Posted on March 15, 2004 by Brian O'Keefe in Urgent News of the Past
In 1984, many Americans feared an eventual nuclear war with the Soviet Union, and President Ronald Reagan seemed to take little action to dispel their worries. He favored continuing a nuclear weapons buildup until the Soviets gave in, a hard-line stance that disturbed political moderates, who felt that such a strategy could lead to disaster.
Posted on March 08, 2004 by Brian O'Keefe in Urgent News of the Past
Here are some of the big stories of 1968 from The Stein, the student newspaper of the University of Maine at Portland (UMP).
Lushes at “Maine Day”
Maine Day at UMP was fun-filled, with pool and ping-pong tournaments, three-legged races and a faculty/student baseball game (the faculty won, 7-6).
Posted on March 01, 2004 by Brian O'Keefe in Urgent News of the Past
“Something bold, never told, can unfold in your mind.”
–former Free Press editor Ken Jordan
In the pages of the 1973 Free Press, occasional (and uniformly sarcastic) articles about the national situation suggest a time of low morale in America. Sharply rising meat prices and an oil supply crisis must have soured the national mood considerably.
Posted on February 09, 2004 by Brian O'Keefe in Urgent News of the Past
Political correctness was at its zenith at USM in 1992, the year that Bill Clinton and Ross Perot challenged president George H.W. Bush for the White House. Students seemed to overwhelmingly favor the Democratic side, but conservative students kept the faith, diligently writing letters to the editor expressing their views.