Archives On The Air

Archives On The Air 23: The Monarch of the Plains—The Design of Wyoming's Flag

Jul 18, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1919 Wyoming held a competition to design the state flag; a flag that would embody Wyoming’s heritage and accurately represent its ideals.

Archives On The Air 22: "When You Call Me That, Smile"—Owen Wister Papers

Jul 17, 2018
American Heritage Center

The most famous line of The Virginian was based on an anecdote recorded by author Owen Wister in his 1894 diary. It was attributed to saloon-owner John Lawrence in notorious and short-lived Fetterman, Wyoming, in 1885 or 1886. 

Archives On The Air 21: Jack Benny's "Magic" Violin

Jul 16, 2018
American Heritage Center

Legendary entertainer Jack Benny was a pretty good violinist. In 1911 Benny was a 17-year old professional violinist playing in Chicago’s vaudeville theaters.

But Benny found more success with his comic timing than the violin. By 1921, his fiddle was more of a prop and comedy took over.

A running gag was his hopeless attempts to play the violin. He made the illusion seem real by trying to play pieces too difficult for his skill level.

Archives On The 20: Frank Allyn—Wyoming's Road Map Pioneer

Jul 13, 2018
American Heritage Center

Frank Allyn joined the newly created Wyoming Highway Department in 1920 as a draftsman. At the time, the department was surveying existing roads across the state. By 1924 the survey was completed. From the results, Allyn created the first road map of Wyoming for the motoring public.

Archives On The Air 19: Marie Montabe, Determined WAC Recruiter

Jul 12, 2018
American Heritage Center

Marie Montabe was the wife of Albany County’s Woman’s Army Corps recruiter Harry Horton. She worked tirelessly to help her husband enlist young women, especially UW coeds, into the Corps during World War II.

Archives On The Air 18: Owen Wister—Extinct Species of the West

Jul 11, 2018
American Heritage Center

Young novelist Owen Wister made his first trip to the West in the summer of 1885. He stayed at a ranch on Deer Creek located south of what is now Glenrock, Wyoming. Wister was from an upper-crust Philadelphia family. So, what did he think of Wyoming upon his arrival?

Archives On The Air 17: The Flying Feline—Roscoe Turner Collection

Jul 11, 2018
American Heritage Center

The 1930s usually conjure images of dust and despondence – not of lion cubs sitting in the back of racing airplanes. But from 1930 to 1938, legendary Pilot Roscoe Turner was flying in cross-country airplanes with his pet lion Gilmore.

Archives On The Air 16: Snow Chi Minh Trail

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

The 77 mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction has been dubbed the “Snow Chi Minh Trail.”

Archives On The Air 15: Brassy Barbara Stanwyck

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

In 1934, the Hays Code was being strictly enforced in Hollywood to clean up alleged indecency in movies.

What spurred the prudish policing? Movies like Baby Face.

Archives On The Air 14: The Lone Scouts

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

Have you heard of the Lone Scouts? It was a brother organization to the Boy Scouts.

Archives On The Air 13: "Tom Dewey of the West"—Byron Hirst

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

Byron Hirst was called the “Tom Dewey of the West” after Thomas Dewey, a well-known New York prosecutor who fought organized crime.

Archives On The Air 12: Superhero Stan Lee

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

The superhero business is booming now, but that was not always the case.

When young Stanley Lieber landed his first job in 1939 with Timely Comics, the comics industry was lowbrow publishing.

Archives On The Air 11: Hopalong Cassidy

Jul 9, 2018
American Heritage Center

"The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be truthful at all times.”

Many children in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were familiar with these words - part of Hopalong Cassidy’s Creed for American Boys and Girls.

Archives On The Air 10: Antelope Charlie—Charles Belden Papers

Jun 29, 2018
American Heritage Center

Charles Belden became known as the Antelope King. This name came from his clever ways of reducing the number of pronghorn on his Pitchfork Ranch near Meeteetse.

Archives On The Air 9: Terror In The Theaters—Julius Blaustein Papers

Jun 28, 2018
American Heritage Center

Science fiction movies in the 1950s often masked real fears and anxieties of the Cold War era. One of the common themes was a fear that technology would lead to the destruction of the planet.

Archives On The Air 8: Dean Cullen Smith—Bush Pilot Of The Antarctic

Jun 27, 2018
American Heritage Center

A courageous pilot known for navigating in severe weather gained the attention of Admiral Richard Byrd. Byrd was looking for personnel to man his first journey to Antarctica.

Archives On The Air 7: Mary O'Hara—"My Heart Is In Wyoming"

Jun 26, 2018
American Heritage Center

Could successful screenwriter and socialite Mary O’Hara exchange her glitzy lifestyle for that of a Wyoming ranch wife? Her friends did not think so.

Archives On The Air 6: Hell On Wheels

Jun 25, 2018
American Heritage Center

Wyoming had its share of end-of-track towns during construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. These tent cities were known for their criminal element and earned the name “Hell on Wheels.”

Archives On The Air 5: Carl Stalling—Music Animator

Jun 22, 2018
American Heritage Center

A chance meeting in the 1920s at a Missouri movie theater led to some of the most beloved characters ever created.

Archives On The Air 4: Who Gets License Plate Number 1?—Jacob M. Schwoob Papers

Jun 21, 2018
American Heritage Center

The State of Wyoming began issuing motor vehicle license plates in 1913. Who got license plate number 1? The man who wrote the motor vehicle licensing law: Park County’s state senator Jacob M. Schwoob.

Archives On The Air 3: Gasoline Gypsies—The Cross-Country Drive Of Grace & Ester Robinson

Jun 20, 2018
American Heritage Center

In the 1920s, the automobile age was in full swing. American women began enjoying unprecedented social freedom by driving cars. The newfound freedom is illustrated by the cross-country drive of Grace Robinson and her sister Ester.

Archives On The Air 2: Who Was The Virginian? – Owen Wister Papers

Jun 19, 2018
American Heritage Center

Around 1891 western author Owen Wister began to create his most famous character. He created a Southern-born ranch hand who was hardened to the West, yet genteel. The character also voiced Wister’s conservative blue-blooded values. This character came to be known as The Virginian.

Archives On The Air 1: Laramie Inventor Elmer Lovejoy

Jun 18, 2018
American Heritage Center

Laramie’s mechanical genius Elmer Lovejoy designed and built Wyoming’s first automobile in 1895. It was a steam-propelled carriage that carried four people comfortably. It could be driven up to eight miles an hour. Lovejoy’s “horseless carriage” predated Henry Ford’s automobile by several years.