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40 years ago: Female J-W reporter denied access to Boys’ State

June 2, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 2, 1972:

  • A female reporter of the Journal-World had been denied access to the upper floors of Kansas University's Lewis Hall where Boys' State delegates had built model cities. The reporter had requested permission to see the miniature cities, reportedly containing skyscrapers and radio towers, for a feature story, but she had been told that allowing women on the floors was against policy.
  • A surge in food prices had pushed wholesale prices up faster in May than in March and April, with farm products rising 1.4 percent and wholesale prices of all commodities rising 0.6 percent. The nation's jobless rate failed to show any improvement, holding steady at 5.9 percent.
  • Henry Kissinger, referred to as the Nixon administration's "swinging bachelor," had recently joked with reporters about a party that had taken place during the President's visit to Iran. At a Tehran party, a "raven-haired belly dancer" had done her "gyrating number" within a few feet of Kissinger and then had sat on his lap for a few minutes. Kissinger said that the young woman, Nadia Para, was a "delightful girl" who was "very interested in foreign policy" and that they had discussed his strategic arms limitation conversion tables. "I spent some time explaining how you convert SS7 missiles to Y Class submarines," Kissinger told reporters.


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