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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

MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Rep Robert Kasteameier’s election defeat last month may hurt efforts to allow cameras in federal courts, the State Bar of Wisconsin says. Kasteamier, D-Wis., was instrumental in winning approval of an experimental plan granting television cameras access to federal court proceedings in several states. Wisconsin is not among the states affected by the plan. Kasteamier, who is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and a chairman of one of its subcommittees, was defeated Nov. 6 by Republican Scott Klug. He has held the seat since 1956. The plan was approved by the U.S. Judicial Conference headed by Supreme Court Justice William Rehinquist. It will allow broadcast and photographic access beginning in July to civic cases in the selected courts, but those Judges will have broad discretion to reject media coverage of individual cases. Wisconsin’s unsuccessful bid to be a part of the Experiment was supported by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, the State Bar, and the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and press groups.

60 years ago

LANSING — Michigan’s vacation travel business apparently held its own this year, but state tourist experts are not happy about it. “The fact that the state is not getting its share of the growing vacation travel market is cause for concern,” says Robert J. Furlong, director of the Michigan tourist council. Furlong said preliminary estimates show that some 10 million persons vacationed in Michigan this year, spending about 650 millions. The sum is about equal to the amount spent in 1958 and 1959. While Michigan is standing still in its dollar income from tourism, Furlong said, other states are showing increases. He explained: “Travel Experts reported an increase of more than five percent in vacation travel in the United States during the first 10 months of the year. However, Michigan did not reap the benefits of this growth.”

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