Happy National Kansas Day ! ! !
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Kansas State: Kansas is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita. Kansas is a landlocked state bordered by Nebraska to the north; Missouri to the east; Oklahoma to the south; and Colorado to the west. Kansas was admitted to the Union on 29th January 1861, as the 34th state.
The Wizard of Oz: Kansas was the state featured in the 1929 movie “The Wizard Of Oz“. The movie was released on August 25, 1939 in the U.S., directed by Victor Fleming with a budget of $2.8 million. The movie was adapted from the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by author L. Frank Baum which was published on May 17, 1900.
The Dust Bowl: The “Dust Bowl” was a dreaded phenomenon that was the largest weather disaster that was directly caused by decades of ill activity man created by lack of the proper knowledge skills to preserve a land’s environment. For decades leading up to the disaster, mankind kept using the disk plow which dug too deep into the soil of the plains and pulverized the dirt and made in featherlight. To make matters worse, mankind kept digging up the grassland to plant for aid to economic depression of both Europe and the United States, with legislation to pay farmers more than the value of the crops. The Dust Bowl also was brought on by natural effects of extended drought and unusually high temperatures. Poor agricultural practices and the resulting wind erosion all contributed to making the Dust Bowl. President Herbert Hoover then finally admitted it was a disaster when the winds blew the dust all the way to Washington D.C. U.S. Congress established the Soil Erosion Service and the Prairie States Forestry Project in 1935.
I read a very great book about the subject: “The Worst Hard Time (The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl)” by Timothy Egan and rate the great book with 5 stars rating on Goodreads.
KANSAS (Rock Group):
Origination: Kansas is an American rock band that originated in 1970 became popular in 1977 with the Top 40 hit “Carry On Wayward Son” on the album “Leftoverture“. The band had albums produced originally by the co-producer Jeff Glixman. With the next follow up album “Point of Know Return” the album-oriented rock charts went now gold with the hit “Dust in the Wind” as of 2005 according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). My favorite album by Kansas was the album “Monolith” which was released in May 1979 with my absolute favorite song “Angels Have Fallen“. I had the great opportunity to see Kansas three times, the first time of which I was able to see the original sextet member band consisting of Kerry Livgren, Steve Walsh, Robby Steinhardt, Dave Hope, Phil Ehart and Rich Williams. This particular concert was on the “Audio-Visions” Tour on October 29, 1980 at the Uptown Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Here are some great photos taken with my Kodak Instamatic camera.
Photos taken with a Kodak Tele-Instamatic 608 110 camera using the factory lens, filter=NOT POSSIBLE, Factory Aperture=f11 lens, and Factory 1/60 shutter speed, loaded with Kodakcolor C-110-20 negative print film using Kodak C-41 process and the standard 3-1/2×4-1/4″ C-110 size color prints, all processing by Fotomat. (Vintage)
- 10/29/1980 Set List:
- Point of Know Return
- Icarus – Borne on Wings of Steel
- Cheyenne Anthem
- Dust in the Wind
- Miracles Out of Nowhere
- Anything for You
- Don’t Open Your Eyes
- Got to Rock On
- No One Together
- Hold On
- Portrait (He Knew)
- Carry On Wayward Son
The band member Steve Walsh formed the band “Streets” in October 1981, and was replaced by member John Elefante in the group Kansas in the year 1982 for the “Vinyl COnfessions” tour. I followed that up with the final concert I have seen in 1983 on the “Drastic Measures” tour. The band’s enthusiasm was not quite the same as that of Steve Walsh’s presence. The original band reunited one more time on a tour in 1999 to 2000.
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