From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 5, 1986:
- Although Kansas Day was still more than three weeks away, the state was already prepared for the year-long celebration of the Kansas Centequartennial, or 125th anniversary of statehood. Commemorative items ranging from calendars to belt buckles were already available, as well as t-shirts and hats displayed the slogans “Ah! KANSAS!” and “125 and coming alive!”
- Two home movie channels, Home Box Office and Cinemax, were planning to start scrambling their transmissions on Jan. 15. Satellite dish owners would need to buy unscrambling devices if they wanted to see the programs on these networks. Some decoding devices, at a suggested retail price of $395, were going to be available to the public within a week.