Question 8: William Allen White wrote an obituary that has become
quite famous. For whom was this obituary written?
Answer: His only daughter Mary Katherine White. She died May 13,
1921. …"The Associated Press reports carrying the news of Mary
White's death declared that it came as the result of a fall from a horse.
How she would have hooted at that! She never fell from a horse in her
life." …"Her death resulted not form a fall but from a blow on the head
which fractured her skull, and the blow came from the limb of an
overhanging tree on the parking."…
Question 7: In World War II, which was named in memory of William Allen
White, a B-29 Bomber or a S. S. Liberty Ship?
The B-29 Super-fortress, bought with Lyon County money raised during the
Seventh War Loan Drive, in 1945, was named in memory of William Allen White.
By August 14, 1945 it had completed 30 bombing missions and brought it's crew
home safely. In April of 1946 it was reported to William Lindsay White that the B-
29 was at Hill Field, Ogden, Utah.
The S.S. William Allen White sailed all around the world touching ports in
the Black Sea at Odessa, Russia, Lisbon, Portugal, Spanish Morocco, Denmark,
Turkey, France, England and Germany. The newspaper article written in March of
1949 reported that Bosun Brown was …"concerned about the future of this floating
memorial to a great Kansan whose pen meant so much to so many."
Question 6: On September 20, 1924, what was the primary motivation for
William Allen White announcing …"that he was entering the race as an
independent for governor, because:"…?
Answer: William Allen White wanted to speak out against the Ku Klux Klan.
"I want to offer Kansans afraid of the Klan and ashamed of that disgrace, a
candidate who shares their fear and shame." …"Kansas, with her intelligence and
pure American blood, of all states should be free of this taint. I was born in Kansas
and lived my life in Kansas. I am proud of my state. And the thought that Kansans
should have a government beholden to this hooded gang of masked fanatics,
ignorant and tyrannical in their ruthless oppression, is what calls me out of the
pleasant ways of my life into this disgraceful but necessary task. I cannot sit idly by
and see Kansas become a byword among the states."…
Question 5: In 1923 William Allen White won a Pulitzer Prize for an
editorial. What was the name of the editorial?
Answer: To an Anxious Friend, written July 27th, 1922:
You tell me that law is above freedom of utterance. And I reply that you can
have no wise laws nor free enforcement of wise laws unless there is frees
expression of the wisdom of the people - and , alas, their folly with it. But if there is
freedom, folly will die of its own poison, and the wisdom will survive,. That is the
history of the race. It is the proof of man's kinship with God.
You say that freedom of utterance is not for time of stress, and I reply with
the sad truth that only in time of stress is freedom of utterance in danger. No one
questions it in calm days, because it is not needed. And the reverse is true also;
only when free utterance is suppressed is it needed, and when it is needed, it is
most vital to justice.
Peace is good. But if you are interested in peace through force and without
full discussion - that is to say, free utterance decently and in order - your interest
in justice is slight. And peace with justice is tyranny, no matter how you may
sugarcoat it with expediency. This state today is in more danger from suppression
than from violence, because, in the end, suppression leads to violence. Violence,
indeed, is the child of suppression.
Whoever pleads for justice helps to keep the peace; and whoever tramples
upon the plea for justice temperately made in the name of peace only outrages
peace and kills something fine in the heart of man, which God put there when we
got our manhood. When that is killed, brute meets brute on each side of the line.
So, dear friend, put fear out of your heart. This nation will survive, this state
will prosper, the orderly business of life will go forward if only men can speak in
whatever way given them to utter what their hearts hold - by voice, by posted card,
by letter or by press. Reason never has failed men. Only force and repression have
made the wrecks in the world.
Question 4: The Emporia Gazette's reputation became national with the
August 15, 1896 publication of what editorial by William Allen White?
Answer: "What's the Matter with Kansas?" From The Autobiography of
William Allen White here is a brief account of what took place on August 13 that
prompted this editorial:
…"Early that afternoon I went to the post office for the mail. ….A Block from the
office a crowd of Populists tackled me, …. They surrounded me. They were older
men-men in their forties and fifties and sixties-and I was twenty-eight. …Anyway,
the ganged me-hooting, jeering, nagging me about some editorial utterances I had
made. …Finally I broke through the cordon and stalked, as well as a fat man who
toddles can stalk, down the street to the office. I slapped the bundle of mail on Lew
Schmucker's desk and sat down to write for Monday's paper an editorial, and I
headed it, 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' And I remembered what Eugene Ware
said and added frill for frill to his ironic diatribe, and it came out vitriol:"…
Question 3: Over the years many championships and trophies have been won by
athletes and debaters.
Recently, 2010, the Lady Hornets basketball team won the NCAA Division II
National Championship. True or false women's basketball began the same year as
Answer: True, both men and women's basketball was introduced in 1900. The
board of regents believed women could enjoy the game as much as men and girls
were the majority of the student body.
Question 2: ESU Homecoming is here. Each year a number of Homecoming
traditions are continued. One of these anticipated traditions is the Homecoming
Football game. However, in 1893 the board of regents banned football, forever,
due to brutality, but it did not vanish.
What was the name of the Trophy Cup that was contended for by the Kansas State
Normal School (ESU) and the College of Emporia football teams?
Answer: The Mit-Way Cup, donated by O. M. Wilhite owner of the Mit-Way
hotel and a generous supporter of athletics was introduced in the interim football
season of 1900 and 1901.
Question 1: ESU Homecoming is approaching. Each year a number of
Homecoming traditions are continued. One of these anticipated traditions is the
Homecoming Musical. In 1974 the first Homecoming Musical was produced.
What was the name of that musical?
Answer: Camelot. Prior to 1974 an extravagant variety show called Curli-Q. It
was first produced in 1947 and featured the talents of faculty members as well as
The Homecoming Musical this year is All Shook Up.