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.

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