Early 1942, mechanics at Mid-Continent Airlines in the Twin Cities were asked to retrofit twenty-four B-25 bombers. They only found out what the planes were used for when their mission hit the headlines: The Doolittle Raid over Tokyo. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Pearl S. Buck was devastated. The Mayo Clinic doctor said she should put her daughter, who had severe cognitive disabilities caused by a then unknown condition (phenylketonuria/PKU), in long-term care. In order to pay for it, Buck pinned her hopes on novel writing. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
People remembered Melissa Gilbert as the freckle-faced Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie. But in 2008, the Guthrie Theater announced the grown-up Gilbert would be in their Little House too, as Ma Ingalls. Yet was anyone still interested in this tale of a 19th-century farm family struggling on the land? Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Bee Vang didn’t think anyone would be interested in his story—that of a Hmong refugee working in a Minnesota factory. But his daughter proved him wrong. Britt Aamodt looks at Kao Kalia Yang’s 2017 memoir The Song Poet.
Bernard Herrmann was famous—as a film composer. But by 1948, he only wanted to work on his opera, which he did in Minneapolis, the home of his soon-to-be second wife. Here’s Britt Aamodt with Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights.
Leeann Chin wanted to open a restaurant in 1980. But where was she going to get that kind of money? Carl Pohlad, future owner of the Twins, said he’d pitch in. And so would his friend, Sean Connery. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story of the first Leeann Chin restaurant.