Quick flick through past paper
Office tidy-ups can result in surprising revelations. How about a bound edition of The Tribune from 1971. 45 years ago, ‘‘The Best For Local News’’ weekly was a broadsheet Sunday paper with a circulation 0f 19,300 based at 145-147 Rangitikei St, about where the Paint & Paper Superstore is now.
1971 was Palmerston North’s centennial year.
The front page of the April 11, Easter Sunday issue described the state of the city’s ‘‘bridal gown’’ (aka The Square), its upgrade not quite completed by the March deadline.
Among the unfinished projects were the Evening Standard floral clock – there were delays in shipping the mechanism from England, and completion of The Square’s bus terminal.
There are haggles over whether to put a four-laned Milson Line ‘‘across, around, under’’ or to discontinue the road at Richardsons Line, for an extended airport runway. Plans for a new airport terminal were also under consideration.
Blood Bank receptionist, 23-year-old, 5ft 2in (lineal metric measure wasn’t in place until the end of 1972) Diane Edwards was Tribune ‘Girl of the Week’ (where is she now?)
Inside announced the final of The Song For Palmerston North competition with radio station 2ZA at the Centennial Pavilion; The Massey Capping Revue Under the Bed was reviewed, and mayor Des Black was opposing the use of 1080 poison.
In an Easter contribution, regular columnist ‘Cicero’ deliberated about the prophets Jesus of Nazareth, and New Zealand’s ‘‘second-most-writtenabout man’’ (after Prime Minister Rob Muldoon), poet James K Baxter.
In the regular ‘Nelson’s Column’, there were what can only be interpreted as antiVietnam War rumblings. Bruce Watt’s Photography is Fun waxed eloquent about the new Miranda Sensomat RE camera.
At the Izadium, the late Steve Rikard was tag teamed with fellow pro wrestler Jock Ruddock, while at the Southern Cross the entertainer was Mike Durney .
A regular comic strip was Sydney Jordan’s sci-fi Jeff Hawke series with an episode of #57, Time Is Out of Joint.
Advertised new cars were the MkIII Ford Cortina and the Triumph Spitfire, while a new ‘Miss Simplicity’ wringer washing machine was $159 cash or $24 deposit and $1.52 a week at Berrymans On Broadway, where Berrymans Lane met Broadway. The premises now houses Yeda.
This 1971 picture of The Square with the Arthur Hopwood clocktower and sound-shell visible through the foliage. The Square had been partially refurbished for the city’s centennial celebrations, marked with a number of community activities including Jenny McLeod’s specially commissioned Under the Sun and a parade of floats.