Back in 1971, astronaut and former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper Stuart Roosa carried more than 400 seeds into space with him on Apollo 14. Two of those seeds found a new home in North Carolina.
Three years after a devastating fall from the side of a mountain in the rocky wilderness of Linville Gorge, an avid hiker returned to the scene to find acceptance and renewal.
On October 2, 1961, the USS North Carolina hit Fergus’ Ark seafood restaurant while docking in Wilmington.
In 1965, North Carolina Gov. Luther H. Hodges showed off locally-made products in an unusual way.
In 1789, when the newly formed federal government was trying to pass the Bill of Rights, it created 14 copies. One would remain with the federal government, and the rest were sent to the original 13 states. North Carolina’s copy went to the State Capitol, and for 75 years, it stayed there without much fanfare. And then, the trouble began.
Our writer returns to the scene of his youthful side job: guiding rafts filled with neophytes through the man-made currents of the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte. But this unique center has evolved over the past decade — and so has our writer.