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40 years ago: Mistletoe sales booming in Lawrence

December 23, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 23, 1973:

  • Perhaps the dimmed lights and lowered thermostats of the energy crisis were giving people ideas on how to stay warm. That was one of the possible explanations given in a front-page Journal-World article today on the uptick in supply and demand of mistletoe this year. "We sell a lot, but mostly in little bunches," said Karen Carpenter, who worked at Nye's Flowers, 939 Massachusetts; she added that most mistletoe-buyers so far had been students. Fred Pence, owner of the Garden Center at 15th and New York, said he still had a pretty good supply in spite of the frequent purchases by customers. The West Side Greenhouse, 440 Florida, unfortunately had misjudged the need for the plant this season. Manager Sandy Clark said she never ordered any. "Last year, no one called about mistletoe," she said. "This year I've turned away at least a hundred persons asking for it."
  • President Nixon this week signed into law a bill that would temporarily place the United States on Daylight Saving Time, starting Jan. 6. The president claimed the action could save the equivalent of 150,000 barrels of oil a day.


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