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40 years ago: Stranded travelers earn gas money in Lawrence

July 16, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 16, 1971:

  • A front-page photo featured Nancy Abuza and Gena Simpson, two summer travelers who had run out of gas (and gas money) while traveling through the area. The two had set up shop temporarily in front of the Kansas Union, using beads, shells, and "extremely small crochet hooks" to make necklaces for sale. They were successful in making enough money to pay for gasoline to take them to Boulder, Colo., for which point they had departed "after commenting that the natives here were very friendly."
  • Officials of the Bell Telephone Company were continuing to urge callers to avail themselves of direct dialing and telephone directories during the ongoing strike of telephone workers. The strike involved 150 employees in Lawrence. All installation and repair service had been canceled for the duration of the strike, except for "absolute emergencies." Calls were still going through, thanks to the partially-automated systems of the time. "I think I can safely say that if the customer just hangs on, he will get 100 per cent of his calls through," said Ed Carter, regional manager of Southwestern Bell, when asked about reported delays during the heaviest calling periods.

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