(Frank) Today Around Kansas starts with a look at the upcoming 5th Annual Get Rev’d Up Car and Bike Show in Lyndon. Next we go back in time to 80 million years ago when Kansas was an inland sea – with a trip to the Fick Fossil Museum in Oakley. Then enjoy a poem by Ron Wilson and we’ll end with a photographic tour of Highway 83 by Keith George.
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(Frank Chaffin) Well, it’s Wednesday. Good morning. I’m Frank. (Deb Goodrich) I’m Deb. (Frank) And this is Around Kansas, where we talk about why it’s great to travel around the State of Kansas, the great places to see and visit and the people and all of that. (Deb) You know, I really appreciate you reminding us that it’s Wednesday every Wednesday night, Frank. (Frank) [laughs]. (Deb) Because I forget sometimes. (Frank) Thank you. (Deb) And Wednesday happens to be my deadline day for Grass and Grain, for comment day for Grass and Grain. So one Wednesday, I was headed up to Oberlin with a friend of mine. Forgot it was Wednesday. I was driving on a very muddy road in western Kansas, Dr. Jake’s four-wheel drive truck trying to get it into four-wheel drive to get through the mud. He said the road looked perfectly dry to him [laughs]. Forgot my wallet, forgot my make-up. Had to take my last dollar and scrounge together and buy a tube of lipstick when I got to Oberlin. Fortunately my friend Sharon bought lunch so I didn’t need my wallet. But when I got there then I realized I’d forgot my grass and grain and I’m like, Good grief. And she said, It’s okay. He told us you were real forgetful, and we had to walk behind you and make sure you didn’t leave stuff. (Frank) [laughs] I lead such a boring life. [laughter]. Oh my. (Deb) Well I think my mind is just going in too many directions right now. That’s why I’m so forgetful of things. (Frank) Oh, yes. [laughs]. (Deb) So I appreciate your reminding us that it’s Wednesday, Frank. (Frank) Well, and this is kind of a new surrounding because this has been a wild and woolly spring with the weather around here so actually we’re doing this today, this morning, from our bunker. (Deb) Hiding from tornadoes. (Frank) Oh yes. (Deb) And the living dead, zombie apocalypse, Ninjas, whatever else is going to attack us. (Frank) Yes, we thought we would test this out. The sound is really good and I think the lighting’s okay according to our director over there. (Deb) Yes. Michael’s happy so we’re all happy. As long as Michael’s happy, we’re happy. (Frank) Yes. So anyway, we really do have some great stories for you today from Around Kansas. (Deb) You know, when I get to get out and meet so many awesome people, and we’re going to share some of those with you today and I’m always blown away by just how much talent there is in this state. And we’ve talked about that before, but every time you think you’ve seen it all or you’ve discovered it all or you’ve heard it all then there’s something else. (Frank) Yes. (Deb) And there’s somebody else driving along the back roads and here you’ve got these wonderful little farms where people have done the quilt art on the barns, the quilt squares and they’ve just done some wonderful things to make their place look pretty. And, yes, there’s just so much beauty and so much talent. Of course, the state, you’ve mentioned the stormy spring. The upside of that is the state has been green all over. (Frank) Yes. The drought is over. (Deb) The drought is over. (Frank) And the Kansas drought map now is, that’s it. (Deb) That’s amazing, isn’t it? And that’s really good news, and I think that even the water levels were up, which is just amazing. (Frank) And the weeds are growing and the mosquitoes are just wonderful. (Deb) But the wheat is high and beautiful. (Frank) Yes. (Deb) So that’s, yes it’s going to be a good year. It’s going to be a good show. Stay with us.
