Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Three more names of distinguished Kansas residents have been enshrined on the grounds of the Statehouse as part of the growing Walk of Honor.
On Wednesday, Aviator Amelia Earhart, Vice President Charles Curtis and microchip inventor Jack Kilby joined U.S. Sen. Bob Dole on the sidewalks in Topeka. Bronze plaques were unveiled by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Historical Society.
Earhart was born in Atchison and became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Curtis was the first and only American Indian and only Kansan to serve as vice president, joining the ticket of President Herbert Hoover.
Kilby was a Nobel Prize winning engineer who invented the microchip and changed technology for generations. Kilby earned his prize on Oct. 10, 2000.