Today on Around Kansas our first story is about Wyatt Earp, a name that looms large from the Wild West. Next learn the history of popcorn and meet Loveland Acres Gourmet Popcorn from Clyde, Kansas. Then learn about our featured From the Land of Kansas business and the internationally known artist, Blackbear Bosin. We’ll wrap up with a poem from our Poet Lariat, Ron Wilson.Closed Captioning Brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers.
(Deb) Welcome back to Around Kansas, I’m Deb Bisel. Few names loom larger in the Wild West than Wyatt Earp and even young kids hopefully, you’re familiar with the story of Tombstone and the shootout at the OK Corral in 1881. There have been few scenes in American history that have been more written about, more talked about, more interpreted in books and movies. You know before Wyatt Earp went to Tombstone, he spent a lot of time, a decade nearly, in Kansas. The 1870s the Earps were all over the place. Now the Earp family had moved to Lamar, Missouri. This was, you know back in the day when everybody was headed west and Nicholas Earp, Wyatt’s Dad was actually, his roots were in the mountains of North Carolina. But the family had moved from Iowa, down to Lamar Missouri, and then the cattle towns were booming in Kansas. So all these young men, the Earp brothers, all six of ’em saw opportunity in Kansas. Now, Wyatt’s older brothers Virgil, James and Newton had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Wyatt was too young and he kept running away and trying to join. And every time he’d run away his Dad would have to go after him and bring him back. So, that kid was spoiling for fight, or some action. And he would soon find that in Kansas. The brothers settled for a while in Wichita. They were in Newton for a while. Wyatt worked a variety of things, might have hunted buffalo for a while. He may have worked as a bouncer for his brother who had a saloon and brothel. But eventually he winds up in Dodge City. And in Dodge City, he has a couple of stints as a law man there. And Dodge City in the 1870s everybody’s there. Bat Masterson, Luke Short, Dog Kelley is the mayor. And there’s some of us, of a certain age who actually grew up with the TV series that had Dog Kelley and Bat Masterson and all those characters portrayed in the TV series. While Wyatt of course, was known for that famous shoot out. One of the reasons that he was effective as a lawman, and one of the reasons that they wanted to hire him is because he could settle disputes without a gun. He was actually a pretty good boxer. And so, there were a lot of times that he could defend himself without resorting to drawing a gun. And Wyatt just had a set of eyes. He could look at people and he had a commanding presence. So he could put people in their place, or calm a situation without resorting to the use of a gun. So, ironically that’s what made him effective and desirable as a lawman. When you go to Dodge City of course, Wyatt Earp Boulevard is the main drag and you’ve got that wonderful statue of Wyatt there. But remember it wasn’t just in Dodge City that he made his claim to fame, he’s all over the place in Kansas. And lots more to be written and discovered on the legend of Wyatt Earp. We’ll be right back.
(Frank) Good morning, I’m Frank Chaffin and this is Around Kansas. This morning we’re gonna talk about popcorn. But not your everyday run of the mill popcorn. But first a little bit of history on popcorn. It’s been around for about 4,000 years. In fact they found ears of corn in the so called, bat caves in Central America. Four thousand year old popcorn, and yes, it popped. Also in 1650 the Spanish found the Peruvian Indians enjoying popcorn as a treat. And of course the Aztecs used popcorn in a lot of ceremonies and even made jewelry and necklaces our of the many colorful varieties. Moving ahead a few years, Charles Cretors, he was the man who invented the first mobile popcorn popper and he did that for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Then Percy Spencer of Raytheon, now that’s the company that during World War II developed the magnetron, which was essentially the operating system for the radar used in World War II. At war end the government said Raytheon we don’t need all of those thousands of magnetrons that you have. So, Percy was trying to figure out, well what do we do with all of these things. And of course the story and you may know it, a candy bar that he had in his pocket in the lab near one of the magnetrons, melted. He thought, that’s interesting. So, he had an assistant bring in some popcorn kernels and he put the kernels near the magnetron and of course they popped. And guess what, the radar range was invented, now known as the microwave and of course, microwave popcorn followed that. But today, we’re not going to talk about the every day, run of the mill microwave popcorn. No, because here in Kansas there is a gourmet popcorn that is grown. It’s done at the Loveland Acres Popcorn Farm, in of all places, Clyde. Now Clyde, Kansas, is a bit north and a little bit west of Manhattan in north central Kansas. It’s a very small town and in 2008 Lance and Megan Nobert made the decision to return to their roots in north central Kansas to the family farm. Now, the family farm had grown popcorn for some time and Lance grew up in the popcorn growing community. OK, well he also worked for the Department of Agriculture for a number of years and has a degree in Agronomy. So, on the family farm he decided to plant another variety of popcorn. And so in 2008 on the small plot in Clyde, Kansas, he planted his first crop. And low and behold it became a very, very good popcorn. And we say gourmet because you know, most popcorn when you pop it the hull bursts and this pops out, OK? Well theirs is a popcorn that when it pops, the hull shatters. And so it’s virtually hull free. The corn is much more fluffy, not like this. This is microwave popcorn and simply a prop here this morning. So, they also don’t pop the corn and sell it in bags. They sell the popcorn kernels. And you can order them online or you can find the bags of the gourmet popcorn in some stores and gourmet shops around the state. They have varieties like Shamus Blue, White Gourmet, Ruby Red Gourmet and Confetti Gourmet. And so you can pop it and eat it or apparently you can decorate with it because it really is pretty colorful. You can find ’em online at email@example.com. That’s the name of their farm, Loveland Acres. It’s in Clyde, Kansas. Go online and you can order there and like I said you can also find it in a lot of stores around the state of Kansas. So, another great product right here in Kansas. It’s Loveland Acres Gourmet Popcorn. Get some. Try some. It’s grown in Kansas. Isn’t that wonderful? This is Frank Chaffin. I’ll see you somewhere Around Kansas.
