Roy Wilkins earned his professional chops as a Twin Cities journalist. But it was as an activist and director of the NAACP, says producer Britt Aamodt, that Wilkins helped change history with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
November 28, 1914 – Frederick Price was the distraught husband when the ambulance collected his dead wife, the victim of a fall off a river bluff. Then he sued the park board for not having a guardrail and the investigator said it was murder. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In the late 19th-century, Maria Louise Sanford was a star of the regional lecture circuit and one of the most charismatic professors at the University of Minnesota. She was also one of the only female professors—and some of her colleagues had it out for her. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
1943 – Elizabeth “Betty” Wall, a pilot from Faribault, Minnesota, arrived in Texas, to do her part in the war. But, unlike male recruits, she had to pay her train fare—and her room and board—while she trained for become a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASPs. Here’s Britt Aaamodt.
January 1932 – Merian C. Cooper was in a fix. The man he’d hired to write the novelization of his gorilla picture, King Kong, had dropped dead. He needed someone fast. So he tapped his old buddy from Minneapolis, Delos W. Lovelace. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
1894 – Myrta Belknap was a good woman from Minneapolis who’d married the wrong man. Dr. H. H. Holmes was a Chicago druggist—and, according to the police, a serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least nine people, including his mistress. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Politicians ate there. Celebrities too, apparently even a king—Elvis Presley. It was Joe Huie’s Café, open twenty-four hours, every day. And, for twenty years, it was the place to go for Chinese in Duluth. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
In 1898, Charles Flandreau, now an old man, stood before a crowd at the Minnesota Historical Society. He had a story to tell, about the summer he canoed to the Mississippi headwaters and met the legendary fur trapper George Bonga. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
September 1920, three military officers took off in a biplane from a Minnesota airfield for a bumpy, seat-of-the-pants seven-day journey to Washington, DC. The mission? The get the state its first Air National Guard squadron. Here’s Britt Aamodt
In 1963, Darla Henrichsen, cleaning cabins at Stony Point Resort on Leech Lake, fell for the resort owner’s son. Robert Hansen was a troubled young man, who lived for guns and the hunt. Still, who would’ve thought then that the same Robert Hansen, twenty years later, would be accused of hunting at least 17 women to their deaths? Here’s Britt Aamodt