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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

MUNISING — A work by local poet and photographer Tom Smith was chosen as the cover photograph for “Chiron Review,” a quarterly literary magazine. Publishing under the pen name of T. Kilgore Splake, Smith has published over 600 poems and was named Upper Peninsula Writer of the Year in 1988. His chapbooks and photography are inspired in part by the Pictured Rocks area and the Keweenaw Peninsula. The cover photograph portrays a ground view of a leafless tree and appears on the Chiron’s Winter 1989 edition.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — Big ski tournaments held on Ishpeming’s Suicide Hill in the past have been well covered by reporters and photographers, and the 1960 American Olympic team trials will be no exception. The committee in charge has already heard from several metropolitan newspapers as well as the Associated Press, which will give the Jan. 23-24 event nationwide publicity. The AP said it was to send a photographer, Dan Nero of Milwaukee, and a reporter, either Dave Niles of Detroit or Charlie Chamberlain of Chicago, to cover the two-day tryouts, when eight of the nation’s best ski jumpers will be selected for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley, Calif., in February. Life and Sports Illustrated magazines have been invited to send representatives, but have not yet indicated whether they will do so. Locally, The Mining Journal, WLUC-TV, and Radio Stations WDMJ, WJPD, and WJAN, will give the trials complete coverage. WJPD will broadcast direct from the hill. Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago newspapers, as they often do, are expected to send reporters and cameramen to Ishpeming for the two-day jumping tournament.

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