The Flammable Northwestern Bell Building

Nov. 27, 1983 This view from the 11th floor of the Medical Arts Building shows the extent of the damage to scaffolding on the Northwestern Bell building after Sunday night’s fire. (Jack Rendulich / News Tribune) Spectacular blaze ravages phone building scaffolding (News Tribune, Nov. 28, 1983) A spectacular ball of fire, spurred by wind…
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Duluth’s Top Party Songs, 1984

MTV promotional photo for Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" video, 1983 ———————————– Excerpt from the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald, Feb. 24, 1984: It’s ‘Thriller’ in a walk – er, strut: Readers pick top party songs of all time You snubbed the Beatles and Stones, relatively speaking. Even Elvis, the King. All were blown away by the Thriller.…
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TV Flashback: Today, 1988

The News Tribune attic has tons of files of old publicity photos from TV shows and movies, and we’ll try to feature a new one each week. Here’s a shot of NBC Today weatherman Willard Scott and anchors Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel from 1988, promoting a week of shows originating from Europe’s Orient Express.…
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Robertson, Dukakis And Hart – Oh, My

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney won the majority of support from Minnesota caucus-goers on Tuesday night. Here’s a look back at a couple of caucuses from the 1980s… 1988 Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republican Pat Robertson garnered the most support in the Northland in the straw polls at the 1988 presidential caucuses. Unofficial vote totals…
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Hail To The Chief

The News Tribune attic contains files of photos and clippings from two visits John F. Kennedy made to Duluth – once as a presidential candidate in September 1960, and again as president in September 1963, two months before he was assassinated. Here is a photo from the second visit (caption below): President John F. Kennedy…
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