From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 25, 1986:
- Early-bird shoppers were already visiting local stores with their holiday lists. Store managers said that although there was no single "must-have" gift this year, traffic and sales were already on the increase. Radio Shack manager Jack Proctor said that computers and radio-controlled cars were big sellers at his store, while other store owners mentioned VCRs and CD players as popular items. Shoppers for the smaller folk were still buying the "Teddy Ruxpin" talking bear that had made its debut the year before, and Cabbage Patch dolls were still selling well.
- With only about 50 Boy Scouts selling tickets, Cub Pack 3360 had recently managed the rather amazing feat of selling 994 tickets for an upcoming chili feed at Centennial School. The feed raised $3,400 in gross funds for the pack.