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25 years ago: County terminates contract with aerial mapping firm

September 3, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 3, 1988:

  • Douglas County commissioners this week were trying to figure out what had gone wrong with a contract with an aerial mapping firm. United Aerial Mapping, of San Antonio, Texas, had been hired by the commission to provide aerial and ownership maps of the entire county and to digitize that information on computer software for the county reappraisal project, but the Douglas County contract had been terminated and officials in two other counties were also reporting headaches caused by the firm. County and state officials said that they were unable to trust the company after what they described as a long list of broken promises and missed deadlines in the past two years.
  • As many as 1,000 volunteers were scheduled to assist Lawrence artist Stan Herd in his latest project in a soybean field near Ottawa. To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ottawa Community Arts Council, Herd was using the group (wearing red or red-and-blue shirts) to depict two crushed pop cans. The two cans, each the size of a football field, were crushed to symbolize the fact that most pop cans ended up as discarded trash in someone's field, Herd said. "We're a frenzied consumer society," the artist explained. "We are, in fact, the Pepsi Generation. I wonder what the great minds of history would think about that.... They would say, 'This generation is named after a soft drink?'" Herd had already gained an international reputation for creating "crop art" pictures in milo, corn, and wheat fields.

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