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OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Contrary to the common notion that mass media has produced the homogenization of American speech, regional words and phrases are alive and thriving. This is amply demonstrated by the monumental scholarly project that has given us “The Dictionary of American Regional…

NOTES ON QUOTES: A Brief History Of Christmas Cards

NOTES ON QUOTES: A Brief History Of Christmas Cards

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “At Christmas season, cards mailed definitely mean so much more. I send a variety of cards: religious, funny, wintery scenes and cards with animals themes. I try to pick something that would mean more to each individual. I…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The History Of Santa Claus And Old St. Nick

NOTES ON QUOTES: The History Of Santa Claus And Old St. Nick

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,…He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Christmas During The Great Depression

NOTES ON QUOTES: Christmas During The Great Depression

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Christmas waives a magic wand over the world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993 Many of us grew up hearing stories from our parents or grandparents about the Great Depression. Today we are slowly…

Remembering The USS Raleigh At The Pearl Harbor Attack On December 7th, 1941

Remembering The USS Raleigh At The Pearl Harbor Attack On December 7th, 1941

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Have you ever heard of the USS Raleigh and its role in the Pearl Harbor attack? It may have been the first struck by a torpedo, helped save the crew of the USS Utah, and went on to fight in the Pacific, but many,…

Confederate Civil War Ironclad Ship Moved Indoors To New Museum

Confederate Civil War Ironclad Ship Moved Indoors To New Museum

By NCDCR, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram KINSTON – The remnants of the Confederate Navy’s ironclad river gunboat, the CSS Neuse, will finally be moved indoors and will get its own museum. “After years of exposure to hurricanes, heat, and pests, the CSS Neuse has a new home and is…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Thomas Jefferson, The Tea Party, And Occupy Wall Street

NOTES ON QUOTES: Thomas Jefferson, The Tea Party, And Occupy Wall Street

By Gordon and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.” King George lll, Great Britain The Declaration of Independence was passed by the Continental Congress in July of 1776, but it was not signed by most delegates until August…

OPINION: George Washington’s First July 4th In The Revolutionary Summer Of 1776

OPINION: George Washington’s First July 4th In The Revolutionary Summer Of 1776

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - In the early summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, where our founders were waxing eloquently about their newly declared independence from Great Britain, modern day Tea Partiers would have felt at home. There was a lot of talk there about freedom, small and limited…

NC Divers Recover Two Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

NC Divers Recover Two Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

By R. Gregg, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Last Thursday, underwater archaeologists recovered two heavy cannons from the wreck that is widely acknowledged as Blackbeard’s ship.  The ship currently rests at the bottom of 24 feet of water near Beaufort, North Carolina. Blackbeard’s ship, “The Queen Anne’s Revenge,” sank in…

VIDEO: 30 Minute News Special On Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons

VIDEO: 30 Minute News Special On Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - In this video from The Raleigh Telegram newspaper and RTP-TV, we learn about Blackbeard and his ship The Queen Anne’s Revenge which ran aground near Beaufort, NC almost 300 years ago in 1718. We also go along on the dive last Thursday in Beaufort Inlet…

Almost 300 Years Later, Blackbeard Still Remains A Mystery To Researchers

Almost 300 Years Later, Blackbeard Still Remains A Mystery To Researchers

By The Raleigh Telegram BEAUFORT – With the discovery of Blackbeard’s ship The Queen Anne’s Revenge in the waters just outside of the Beaufort harbor years ago and the continuing underwater archaeological work that recently yielded two more cannons, researchers continue to find out more details about everyday life aboard…

Did NC Underwater Archaeologists Find Blackbeard The Pirate’s Sword?

Did NC Underwater Archaeologists Find Blackbeard The Pirate’s Sword?

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Thousands of priceless artifacts have been recovered from the early 1700′s shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet that is widely considered to be the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship abandoned by Blackbeard the pirate after he ran aground in 1708. The most famous pirate in history,…

OPINION: The Battle At Gettysburg, 1963, The New South, And Airborne Training

OPINION: The Battle At Gettysburg, 1963, The New South, And Airborne Training

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Next week Americans will be remembering the 150th anniversary of a defining moment in our country’s history, the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. The horrible losses there made the battlefield like a holy temple, a destination point for pilgrims. Fifty years ago,…

NC Department Posts Civil War Roster Of 115,000 Soldiers Online

NC Department Posts Civil War Roster Of 115,000 Soldiers Online

By NCDCR, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The Historical Publications Section of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has made available online a cumulative master index of the first 18 volumes of “North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster.” “This index of approximately 115,000 names of North Carolinians who…

