Celebrate Wilmington to honor Eshelman with star
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Two decades after moving his company to the Port City, Fred Eshelman's achievements literally tower over Wilmington. Celebrate Wilmington will honor the founder of the pharmaceutical research firm PPD with a star on the city's Walk of Fame. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 Thursday afternoon at the Cotton Exchange downtown. The Walk of Fame is a permanent record of notables who have lived, worked or enriched the Cape Fear coast community. Eshelman joins the likes of sports stars Althea Gibson and Meadowlark Lemon and actor Pat Hingle, who was honored just before his death last year.

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Tourists must be puzzled when they look at the honorees on the plaques of the "Hall of FAME," located in the midst of the Cotton Exchange parking lot: Caterina Jarboro (obscure opera singer remembered only by a few locals intersed in esoterica) Claude Howell (modestly-talented local artist with more personality than skill) Robert Rurark? Isaac Bates? Don Payne? Jim Goodnight? Pat Hingle (part-time character actor) As my out-of-town guest said to me, "This Walk of Fame is a tad tacky, don't you think?"
Do you not read books, watch tv or read business news? Try upgrading your knowledge of things around you. Don Payne is a three time emmy winner, Pat Hingle has been a major force in movies for many years, Jim Goodnight has formed a major corporation,SAS which is known worldwide for philanthropy. You must have spent most of your time counting ants!
Jim Goodnight has been formally named as one of the greatest business leaders/minds of the 20th century. The Wilmington area should be proud that he spent some (moved there when he was 12) of his formative years here. No, not a hollywood guy, but certainly deserving hall of fame status.
I guess you don't have enough to worry about.