25 years ago: Roller-skating, gun-collecting, and a new U.S. president share local headlines

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 20, 1989:

  • The Lawrence Jaycees were hosting a “Skate-a-Thon” this weekend at Fantasyland Roller Rink, 3210 Iowa. Proceeds were to go toward building a soccer field at the new location of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, 1520 Haskell Ave.
  • Organizers were expecting at least 3,000 people to attend the Jayhawk Gun and Military Collectors Show this weekend at the Lawrence Holidome. “We anticipate 200, 300 people an hour,” said Kirk Heeringa. “It’ll be wall-to-wall people…. Even if they’re not collectors, people are interested in taking a look.”
  • The Atchison-Jefferson Educational Cooperative Board this week voted to acquire the old Lecompton High School building to possibly use for a regional education service center.
  • In Washington, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated today as the 41st president of the United States. Bush recited the 35-word oath of office while resting his left hand on two Bibles held by his wife Barbara. One was a family Bible, while the other had been used by George Washington at his swearing-in 200 years earlier. Former President Reagan was scheduled to fly to California immediately after the ceremony to begin his retirement.