Superior Street, 1977

April 30, 1977

Traffic on Superior Street, April 30, 1977. (News-Tribune file photo)

Here is a zoomed-in view showing some of the businesses in this view looking east, including Snyder’s Rexall Drugs (Snyder’s Rexall…. weren’t they competing chains?), Maurice’s, Martin’s and Oreck’s:

Northwestern Iron & Metal, 1978

October 6, 1978

This News-Tribune file photo from 1978 shows the Northwestern Iron & Metal Co. yard in Canal Park – now the site of the big full-block parking lot between Grandma’s and the Dewitt Seitz Building. You can make out the Aerial Lift Bridge behind the steamshovel on the right. The scrap yard is visible from the air in this previous Attic post.

I sometimes wonder what happened to all the neat old signs of various businesses around Duluth. The above photo provides a sad answer for one of them:

Does anyone know where The Rocket Cafe & Liquors was located? It had a pretty cool sign; I wonder if it also included any neon / moving lights.

The top photo also includes a sign painted on the side of the building at right:

Wow! Video of full-length KBJR newscast from 1975

Well, right after stumbling across the 1992 KDLH newscast clip in the previous post, I did a little more looking around YouTube and found these gems – three long clips that, together, appear to show a nearly complete KBJR-TV newscast from August 1975.

Wow. What a lot of fun watching these – the old newscast style and format, the "Databank" computer graphics, the ads (look out for the "Walking Tall Part 2" movie ad in the second clip), and especially "Talk Back" in the third clip. At the start of the first clip you’ll even discover what "KBJR" stands for, if you didn’t know already.

To "NorthlandSports," the YouTube user who posted these, nice work, and please do share some more clips if you have them.

And, in case you missed it because I bumped it down so quickly, remember the 1992 KDLH newscast clip in the post below.





Sam Titch and People’s Market, 1977

August 11, 1977


Sam Titch, owner of the People’s Market for more than 40 years, is closing the store and moving on. He says his store is the oldest in Superior. (Karl Jaros / News-Tribune)

Superior to miss grocer Sam

By Sue Willoughby of the News-Tribune staff

People have probably become accustomed to Sam Titch sitting near the window of the People’s Market.

When a familiar face passes by, he’ll wave and if you stop in he’s always got a few minutes to talk.

Most of the people on the street know Sam. They should – he’s owned the small grocery store at 1119 Tower Ave. for 40 years.

In fact, he’s been in the grocery business on Tower Avenue since he opened a store at 524 Tower Ave. in 1916.

But that once-familiar figure in the window is soon to become a thing of the past. Sam has sold the building and is getting out of the business after 61 years.

He doesn’t like the thought of leaving but, since a stroke 13 years ago, he’s had trouble getting around and now he’s selling the fixtures and moving on.

"I guess I’m gonna relex – go to Florida in the wintertime and come back here in the summer," he said. "But, if not for that stroke, I wouldn’t have sold out until I died. I like the business. It made me what I am."

Sam claims People’s Market is the oldest store in Superior but says "everything good has to come to an end sometime."

"When I come here they didn’t have pavement, they had wood blocks," he said. "It was a busy town in them days – lumberjacks and everything. Today they haaven’t got nothing."

Born in Lithuania, Sam came to Superior in 1914, when he was not quite 15. He never attended school – "not even kindergarten," he boasts – but business has always been good because he trusted people and they trusted him, he said.

"I’ve still got some old-time customers," he said. "We still deliver to houses. We still do things like the way I started it."

Sam’s right hand is his longtime friend Verna Scanlon. He says he couldn’t manage without her running the store and helping him get around.

Sam says he wants out of the business. "I can’t get around no more and run it myself. And that’s no good."

But he doesn’t like the idea of having nothing to do.

"It ain’t gonna be no fun for me; it makes me feel bad, very bad. I don’t know what I’ll do. But I guess I can’t sit around and wait until I die. I just thank God I’m paralyzed in my body but not up here," he said, pointing to his head.

Verna also has mixed feelings about leaving the business she’s helped build for 40 years.

"You know, when you’ve never traveled and done all those things it’s exciting," she said. "But we’re both Superiorites. This is our home town."

