From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 2, 1973:
- David Raymond Williams was recognized as the first Lawrence baby of 1973, having made his appearance at 9:27 a.m. on New Year's Day. Little David's father was a clerk-accountant with the Santa Fe Railroad in Topeka, while his mom worked for the city finance department. As the family of the city's first baby, David and his parents were to receive several gifts from local merchants including Raney Drug Store, Round Corner Drug Store, Rusty's Food Centers, Weaver's, Gibson's, Duckwall's, and the First National Bank.
- Sixty new townhomes were under construction at 21st and Haskell. The Pine Tree Townhouses were to be offered for rent to qualified applicants at the cost of $92 for a one-bedroom apartment, $105 for a two-bedroom, and $116 for a three-bedroom.