Group promoting Kansas marks 100th, honors Ike, Dole, others
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group promoting Kansas and its history plans to mark its 100th anniversary by honoring President Dwight Eisenhower, former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, other prominent residents and the rock band named for the state.
The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas is scheduled to have its annual banquet Friday in Topeka. Besides naming a Kansan of the Year, it has compiled a list of what it describes as the half-dozen most distinguished Kansans of the past 100 years.
Besides Eisenhower and Dole, the list includes famed photographer Gordon Parks, newspaper editor William Allen White and aviation pioneers Walter and Olive Ann Beech.
Its Kansan of the Year is businessman and professional soccer magnate Philip Anschutz. It is giving its annual award for a distinguished non-Kansas native to the band Kansas.