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Tales from the Morgue replay: Ray Bradbury had a special love for Tucson

Tales from the Morgue replay: Ray Bradbury had a special love for Tucson

When he was growing up, the famous science fiction author Ray Bradbury spent time in Tucson. He later told a reporter that it was here that his writing career began at the age of 12.

August 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Coming soon! Old Trail Dust Town

Coming soon! Old Trail Dust Town

It was 1959 and developer Howard Hamm wanted Tucson to have a saloon and dance hall. In fact, he also wanted a livery stable, blacksmith shop and old west opera house. To be more precise, Hamm wanted us to have a Trail Dust Town.

September 21, 2012 8:00 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: It all started with a bucketful of prairie dogs and a few pheasants

Tales from the Morgue: It all started with a bucketful of prairie dogs and a few pheasants

The idea had been under wraps for several years, but in August 1970, City Parks Director Gene Reid announced plans for a new 850-acre regional park along the Santa Cruz River.

August 17, 2012 10:15 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: The Girl from Wyoming gets her revolver back

This article originally ran in "Tales from the Morgue" April 9, 2008.

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Tales from the Morgue: The countess would be amazed

Tales from the Morgue: The countess would be amazed

When the dowager countess of Suffolk and Berkshire lived near Oracle, in the 1950’s, she didn’t have to worry about development encroaching on her view. She owned most of it.

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Tales from the Morgue: Wow, time and temperature on the same sign!

The following originally ran in "Tales from the Morgue" July 28, 2008:

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Moral Re-Armament, "Sing Out" and Up With People

Moral Re-Armament, "Sing Out" and Up With People

This article originally ran in "Tales from the Morgue" July 25, 2008.

July 26, 2012 10:15 am Photos

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Chamber of Commerce identified Tucson's 24 Historic Sites

Chamber of Commerce identified Tucson's 24 Historic Sites

In July 1952, the Tucson Chamber of Commerce presented a list of their top 24 historical sites in town. They planned to place steel markers at each location. But, due to a steel shortage, that part of the plan was on hold.

November 09, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Tucsonans faced beer crisis during WWII

Tucsonans faced beer crisis during WWII

The Tucson summer of ’42 was going to be a long, hot and dry one and not just due to the weather. Wartime restrictions and priorities on some metals caused a severe shortage of beer caps. But, that was not the only problem standing between beer drinkers and their brew.

November 07, 2009 6:00 pm
Only God can make it snow

Only God can make it snow

Back in the 1930s, when work began on the new Catalina Highway, many Tucsonans began dreaming of a ski lodge on top of Mount Lemmon. Their hopes were only slightly dashed when a consultant told them “There is no use kidding ourselves. This is not snow country.”

November 06, 2009 6:00 pm
Tucson Pioneer: Maria Wakefield

Tucson Pioneer: Maria Wakefield

The following article is from the Oct. 13, 1939 Arizona Daily Star.

November 05, 2009 6:00 pm

The police were not amused with these Halloween pranks

On Trick or Treat night 1951, some of the tricks went a little too far for several residents and the Tucson police. In addition to the minor reports of vandalism, there were several instances that went beyond that. By the time the evening was over, several UA students had been arrested.

November 03, 2009 6:00 pm
There was a time when Arizona did spring its clocks forward

There was a time when Arizona did spring its clocks forward

As most of the country experienced this past weekend, daylight savings time ended and it was necessary to move their clocks back to standard time. Here in Arizona, however, we have chosen not to participate in that timely scheme. That wasn’t always the case.

November 02, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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UA Alum and future astronaut lectured here in 1979

UA Alum and future astronaut lectured here in 1979

An Arizona Daily Star interview with UA grad and future astronaut Dick Scobee. The article ran on April 26, 1979.

November 01, 2009 6:00 pm
Newton "sang his little heart out" at the TCC

Newton "sang his little heart out" at the TCC

Wayne Newton, well-known for his long running show in Las Vegas, has appeared in Tucson on several different occasions. At least two of those performances did not sellout. And, neither of the shows received a very glowing review.

October 30, 2009 4:00 pm Photos

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Watch the World Series in the comfort of the Opera House

Watch the World Series in the comfort of the Opera House

It was almost as good as a ticket to the World Series! In the 1920s and 30s, Tucson baseball fans could “watch” all the series action without leaving the Old Pueblo.

October 28, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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"Doughty skipper" Wimp Acuff led Cats to victory in new stadium

"Doughty skipper" Wimp Acuff led Cats to victory in new stadium

It was a citywide celebration on October 12, 1929, when the UA football stadium was officially dedicated. More than 8,000 people showed up for the festivities and the game. The UA defeated California Institute of Technology 35-0.

