FROM THE EDITOR
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’.’’