Archive for Saturday, April 27, 2013

40 years ago: KU student attempts flight down Campanile Hill

April 27, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 27, 1973:

  • A series of three front-page photos today showed the attempt by Kansas University senior Dan Wessel at unpowered flight. Wessel had assembled a 32-foot plywood ramp on the north slope of Campanile Hill and, in the presence of an interested crowd, had attempted to launch a glider. Unfortunately, a gust of wind had blown his craft off the ramp, "ending any hope of an extended flights," according to the photo caption. The final photo showed Wessel sitting (uninjured) in his crumpled craft in which he had hoped to soar over Memorial Stadium.
  • Eight new tennis courts were scheduled to be constructed in the area southwest of KU's Robinson Gymnasium by this fall, according to Keith Lawton, director of facilities. The construction was designed to alleviate congestion at courts throughout Lawrence "in view of the recent resurgence of public interest in the game," according to a brief today.
  • The Journal-World office today was the grateful recipient of a bouquet of 23 different varieties of daffodils picked this morning by Ethel Martin in her yard on Route 2 between Lawrence and Eudora. "Miss Martin has been a flower gardener for many years and the quality of her flowers makes it understandable why she is president of the local Daffodil Club," read a brief in today's newspaper. "She has more than 100 varieties scattered around the yard."


bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

the name Dan Wessel sounds vaguely familiar to me. I suspect he was up to other odd actions over the next few years?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

AprApril 28, 1999 he tried again. was in ljworld, found via google. I was a grad student at KU then.

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