"Yeah, but if we don’t like it we can always come back and sell peanuts," Sam said. "You don’t need too many people to do that. I might as well see things now."

Sam will probably be missed most by his steady customers and the people in the area who got used to his smile and conversation.

Tearing down the Bradley Building, 1979

December 3, 1979

The wrecker’s ball is pulverizing the four-story Bradley Building at the southeast corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street to clear the way for realignment of Lake Avenue South and eastward extension of the I-35 freeway. The rear of the building is being demolished but the front portion will remain standing until early January to minimize traffic interruption. (Karl Jaros / Duluth Herald)

The Bradley Building was included at the end of an earlier News Tribune Attic post on Famous Clothing. At one time it was the home of KDAL radio and television. At the time of its demolition it also was known as the Compudata Building – I presume that must have been the last tenant.

Here is another photo of its demolition, from November 23, 1979:

Work crews began last week to tear down the Compudata-Bradley Building at 10 E. Superior St. Here, a worker dismantles a brick wall by hand, because the adjacent building, which houses Famous Clothing, will remain standing. The work is the first demolition in the long-delayed Interstate 35 extension from Mesaba Avenue to 10th Avenue East. The structure is one of four to be razed for realignment of Lake Avenue South as part of the freeway project. During the demolition, which will cost $280,000, pedestrian access will be blocked along Superior and Michigan streets near the building and car traffic along Michigan Street will be reduced to one lane. (Karl Jaros / News-Tribune)

Frank Burns visits Duluth, 1974

September 27, 1974


Larry Linville wrinkles his brow Major Burns style during an interview in Duluth. (News-Tribune file photo)

M-A-S-H’s Linville enjoys TV service

By James Heffernan of the News-Tribune staff

For a guy who’s never been in the army, Larry Linville certainly knows what it’s like to serve in uniform.

Linville is the actor who plays gung-ho Maj. Frank Burns, the executive officer of the mobile army surgical hospital, better known as "M-A-S-H" on the TV program with that title. He passed through Duluth Thursday on a publicity tour for the situation comedy which is seen here at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Channel 3.

His CBS biography says Linville might have become an Air Force jet pilot instead of an actor if he’d been able to pass the physical. That explains why he hasn’t been in the service; he’s probably happy he wasn’t examined by the kind of doctors portrayed on his program.

So it’s Linville’s lot to don fatigues every day to be foiled by the likes of Alan (Hawkeye) Alda and Wayne (Trapper John) Rogers and McLean (Col. Blake) Stevenson. He does have Loretta (Hot Lips) Swit on his side on the program, which has a couple of compensations.

Linville said he’s happy with the part and wouldn’t mind if the show ran for several more years. It is beginning its third season this fall.

Linville attributed the program’s success to high writing and production standards demanded by the producers. He also said there is a lot camaraderie among cast members which contributes to the overall effect.

The actor said a lot of things actors are expected to say on publicity tours – little facts or myths that always make good copy in the minds of publicity people. Among these were:

- "M-A-S-H" was voted "the most authentic medical show" on television by the American Medical Association (AMA). He didn’t discuss how Marcus Welby felt about this.

- No laugh track is allowed during operating room sequences. The series co-star said even on a silly program like "M-A-S-H" an operation is considered too serious a thing to background with electronic laughs. The joking that goes on is normal, he said. All doctors joke verbally during operations to relax their hands.

- Many members of the "M-A-S-H" cast have doctors in the family or at least their families wished they had doctors in the family. Linville said his own grandfather was a physician; McLean Stevenson’s father was a doctor and Robert Alda, Alan’s actor dad, "tried to push Alan into medical school."

- People connected with the show are always on the lookout for people who served in real mobile army surgical hospitals to provide new ideas for stories. Many "M-A-S-H" plots are based on real occurances.

- The role of the transvestite (Cpl. Klinger) played by Jamie Farr isn’t as Farr-fetched as it might seem. Linville said he knew of a World War II bomber pilot who wore eye makeup.

In keeping with the spirit of the show, Linville spent Thursday afternoon visiting hospitals and handing out picture postcards of the "M-A-S-H" cast.

He said they gave completed 18 of 24 segments of the half-hour program for this season and he returns to Hollywood next week to begin filming the final six. After that he gets a few months off, during which time he said he plans to relax.