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Walt Disney Main articles: Laugh-O-Gram Studio and Walt Disney Walt Disney moved to Kansas City with his family in the early 20th century. He attended weekend classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and was said to have been inspired to make the affectionate depiction of a mouse after seeing one in his office in Kansas City. After World War I Disney's first animation efforts were at Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City. [edit]Joyce Clyde Hall Main articles: Joyce Clyde Hall, Hallmark Cards, and Crown Center J.C. Hall founded Hallmark Cards greeting card company with his brother Rollie in the early 20th century, by first selling Valentines Day cards. He expanded the corporate headquarters into Crown Center shortly before he died in 1982. [edit]TW&A Main articles: TWA, Jack Frye, Paul E. Richter and Howard Hughes Charles Lindbergh helped lure the newly created Transcontinental & Western Airline (TW&A)--later TWAЧto locate its corporate headquarters in Kansas City because of the city's central location. During the latter part of the Golden Age of Aviation, the 30s and 40s, TWA was known as "The Airline Run by Flyers." With about 300 employees prior to World War II, the airline eventually employed more than 20,000 people from the metropolitan area. [edit]William T. Kemper William T. Kemper became the scion for a powerful financial family that had controlling interest of the city's two biggest banks Commerce Bancshares and City Center Bank. The family has influenced financial endeavors throughout the Missouri and Kansas including Kemper Arena and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. William became president of Commerce. One of his sons R. Crosby Kemper controlled United Missouri Banks while the other son James Madison Kemper took over Commerce. [edit]William Rockhill Nelson Main articles: William Rockhill Nelson and Kansas City Star William Rockhill Nelson founded the Kansas City Star in 1880 and was to eventually take over its prime competitor the Kansas City Times. Nelson was a big Democratic supporter and urban booster. At the urging of his paper the city built Memorial Hall in 1899 to attract the 1900 Democratic National Convention. The hall burned in early 1900 was rebuilt in 90 days in time for the convention. Nelson left provisions that his house ultimately be torn down to create Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art. [edit]J. C. Nichols Main articles: J. C. Nichols, Country Club Plaza, and Country Club District Beginning in 1906, developer . C. Nichols created a planned upscale community called the Country Club District, south of Brush Creek. This development is well known for beautiful Ward Parkway, a wide, divided and manicured boulevard that gently slides north and south through the neighborhood. The parkway is lined with several large and attractive homes. In the 1920s, Nichols created the Country Club Plaza, a shopping district and neighborhood along Brush Creek modeled after the city of Seville, Spain. "The Plaza" is the world's first shopping center specifically designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. In 2008, it is still one of the most popular shopping and dining venues in Kansas CityЧday and night. Every Thanksgiving evening, throngs of Kansas Citians flock there to watch the traditional Lighting of the Plaza, which kicks off the Christmas shopping season. [edit]Harry S. Truman Main article: Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman, who was born in Lamar, Missouri, but grew up in Jackson County, started a haberdashery in downtown Kansas City after World War I. When his business failed, he asked Pendergast for a job and wound up an Eastern Jackson County judge (actually a county commissioner position). Truman was later promoted to Senator. He was one of the few politicians who attended Tom Pendergast's funeral in 1945 just a few days after he became Vice President. [edit]R. A. Long Robert A. Long (1850Ц1934) was born in Shelby County, Kentucky. In 1873 Long moved to Columbus, Kansas and with a friend and a cousin, Victor Bell and Robert White, started a hay business. This was unsuccessful but there seemed to be a need for lumber so the three formed the R. A. Long & Company. After the death of Robert White the remaining two formed the Long-Bell Lumber Company in 1887 and the headquarters was moved to Kansas City. This was a very lucrative business and Long became a millionaire. His other milestones achieved were lumber baron, developer, investor, newspaper owner, and philanthropist. He built Longville, Louisiana and Longview, Washington. In 1907 he built the R.A. Long Building, the first steel framed skyscraper, in Kansas City. The building was bought by City National Bank & Trust Company in 1940. Long was a founding member and president of the Liberty Memorial Association that secured funding for the memorial. James M. Kemper was treasurer as well as president of a bank. In 1911 he built Corinthian Hall, a 72 room mansion and in 1914 he built the Longview Farm.