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Political Stew

Posted May 6, 2008

Did you take advantage of early voting?  Without mentioning specific candidates how would you assess the primary campaign?  What were the high points and low points? How could we improve the current system?  Please share your thoughts.

Also I hope you'll take the Carolina Conversations Political Quiz. I had a lot of fun putting this together.

1. What former NC governor lived in Nepal for two years?

2. The father of what higher education leader grew up with former Senator Jesse Helms in Monroe?

3. What former candidate for governor served a subpoena on Richard Nixon at the White House?

4. What Durham bricklayer's son who ran for governor in 1972 was later convicted of fraud?

5. What former governor of NC is best qualified to discuss atomic and molecular structure?

6. What Robeson County native became the first African American elected to the General Assembly in the 20th century? Hint he later made similar history on the NC Supreme Court.

7. What former governor was nicknamed "The Mountain Mannered Mountain Man" and whose dialect was the subject of a Rick Dees radio spoof?

8. What Laurinburg native who served as governor became a strong civil rights advocate in the 1960's?

9. What former US Senator went through Harvard Law School backwards?

10. What was the nickname of the major league baseball pitcher who represented Winston-Salem in Congress between 1969 and 1975?


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  • GRush May 7, 2008

    Hey Bill, Please put the questions and answers together for us "Non-Natives" trying to be good Tarheels and learn some history! I've heard of most of these people, and I was living in Arkansas and listening to Rick Dees on Memphis radio when Disco Duck was out. He was one of the best air personalities of the time in my opinion.

  • bleslie May 7, 2008

    My kids tuck me in at 730 for my bedtime story!

  • jdlewis76 May 6, 2008

    Oy vey! 2:35?!?!?! What time do you have to go to bed?

  • bleslie May 6, 2008

    sorry jdlewis - you're way ahead of me and I get up at 2:35AM!
    Yes, Jim Holshouser is the answer. Rick Dees had a very funny dialect study of the Boone native on WKIX Radio.

  • jdlewis76 May 6, 2008

    You missed my guess a few posts back, Bill. Jim Holshouser.

  • bleslie May 6, 2008

    Just got back from voting. No lines. BTW, can any body guess the Mild Mannered Mountain Man governor who now resides in the Sandhills?

  • bleslie May 6, 2008

    Former NC AFLCIO chief Wilbur Hobby is the answer to 4 colwellm, yes!

  • colwellm May 6, 2008

    for number 4. I was wrong it is Wilbur Hobby.

  • davidgnews May 6, 2008

    #8 has to be Terry Sanford.

    His sister taught my grade level (6th) when I lived in Laurinburg.

  • colwellm May 6, 2008

    Is number 4 Reginald Hawkins???? I have a bet with my office mate




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