by Melissa Brunner
Gov. Sam Brownback raised an interesting question while speaking at the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Thursday. No, not the one about whether men (and women, he joked) should grow beards to mark the state's sesquicentennial, like gentlemen did back in 1976 for the nation's bicentennial celebration. I'm talking about his mention of requesting a group to compile a list of the top 25 Kansans in our state's history.
I put out the question on Twitter and Facebook and received several great responses already, so I thought I'd give you the chance to add to the list here. What shall the guidelines be? Well, I'd include native Kansans, of course, so go ahead and vote for Annette Bening, if you'd like, even though she moved to California by age 7! I'm also okay with including those spend a "significant" amount of their life here. I know that is a bit subjective, but I think Pres. Eisenhower should qualify for consideration. Fictional characters? Much as I love "Wizard of Oz," let's leave Dorothy Gale out of this!
Not being a native Kansan myself, I am always fascinated to learn of people whom I've admired that turn out to be from the Sunflower State. I'm fond of Amelia Earhart and Arthur Capper already. Teach me some more!