October 27, 2009 6:00 pm

Beaver Patriarch in Exile, Springs Off Cliff to Death

The following article ran in the September 4, 1934 Arizona Daily Star. A suicide or a group of hunters who spent too much time in the wilderness? You decide.

October 26, 2009 6:00 pm
Long before the iPhone ....

Long before the iPhone ....

Hard to imagine it in this day of pocket size digital devices, but in 1927, it was big news that you could now get a phone with the mouthpiece and receiver in one piece!

October 25, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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The legend of John "Button Salmon" and "Bear Down"

The legend of John "Button Salmon" and "Bear Down"

With the death of an outstanding athlete, a legend began over 80 years ago. The story starts with the obituary from the Oct. 19, 1926 Arizona Daily Star read as follows:

October 23, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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It was class warfare with pillows in 1926

It was class warfare with pillows in 1926

For the October 30, 1926 University of Arizona Homecoming game, the freshmen and sophomore classes were gearing up for a fight of their own. Here is the story from the Arizona Daily Star announcing the upcoming combat:

October 20, 2009 6:00 pm
"This place just too darned real to believe"

"This place just too darned real to believe"

Kirk Douglas had high praise for a Tucson landmark. When interviewed for a 1972 magazine article on “Arizona’s Shoot-Em Up Town,” Douglas had high praise for the movie location, Old Tucson.

October 18, 2009 6:00 pm
Do you know as much as your cat?

Do you know as much as your cat?

This ad (without the photo) appeared in the Oct. 17, 1926 Arizona Daily Star:

October 16, 2009 6:00 pm
Margaret Sanger called Tucson home

Margaret Sanger called Tucson home

Ninety-three years ago, on Oct. 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger and two other women opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. Sanger’s goal was to provide women with accurate and effective birth control, so they could avoid unplanned and unwelcome pregnancies.

October 15, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Famed composer Aaron Copland's Tucson visit

In March 1961, one of America’s most distinguished composers and conductors, Aaron Copland, spent about a week in Tucson. Among other activities, he lectured at the UA and conducted a performance of the university symphony orchestra and choir.

October 14, 2009 6:00 pm
Could the UA's new dress code cause sterility?

Could the UA's new dress code cause sterility?

The trouble started when the administration established a new dress code for students at the UA. On Oct 1, 1959, the Star ran the following story:

October 13, 2009 6:00 pm

All that 'tingling' and 'mingling' was objectionable to some

Just like the rest of the country, Tucson has had its share of censorship issues. After all, it is not unusual for books, plays or other forms of public expression to be deemed objectionable by some member of the community. Here are a few examples from the Star archives.

October 12, 2009 6:00 pm
Ethel, your hair smells like mouthwash!

Ethel, your hair smells like mouthwash!

The following ad ran in the Arizona Daily Star in September 1931:

October 08, 2009 6:00 pm

Tucson Community Center at 22nd and Swan?

Today, many people believe the location of the TEP stadium is too far from downtown. How would they feel if the ‘new’ community center had been built at E. 22nd Street and S. Swan Road?

October 07, 2009 6:00 pm

Kennedy-Nixon debate - a fight with "feather dusters"

On the night of Sept. 26, 1960, over millions of Americans witnessed a historic event, the first televised presidential debate took place. Tucsonans watched along with their fellow countrymen and then weighed in with their opinions on how the candidates performed. The Star’s editorial page a…

October 06, 2009 6:00 pm
"America's Most Wanted" led to the capture of a Tucson fugitive

"America's Most Wanted" led to the capture of a Tucson fugitive

In September 1989, “America’s Most Wanted” had been on television for only about a year-and-a-half. But during that time, the show had profiled about 180 fugitives and been directly involved in the capture of about 70 of them. Several Tucson cases had been presented on the show.

October 05, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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It was one of Tucson's most high profile murder cases

It was one of Tucson's most high profile murder cases

From the September 24, 1931 Arizona Daily Star:

October 01, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Long-time manager for the DeAnza profiled in 1999

Long-time manager for the DeAnza profiled in 1999

This is a Bonnie Henry article from February 20, 1999:

October 01, 2009 5:00 pm Photos

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The gala grand opening of the Pioneer Hotel in 1929

The gala grand opening of the Pioneer Hotel in 1929

It was quite an event on the evening of Dec. 12, 1929. That was the day Albert Steinfeld’s new Pioneer Hotel opened in downtown Tucson. With 250 guest rooms, the need for a top-notch hotel for the growing community was apparent. Over 500 guests attended the affair, which included dinner and …

September 30, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Women: Watch your BOWELS

Women: Watch your BOWELS

An advertisement from a September 1931 Arizona Daily Star:

September 29, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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The tritium problem at American Atomics

The tritium problem at American Atomics

It all started with a workplace accident. But, before it was over, the tritium leakage at American Atomics Corp. led to the closure of the plant, nearly half a million dollars of food destroyed and neighbors who feared for their health.

