MuralistThomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was born in Neosho, MO. An America regionalist painter, he is best known for his mural paintings depicting common everyday scenes of Midwestern life. Some of his most famous paintings and murals are located at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City and at the Truman Library in Independence.
Muralist Panel Sponsors:
Chuck and Laura McGinty
The McGinty family for generations has been a faithful sponsor of the arts and is proud to continue that tradition.
Jack Buck (1924-2002) was born in Holyoke, MA. He was the beloved radio announcer for St. Louis Cardinals baseball for 48 years. In 1987, he received baseball's Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick award for excellence as a baseball broadcaster.
Marlin Perkins (1905-1986) was born in Carthage, Mo. He was the well-known TV show host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, which earned four Emmys, and took viewers all over the world to see exotic and endangered species of animals.
Joe Garagiola was born in 1929 in St. Louis, MO. Signed as a catcher at age 16 to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, he later became a broadcaster for the Cardinals on radio station KMOX, then called baseball games for NBC TV for 27 years. In 1991, he received baseball's Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick award for excellence
as a baseball broadcaster.
Walter Cronkite was born 1916 in St. Joseph, MO. As the CBS television evening news anchorman in the 1960s-70s, a major poll once name him the "most trusted figure" in American life. He signed off each nigh with "And that's the way it is,"
signifying his personal credo of reporting the news fast, accurately and objectively.
Broadcasters Panel sponsor:
The Family of C. W. "Woody" Rushing
This panel is dedicated to the memory of Captain C.W. "Woody" Rushing and Evelyn Rushing. Captain Rushing had a tremendous respect for the persons depicted on this panel Captain Rushing especially enjoyed listening to daily news and sporting events. Jack Bush was his all-time favorite announcer, with Joe Garagiola coming in a close second.