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Today’s Trivia (March 9)

This Kansan was one of the first TV meteorologists in Kansas. Minutes before a deadly tornado struck the sleeping town of Udall, he warned viewers of KTVH, Channel 12, that a severe thunderstorm was approaching Cowley County.

It was May 25, 1955.

When the storm swept over Udall, it killed 77 people, injured more than three-fourths of the townspeople and destroyed 192 buildings,

That night helped earn this Kansan the trust of Kansas.

After the Udall tornado, a Hollywood film crew turned to him to help soothe the nerves of actress Kim Novak. She was in Kansas working on the movie "Picnic," based on the William Inge play.

She wanted to have a personal briefing each day because she was frightened of tornadoes.

Question: Who was he?

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Answer to Tuesday’s question: Frank Marshall Davis, who was born in 1905 and grew up in Arkansas City.

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