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The past is an in­ter­est­ing place. Ask any his­to­rian. A slice of the city’s past came to light last week when for­mer Tri­bune edi­tor Ju­dith Lacey, dis­cov­ered ‘1971’.

That’s a bound copy of Tri­bunes pub­lished dur­ing 1971, Palmer­ston North’s cen­ten­nial year.

The vol­ume at­tracted plenty of at­ten­tion from col­leagues who picked through its black and white pages mar­vel­ling at the way things were 45 years ago.

Sev­eral news items seemed straight from the-more-things-change-the-more-they-re­main-the-same de­part­ment, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing coun­cil is­sues (see more on page-4); but how about this en­counter in­volv­ing for­mer city coun­cil­lor Trevor de Cleene: ‘‘’Wikiri­whi Cres­cent, what a ridicu­lous name for the street, you can’t spell it or pro­nounce it’. Mayor Black: ‘Can peo­ple spell your name?’ Cr de Cleene: ‘They do have dif­fi­culty. Now if it was Brown...’ Cr Brown: ‘If it was Brown you wouldn’t be talk­ing the non­sense you are now’.’’

– Richard

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