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Guidebook to Amazing Kansans

Jeff Garretson - November 4, 2015 12:00 pm

Courtesy of Kansas Heritage Center, Original artwork by Phillip R. Buntin, original photography by Craig Hacker

Courtesy of Kansas Heritage Center, Original artwork by Phillip R. Buntin, original photography by Craig Hacker

Some were explorers, scientists and pilots, but all had one thing in common – they were amazing Kansans.

“999 Kansas Characters: Ad Astra, a Biographical Series,” is a new book series from authors, Dave Webb, Terry Rombeck and Beccy Tanner that focuses on movers and shakers from the Sunflower State.

Dave Webb tells KSAL News that a wealth of interesting characters called Kansas home, including the man who found our outer most planet, “Clyde William Tombaugh built his own telescopes and discovered the planet Pluto in 1930 before he earned astronomy degrees from the University of Kansas,” he said.

According to Webb, adventures Martin and Osa Johnson grab some pages inside the series as well.

“They left us a museum in southeastern Kansas. He was a very daring young man and she was a very daring young woman,” Webb said.

“Back in the days before The National Geographic Channel, why they really helped bring cultures from around the world back home to Kansas.”

The trio of authors will be available to sign and discuss their book on Thursday, November 5th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Smoky Hill Museum.

The event is free and open to the public.

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