Popular Former NC Governor Jim Holshouser Passes Away

Popular Former NC Governor Jim Holshouser Passes Away

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – According to his family, popular former North Carolina Governor Jim Holshouser passed away today at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst after a period of declining health.  The former governor was 78 years old. Holshouser was elected in 1972 as North…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Betsy Ross And The American Flag Controversy

NOTES ON QUOTES: Betsy Ross And The American Flag Controversy

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” — Quote attributed to…

OPINION: North Carolina’s Own “Iron Lady”

OPINION: North Carolina’s Own “Iron Lady”

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – What about North Carolina’s “iron lady”? The recent death of Margaret Thatcher, the steely, hard-working, and effective British prime minister, led to much discussion of her career, and we heard different opinions about her impact on the opening of opportunities for women…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Margaret Thatcher’s Transformational Leadership

NOTES ON QUOTES: Margaret Thatcher’s Transformational Leadership

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Few Prime Ministers have been called upon to change so much. Few have been loathed as much for trying. Few have shown such courage.” — Michael Portillo, “The Guardian” Margaret Roberts Thatcher’s recent death has caused writers to…

Restaurant Will Celebrate Titanic Memory With Special Dinner

Restaurant Will Celebrate Titanic Memory With Special Dinner

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – With the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on Sunday and with actual artifacts from the famous luxury liner on display in Raleigh this month, a local Irish pub has decided to remember the HMS Titanic with a full course meal featuring items…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Almost Losing Our Bill Of Rights

NOTES ON QUOTES: Almost Losing Our Bill Of Rights

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” Thomas Jefferson, U. S. President, 1801- 1809 As the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention recessed…

New Roman Catholic Pope Chosen By Cardinals In The Vatican

New Roman Catholic Pope Chosen By Cardinals In The Vatican

By The Raleigh Telegram VATICAN CITY – According to live television broadcasts, a new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has been chosen in the Vatican City by the Cardinals there voting on the new leader of the church. The new Pope chosen is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina,…

NOTES ON QUOTES: A Brief History Of The Valentine’s Day Holiday

NOTES ON QUOTES: A Brief History Of The Valentine’s Day Holiday

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963 C. S. Lewis, author of the much loved children’s classic series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” taught English literature…

Rental Home Turns Out To Be Oldest House In NC

Rental Home Turns Out To Be Oldest House In NC

By NCDCR, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH — After two years of investigation of what was a planned rental property, the oldest dated house in North Carolina has been identified in Edenton. Preservationists with the N.C. Historic Preservation Office, architectural historians with the Architectural Research Department at Colonial Williamsburg…

Carolina Hurricanes’ Ron Francis To Be Inducted Into NC Sports Hall Of Fame

Carolina Hurricanes’ Ron Francis To Be Inducted Into NC Sports Hall Of Fame

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – One of the most popular and profilic players to hit the ice in Raleigh will be honored once again.  This time, Ron Francis will be inducted into the 50th anniversary class of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony later this…

Pat McCrory Sworn In As Governor In Private Ceremony

Pat McCrory Sworn In As Governor In Private Ceremony

By Gary Robertson, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Pat McCrory was officially installed as North Carolina’s governor today, getting sworn in during a brief, low-key ceremony that belied momentous changes marked by new Republican dominance within state government. Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath of office to…

NC WWII Veteran Receives Medal From France 68 Years After War

NC WWII Veteran Receives Medal From France 68 Years After War

By The Raleigh Telegram HIGH POINT – According to Congressman Howard Coble’s office, a North Carolina World War II veteran has finally received a medal from France some 68 years after the war ended. Coble’s office said that Joseph Kaper was presented with France’s Legion of Honor Medal on December…

NC TRAVEL: Old Salem Offers A Living Glimpse Into Colonial History

NC TRAVEL: Old Salem Offers A Living Glimpse Into Colonial History

By The Raleigh Telegram WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Many people are familiar with Old Williamsburg in Virginia where visitors can take a look at life in America between 200 to 300 years ago, but there is a closer example of early colonial life that is a just short drive from Raleigh.…

OPINION: Remembering North Carolina Leader Bill Friday

OPINION: Remembering North Carolina Leader Bill Friday

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – All over North Carolina, people are still grieving the loss of UNC President Emeritus William Friday. At the same time they are enjoying sharing memories of how Friday touched them. I want to be a part of the storytelling by sharing a…

