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40 years ago: Librarian stops in Lawrence during 3,000-mile motorcycle trip

May 27, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 27, 1971:

  • A New Jersey librarian, on her way to a library conference in California, had recently passed through Lawrence on a heavy police-model CB450P Honda motorcycle. Hoping to challenge both stereotypes of the prim librarian and assumptions about motorcyclists, Mrs. Mayra Scarborough, 55, was on her way to the Special Librarian Association’s annual conference in San Francisco on June 5. When not staying with friends along the way, she said, she was content to break out her camping gear and stay in a park, or just in a “nice grassy spot along the road.”
  • Douglas County welfare officials were already predicting budget overruns of about $100,000 for 1971. It would be the third straight year that expenses had exceeded amounts budgeted for the local agency. In the previous two years, the agency had been forced to borrow money from the state to continue operations toward the end of the year.

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