Actor James Wong grew up in Minneapolis, braving snow drifts and subzero cold. But nothing could prepare him for the Los Angeles meat locker that stood in for his character Dr. Chew’s laboratory while filming Blade Runner in 1981. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
The Federal Writers was winding down in 1940, when Minnesota writers were dispatched to report what and how people ate in their state for a proposed book, America Eats. Those essays would remain unpublished for over half a century. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Maurice Noble, born 1911 in Minnesota, had worked in Dr. Seuss’ animation unit during World War II. Back then Seuss was Major Theodore Geisel. Now in 1966, they were back together animating Seuss’ Grinch, and Noble still didn’t know what Geisel thought of his work. It would take a death and a doctor to find out. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Cubby was a black bear living peaceably at a wildlife park near Sandstone, Minnesota—until he got dental problems and his owner sold him for a canned hunt. His death made national news because the man who shot him was country music star Troy Gentry. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.
Bernie Leadon, born in Minneapolis in 1947, wasn’t one of the heavy-hitting songwriters in the band The Eagles. That designation went to Don Henley and Glenn Frey. But he did write an instrumental that hitchhiked the galaxy with Douglas Adams. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In 1977, the Thief River Falls company that’s now called Arctic Cat had a new personal watercraft that was a cross between a jet ski and a motorcycle. And its public debut wouldn’t be in a showroom but on the big screen under the command of James Bond. Here’s Britt Aamodt
The fate of 303 Dakota men, alleged to be responsible for the US-Dakota War of 1862, lay in the hands of President Abraham Lincoln. Not surprisingly, the evidence compiled against each was hasty or even non-existent. But that didn’t stop Minnesotans like St. Paul doctor Thaddeus Williams writing Lincoln to hang them all. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.
In 1963, Maurice Sendak became a beloved world-famous author with the publication of Where the Wild Things Are. It was a different story with 1970’s In the Night Kitchen, which stirred controversy in many cities, including Elk River, Minnesota. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.