Alan Hodge was raised in Belmont and Charlotte. He has written Our State’s monthly quiz for over 25 years. He is a freelance writer based in Charlotte with four first and second place statewide awards from the NC Press Assoc. and the NC Press Club for community news reporting.
In a month when everyone’s looking for four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, we’re paying tribute to North Carolinians who have made historic discoveries and found good fortune — including gold — all on their own.