Kirk Douglas visits Richland in 1951

May 23, 2012 Full story: Tri-cityherald.com

Hanford was so important to the United States that it made Richland a destination point for many celebrities eager to do their part for the war effort, both World War II and Korea.

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Mary Lou Schut Ribail

Hood River, OR

#1 May 23, 2012
1951, I was so thrilled as SunnyGrand Stampede
Queen to sit on the stage in Richland and visit with Kirk Douglas. All the Queens from various towns
were invited to sit on the stage with Kirk. An airplane flew over and he talked to the pilot.

I sat beside him and he ask me a lot of questions
about our area and was so handsome. He signed his
name in my cowboy hat, wished I had kept it.

Regreted that I never had a picture of the occasion.
Mary Lou Kearney Schut Ribail
Mary Lou Schut Ribail

Hood River, OR

#2 May 23, 2012
1951, I was so thrilled as SunyGrand Stampede
Queen to sit on the stage in Richland and visit
with Kirk Douglas. All the Queens form various
towns were invited to sit on the stage with Kirk.
An airplane flew over and he talked to the piolet,

I sat beside him and he ask me a lot of questions
about our area and was so handsome. He autographed
my cowboy hat, wished I had kept it.

Regretted that I never had a picture of the occasion.
Mary Lou Kearney Schut Ribail

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