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Woman proud to have Kansas’ only ‘JAYHAWK’ license plate

Pamela Barker of Minneapolis is the owner of the coveted "JAYHAWK" license plate. Before a 2010 law limiting vanity plates went into effect, 42 people had license plates honoring the Kansas University mascot.

Pamela Barker of Minneapolis is the owner of the coveted "JAYHAWK" license plate. Before a 2010 law limiting vanity plates went into effect, 42 people had license plates honoring the Kansas University mascot.

January 6, 2012

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Ever since a 2010 law changed how vanity license plates worked in Kansas, the 42 people who had the license plate “JAYHAWK” suddenly went down to one.

Pamela Barker of Minneapolis is the owner of the coveted "JAYHAWK" license plate. Before a 2010 law limiting vanity plates went into effect, 42 people had license plates honoring the Kansas University mascot.

Pamela Barker of Minneapolis is the owner of the coveted "JAYHAWK" license plate. Before a 2010 law limiting vanity plates went into effect, 42 people had license plates honoring the Kansas University mascot.

Before that law, the same plate could be registered in each of Kansas’ 105 counties. Today, there can be only one across the entire state.

The license plate went to the person who had it the longest, and that was Pamela Barker, a 59-year-old hardware store owner in Minneapolis, a town about a half-hour north of Salina in Ottawa County.

She doesn’t remember exactly when she got it, but she knows the first car it went on was a red 1970s Corvette. But when her children began to get old enough to drive, that was the end of that car.

“It had way too big of an engine,” she said.

The license plate is now on a Chevy Tahoe, and it’s a hit at football tailgates, Barker said.

Barker is a KU alumna, graduating in journalism in 1976, and is a pretty big KU fan. She’s been a member of the Williams Education Fund and a member of the advisory board for the KU Endowment Association’s Chancellor’s Club, which supports fundraising for academics.

Anne Hall, a Lawrence resident and Barker’s daughter, remembered the letter from the state that went out to all plate owners detailing the new rules and how most people would have to give up their plates. Only one would be allowed to keep it.

“At the bottom of the letter, it said the only person is you,” Hall said.

She doesn’t plan on giving it up soon, either. As long as she keeps renewing it each March, she’ll keep it, Barker said.

Her husband, three daughters and two sons-in-law all attended KU, too, she said.

“Unfortunately I am about to acquire a son-in-law who is a Wildcat,” she said.

He’s a pretty good guy, though, she said. So good, she allowed him to take one ticket for the recent KU-K-State game in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I told him, ‘Be true to your school and cheer, but please don’t wear purple and sit in my seat,’” she said.

Comments

riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

Great story! Attach that plate with security screws Pam and tell the son in law to buzz off if he wants in AFH.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 8 months ago

The storys leaves a dangling question. Once she is through with the plate, how does the state determine the next lucky person? For a desirable plate like this one, perhaps they should auction it off to the highest bidder.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 8 months ago

Good one, Andy.

Now the thieves among us know exactly where to go to obtain a one of a kind souvenir.

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Ken Schmidt 2 years, 8 months ago

I have had the plate JHAWKS1 for almost 10 years now. I found myself replacing it twice in 2008. Once after the basketball championship and once after the orange bowl. Thank goodness for the first one, they still delivered the front plate. I just bought an extra month sticker and affixed it.

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greenworld 2 years, 8 months ago

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!! Yes I love it especially the please dont wear purple and sit in my seat. That is great!!!! We have two daughters one that goes to Ku and the other to our foes to the west the purple people and we constantly joke around about the purple being allowed in our house and how it hurts our eyes. haha

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Scott Kaiser 2 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if something like this" position" is "willable?" Guess a probate lawyer would know... Would this be an asset? Could it be marketable? Ebay? Just thinkin' in this poor economy.....

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average 2 years, 8 months ago

IANAL, but I have dealt with several probates recently, including car transfers. I don't think it's willable or marketable in Kansas (some states it is, Delaware most famously).

But, there may be a trick to pass it down a generation. You don't have to change plates if you are just adding a joint owner. So, if she puts herself down as joint owner on the tagged car with whomever she wants to get the plate, then said recipient can remove the other joint owner by showing a death certificate, then add his/her choice of joint owner.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 8 months ago

Sychophant! Must be a 1%er; everything for sale for a price.

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Jay_lo 2 years, 8 months ago

And they wonder why the state is running out of money. Possible 150 people paying extra for a vanity plate versus 1. Duh.

Why did they change the law? Because the wrong driver might be identified breaking the law.

Let's see, "the plate read JAYHAWK, but I couldn't read the county". That means it was one of 150 max, versus "I only got a partial, and couldn't read the county", on a regular non-vanity plate. One out of? Hundereds?

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newtongirl 2 years, 8 months ago

Plus, it's very likely they'd have a vehicle description to narrow that 150 down to a probable 1.

If the tag or vehicle or both are stolen as to cause a mismatch between vehicle and tag, the tag letters/county are useless anyway since the true identity of the driver isn't provided.

Come to think of it, if all tags are now unique, what's the point of the county designation at all?

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Liberty275 2 years, 8 months ago

Now that you printed her name, some enterprising psychopath is going to find her house and steal her tag.

KU may be one of my alma maters but I'm not a sports fan so it won't be me.

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jt08 2 years, 8 months ago

Pam, this is awesome!! Way to rep OT County!! --Jared Thurston

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