From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 2, 1988:
- A mix of feast and famine was expected by local residents and businesses during the upcoming Final Four segment of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, specifically the Kansas vs. Duke game scheduled for later today. Residents were expecting local traffic to be "as light as it gets, and television viewership nearly universal," according to an article in this morning's Journal-World. Local grocery stores, anticipating a big demand for game-day snacks, were increasing the staff for the time just before and after the game. "If we win, it will definitely be party time in Lawrence, and we want to be ready," said Patty Miller, assistant manager at the Dillon store at 1740 Massachusetts. The manager of Pizza Shuttle, looking forward to "an incredible effect" on sales, was increasing the number of drivers, while McDonald Beverage Inc., which distributed Anheuser-Busch products, compared it to the Super Bowl, only with possibly better sales.
- April was kicking off with some wild weather in other parts of the state, with a spring snowstorm closing roads and stranding travelers in western counties and 8 to 15 inches of snow forecast for the southwest part of the state before the end of the day. Lawrence residents, on the other hand, were enjoying clear, dry weather with sunny conditions.