Archive for Tuesday, July 2, 2013

40 years ago: Fireworks scheduled for skies above Memorial Stadium

July 2, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 2, 1973:

  • Fireworks were scheduled to begin at dusk on July Fourth at the Kansas University stadium, right after the Jaycees' Independence Day program. Returned POW Lt. Cmdr. Charles Plumb of Lecompton and Overland Park was slated to speak at the ceremonies. Lawrence police said that local fireworks had already begun, with five complaints of illegal pyrotechnics already reported.
  • New principal Bradford L. Tate had spent his first day at Lawrence High School mostly in meetings with school personnel, according to his secretary. Tate, 34, originally from Waterloo, Iowa, had replaced interim principal Max Rife, who was to remain as division principal.
  • Lawrence city commissioners at their upcoming meeting were scheduled to discuss site plans for a First National Bank drive-up facility at 23rd Street and Ridge Court, for a Sizzler Restaurant to be located at 1516 W. 23rd Street, and for a veterinary clinic to be located at the southwest corner of Sixth and Lawrence.


Ginny Hedges 4 years, 10 months ago

I loved it when I was young and the fireworks display was at the stadium. :)

Clovis Sangrail 4 years, 10 months ago

I used to watch them from the roof of a three-story house across Mississippi. You could lay back and feel the concussion.

One year, a friend and I were shooting bottle rockets off that roof using a cafe curtain rod to aim them. A curtain rod/bottle rocket bazooka is accurate enough to hit the badge on the door of a passing cop car from the top of a three-story building.

It is also possible to make it down off the roof and over the hill and be sitting in the old Bierstube in about 11 seconds.

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