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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

NC Hall of Fame

Posted September 13, 2007 9:33 a.m. EDT
Updated September 14, 2007 6:58 a.m. EDT

Who belongs in the North Carolina Hall of Fame?  I can think of a dozen names right off the top of my head. Who is on your list?

But wait a minute. We don't have a NC Hall of Fame. Why don't we?  Good question.

I started thinking about this today as I prepared for tonight's third annual Raleigh Hall of Fame induction ceremony which should generate another a sell out crowd at Meymandi Hall in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Raleigh folks have really got their act together with strong leadership, a clear vision and a big-time annual induction program.

Robert Poole would like to get the ball rolling on a state hall of fame. The Louisburg College Auditorium and Concerts Manager has been pursuing this dream for several years. Robert has met with former UNC President Bill Friday and State Representative Lucy Allen and others about his idea. He would like to form an advisory committee and raise money to get the idea off the ground. I wish Robert all the best. Maybe you have some thoughts on how he can get his dream to fly.

For now there is a NC Sports Hall of Fame, a NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame, a NC Literary Hall of Fame but no North Carolina Hall of Fame. How strange.