(Frank) And we’re back again. Hey, got to ask you, can you drive a stick shift? (Deb) I can. [laughs]. (Frank) Yes, because occasionally on Facebook you see, If you can drive one of these posted, you can do it. And of course it’s a stick shift. So just wondered. And I only brought that up because we’re going to talk about a car show. (Deb) Which is always fun, and I think people just want stick shifts so they can look cool. And I always wanted to look cool and I failed miserably most of my life and driving a stick it’s like, I’m short. So putting the clutch in and shifting at the same time was always a struggle. I learned to drive on Daddy’s Ford pickup truck. Learned to drive a stick. And I had to stand up, put the clutch in and change the gear. I think it was on the steering column. (Frank) Oh if it was up there, well yes. If you’re that short you’d have to do this. [laughs]. (Deb) Yes. And that’s exactly what I did. That was exactly it, so, yes. I can if I have to in an emergency if somebody’s dying. Yes, I can drive a stick. [laughs]. (Frank) Yes, so. And there are a lot of people saying, What are they talking about? (Deb) Stick shifts. (Frank) So anyway, if you see a classic car and it’s got one of these or one of these on the steering column and it has two pedals down there and the gas pedal and this is the clutch that makes this shift and all that. (Deb) How confusing can it get? (Frank) Yes. (Deb) And then I was watching a Green Acres the other day, and they were working on one of those old pickups that had a—shoot, what do you call it when you pull the knob out to crank it? (Frank) Oh, the choke. [laughs]. (Deb) The choke, yes. The choke in my grandpa’s pickup. I remember his having the choke that he had to pull out. Yes, and you see some of those classic pickups like that. My uncle’s got one. It’s baby blue. Oh my god it’s so pretty. So yes, you can just go to the car show and your mouth in water just all over the place. All those beautiful, beautiful vehicles. (Frank) Car shows are great entertainment for the whole family. And one is coming up next week that you’re not going to want to miss. On Saturday June 18th the Lyndon United Methodist Church is once again hosting the 5th Annual Get Rev’d Up Car and Bike Show in the Lyndon City Park, located at 10th and Topeka, right off Highway 75 on the north end of town. Not only will they have fun and flashy cars on display, but also all kinds of tractors, boats and anything else with a motor. And for the kids we’ll have Tattoos, a Hot Rod Coloring Contest and Goody Bags. As a special treat, David Wolfe and the Street Rodding Crew will be filming the show! The event starts at 8:30AM and goes ‘til 3PM, so be sure and come for breakfast and lunch – plus homemade ice cream and cinnamon rolls! And while you’re there enjoy a live band and DJ. For those wanting to have their car judged, registration is from 8:30-11:30. Top 25 Awards and several Specialty Awards will be given. Lyndon has even more to offer that day for the whole family – both the Bailey House and the Osage County Historical Society Museum will be open during show hours. Built in 1870, the Wells P. Bailey House originally set east of Lyndon, but was moved to the City Park in 1997 by the Historic Preservation Partnership of Lyndon. It was placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places in 2010. This hewed-log home has an exciting history and both kids and adults will enjoy seeing how Kansans lived in the late 1800’s. The Osage County Historical Society Museum will also be open during the show. This museum houses a collection of artifacts donated primarily by present and former residents of Osage County. With exhibits arranged so that visitors can get an insight into business, work and family life of bygone eras, this museum represents the wide variety of historic, economic, cultural and ethnic aspects of Osage County from the early settlement in the 1850’s and onward. It is also home to the Hawley Genealogical Research Center, the official repository for archived Osage County records. So grab the family for a fun – and educational – day in Lyndon at the Lyndon United Methodist Church’s 5th Annual Get Rev’d Up Car and Bike Show.
(Frank) Yes. I think we’re coming back. [pause] They let us come back. (Deb) They keep asking for it. I don’t know. [laughs]. (Frank) This is Around Kansas by the way in case you’ve just tuned in so I’m Frank, that’s Deb and so here we are. (Deb) So (Frank) I’m the old fossil. Speaking of– (Deb) [laughs] It’s like we were sitting around at a conference a couple of weeks ago with some old friends and one of my friends said something about giving away how old he was by music and different things that you’re interested in. I said, No, it was the carbon dating that gave away how old you were. So yes, I’m pretty merciless. But speaking of fossils, great said by Frank. That was awesome. We’ve got, in Kansas we are so fortunate to have so many museums with really, really cool fossil exhibits and in my new hometown of Oakley there’s one of the best, the Fick Fossil Museum. Have you ever stopped there? (Frank) No. (Deb) Well, you and Michael are going to have to just get on the road one day and just take a trip and hit all the places that we’ve shared on here. But it’s wonderful. It’s adjacent to the library in downtown Oakley. So the library is one wing and then the Fick Fossil Museum’s on the other. And so the museum, and we’ll talk about it in the segment, has fossils. But they’ve also got a lot of other really cool things and traveling exhibits. And Jodie, who runs the museum, is just amazing. She does a wonderful job, and she’ll make you feel so welcome and if she doesn’t know the answers, well, she’s got the library right across her hall, and she would go over there and find out for you. So it’s just a great place and great folks and the kids love it. Love it, love it, love it. (Frank) And Oakley is where its way out there. (Deb) Four hours from Topeka. It is I think at mile marker 76 on I70. But if you get out there, if you’re from this part of the state or another part of the state, spend the night. Take some time. It’s right there on the Western Vistas Historic Byway. And there’s a lot to see and do on that byway. So take advantage. You know, the new byway program that the state’s doing, that’s pretty cool, and they were so designated because they’ve got some cool stuff along the way. (Frank) Let’s go visit some of my ancestors. [laughter] (Karla) People don’t generally associate Kansas with the ocean, but Kansas was a very different place 80 million years ago when an inland sea stretched from
the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and Kansas was under water. By 1964, this vast ocean was long gone, of course. It was then that Oakley-area residents, Ernest and Vi Fick, started to seriously collect the fossils left by the ancient creatures that inhabited this prehistoric sea. By 1971, they had collected thousands of shark teeth and complete fossils. Soon, their collection had outgrown their home. The Fick Fossil and History Museum was established to showcase the Fick family’s findings and artwork. It allows you to walk through the history of Logan County from the Prehistoric era, amid sharks teeth and fossils, to the replicas of Oakley’s board sidewalks during the Dust storms of the 1930’s. Most of the fossils in the museum were found within the vicinity of the Fick’s homestead near Oakley. Vi combined fossils and shells with oil painting to create one-of-a-kind artwork. These folk-art paintings are prominently featured in the museum. The museum houses replicas of Oakley’s first Depot, a sod house, Prather’s Creamery, and Oakley’s General Store. The museum also houses a large, impressive collection of rocks and minerals from the area as well as around the world, including the remains of ancient tombs! Among its more than 11,000 sharks teeth and many fossils there is the world’s oldest known mosasaur fossil, prepared by well-known fossil-hunter George Sternberg. Displays by local artists and collectors are on exhibit monthly, and traveling exhibits often visit the museum. The Fick Fossil Museum is adjacent to the Oakley Public Library.
