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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 — The South African regime and its system of apartheid would collapse if the West imposed strong enough economic sanctions, the daughter of jailed civil rights leader Nelson Mandela said here. “Economic pressure could bring this evil system down and replace it with a new rehumanized society,” Maki Mandela said during a lecture on the Northern Michigan University campus. Mandela has been in the United States completing her work on a doctorate in anthropology. Her lecture on campus was sponsored by the Student Activities Office. She spoke in a calm voice, but her message was urgent. “We in South Africa are pleading with the world today to do something about apartheid before it’s too late,” she told an audience of about 950 persons, explaining that apartheid is Afrikaans for “apartness.” “Economic sanctions would have a devastating effect on South African blacks. But maybe that is the price to pay to earn our freedom.” She encouraged students from all colors to meet other ethnic groups. “We need to take the initiative to learn about different cultures. We should be able to see all colors communicating and speaking freely,” she said. “As long as there are oppressed people anywhere in the world, nobody can say they can enjoy peace and freedom.”

60 years ago

NEWBERRY — Anna Mae Bertucci of Ishpeming won the women’s championship of the Hiawatha Field Archers, in the tourney held here Sunday, with a 507 score, to complete her U.P. title sweep among feminine bow-and-arrow enthusiasts. Ted Eby of Sault Ste. Marie took the men’s title with a 637. Except for women’s crown, top places generally went to eastern Upper Peninsula bowmen. Evald Nybeck of Munising managed to second in Bowmen class, shooting 527 behind Ed Ruppert of Newberry, who had 577. Fran Bertucci of Ishpeming was third in Archer class with 308. Roy Thorston, Manistique, won that one with 329. Betty Nybeck of Munising (429) and Doris Hughes, Ishpeming (347) trailed the women’s champion in women’s bowman class. Billy Cox of Munising was second and Kathy Lanterman, first, in the junior classes. Charles Waters of Ishpeming was second in a men’s novice shoot. Fred Argall of Ishpeming won his “20” pin for a perfect score on a 35-yard target. Closest competition for a first was in Expert Bowman “B” Class, where Bernie Melsi of Rudyard edged Leo Black, Soo, 504 to 603. Oddly enough, in the next lower class (Bowmen) a 504 took only third for Frank Irwin, also of Rudyard.