Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Jari Kivela and Jeff Poutanen of Negaunee want to make the trek to Spearfish, S.D. for the 1989 World Horseshoe Pitching Championships held through July 30. Kivela, 63, and Poutanen, 13, pitch horseshoes for the Negaunee Rod & Gun Club team and have qualified to compete. Kivela will enter the tourney with a 44 percent ringer average, while Poutanen carries a 63 percent mark. Both pitchers, members of the Upper Peninsula Horseshoe Pitchers Association, are excited about competing in the world tourney, but said they aren’t training any differently. Poutanen has been throwing between 100-200 shoes a day. One might wonder how a 13-year-old got to be so good at pitching horseshoes. Poutanen said he started pitching rubber horseshoes at age 2. “When he first started getting real serious, my brother and I would help him hold the shoe,” Poutanen’s father said. It was a little different for Kivela, who has been pitching since he was in the sixth grade in Marquette. “They had a recreational director at Harlow Park. Through their encouragement for kids to play and have tournaments, we just naturally fell into it.” After concentrating more on the sport, Kivela went on to win the U.P. State Class B championships in 1975, 1983 and 1985.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — The question of motion picture censorship was brought close to home a few days ago when the Chicago police censor board banned “Anatomy of a Murder,” the film produced last spring in Marquette County. Specifically, Chicago Police Commissioner T.J. O’Connor demanded that certain deletions in the dialogue used in the movie’s courtroom scenes be made before he would permit showing of the film in the Windy City. The Chicago police censorship board objected to the words, “rape” and “contraceptive” — medico-legal terms that are in perfectly proper usage in a physician’s office or in a courtroom, but that had never previously been uttered in a commercial Hollywood movie production. Otto Preminger, director-producer of “Anatomy,” refused to allow the deletions to be made, and Federal Judge Julius H. Miner enjoined the police censorship board from banning the film’s showing.