(Ron Wilson) I’m proud to say that my daughter is a veterinary student at Kansas State University, and as a result I’ve been able to learn some things too. This is a term she shared with me. The poem is entitled, Zoonotic. As boys were working cattle one day in early spring, a veterinarian watched carefully a checkin’ everything. A vet is a terrific guide for all these operations. He was preg checking cows and giving vaccinations. We moved in a bunch of cows at the boss’s direction, when the boss spoke up and said, Hey Doc, I’ve got a question. What is Zoonotic? He said, I saw that word while reading about possible diseases in a herd. Well doc replied, It’s something we’re not often seeing. It’s a disease that transfers from livestock to a human being. We watch this very carefully with diagnosis or a blood sample. In case a germ jumps from a monkey to a human, for example. Doc continued to explain as we got the cattle headed, till we had just one cow left, but it was the cow I dreaded. This old cow was honorary. Had a mean streak a mile wide. She was tossing and a-kicking and all snorty and wild eyed. Young Billy tried to head her in but as he got in close she turned her head and kicked him right into a fence post. The other cowboys pushed her in and got her in the shoot, while Billy cussed that angry cow and kinda nursed his wound. Old doc gave him some vet wrap for where she broke the skin. That tickled our old boss and he got a little grin. He said, Doc, you’re an expert on disease and antibiotics. Would young Billy’s ailment be considered zoonotic? Doc said, Well, in one sense as anybody sees, young Billy might be called a victim of mad cow disease. Happy Trails.
(Frank) We’re back again You know, back in the 60s, there was a TV show called Route 66 and of course Nat King Cole did a song Route 66 and all that, from Chicago to LA. In other words, the Western. And the idea of the show of course was these two guys jumped in a Corvette, and they didn’t have jobs, and what they did was along the way they would stop and they’d get jobs and get involved in some sort of adventure. But it was Route 66. But that is east and west, but you’re going to have is a story about a highway that goes north and south. (Deb) And actually Highway 83’s interstate 66 in Texas I think, because that is part of our friends’ coverage area. When I was talking earlier about going up to Oberlin to visit with Sharleen Wurm and Garry Anderson, their landmark and then the last Indian Raid Museum. And while we were at the Indian Raid Museum, Keith George pulls up in his little red Corvette and he is wide open. I am telling you what, he’s full of personality. But he is photographing. That’s what the segment is about, Highway 83. And he was talking about a friend of his that has a museum near the intersection with Highway 66, and he was going to send him up to see Sharleen’s museum because of what a great job the Decatur County and pretty much Sharleen have done with the last Indian Raid Museum. And he is talking about how this is just the Smithsonian of Kansas if not the West. I mean, he was just so blown away. And you’re going to be blown away when you see some of the images. He’s done really incredible job and he was so much fun. And the history of Highway 83 is just fascinating and I think you’re really going to love this segment. And you can follow Keith, you can follow his adventure on Facebook and keep up with all the pictures that he posts and all the stuff that he is doing. You’re going to really enjoy this. Highway 83 slices America almost in half, a line running north-south from the U. S. border with Mexico to the border of Canada, descending 1,885 miles from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas. It is one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn’t been replaced by an Interstate and is a major artery in western Kansas where cattle trucks and pickups outnumber the cars. Author Stew Magnuson, a native of Omaha, has introduced the road to the uninformed with his Highway 83 Chronicles. The latest person to carry the banner for the scenic highway is Texan Keith George. Keith has been traveling the route with a camera and a drone, making friends and memories along the way, and being transformed in the process. In his little red Corvette, Keith gets noticed in the little towns and communities that line Highway 83. In fact, while in Oberlin, the Decatur County Sheriff stopped to visit with him. Keith was understandably concerned, and wondered what regulation he had violated. He was stunned when the sheriff responded; I wanted to bring you a welcome gift! That has been typical of his reception along the road. People have opened their homes and hearts to Keith, a self-described Type A personality who only slows down long enough to click the camera. His stunning video footage will make people take a second look at places they thought they knew, like our own iconic Monument Rocks, or take a first look at places they have never seen. What final form Keith’s work will take is still a thought in progress. What is a certainty, though, is that his trip has morphed into an experience far beyond anything he could have imagined. He also assures folks that he will be back. Folks up and down Highway 83 will be watching the horizon for that little red Corvette and making a pot of coffee, ready to visit with someone who is now considered an old friend.
(Frank) Let’s get out on Highway 83. Well, that’s it again for this week. I’m Frank. (Deb) I’m Deb. (Frank) And we will see you somewhere (Both) Around Kansas.
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