Jane Ace

Jane Ace, a radio actress whose birth name was Jane Epstein and who was known professionally as Jane Sherwood, was…

Phog Allen. [University of Kansas, University Archives Photo Collection, ku-uaphotos:33979]

Forrest C. “Phog” Allen, whose foghorn voice earned him his nickname, was a masterful,…

Arthur Aull. [Courtesy of Chad Stebbins]

Arthur Aull, who edited the Lamar Democrat from 1900 until his death in…

Child giving tooth to survey

The Baby Tooth Survey was formed in 1958 by the Committee of Nuclear Information, a grassroots organization that…

Bell in a KC Monarchs uniform

Pitching immortal Satchel Paige, noted for his tall tales as much as his pitching, claimed that James “Cool Papa”…

The Ben Bolt Theatre. [Courtesy of Danny Knouse]

The Ben Bolt Theatre was a spectacular building that stood for half a century as a notable…

Kenneth Brown Billups Sr. [National Association of Negro Musicians]

Kenneth Brown Billups Sr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 14, 1918, the son of…

DeVerne Calloway. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Mary K. Dains Photograph Collection, P0300-018642]

DeVerne Lee Calloway was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 17, 1916. She attended LeMoyne…

Ernest Calloway. [State Historical Society of Missouri, Ernest Calloway Papers (S0011), S540.267]

Ernest Calloway was born in Herberton, West Virginia, on January 1, 1909. His family became…

Joan Crawford in 1928. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-133571]

Joan Crawford was born Lucille LeSueur on March 23, 1908, in what she described as “a drab…