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40 years ago: Fully accessible pay phone installed at Kansas Union

March 23, 2013


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

  • A new pay phone in the Kansas Union represented one of the first steps in plans to make the Kansas University campus more accessible to all persons. The phone, on the first floor of the union, was installed at a height which would enable persons in wheelchairs to make calls. Frank Burge, director of the union, said that the "low phone" was only the first sign of change. Other plans included making Woodruff Auditorium and the Oread Book Shop accessible and providing restroom facilities for people with disabilities.
  • Residents of Perry were facing a rather quiet election on April 3, with only one person running for mayor and one for city council, a situation that was going to result in four empty council seats unless some willing candidates emerged. Even Ted Grindol, the incumbent councilman running for office, said that he didn't really want the job again. At 66 years of age, Grindol said today that he wanted to "see some young people take an interest in the council," adding that he definitely would not be voting for himself. As for the other council seats -- "I've heard of a few people who want their name written in," said City Clerk Roger Hodson, "but there's little activity -- really no activity." Pondering the lack of local interest, some citizens theorized that the job paid far too little for the time and trouble it would take, not to mention for the "griping" that a council member had to put up with from residents.


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