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John Patterson, Edward Deeds, and Wilbur and Orville Wright are just a few of the big names from a time when Dayton was a hotbed of innovation and invention. These famous names prompted a question from WYSO listener Susan Thornton:

“Why did Dayton produce so many inventors—for example, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor?”

Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Oregon Historic District has a controversial aspect to it: the sound of the word. Unlike the state of Oregon, the end of which is pronounced like “begin", the proper noun used by Daytonians is pronounced Oregon—with an ending that rhymes with John. Dayton resident Jesse Clark asked WYSO Curious—why?

Why is it called the OreGON District? Why don’t we pronounce it the same way people do in Oregon state?

Jesse says he’s been trying to answer the question for quite some time.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for June 30, 2013 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney wraps up the week's news with the latest information about last week's crash at the Dayton Air Show

- Wayne Baker reports on Beavercreek's denial of RTA bus stops being ruled a violation of Civil Rights Act and speaks with attorney Ellis Jacobs about the ruling.

Hawthorn Hill
courtesy of Dayton History

On Thursday, the Dayton Foundation and the Wright Family Foundation announced that ownership of Hawthorn Hill is transferring to Dayton History.

Hawthorn Hill was designed by the Wright Brothers, but Wilbur Wright died before construction began. After Orville Wright's death in 1948, the site was purchased by the NCR Corporation who later donated it to the Wright Family Foundation.

Participants in the 2012 Annual Rail Festival at Carillon Park
courtesy of Dayton History

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Isay's presentation on the power of listening and the history of StoryCorps begins at 8pm in the Schuster Center's Mathile Theatre on Friday, June 21. Join in the lobby following the presentation for dessert and a book signing.

On Sunday, The Dayton International Peace Museum presents “Iran: Yesterday and Today.” which includes a Rick Steves Public TV video and a local expert.  This is Sunday at 2:00pm

The Wayne Township/Huber Heights Historical Society is presenting "Dinner With The Presidents" on Friday at the St Peter School. There will be enactors for Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and Teddy Roosevelt.

Dan Patterson

A newly discovered photograph calling into question the Wright Brothers claim to the “first in flight” title has created controversy this week between aviation experts. Some historians say German Immigrant Gustave Whitehead deserves the distinction. Dayton aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson is WYSO’s aviation commentator. He discussed the issue in an interview with Emily McCord.

courtesy of the Dayton Ballet

Santa Visits PNC 2nd Street Market, today and tomorrow from 11:30 -1:30pm.  Bring a camera and snap a photo of Santa and your friends.

courtesy of Wright State University Archives and Special Collections

Today is perhaps the most important date in aviation history.  It was 10:35 in the morning on December 17, 1903, when Orville Wright flew a powered aircraft  on the sands near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It was a short  flight - with huge consequences. Dayton aviation historian and photographer Dan Patterson knows the story well.

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