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25 years ago: No sign of AIDS yet in Lawrence or Douglas County

November 18, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 18, 1985:

  • An administrator and health officer reported that there were no signs of the AIDS virus so far in Lawrence and Douglas County. That assessment was echoed by the director of the gay and Lesbian Services of Kansas, who said “AIDS hasn’t hit Lawrence. It isn’t a reality here that we know of.” Meanwhile, national figures were showing 14,519 reported cases of AIDS so far.
  • A “Leading Edge Model D” computer was advertised for $1,495. It included a “high-res monitor,” 256K hard drive, 2 floppy drives, graphics capability, MS-DOS, a one-year warranty, and “Batteries included.”
  • A brief period of warm, spring-like weather and overnight temperatures in the mid-50s was about to give way to true November weather in Lawrence. A cold front was moving in, with temperatures expected to fall to the mid-20s and a 30 percent chance of snow appearing in the forecast.
  • The Downtown Lawrence Assn., with the help of driver Mel Garrett Jr., was offering 15-minute horse-and-carriage rides on certain Sundays in November and December. Four adults could ride in the carriage for $5 per group.


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