September 27, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's .... a straw hat??

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's .... a straw hat??

On Friday, Sept. 25, 1931, a strange thing happened in downtown Tucson. Around 10:30 in the morning, dozens of straw hats fell from the sky. It was all in preparation for Fall Hat Day!

September 24, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Garry Shandling and his stamp collection

Garry Shandling and his stamp collection

When a young Garry Shandling was growing up in Tucson, he planned on being either a veterinarian or a comedian. By age 10, though, the animal population lost out to show business and comedy was all he wrote.

September 23, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Marathon Putt-Putting, bicycle sitting and pogo sticking

Marathon Putt-Putting, bicycle sitting and pogo sticking

Tucsonans are just as eager as the rest of the world to have their feats of endurance or derring-do recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. They have tried long hours of Putt-Putt golf, endurance swimming and backwards roller-skating, to name just a few attempts.

September 22, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Pima County needed its own junior college

Pima County needed its own junior college

In 1965, there were seven junior colleges in Arizona. Maricopa County had four, plus there was Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Cochise College in Douglas and Arizona Western College at Yuma. Pima County had none. That was about to change.

September 21, 2009 6:00 pm
Tucson's Children's Theater was the place for young actors

Tucson's Children's Theater was the place for young actors

Shirley Poliakoff had been acting practically all her life. After moving to Tucson in 1951, the British born actress became active in the local theatrical scene and eventually founded the Tucson’s Children’s Theater. In the 1960s and 70s, she shared her love of the theater with thousands of …

September 18, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Lee Trevino's golf tips

Lee Trevino's golf tips

In September 1979, Lee Trevino conducted a one-day golf exhibition and clinic at Randolph Golf Course. Here are some of his golfing tips he shared with the crowd.

September 16, 2009 6:00 pm

Seniors said health care too expensive in 1959

Fifty years ago, the Tucson Community Council conducted a survey of Tucson’s older population. The preliminary findings were released in September, 1959. The survey showed most seniors medical care was too costly. Passed in 1965, Medicare would not take effect until 1968.

September 15, 2009 6:00 pm
TV's Perry Mason was a frequent Tucson visitor

TV's Perry Mason was a frequent Tucson visitor

In the 1960s, Raymond Burr, better known as television’s Perry Mason, visited Tucson several times. During his stays, he participated in a variety of local events, including a talent show and a symphony.

September 14, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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This 1957 Stan Kenton concert was nearly a disaster

This 1957 Stan Kenton concert was nearly a disaster

In 1957, when Stan Kenton performed in Tucson, the turnout was disappointing. But, that wasn’t Kenton fault. The Star reviewer described the event as one of the “the most confused bookings seen around these parts in many a Sputnik.”

September 11, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Tonto liked his face "cool and smooth" like a fine lake

Tonto liked his face "cool and smooth" like a fine lake

Following their years of success in the 1950s television series “The Lone Ranger,” the famous Masked Man and Tonto made several feature length movies, including one which was filmed at Old Tucson.

September 10, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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Students protested that first UA parking fee was picking on them

Fifty years ago, the University of Arizona imposed its first parking fee. The $5 per semester charge was to begin on Oct. 1, 1959. Some students quickly protested and said the university officials “are picking on us!”

September 09, 2009 6:00 pm

This Tucsonan danced for Baryshnikov

When a young Tucsonan named John Turjoman decided to give ballet a try at the age of 14, it was because he wanted exercise and liked gymnastics. He never dreamed that he would someday return to Tucson as a featured dancer with Baryshnikov (as in Mikhail Baryshnikov) and Company.

September 08, 2009 6:00 pm
Words of advice to the incoming UA freshmen in 1934

Words of advice to the incoming UA freshmen in 1934

As the future class of 1938 began their freshman year at the University of Arizona, a college dean offered them the following words of advice. The column ran in the Sept. 2, 1934 Arizona Daily Star.

September 06, 2009 6:00 pm
Shouldn't the Lone Ranger know how to ride a horse?

Shouldn't the Lone Ranger know how to ride a horse?

In the late 1970s, with a new movie in the works, Clayton Moore, the REAL Lone Ranger, was forbidden from wearing his traditional mask. His fans were outraged. Maybe there was some kind of justice when that new movie, with a Tucsonan in the role of the famous masked man, proved to be a total flop.

September 02, 2009 6:00 pm Photos

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