From The Land of Kansas is a trademark program that helps Kansas businesses grow, produce, process or manufacture Kansas products. Let’s meet Grill Side BBQ in Overland Park. Grill Side BBQ started as a homemade sauce for family gatherings, but when the demand became overwhelming, it was time to go public! After years of researching and testing many different flavors of Kansas City Barbeque, Grill Side was born. All natural, gluten free and with no high fructose corn syrup, this award winning BBQ sauce is great on meats, vegetables and pretty much anything that needs some zing! Grill Side offers three flavors including Suburban Sweet, a sauce that’s tasty, well balanced and sweet enough for the kids; Downtown Heat, a sweet, smoky sauce with just a bit of heat and Hometown Hot, a sauce that pairs up seven different peppers for a real punch. For mouthwatering recipes and to find a retailer near you, visit GrillSideBBQ.com.
(Deb) Welcome to Around Kansas, I’m Deb Bisel. Even though he was born in Oklahoma, the Kiowa Comanche Blackbear Bosin adopted Wichita as his hometown and of course one of Wichita’s most iconic works of art was done by Blackbear Bosin. The “Keeper of the Plains” is a 44 foot tall steel sculpture that embodies the essence of the American Indian’s relationship to the Great Plains. And it’s just an incredible work of art. If you’ve even been to Wichita you can’t avoid seeing it. He was just a remarkable man. Born in 1921 in Anadarko, Oklahoma, most of his early surroundings were spent in the Comanche community. And he attended St. Patrick’s Mission School and that’s where he became exposed to the work of the five Kiowa painters. He started painting and he never ceased until he died August 9th, 1980. Now when he was going to trade school he sold his paintings for $2.50. And he left Oklahoma to go to the Marine Corps during World War II and while serving he was given the opportunity to hold his first one man show, actually in Honolulu. It was a sell out. When he came out of the Marine Corps he went to Wichita and that was his home for thereafter and he left an incredible mark on that community. And everywhere you go throughout the community of Wichita he was recognized. But then he was recognized not only nationally but internationally. He was featured in magazines and he was commissioned by the Franklin Mint to produce a metallic historical series by the U.S. Department of the Interior and to create several paintings. Besides being recognized as an artist Blackbear Bosin held executive positions as the Mid-America All Indian Center Board of Trustees, the Indian Center Museum’s Acquisition Board of Wichita and the Kansas Arts Commission. He was made a fellow of International Arts and Letters in Switzerland. And one of his most noted honors was he was the Governor’s Artist when Governor Robert Bennett was in office in 1977. Blackbear Bosin, one of those incredible Kansas people that you will want to find out more about. We’ll be right back.
(Ron) Howdy folks, I’m Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat. There are many great things that come from our cowboy heritage. One of the very simplest, is one we find on our feet. This poem is entitled “Building Boots.” Many things have been invented and not all have taken root. But one of the greatest inventions was the simple cowboy boot. The cowboy boot is something that won’t cross most people’s minds. They think it’s just a footwear style like all the other kinds, because they’re made a certain way. And that is what I want to explain to you today. The first cowboy boots were made after 1865 to be used by the drovers on the great cattle drives. They were made out of cow hide which is what they had on hand. And these boots were shaped to suit the cowboy’s work demands. They were made heavy duty so that they were good for every season. And every feature of the boot is for a certain reason. For example, why do cowboy boots have round or pointed toes? To get in and out of stirrups fast, when a horse goes. The heels were angled sharply so they could dig into the ground. When a cowboy ropes a calf and it tries to run around. Of course, the boots were made of good old cowhide leather to protect the feet and legs, and keep ’em warm in cold weather. The uppers of the boot protect the lower leg you see from a snake bite or a sticker from a thorny locust tree. The stitching on the leather isn’t just for the design, but it helps stiffen the leather for protection sure and fine. So, you see there is a reason for the way the boot is made. But if we don’t remember, then that history would fade. The styles of boots have changed with time, as fashions ebb and flow, but that’s the reason for the design those years ago. The modern cowboy still wears boots. He likes the wear and feel, but his town boots may have rope or toes and the lower walking heel. So, let’s celebrate this element of our early western roots and thank those designers of the early cowboy boots. And one more thing another benefit most people never catch. When I wear boots, no one will know my socks, don’t have to match. Happy Trails.
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