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Today’s Trivia (Dec. 30)

He was known as Sam.

Sam the Cat.

For 15 years the long-haired black cat owned Inman. He patrolled the streets, lived at the grain elevator and in Jim Miller’s appliance store, window-shopped and was sometimes interviewed by reporters.

He seldom though took time to talk with paparazzi.

From about 1976 to 1990, he was the talk of the town. In February 1987 when the Hutchinson News did a story on Sam, Martha Wiens, a retired grain company employee who helped raise the feline told the reporter he once caused a heart-stopping moment.

“People look after that cat,” she told the News. “When a black cat was run over at the intersection, half the town came by and asked where Sam was at.”

But he was fine.

He was best known for his regular appearances in Jim’s Appliance advertisements and was shown lounging full length over a drier: “For a dryer that purrs like purfect.”

He liked 2-percent milk and reportedly, on a lark, once traveled to Cheney on a hay truck.

He occasionally rode with the city policeman on rounds and was once suggested as a candidate for mayor.

Question: How has Sam the Cat been immortalized in Inman?

Beccy Tanner

Post your answer today at Kansas.com/Kansas150 for a chance to win this month’s prize.

Don’t forget: The contest ends Saturday.

Answer to Thursday’s question: It is estimated that students in North America take half a billion multiple choice tests per year, thanks to Kansan Frederick J. Kelly.

Check back in this spot Saturday for the answer to today’s question.

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