We’re back to the future
Injecting new life into your favourite community read
Could things be more different? An elderly copy of The Tribune came to light during a recent clean-up. A snapshot of the way things were a third of a century ago, it shows that as far as presentation and content go, we’ve come a long way. And so have our readers’ expectations.
The masthead and presentation of the Sunday, August 22, 1982 edition doesn’t get more basic. Despite colour having been introduced back in 1968, the only hue in its whole 24 pages is ‘‘spot’’ red on the front and back.
The front page carries a story about a reduction in primary teachers’ in-service training. There’s a low-price cassettedriven Vic computer system for primary schools and a mugshot of young Grant Townend, playing with dough at the YWCA’s preschoolers’ celebrations. We tracked Grant down. He reckons he was about 20 months old when that was taken. Now 34, he is a purchasing manager for a carpet company in Auckland.
Inside, a black and white photo page featured some of the 100 young hairdressers who competed in a lower North Island hairdressing competition at the Convention Centre.
Don Eade’s Lifestyle ‘82 trades show at the Palmerston North Showgrounds was on from Wednesday to Sunday, promoting among other things, ‘‘the speedy transmission of the written word by Telex or Bureaufax’’.
The two-channel Sunday TV listings had Country Calendar, and Brideshead Revisited on One, with Stars on Sunday, Radio With Pictures and The Sunday Horrors on Two. Closedown was soon after 11pm. The McNair TV survey revealed Aussie soap The Young Doctors grabbed five spots on the 10 most watched programmes during the previous week.
Sunday night movies advertised the R18 Melody in Love and the R20 The Street Walker at the Odeon (George St), and Caboblanco with Charles Bronson followed by Go Hog Wild at the State (Broadway). Opening at the Opera House (Church St) for the August school holidays was a production of Alice in Wonderland.
Advertisers included Mike Moore Autos on 67 817 (yes, phone numbers only had five digits), Save-More & Watson Bros supermarket with a 700-gram block of cheese at $2.19, and taking up the back page, Andrews Furnishers.
Circulation was 25,000 copies. It’s now 36,000.
Tribune editor Richard Mays holds up a copy of the paper that reveals how we were a third of a century ago. Today, the paper is front and centre with a bright, bold new look and feel.