Conflict at Kitty Hawk

1. Contrary to plans, the 1928 silver anniversary commemoration of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk didn't feature a fly-over by squadrons of Naval airships from Virginia. Why?

2. The term “Final Four” was first used to describe the NCAA basketball championship held in what city?

3. On May 28, 1900, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, Princeton University and Europe converged on Wadesboro to see what phenomenon?

4. The largest freshwater fish ever caught in North Carolina weighed how much – 49, 69 or 89 pounds?

5. True or false: Chautauquas, a popular adult education movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s, owe their name to an Indian village in North Carolina.

6. In Bruce Springsteen's “Cadillac Ranch” (1980) who is “runnin' thru the woods of Caroline”?

7. The first local carjacking reported in the Observer occurred in 1982, 1992 or 2002?

8. Until the mid-1950s blacks were barred from Freedom Park, unless the men were laborers or the women were --------?

9. Billy Graham attracted his largest single-day audience – more than 1.1 million – in 1973. Where was it?


1. Complaints from duck hunters.

2. Greensboro. A recap of the 1974 season appearing in the annual Official Collegiate Basketball Guide mentioned Marquette as “one of the final four in Greensboro.”

3. A total eclipse of the sun. The eclipse was visible across the South, but astronomers chose Wadesboro as the ideal viewing site.

4. In 2006 Eric Fincher of Mount Pleasant pulled an 89-pound blue catfish from Badin Lake.

5. True. Chautauqua was the name of the Tuscarora settlement that preceded New Bern. Tuscaroras who migrated to upstate New York gave the name to Lake Chautauqua, where the first community assemblies were held.

6. Junior Johnson.

7. 1992. “Charlotte police say carjackings – taking a vehicle at gunpoint – began happening occasionally last fall and winter and continue to pick up.”

8. Nannies of white children. Black children were never permitted. Among Harry Golden's suggestions for addressing segregation: the “Rent-a-White-Baby” plan, allowing blacks to visit parks and to attend events such as concerts.

9. Seoul, South Korea.