People, Places & Things
On this page, you can find interesting interviews, videos and additional content.
Jim Zerkel B-47 pilot
Interview with Webb City resident Jim Zerkel about his life as a young boy learning to fly in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Later graduating from West Point Military Academy and going on to a distinguished Air Force military career. Starting his basic military training in a North Ameican T-6 Texan and progressing through the Mitchell B-25, the Lockheed T-33 and finally flying the Boeing B-47 for the Strategic Air Command. Involved in planning the B-47's role in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Step son-in-law of Colonel Travis Hoover a member of Jimmy DoLittle's W.W. II B-25 raiders. Interviewed by Boyce Mouton.
Hang gliding in Cardin Oklahoma
Did you know that you could hang glide in the flatlands of Oklahoma? Here's proof. Back in the 70's the lead and zinc tailing or chat piles were the place to be. Chat is the by-product of lead and zinc mining. The chat was piled sky high all around the area. The remaining lead in the piles polluted the area. In later years the area was declared a superfund site and the chat was cleared out. The town of Cardin was purchased by the federal government and is now a ghost town.