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40 years ago: Final ‘ice cream concert’ tonight at South Park

July 12, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 12, 1972:

  • At the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach this week, Sen. George McGovern was the probable winner of his party's presidential nomination after the withdrawal of Hubert Humphrey. Attention was now focused on McGovern's choice for running mate; Sen. Edward Kennedy was said to be high on the list of possibilities. Reaction the next day from AFL-CIO president George Meany was blunt: "I think the Democrats have blown it." The powerful labor leader added, "I will not support McGovern, no matter what."
  • Lawrence residents who could tear themselves away from convention coverage were expected to gather at South Park tonight for the last of the weekly "ice cream concerts" given this summer. The music was provided by the local musicians' union band, while the ice cream was sold by members of the Lawrence High School Orchestra. The group had earned about $45 each night at the six-week concert series; the funds were to go toward an orchestra trip to Chicago in December.

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