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Blast from the past!

So, the office I work in is quite a mess. Yesterday a teacher came in and knocked over a file (why it was out I don't know) but it was full of old newspaper clippings and documents of this place when it was first established. I helped her pick up the file and found a cut out of the front page of the Seattle P-I. There was a large cover page story about the daycare i work at (apparently the first in the downtown area). That was kind of interesting but what I found most interesting was all the other articles that were on the front page that day. It was like a little bit of history flew out of the fiels for me to find.

Tuesday, November 20, 1979
20 cents in Western Washington; Canada 30cents.
Freed Hostage Says It was ‘Tears and Laughter’
(New York Times)
TEHRAN-The Americans held hostage in their own embassy here have been sleeping with their hands tied. They Spend thier days tied to chairs, forbidden to speak to each other and they must ask thier captors when they want to use the bathroom or drink a glass of water, the black and women hostages being released said last night.
Russia Has Largest oil Reserves, Say Experts
MALMO, Sweended—Russia has purposely downplayed new oil finds for the past 20 years and has the worlds largest oil reserves—about twice the size estimated by the West—Swedish oil consultants reported Yesterday.
Iran Frees 10 More U.S. Hostages
TEHRAN, Iran—Tem more American hostages were released from the U.S. Embassy yesterday and flew out of Iran bound for Paris on an Iran Air flight. The 10, four women and six blacks, were driven by thier Moslem student captors from the embassy compound and checked in for the Iran flight in an unexpected development.
Rainier Beach ‘Town Meeting':  Your Chance to Quiz Carter
Seattle area residents will have an opportunity to question President Jimmy Carter at a “town hall meeting” at Rainier Beach High School when he makes a brief visit here November 30th. Mixing politics with presidential affair--four days before he is expected to announce his candidacy for re-election--Carter also will address a Washington State Democratic fund-raising Christmas party and the Olympic Hotel's Grand Ballroom.
Lifting the Bamboo Curtain by Henry Kissinger
Today's Chuckle
Buying a car to get a larger gas tank is like buying an oversized refridgerator when you're going on a diet.
The Weather
Patchy Fog or low clouds this morning. Increasing high clouds by this afternoon becoming mostly coudy tonight and tomorrow. Highs in the low to mid 50’s lows in the mid 30’s to 40’s. Winds southeast 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain near zero today increasing to 10 percent tonight.

 Cool huh? Also I was taken aback by the lack of photography at least in the ads, Now I know I can't expect to super graphics but I was surprized by the crappy drawings on one of the ads on the front page. Then the ad forTthe Bon (men's winter coats) was illustrated, nicely and professionally but still. I was surprised thinking "jeasus, it's 1979 not 1879!" It's interesting.



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Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Good grief!
"....I was surprized by the crappy drawings on one of the ads on the front page."

Mir, the P-I puts advertisements on the front page? Gawd, talk about tacky! Do they still do that? *looks for nearest barf bag*

But, yeah, it's really cool to come across old newspaper clippings -- usually. In my case it's been 30 years since I worked at a newspaper, but I don't care to encounter any clippings from The Stayton Mail: I hated that dead-end jerkwater town back then; and I still hate it now.

Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Good grief!
There was one ad for a bank on the bottom right corner of the page. They don't have ads on the front of the PI these days. The ads are moreso in the content if you know what i mean.
Oct. 2nd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Good grief!
Yeah, Mir, I know just what you mean. It's what I'd call Newly Revised Journalism or Yuppie Journalism, where facts are shaped to fit an attractive story, where readers' behavior patterns and beliefs are reinforced via subtle (and often not-so-subtle) art/editing/layout/photography/writing techniques; and where all content is there to help separate you from your money, with "informing the public" running in a far-distant second place.

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