100 Years Ago: 1924

A new radio station voice was heard for the first time Jan 8 at about 11 o’clock Eastern Standard time, when KGO, the General Electric station at Oakland, Calif., took to the air. This is a sister station of WGY, at Schenectady station.

KGO will operate on 312 meters and there is every reason to believe that eastern radio listeners will have little difficulty in picking up the Sunset station for in recent tests conducted under the experimental license 6XG, Oakland signals came clearly to the Atlantic coast.

50 Years Ago: 1974

Sabbath Lake Grange will meet Friday evening with a “dues paid up” supper at 6:30. Elvin Bryant, director of the Auburn Bureau of Civil Defense will be the speaker during the program, open to the public, beginning at 8:30. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Watson, deputies from will be special guests.

25 Years Ago: 1999

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Get out your dancing shoes. Tickets to Gov. Angus King’s second inaugural ball will be available at the door Saturday night. It’s going to be a one-of-a-kind event featuring four live bands and a decor that will bring Maine’s outdoors inside. 200 spruce trees, stuffed moose and bear and man-made ponds complete with fish.

“The gala is a celebration of Maine,” said Celeste Viger, assistant producer and finance director.

“There will be ponds and simulated waterfalls through electric pumps,” said Keith Citrine, head producer of the gala. “We’re trying to create a sense of outdoors. We’re going to have great fabric sculptures stretched throughout the room that will change color throughout the evening. I want people’s first and last words to be ‘Wow.'”

The party will be at Maine’s largest dance floor, the William Farley Fieldhouse at Bowdoin College. Tickets are $10 per person. As of Friday, 3,000 tickets had been sold. The field house can comfortably hold 5,000 dancers, party organizers said.

Live music will range from swing to country to rock and roll. The bands are from Maine and are all handpicked by King.

Dennis Bailey, the governor’s director of communication, is lead singer and guitar player with the Van Gogh Gos, and he said he’s excited about picking up his guitar and crooning.

The material used in Looking Back is produced exactly as it originally appeared although misspellings and errors may be corrected.


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