Legendary NC Beach Music Singer Billy Scott Dies At Age 70

Legendary NC Beach Music Singer Billy Scott Dies At Age 70

By The Raleigh Telegram CHARLOTTE – Beach music and R&B fans are mourning the passing of Billy Scott, a singer for decades who became known for several hits and also for his tireless promotion of beach music to the public in the Carolinas.  A statement from the press representative for…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Story Of Abraham Lincoln And The Thanksgiving Holiday

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Story Of Abraham Lincoln And The Thanksgiving Holiday

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Now the purpose of this letter is to entreat President Lincoln to put forth his Proclamation, appointing the last Thursday in November… as the National Thanksgiving… the permanency and unity of our Great American Festival of Thanksgiving would be forever…

Hurricane Sandy Exposes Wreck Of 123 Year Old Ship, Where Captain Was Murdered

Hurricane Sandy Exposes Wreck Of 123 Year Old Ship, Where Captain Was Murdered

By Sunset Beach, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram SUNSET BEACH, NC – While Hurricane Sandy caused devastation to most of the Northeast, the Southeast experienced a much less severe storm. But the storm still managed to unearth a piece of buried history in Surf City, on Topsail Island. A section…

New Civil War Exhibit With Focus On NC Soldiers, Weapons Opens At NC Museum

New Civil War Exhibit With Focus On NC Soldiers, Weapons Opens At NC Museum

By NCMH, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is presenting a three-part exhibit series titled North Carolina and the Civil War: 1861-1865. The series explores the four-year conflict that…

The Raleigh Telegram Interviews George Will On The NC Election, Politics, & Baseball

The Raleigh Telegram Interviews George Will On The NC Election, Politics, & Baseball

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – During his visit to the City of Raleigh, The Raleigh Telegram briefly talked with famous columnist and television political commentator George Will about his thoughts on North Carolina politics, why he has never run for office, and his love of baseball.  Our newspaper reporter…

North Carolina’s Forgotten Car Maker, Corbitt Of Henderson

North Carolina’s Forgotten Car Maker, Corbitt Of Henderson

By The Raleigh Telegram GREENSBORO – Most people in North Carolina are aware that the Wright Brothers took their famous first flight on the coast, but many may not know that one of the first car manufacturers in the country started right here in Tar Heel state in the 1800′s.…

A Real Spooky Castle: Secret Society Owns Gimghoul Castle In Chapel Hill

A Real Spooky Castle: Secret Society Owns Gimghoul Castle In Chapel Hill

By The Raleigh Telegram CHAPEL HILL — A secret society known as the Order of the Gimghoul owns a very old spooky-looking but beautiful castle in a wooded area of Chapel Hill. Both the castle and the society have been around for decades and have featured prominently in UNC’s history.…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Myth Of Blackbeard The Pirate Versus The Reality

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Myth Of Blackbeard The Pirate Versus The Reality

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “A period’s history can probably best be told through the biography of one of its leading characters, be he a hero or villain,” said Robert E. Lee, author of “Blackbeard the Pirate: A Reappraisal of His Life and Times.” Edward…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Man Who Was Driving On Hank Williams’ Last Ride

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Man Who Was Driving On Hank Williams’ Last Ride

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Hear that lonesome whippoorwill? He sounds too blue to fly. The midnight train is whining low, I’m so lonesome I could cry.” — Hank Williams With Hank Williams’ final days covered in “The Last Ride” (2012), we headed to Montgomery,…

DG MARTIN: William Jennings Bryan’s Game Changing Presidential Whistlestop Tour Through NC In 1896

DG MARTIN: William Jennings Bryan’s Game Changing Presidential Whistlestop Tour Through NC In 1896

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Are you are already tired of the presidential campaigns and the barrage of television ads, glad the conventions are over, and dreading the upcoming debates? Blame it on William Jennings Bryan. It used to be different. That was before radio, television, and…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Food For Thought From Yesteryear & What Our Founding Fathers Ate

NOTES ON QUOTES: Food For Thought From Yesteryear & What Our Founding Fathers Ate

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schulz Marcia’s Aunt Betty has a cookbook with the inscription, “Marjorie learned to cook out of this cookbook, so it is hers.” It was signed…

Special Autumn Railroad Excursions From NC To VA, GA Offered

Special Autumn Railroad Excursions From NC To VA, GA Offered

By NCTM, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram SPENCER – An extremely popular offering from the N.C. Transportation Museum and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum is just a few months away from rolling down the tracks. This year’s Autumn Train Excursions will travel to Appomattox, Virginia on Saturday,…

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