Western North Carolina’s “50 most influential people

WNC Magazine lists region’s “50 most influential people”
by Jon Elliston on 01/02/2009

In its new issue, Asheville-based WNC Magazine presents profiles of Western North Carolina’s “50 most influential people, past and present.” The list, compiled with the assistance of historians from area universities, spans hundreds of years and a diverse set of figures.
Some of the choices — George W. Vanderbilt, Thomas Wolfe, Zebulon Vance, etc. — seem obvious ones. Other names are lesser known. Those featured include artists, politicians, athletes, writers, business leaders, activists, teachers and people from other walks of life.
WNC offered no shortage of potential personalities to include on the list, Editor-in-Chief Eric Seeger notes in an editor’s letter about the package. “We could have easily included 100 people on the list and still felt like we were leaving out a good many names,” he writes.
The magazine says it wants to hear from readers about other names that should make the list; suggestions can be sent to mailto:letterstoeditor@wncmagazine.com.
Click here to read the story, which offers summaries of what each person did to shape WNC.


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