Looking back: March 4, 2013
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The Roanoke Times | File 1988
Democratic presidential primary candidate Al Gore Jr. appeared at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Feb. 12, 1988. Campaigning with him were Virginia Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, singer Johnny Cash and Al Gore III.
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Monday, March 4, 2013
1988 (25 years ago)
- "Roanokers were told something Thursday that many might have suspected all along: This is a great place to live."
- "What's the best way to beat a delay game? Patrick Henry has the answer: Get ahead and stay ahead."
- "A criticism of Roanoke Valley District girls' basketball teams in the past has been their lack of firepower, Cave Spring coach David Layman said. Unfortunately for Heritage, the Knights discovered Thursday that the best offense is often a good defense."
- "Jesse Jackson Jr. had the crowd on its feet Friday night at Pilgrim Baptist Church. ... But they were not clapping. They were digging into their pockets. ... What Jackson, 22, was selling, of course, was the message of economic justice that has been the cornerstone of his father's second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination."
- "Automakers finally have figured out the prefect seduction - they've made car buying a home computer game. Showroom video terminals have been around for a while, but these floppy disks for the home computer are a new marketing tool."
- "Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore, Jr. apparently picked up at least one vote after touring the Roanoke Salvation Army men's shelter Saturday." This was Gore's second Roanoke campaign stop.
- "Vice President George Bush and Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore were the big winners in the Roanoke Valley on Super Tuesday."
1963 (50 years ago)
- "A growing feeling in Salem is that something must be done to improve the town's cramped library facilities."
- "Jayne Mansfield, famed actress, will be interviewed on 'Panorama' by Lorrie Gregory next Friday at 1 p.m. on Ch. 7."
- "The Norfolk and Western Railway was cited Monday night as the safest railroad in the nation last year."
- "Victor Borge, pianist-comedian star of the concert stage and television, found Roanoke friendly on a downtown stroll Tuesday afternoon."
- "Roanoke Valley's first professional ice show in seven years will be presented at the Traveltown Skating Arena March 26-31."
- "Washington-Lee nailed down the coffin on the Andrew Lewis basketball season here [Richmond] Friday night and with a loud, loud thud."
1938 (75 years ago)
- "Plans for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the forming of Roanoke county gained headway yesterday afternoon."
- "The valuable Browning collection of the late W.E. Thomas will go to the Roanoke Public Library under the terms of Mr. Thomas' will."
- "The townspeople and an excited Roanoke college student body will gather tonight ... around Salem's picturesque little railroad station to bid Godspeed and a brief farewell to Roanoke college's state champion Maroons, bound for Kansas City and the first playing of the national intercollegiate basketball championships."
- "Jesse Crawford, internationally famous organist ... will give an organ concert at the Academy of Music Wednesday night at 8:30 o'clock."
- "National Business College, A.A.U. champions of Virginia, will realize on their dream of several years when they join the top amateur teams of the country in the National A.A.U. tournament in Denver March 13."
- "An attendance record of 27,663 for a seven-day run has been set by Walt Disney's full length feature, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' which opened last Sunday at the American Theatre. "
- "Three sisters who underwent identical operations [appendicitis] within a period of five days, have provided something unique in the way of medical history in Roanoke."
- "Roanoke college's Mighty Maroons passed the first mile post in their bid for honors in the National Intercollegiates in Kansas City last night with a 45 to 20 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan."
1913 (100 years ago)
- "While it is impossible to estimate the number of Roanokers who will attend the inauguration, it is certain that over five hundred will journey to see Woodrow Wilson take the oath of office."
- "Sergeant Lemon and his squad ... put on their raiding garb Sunday evening, and when they returned to the station house, eight scalps were dangling from their belts."
- "One thousand glistening new nickels, with an Indian head on the face and the figure of a buffalo on the reverse, to supplant the time honored five-cent piece, with the Goddess of Liberty as its characteristic, were received by the National Exchange and First National banks today."
- "A row of frame buildings, the name of which probably has been mentioned in police circles more than any other building or locality in Roanoke, have fallen before the march of civic progress, and within a few days the last vestige of the once famous 'Potlicker Flats' will have been reduced to kindling."
- "Roanoke's newest institution for the treatment of surgical and medical patients and perhaps one of the most modern and best equipped in this section of the State is the St. Charles hospital, recently erected on the north side of Ninth avenue, s.w., between Fifth and Sixth streets."
- "Monday will mark a new era in the history of the National Exchange Bank, which then will occupy its magnificent new home on the southwest corner of Jefferson street and Campbell avenue."
- "The special committee of council appointed to fix lines of segregation between the races in different sections of the city, met Thursday evening ... when they discussed the segregation question from all angles and agreed on the territory to be restricted to white and colored residents."
Thursday, December 12, 2013