Thursday, October 28, 2010

James Naismith among 8 Wonders of Kansas People


James Naismith ranks among the 8 Wonders of Kansas People.

People in all 50 states voted for six individuals, a couple and one group whose prominence included a presence in Kansas. The contest, conducted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, drew nearly 13,000 completed ballots.

Naismith holds the distinction of inventing the game of basketball, establishing the hoops program at Kansas University and being the namesake of James Naismith Court at venerable Allen Fieldhouse.

He’s also the only KU men’s basketball coach to post a losing record.

“His name is familiar and it’s a basketball state, in many ways,” said Marci Penner, director of the Inman-based foundation. “He’s the guy that invented basketball. In a way it was a slam dunk.”

Others making the list:

• Amelia Earhart, Atchison — first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

• Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Leavenworth — members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army.

• Carry A. Nation, Medicine Lodge and Kiowa — hatchet-wielding crusader in early 1900s who helped lead fight to prohibit alcohol.

• Emil J. Kapaun, Pilsen — priest and military chaplain being considered for sainthood for his service and dedication as a prisoner of war during Korean War.

• George Washington Carver, Minneapolis and Beeler — a scientist, botanist, educator, humanitarian and inventor known for developing crop-rotation methods and hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans, sweet potatoes and pecans.

• Martin and Osa Johnson, Chanute — pioneering wildlife filmmakers, photographers, authors and explorers.

• William Allen White, Emporia — Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor.

President Dwight Eisenhower was not eligible for the contest because he already had been selected as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.


TopCityHawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Great List -

Cheers to hoping we may all be 1/8 as successful or influential as each of these individuals...

Robert Brock 9 years, 7 months ago

Carry Nation? We have to start a campaign to convert her heritage to another state - like Miss-ur-uh.

Funhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

The 1970 male version of Carrie Nation was a Kansan who jumped out of car trunks to arrest people for drugs. His name was Vern Miller. Vern was the Kansas attorney general in 1970. Somebody ought to make a movie about Vern Miller. Parents loved him, hippies hated him. Vern Miller's interesting life story is here:

Chris Shaw 9 years, 7 months ago

Maybe not on the 8 Wonders, but Jim Ryun should probably be somewhere close.

sgl8888 9 years, 7 months ago

A requirement was that they no longer be living.

Robert Brock 9 years, 7 months ago

He couldn't beat Kip Keino or Marti Liquori.

Larry Kampa 9 years, 7 months ago

What about W. Eugene Smith, one of the great photo journalists of all time. His photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors published in Life magazine are images known world-wide. Carrie Nation...please!

Funhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

For the 8 wonders, how about the eight players on the 2008 KU national championship team! Brandon, Shady, Mario, Sherron, Cole, Russell, Sasha, and Darnell.

4jhawks4ku 9 years, 7 months ago

How bout John Riggins. He could stay up till midnight at the Hawk or Wheel and still bust loose for 140 yards the next day.

overseashawk 9 years, 7 months ago

What about buffalo bill Cody or Melissa etheridge? Cody was not a native Kansan but lived in Leavenworth since childhood. He was by far the greatest showman of his day and was amongst the most popular figures in the world during his lifetime.

Melissa Etheridge, also a Leavenworthian, is a Grammy winning artist.

Also, missing is John Brown.

If we're talking sports though there are a few glaring omissions: WALTER JOHNSON, Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith. I'm sure I've forgotten others.

I think that Walter Johnson most definitely deserved to be on this list. He was one of THE pioneers of modern baseball and still widely considered as one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

Sf Boggsz 9 years, 7 months ago

Brown and Johnson were on the original list of 25 and didn't make the final 8.

Chris Corley 9 years, 7 months ago

As a Kapaun Mt. Carmel alum and humble fan of Fr. Kapaun, it's great to see him on that list!

Rock Chalk and Go Kapaun!


KU_FanSince75 9 years, 7 months ago

I am not a Kapaun Mt. Carmel alum but my sister-in-law is an alum, and I totally agree with you, 10point8.

JacquesMerde 9 years, 7 months ago

George Washington Carver was from Diamond, Missouri, by Carthage. Why not Gordon Parks from Fort Scott? I think Inge should be shoo in. Wasn't Walter Johnson from Coffeyville? As much as it gripes me, I think Dean Smith ought to be included, or how about John Riggins?

Tony Bandle 9 years, 7 months ago

Probably, the most famous Kansan of all time isn't even a real person.

That would be the couragious little gal, Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of OZ.

Few people realize that in the original book, Dorothy's slippers were silver, that the Good Witch Glenda was actually from the South.

zipplus10 9 years, 7 months ago

Jack Kilby, Great Bend, was the inventor of the integrated circuit and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize. Many recognize his invention of the "microchip" as the most important of the 20th century.

ku_foaf 9 years, 7 months ago

James Naismith was born in Canada...

ku_foaf 9 years, 7 months ago

Texas always claims Eisenhower... And he was born there, though he grew up in Kansas.

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