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James Naismith, Haskell among finalists for Eight Wonders of Kansas People contest

James Naismith and Haskell are two of 24 nominees for the recognition.

September 10, 2010


Two Lawrence icons could be among the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Eight Wonders of Kansas People.

James Naismith, who created the sport of basketball, and Haskell Indian Nations University are the two representatives from Lawrence on the list of 24 finalists.

The people contest is the last in a series designed to educate the public about Kansas and to inspire travel around the state. Previous contests have focused on the overall wonders of Kansas and areas including architecture, art and geography.

Though some Kansans — such as Dwight Eisenhower — weren’t eligible for the people contest because they had been honored in previous wonders contests, the list features other notables — abolitionist John Brown, inventor George Washington Carver and baseball pitcher Walter Johnson.

Members of the public may vote through Oct. 22. For a complete list of finalists, and to vote online, visit


huskerpower 7 years, 5 months ago

Since when was Haskell Indian Nations University a person?

walter_sobchak 7 years, 5 months ago

Naismith belongs to Springfield. Possibly Canada.

maxhok 7 years, 5 months ago

I WONDER (maybe not 8 times) why they do this and if it is in anyway relevant or important.

overthemoon 7 years, 5 months ago

Why not John G. Haskell. The architect who designed nearly all of our favorite and cherished early Kansas buildings?

Raider 7 years, 5 months ago

Haskell certainly does make you wonder. :-)

sbobandme 7 years, 5 months ago

It is weird about Haskell, since Haskell Indian Nations UNIVERSITY it is not a person. Wonder if that is against any contest rules? If not KU should also be nominated. They at least graduate their students.

fuel_for_the_fire 7 years, 5 months ago

I think they probably mean Dudley Haskell, for whom the university is named. But he was not originally from Kansas; neither was Naismith. Dr. Naismith belongs to Canada. There's no 'possibly' about it walter_sobchak!

ruette 7 years, 5 months ago

John Haskell - yes! Architect of many fine Kansas buildings, including several in Lawrence! Without any negativism toward the HINU, I agree that it's inappropriate in this category. And Naismith may have been born in Canada and started throwing balls at peachbaskets in Springfieid, but he spent a very long career here, and made his name long after he left the other places.

weeslicket 7 years, 5 months ago

when i read "person of wonder from kansas", so to speak.... i couldn't help but wonder about that phelps fellow. i wonder about him more than i would prefer. perhaps many of us wonder about him.

anyways, let me also offer: gwendolyn brooks wilt chamberlain amelia aerhart (that's french. ha ha. earhart) langston hughes the band "kansas" grandma layton gordon parks adolph rupp dean smith phog allen (theme here, anyone?) charlie parker carrie nation etc.


overthemoon 7 years, 5 months ago

A number of those were nominated or won in other categories such as the arts. Earhart did win.

enoughalready 7 years, 5 months ago

If you visit the website and read background info about the contest and nominees, then you will understand why HINU is a nominee. People can put their energies into nominating someone and not just commenting negatively on those nominated next time. Nominees do not have to be from Kansas.

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