Jim Comstock, editor of the West Virginia Hillbilly, was born this day in 1911. Comstock, pictured here in photos for the Chicago Tribune, often made news himself. He founded the University of Hard Knocks to honor successful people who never went to college, and he made a splash with pungent ramp juice. Comstock died in 1996.
Among Comstock's efforts was spearheading the purchase and preservation of author Pearl S. Buck's birthplace in Hillsboro.