Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on September 25, 2014
In some ways the Internet of its day, amateur radio allowed communications across miles and across oceans, with high school kids and ordinary clerks being on the same footing with adults and professional men. In 1938, N&O readers learned of ham radio communications being established locally.
Fifteen members of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Club concluded a 26-hour test at 6 oclock yesterday afternoon after setting up a portable radio station in a tobacco barn several miles from the nearest power lines and communicating with 35 other amateur stations from Texas to Vermont.
The amateurs, ranging in occupation from a college professor to a meat cutter, established their station six miles out of Raleigh on the Poole Road.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on September 18, 2014
By any yardstick, Hugo was among the worst storms ever for the Carolinas. It killed 41 people on the United States mainland, including seven in North Carolina. Eighteen others died in the Caribbean. Damage has been estimated at $9 billion for the United States and Caribbean islands, with $964 million in North Carolina losses.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on September 11, 2014
The highly gifted Gaston B. Means had started his career in his own community of Concord as a representative of textile king J. W. Cannon. The work, however, did not furnish the drama and excitement which he relished.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on September 3, 2014
The News and Observer, as the major state capital paper, has long made political and government coverage its meat and potatoes. For most of its history, Raleigh was a company town, and the business was government - and education.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on August 28, 2014
In the age of Google, it's hard to remember that computers weren't always a part of our daily lives. It was 55 years ago that one of the first Univac computers was installed in the basement of Phillips Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill, primarily to support the work of the US Census Bureau with its upcoming 1960 census.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on August 21, 2014
A frequent sight in the streets of downtown Raleigh about 1900 was "Aunt" Betsy Holmes, who drove her cart to market each day. Drawn by a bull named Joe, it came to be known as her "automobull." When she died in 1906, the newspaper noted the end of an era.