W.O. Saunders, newspaper publisher and editor of the Elizabeth City THE INDEPENDENT, was a leading advocate for identifying North Carolina as the birthplace of English civilization in America and of aviation in the world. Saunders predicted that the Outer Banks would be a tourist destination if bridges were built over the inlets. He also wrote the play â€œThe Lost Colony,â€ which would be performed for years to come on Roanoke Island. During his lifetime, Saunders was never recognized for these visions. Walking the streets of Elizabeth City and New York in pajamas to protest the practice of wearing three piece suits in the summer, however, did not go unnoticed.