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Kenny Sailors poses with a painting from the University of Wyoming's 1943 NCAA Championship. Courtesy of UW Photo Service.
Kenny Sailors poses with a painting from the University of Wyoming's 1943 NCAA Championship. Courtesy of UW Photo Service.
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Laramie High School’s Most Famous Graduates

It's graduation weekend and, to salute the Class of 2017, here's a tribute to Laramie High School's legendary alumni.

Kenny Sailors, Class of 1939 - Credited as the inventor of basketball's "jump shot", Sailors moved to Laramie as a teenager and was a star athlete at Laramie High...

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Fennis Dembo, Wyoming basketball, Wyoming Cowboys, NCAA Tournament 1987
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Relive Wyoming’s 1987 NCAA Tournament Win over UCLA [VIDEO]

It was March 14, 1987 when junior Fennis Dembo thrust himself into the national spotlight, as he led the Wyoming Cowboys past UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.

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Officers' Quarters, Fort D.A. Russell via ebay
Officers' Quarters, Fort D.A. Russell via ebay
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Wyoming War Hero Salute: Brig. Gen. Charles DuVal Roberts

This Wyoming War Hero Salute goes back to when we were a very young state. In 1873 Cheyenne was a newborn town and Charles Duval Roberts was born on base where his father served, Fort D.A. Russell.

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Cynthia Lummis, Cheyenne East High School Class of 1972. Photo courtesy of United States House of Representatives.
Cynthia Lummis, Cheyenne East High School Class of 1972. Photo courtesy of United States House of Representatives.
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Cheyenne East High School’s Most Famous Graduates

As Cheyenne East High School prepares to honor the Class of 2017, here's a tribute to five former Thunderbirds who have earned national acclaim for their alma matter...

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Chris LeDoux, Cheyenne Central High School, Class of 1966. Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.
Chris LeDoux, Cheyenne Central High School, Class of 1966. Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.
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Cheyenne Central High School’s Most Famous Graduates

This weekend, Cheyenne Central High School will honor its 113th graduation class.

Of the thousands of students who have graduated from Central High since it was founded in 1904, most of them went on to have productive careers and raise families...

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William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, circa 1900. Photo courtesy of Hulton Archive, Getty Images.
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The Greatest Inventions in Wyoming History

According the Wyoming State Library, over 4,200 patents have been issued to inventors here in the Cowboy State. Here's a look back at some of the greatest inventions in Wyoming history...

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Ian Forsyth, Getty Images
Ian Forsyth, Getty Images
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96 Years Ago: Laramie Legend Elmer Lovejoy Invents The Garage Door Opener

Next time you open your garage door, thank Elmer Lovejoy. 96 years ago, on May 17, 1921, the Laramie native patented a tracking system for automatic door openers...

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Wyoming War Heroes Salute: Vice Admiral Francis Xavier McInerney

Born in Cheyenne in March 1899, Francis Xavier McInerney was commissioned from the US Naval Academy in June 1921. He would serve many tours before he'd be Vice Admiral McInerney by 1940.

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Keystone Getty Images
Keystone Getty Images
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Wyoming War Heroes Salute: Lt. Cmdr. William E. Eder

The number of Wyoming war heroes are enough to continue this series well passed Memorial Day, but William Ernest Eder, Junior was all Wyoming. He would one day receive the Navy Cross.

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William E. Adams, cmohs.org
William E. Adams, cmohs.org
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Salute to Wyoming War Heroes: William E. Adams

In this series on Wyoming War Heroes - we salute another Medal of Honor recipient, a hero from the Vietnam War - Major William E. Adams.

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William Vanderson, Fox Photos, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
William Vanderson, Fox Photos, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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Wyoming’s Oldest Athlete Will Compete In Senior Olympics At Age 92

God willing, the oldest athlete in the Cowboy State will return to Laramie in August to defend his medal at the Wyoming Senior Olympics.

One month shy of his 92nd birthday, Joe Chasteen was the only male contestant in the 90 - 94 age group at the Senior Olympics last year, competing in bowling...

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Meyers Collection, Wyoming State Archives
Meyers Collection, Wyoming State Archives
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A Kentucky Derby Tribute To Wyoming’s Greatest Horses

Just in time for the 143rd "run for the roses" this weekend, here's a Kentucky Derby tribute to the greatest horses in Wyoming history.

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