Vivian Vance (1909 - 1979) Played Ethel Mertz on the TV series "I Love Lucy". Born in Cherryvale, Kansas
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Vivian Roberta Jones Vance (1909 - 1979) - Birth: Jul. 26, 1909 Cherryvale Montgomery County Kansas, USADeath: Aug. 17, 1979 Marin County California, USA Veteran Broadway actress fondly remembered for playing Lucille Ball's landlady, ‘Ethel Mertz' in the hit 1950s television sitcom "I Love Lucy." She was born Vivian Roberta Jones on 26 July 1909 in Cherryvale, Kansas, the second of six children. After her family moved to Independence KS, she was able to study drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. However, throughout her childhood, Vivian's desire to be an actress clashed with her mother's strict religious beliefs, and at the age of sixteen she ran away to Tulsa, Oklahoma to become an actress, taking the stage name ‘Vivian Vance,' after a high school classmate she admired. Unfortunately for Vance, her first attempt at a show business career was a failure. Later, when the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Vance joined the Albuquerque Little Theatre, and began the long path that would lead her to stardom. In 1932, she headed for the Broadway stage, where she struggled as a chorus girl. She got her first break in the musical "Music in the Air,' and after understudying for Ethel Merman in "Anything Goes," she starred with comic actor Ed Wynn in "Hooray for What!" as Kay Thompson's last minute replacement. Although she had become a top performer, the demands of the onstage life took their toll on Vance, and in 1945 she suffered a nervous collapse. After her recovery, she returned to the stage in "Voice of the Turtle" at the La Jolla Playhouse, where she was spotted by Desi Arnaz and offered the role that would make her a household name. Paired with William Frawley as ‘Fred and Ethel Mertz,' Vance and Frawley made a convincing couple despite their twenty-five year age difference. However, their offstage relationship was less than cordial, a situation exacerbated by Frawley's heavy drinking. Moreover, Vance didn't exactly relish playing the role of a frumpy "older" neighbor, since in reality she was only 2 years Lucille Ball's senior. In 1954, she became the first actress to be awarded an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. After "I Love Lucy" ended in 1957, she divorced her husband, remarried, and moved to Stamford Connecticut. In 1962 she reprised her role as Lucy's sidekick on "The Lucy Show," but the grind of bicoastal commuting didn't suit her, so after three years she limited her performances to guest appearances, which also continued into "Here's Lucy," the third Lucille Ball sitcom. In 1974 she and her husband moved to Belvedere, California (just north of Francisco Bay) so she could be near her sister. In 1977 she was diagnosed with breast and bone cancer. (bio by: Edward Parsons) Cause of death: Cancer Burial: Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Arlen Specter (1930 - 2012) Former long-serving US senator from Pennsylvania. Born in Wichita, Kansas
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Arlen Specter (1930 - 2012) Specter was a well-known political figure from Wichita, Kansas. Specter was mostly known for his role as Senator for Pennsylvania.
Adolph Rupp (1901 - 1977) Legendary basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, he won four NCAA championships. Born in Halstead, Kansas
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Gordon Parks (1912 - 2006) Multi-talented author, photographer, writer and director, he was author of "The Learning Tree" and directed the movie version of the same as well as directing the movie "Shaft", he was a photographer for "Life" magazine for twenty years known especially for his photographs that documented poverty. Born in Ft. Scott, Kansas
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Karl Menninger (1893 - 1990) One of the founders of The Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS. It is one of the world's most renowned psychiatric clinics.
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"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." ~ Karl A. Menninger Doobie Shemer,Published Poet and Author of Sprouted Soul and Walking with Elijah - Quotes about Love - Karl A. Menninger
The Keeper of the Plains watches over Wichita Kansas, US
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The Keeper of the Plains watches over Wichita Kansas overlooking the ArKANSAS River!
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Old City Hall - Wichita, Kansas
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Ok this is not a home but it is and old building that has been part of Wichita since my childhood. Old City Hall - Wichita, Kansas
Old City Hall - Wichita, Kansas - Completed in 1892 and constructed with Cambridge limestone brought from quarry in nearby Cowley County, this building features key elements of the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The clock faces in the central tower are 8-feet in diameter. Today, it serves as the home for the Sedgwick County Historical Society.
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1930 TITLE The Old Mill Dance Hall DESCRIPTION The Old Mill dance hall located at Sixth Avenue and Gage Boulevard, Topeka, Kansas. Also visible in the photograph is Skelly Station No.2 which resembles an airplane
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At the November 14 dedication for the US-40 construction west of Topeka, which represents the first paving in the United States under the new Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 were, left to right; Ivan Wassberg of Manhattan, commissioner of the first highway division; George Koss, president of Koss Construction Co., the contracting firm; W.S. Mc Daniel, assistant state highway engineer, Topeka; John Beuerlein, Kansas representative of Koss Construction Co. (Location approximate).
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June 29, 1956 - Interstate highway system begins with the signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act. The interstate highway system would enable quick and efficient travel for business and leisure travelers and make destinations like Disneyland and the National Park system more easily connected to the urban population centers of the USA.
On June 26th in 1956, the U.S. Congress approves the Federal Highway Act, which allocates more than $30 billion for the construction of some 41,000 miles of interstate highways; it will be the largest public construction project in U.S. history to that date.
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Konza Prairie, Kansas...Our country is so beautiful in it's grandeur and it's simplicity!
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Gem, KS Post Office Almost empty, Gem has about 70 residents.
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Gem, Kansas - Population 89 (2014) - Gem is a city in Thomas County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 88.
Steve SCHAPIRO :: Truman Capote in motel room, Humboldt, KS, 1967
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