie theater still in operation. Specifically, Guinness says the Plaza Cinema in Ottawa is the Oldest Purpose-Built Cinema in Operation. When did it open? (We want the month and the year!)

Some of the many buildings at Fort Larned, where a one time Indian agent and sheriff of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory, was once stationed. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:15

Q: In 1858, he was appointed the first sheriff of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory. He was also one of the founders of the city of Denver. Today, a street and a brewery in Denver are named in his honor. What's his name?

The Amelia Earhart Barbie
KPR Staff Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:15

Q: This week, Mattel announced the creation of new collectible Barbie dolls based on historical figures. One of them is the famous aviator from Atchison, Amelia Earhart. Mattel also announced new Barbie dolls that celebrate contemporary inspirational women. One of those new Barbies celebrates a woman from Lawrence. What's her name?

Canadian Patrick Chan, skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea
KPR Staff Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:22

Q: This is the first Olympics where singles and pairs figure skaters were allowed to perform to music with lyrics. Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan, a three-time world champion, skated to a 1977 song. What was the name of the song... and what's the name of the Kansan who wrote it?

I bet my face would look good on the $10,000 bill.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/23/2018 - 09:15

Attention all numismatists! The American depicted on the $10,000 bill has a bank named after him as well as a county in Kansas. What's his name?

Susan Ford (Photo by the Topeka Capital-Journal, used with permission)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:15

In the summer of 1975, President Gerald Ford's daughter worked as a summer intern in Kansas. Where did Susan Ford work... and what did she do?

The 1899 University of Kansas basketball team, with coach (and inventor of the game) James A. Naismith standing at right on back row.
KPR Staff Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:09

Q: Last Saturday, the University of Kansas celebrated its 120th year of KU basketball and played a game at Allen Fieldhouse. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks lost to Oklahoma State. When the Jayhawks played their very first basketball game 120 years ago, they also lost. Who did KU lose to on February 3, 1899?  

Statue of Confederate General John C. Breckinridge ouside the old courthouse in Lexington, Kentucky. Breckinridge served as U.S. vice president before the Civil War and, at one time, had a county in Kansas named after him. (Photo by Reuters)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/02/2018 - 09:19

Q: For seven years, this Kansas county was named after a Kentucky congressman who also served as vice president of the United States. But when he came out in favor of the southern rebellion and the Confederacy, the freedom-loving people of Kansas changed the county's name. What's the current name of what used to be called Breckinridge County, Kansas? 

Welcome to Kansas, land of endless potential, benefiting the world since 1861 (and before!).
KPR Staff Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:13

Q: Kansas, the 34th star on the American flag, has produced one president, one vice-president, several astronauts and numerous aviators, artists, educators, inventors and journalists - not to mention a good share of the farmers who help feed the world. January 29, also known as Kansas Day, is the state's birthday -- the date we became a state. How old will Kansas be on Monday (January 29)?

Mrs. Anson Horning, seen holding a croquet mallet, helped subdue a member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang in southwest Kansas in 1933.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:33

Q: On September 4, 1933, at a small town city park, a desperate man tried to steal a Kansas woman's car. Another woman intervened and clubbed the bandit on the head with a croquet mallet, subduing him. The incident made national headlines when it was discovered that the outlaw was a member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang. In which southwest Kansas community did all this take place?    

Stephen E. Ambrose, historian and best-selling author
KPR Staff Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:08

The late author, Stephen E. Ambrose, is one of the best-selling historians of all time, with dozens of notable books to his name. Before he became a famous author, he was a Kansas college professor. At which Kansas school did Ambrose teach history?

Senator John F. Kennedy (L) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon (R)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/05/2018 - 08:15

Q: One day after John F. Kennedy’s final televised presidential debate with Richard M. Nixon, JFK made a campaign appearance inside a Kansas high school cafeteria.  What's the name of the school where JFK made a brief stop on October 22, 1960?

The Carey Hotel Bar in Wichita, Kansas, after Carry Nation threw rocks to break the mirror during a temperance protest on December 27, 1900. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:13

Q: On December 27, 1900, the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist, Carry Nation, was arrested and put in jail for smashing up a hotel bar and causing thousands of dollars in damage. What was the name of the hotel she vandalized 117 years ago this week - and where was it located?

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