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40 years ago: Beer shortage worries local suppliers

August 19, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 19, 1973:

  • Rising food prices and meat shortages had been occupying the front pages for weeks, but today's Journal-World readers learned that there was also a severe beer shortage. Cliff McDonald, local distributor for Anheuser-Busch, said that the company had been rationing all summer and that Anheuser-Busch's nine breweries couldn't keep up with the demand; he added that he hoped to have enough beer for "the biggest week of the year by far -- country club week," referring to the older name for the opening week of the Kansas University school year. Anheuser-Busch's shortage had been worsened by a 10-day strike at the St. Louis brewery. Local Coors distribution manager Bill Kennedy expressed similar woes, saying, "I don't know how many times I've talked to the brewery telling them I've got 22,000 students coming back." He said that Coors had simply erred in their growth projections but was currently enlarging their plant in Colorado to keep up with demand.
  • Bids were to opened next week for a $3.75 million addition to Learned Hall, home of KU's School of Engineering. The 82,000-square-foot addition was to provide additional classrooms, laboratories, and office space for the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Environmental Engineering division of the Civil Engineering department. The new area would also house offices for the dean of the School of Engineering.
  • Leavenworth voters were to go to the polls Sept. 6 to vote on a proposal to abandon the city manager form of government and return to a commission form. The election had been called after petitions had been circulated by the City-County Taxpayers Association. The group had gathered 2,965 names on the petition, although only 1,200 had been required.

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