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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

June 02, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"Living, breathing the OJ trial" Clarkston High School graduate Greg Longstaff worked on all the on-screen graphics for E! channel's coverage of the OJ Simpson trial.

"Teachers come out against privatization" In a strongly worded statement, Clarkston Education Association announced it opposed contracting any school work to private companies. Gov. John Engler and the state legislature had recently approved a new law to allow it.

"Arbitration claim to be heard in Detroit" Three impartial arbitrators heard a case pitting Independence Township against financial advisors, charging them with giving the township bad investment advice related to four securities that lost about $3.7 million.

25 years ago - 1985

"Birtsas comes home" After growing up in Clarkston and following the Detroit Tigers, Tim Birtsas returned to Tiger Stadium to pitch against the defending world champions. Pitching for the Oakland A's, he struck out six with his fastball, but accidentally hit batter Kirk Gibson in the mouth, giving the Tigers an RBI and the win.

"Show roars on" Christy Colburn and her classmates at Pine Knob Elementary put on a talent show for their families and friends. Parent Lynn Coxen made tiger masks for one singing group.

"Spring face lift" Maria Arnold, Gini Schultz, Sally Shields, Helen Woolfenden, Carol Zorka, and other volunteers with Clarkston Farm and Garden Club planted flowers, raked, put down wood chips and moved a small tree at the Independence Township Library.

50 years ago - 1960

"Robert G. Phillips made police chief" Mr. Phillips, nine-year resident and four-year patrolman in Clarkston, was appointed Clarkston police chief. Other Clarkston officers included Jack Peach, John Ronk, and Frank Green.

"Boys combo entertains Cubs" The Dixieland band "Hot Shot Seven" entertained Clarkston's Cub Scout Pack 134. Band members included Bob Sawyer on cornet, Lewis Norris on trombone, Gary Hizer on drums, Pat Jordan on tube, Doc S. Clair on saxophone, and Dennis Urick, clarinet.

"Clarkston local" The Jerome Wilfords of N. Main Street spent the Memorial Day weekend at their lovely cottage on Lake Michigan.

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