Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Listening to the ’60s-era music of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Santana, the college-age crowd saw and heard tales of war Tuesday that were more than tales to the generation that preceded them. Picture slides brought home by Vietnam veterans showed men with gaping wounds being operated on in unsanitary conditions. Asked afterward how today’s students should respond to a call to arms, one veteran advised them not to rely on news reports to make such an important decision.

“Explore the issues for yourself,” Paul Helbach said in response to a question from one of more than 200 people who attended the slide presentation of the war at Northern Michigan University.

“Don’t rely on Dan Rather or Peter Jennings,” said Helbach, who works as an outreach counselor at the Duluth Veterans Center in Minnesota. “There are a lot of other materials” that will allow one to make a more intelligent decision, he said. “Young blood is cheap,” said Jim Dayton, a Vietnam veteran who now works with others suffering disorders related to the war.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — A Rolling Mill man is being held here after two daring holdups yesterday, the first at the Tauch greenhouses and the second at the Haupt grocery.