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40 years ago: Stranded fisherman rescued from Kansas River

February 19, 2013

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

  • John Higgins, 436 Walnut, had been rescued by firemen on a recent Sunday morning from an island in the Kansas River east of the Lawrence bridge. Higgins apparently had failed to fasten his boat securely at the island while on a fishing expedition, and it had floated away. A few minutes later, he was able to attract the attention of Elby Howey, Topeka, who had then called police. The police had called the firefighters, who then launched their boat from the south bank of the Kaw to pick up the stranded fisherman. Higgins, who was later able to recover his own boat a few hundred feet downstream, said that the fishing trip had been a success in spite of this setback. "A few fish were caught," he reported.
  • The arrival of Gale Sayers, who was to begin his duties as an assistant Kansas University athletic director, had been delayed a week because of commitments in Chicago. Sayers, 29, a former KU and Chicago Bears star, had been scheduled to arrive today to begin his work with the athletic department.

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