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Tough Guy: Jim Brown

Jim Brown (1936-) is known for two successful high-profile careers: remarkable athlete and film actor. After a four-sport college career (football, basketball, track and lacrosse) at Syracuse, Brown played professional football with the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 and was named Rookie of the Year his first season. He did not miss an NFL […]

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Charley Pride’s Baseball Career

Widely known as an award-winning country music artist, helping to pioneer that genre for African Americans, Charley Pride (b. 1938) had a baseball career before turning to music. Pride played in the Negro Leagues in the 1950s: some outfield, but he mostly pitched intimidating fastballs, sneaky curves and knuckleballs for teams including the Memphis Red […]

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New Resource for Caregivers

There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who  have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. — Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving A recent article on a new Caregiver Support Group […]

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The Triple Crown

A series of three Thoroughbred horse races that have run yearly in May and June since 1875, the “Triple Crown” includes the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. A horse winning all three races receives the Triple Crown Trophy. Eleven have won the Triple Crown, including War Admiral in 1937, Citation in 1948, Secretariat […]

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The Masters

The Masters Tournament is one of the four men’s major championships in professional golf, held in early April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. The club, with a current roster of about 300 members, was founded in 1934 by Bobby Jones, a famous amateur golf champion, and Clifford Roberts, a New York investment […]

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Tough Guy: Clint Eastwood

“Go ahead, make my day.” Now in realm of cliché, this may be the signature line of a unique American filmmaker. Clint Eastwood (1930-) is known for a variety of accomplishments in film and television, both as an actor (Rowdy Yates, The Man With No Name, Detective Harry Callahan, Josey Wales, Philo Beddoe) and as […]

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2014 Winter Olympics

Ceremonies and events of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia run from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 23.  Coverage of the Opening Ceremony will begin on Friday, February 7 at 6:30pm Topeka time. The Olympics conclude with the Closing Ceremony, broadcast at 7:30pm on Sunday February 23. NBC holds broadcast rights to […]

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Mike Torrez: Major Postseason Player

As this year’s World Series makes it into the record books, we remember a local athlete who pitched in several memorable MLB games, including a Fall Classic. Topeka High’s Mike Torrez made a mark in history having pitched, and won, two complete games in the 1977 World Series for the Yankees. Back then, pitchers were […]

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Lamar Hunt: Sport’s Gentle Giant

In an era of over-the-top sports owners who make more headlines than their teams, Lamar Hunt (1932-2006) was known by most who knew him as a humble, down-to-earth man of exceptional character and thought, despite tremendous wealth and status. Lamar Hunt’s life was not as outwardly colorful (or tragic) as other members of his immediate […]

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Tough Guy: John Wayne

Few film actors, directors and writers can be described as genuine movie stars, legends or icons. All three describe John Wayne. Wayne (he changed his name from Marion Morrison) is an emblem of American values and rugged character, making his mark in films from the 1930s through the 1970s. Critics question his films and personal […]

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Gear Up for the Indy500

Each Memorial Day weekend since 1911, hundreds of thousands of race fans gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. The Indy500 is a 200-lap race on a 2.5 mile course. 33 drivers compete for the Borg-Warner Trophy, introduced in 1936, which proclaims the event as the “Indianapolis 500-Mile Race”. Traditionally, […]

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Kansan Opens Olympic Games

Charles Curtis (1860-1936) is a superstar in the history of Topeka and the state of Kansas, having served the public in Congress as a representative and senator, then as vice president under Herbert Hoover. He had the honor of opening the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932 on behalf of the president (Hoover, tied up […]