Lynn Frazier was a star player and captain of the outstanding 1899 University of North Dakota football team. From 1923 to 1941, he was a U.S. senator from North Dakota and, from 1917 to 1921, served as the state’s governor.
It was a former North Dakotan, not Scotty, who “beamed” Capt. James T. Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise during almost every episode of “Star Trek” in the 1960s – or at least, it was Bowman’s Jim Rugg who created the illusion that Kirk’s body was being reconstituted inside the transformer of the Enterprise.
When the Marquis de Mores abandoned his efforts to establish a large meat processing center in Medora, Dakota Territory, in 1886, “the newspaper’s conservative estimate was that he and his investors had lost $1.5 million.”
As an adult, Bill “Badlands” McCarty owned one of the highest-profile ranches in the nation. He produced rodeos, organized “Wild West” shows and had Tom Mix, the most popular movie cowboy of the 1920s and early ’30s, as one of his best friends. McCarty was the best man at Mix’s wedding in 1909.
Even though acts involving big cats are one of the biggest attractions at the circus, most bigtop enthusiasts can only name a few animal trainers.
North Dakota’s own Wade Burck is one of very few trainers who were American-born.
A number of interesting individuals who lived in North Dakota found employment in various circuses, “Wild West” shows, and carnivals. In 1922, Hans Langseth, a farmer in Richland County, N.D., was judged to have the world’s longest beard, which measured 17 feet 4 inches. For a short time, he was showcased in the Ringling Brothers Circus, but quit to return to his farm and real estate business.
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