Archives On The Air

Archives on the Air takes listeners deep into the archives of the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. The AHC collects and preserves primary sources and rare books from Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain Region, and select aspects of the American and global past. Voiced by the AHC's Birgit Burke (previously by Molly Marcuse), each new episode of Archives on the Air reveals a fascinating tidbit from the AHC's vast collection.

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Edward Bernds was a prolific Hollywood writer and director known for campy comedies and science fiction films.

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Merrill Riddick was a seasoned political campaigner. He ran unsuccessfully for the Montana Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1960 and 68. He then switched parties to run for the U.S. Senate in 1972. Again, no success. Undeterred, he ran for president.

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Bill Walker was a black actor best remembered for his role as Reverend Sykes in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Caroline Lockhart was a famous and at time infamous Wyoming journalist and author. Her first job out of college in the early 1900s was as a "stunt girl" with the Boston Post.

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King Kong first appeared on movie screens in 1933. Audiences were amazed at the lifelike movement of the film's prehistoric creatures.

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Gabriela Maria Adalid was a multi-talented Mexican performer. She began dancing professionally at the age of 5. She was trilingual, speaking Spanish, English and Italian.

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In November 1918 World War One had just come to an end. But many soldiers remained stationed overseas.

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A train rolled into Laramie, Wyoming, on a chilly autumn day in 1945 carrying some unexpected visitors.

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For many years, actor Will Lee played Mr. Hooper the grocer on the children's television series Sesame Street. But in his early career during the 1920s and 30s, he was involved with the left-wing experimental theater movement. One production he directed was a children's operetta titled Strike Me Red.

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In 1957 the communist government of Czechoslovakia approved the production of 29 tons of chewing gum for the first time. Gum was seen as a symbol of American decadence and the move was criticized by newspapers across the Soviet bloc.

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Did you know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was almost named Rollo - or even Reginald?

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In the City of West Hollywood, Saturday June 24th, 2012, was John Angelo Day. It was John Angelo's 90th birthday and was celebrated by the city he had lived in for over 60 years.

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Relocating industry from congested cities to rural areas was one of many Depression-era social experiments by the federal government.

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Peanuts Hucko was a renowned jazz clarinet player during the big band era. He started out with the saxophone during his U.S Army career but found it cumbersome to play while marching.

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Joseph Kauffman graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1941 and became a respected Air Force captain. But in 1961 he was accused of espionage.

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Author Robert Bloch was a fan of Weird Tales magazine while a youngster. An early writer for the magazine was H.P. Lovecraft, who later went on to greater success. A fan letter Bloch wrote to Lovecraft resulted in encouragement for the teenager to submit his own science fiction stories to the magazine. Bloch's 60-year writing career began.

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How did a New Jersey native with no ranch background become a success on the rodeo bull riding circuit?

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Football officially began at the University of Wyoming on February 22, 1893 when the 11-man UW squad defeated Cheyenne High School 14 to nothing.

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Energy booms mean big profits for Wyoming. But also packed schoolrooms, traffic jams, less housing, and soaring crime.

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Actor William Boyd portrayed the clean-living cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy from 1935 to the 1950s in film and television.

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A 1949 western novel features a mysterious gunslinger named Shane who rides into the lives of a Wyoming homestead family of the late 1880s.

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In 1837, wealthy Scots nobleman William Drummond Stewart entered the studio of young artist Alfred Jacob Miller. After lingering over a painting, he offered a compliment and departed.

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The number and popularity of science fiction films in the 1950s has led some to label it a golden age.

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Carrie Arnold loved western history and used her artistic talent to portray sites and communities in the West.

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Aloha Wanderwell was an adventurer. In 1922 at age 16, she joined an expedition traveling around the world by Model-T Ford.

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Dr. Sara Jane Rhoads joined the University of Wyoming's faculty in 1948. She was one of the first women in the United States to reach full professor rank in chemistry. 

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Annette Becher Grey was ordained a minister in 1900 and became pastor of the South Side Congregational Church in Cheyenne. 

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Chief Washakie was leader of the Eastern Shoshone from the 1840s until his death in 1900.

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Photographer Jean Howard captured Hollywood glamor of the 1940s and 50s. Marriage to super-agent Charles Feldman provided her with access to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe.

Archives On The Air 182: Wartime Anthropologist—Moana Tregaskis—Richard Tregaskis Papers

May 28, 2020
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Moana McLaughlin Tregaskis is at times eclipsed by her husband - noted journalist and author Richard Tregaskis. Like her husband, she was a reporter and war correspondent.

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