Apollo 11 front page

This was the front page on this date, 50 years ago, reporting on the Apollo 11 moon landing.

From the Sunday, July 25, 1999 edition of The Sunday Athens Messenger:

  • A unique summer camp took place in Athens: “Cousin Camp.” This featured nieces and nephews of Hellen Ellis-Jauch of Morris Avenue. The roster of guests included kids from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, West Virginia, Nebraska and South Carolina. The group visited Dow Lake and held a week of picnics.
  • A poll found that 3-in-10 Americans planned to stock up supplies in case of Y2K technology issues.
  • Ohio University awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a tech company to install computers in all of the residence hall rooms.
  • Two rival letters to the editor were printed in the opinion section: Jane Thompson wrote she wanted a Wal-Mart store in Athens, while L.D. and Anne McClanahan wrote in opposition to any new big-box store on East State Street.
  • At the Movies: Moves 10 in Nelsonville showed Tarzan, Big Daddy, Lake Placid, Muppets in Space and American Pie.

From the July 19, 1959 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • Ten contestants vied to be Nelsonville Parade of the Hills Queen. The eventual winner was to receive a $250 college scholarship or savings bond. Gilbert Courtney was the general chairman of the festival.
  • In advertising, R.D. Rogers Jewelers at 73 W. Washington St., Nelsonville, offered a Brookpark Dinnerware 45-piece family set for $34.95.
  • At the Movies: The Athena Cinema showed Hercules — “the mighty saga of the world’s mightiest man.”
  • In sports, the Athens American Legion team defeated Albany, 20-5. Charles Burnfield was the winning pitcher.
  • On the comic’s page: Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Rip Kirby and Beetle Bailey.
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