Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Imagine it's 8 p.m. on a Saturday in the mid-1970s.

You're starting the engine of a 1966 Chevrolet Caprice, big block engine, 4-speed manual transmission with a vinyl interior. 

All is dark and quiet in town, but the main square is lit with activity. For perspective, it looks and sounds kind of like American Graffiti — engines revving, music pouring out of open windows, there's hollering and laughter. Cars are lined up, bumper to bumper. For the rest of the night, you're cruising.

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One night out at the casinos, a withered old fellow named “Hombre” told my friend and I a story about how the decommissioned Worlds of Fun rollercoaster, the Zambezi Zinger, was partially buried in a nearby bend in the Missouri river.

Jeremy Thompson / Flickr

The ride where you almost had your first kiss. Or what about the one you were finally tall enough to ride... only to chicken out? Or the one where you met your spouse, or even got married?


On a stormy April weekend, three kite-fliers were at the Overland Park Arboretum for Kite Fest. The event has been known to draw upwards of one thousand people, but these girls were the last kite-fliers standing, the most committed to getting their kite in the air.  This postcard takes you on their cloudy-sky adventure.

Local Fountain Sculptor Gives Background To Popular Works

May 2, 2012
Kauffman Gardens Fountain
Photo: flickr/ChrisM70

Click below to hear local sculptor Tom Corbin sharing stories about a few of his big works around town.