100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 2, 1913
Hill party here on special yesterday morning
For the first time since “Railroad Day,” October 5, 1911, James J. Hill was in Bend yesterday morning. He was “In” Bend sure enough, but he also was in his Pullman berth, or double bed, or whatever a great empire builder reposed in when traveling in his private car. And so Mr. Hill did not see Bend, and Bend did not have the pleasure of seeing Mr. Hill, although some folks think they did because a gentleman in the party who looks just a little like Mr. Hill so far as whiskers is concerned took an early morning auto ride around town.
The special train of six cars bearing the Hill party arrived about 3 a.m. It left at 8:10 a.m., bound for Tacoma, where a dinner engagement awaited at 7 p.m. Among the few members of the party to take a half hour’s auto ride was J. M. Hanniford, president of the Northern Pacific. President Young of the S. P. & S was up, but had no news other than some nice things about Bend, which was not exactly news. The party included George F. Baker, president of the First National Bank of New York; George B. Harris of the Burlington; R.A. Jackson, vice president of the Great Northern; A.L. Ordean, of Duluth; F.A. Chamberlain , of Minneapolis; Pierce Butler, of St. Paul, and Grenville Kane, of New York.
Brick building will have two stories
The brick building being erected at the corner of Wall and Oregon streets by Deschutes Investment Co. will be of two stories instead of one, as originally planned, thus adding another substantial modern building to the list of local structures.
The upper floor of the building will have a 50-foot frontage on Wall Street and a depth of 90 feet for half of the width, the southerly 25 feet being only 30 feet deep.
The room in the rear, 25 by 60 feet, has been leased by the Bend Lodge of Masons, who will move in as soon as the building is completed. In addition to the Mason hall there will be four offices.
Entrance to the upper floor will be from the rear of the structure, the stairs coming out on Oregon street.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 2, 1938
Radio drama stirs nation Sunday night
The FCC investigated a radio program today which caused thousands of persons in every part of the country to believe that the eastern United States had been invaded by creatures from the planet Mars in the first engagement of a “war of the worlds.”
The hysteria following the one-hour radio dramatic program swamped police and newspapers of New York City and New Jersey where the Martian adventurers were said to have landed, killing thousands of persons after they left their space rocket. But it was not limited to the east. In Indianapolis, a woman ran down the main isle of St. Paul’s Episcopal church crying: “the world is coming to an end.” The congregation was hastily dismissed.
In the east, in the country being subjected to the “invasion,” hysteria ran riot. Several persons came forward to swear they saw the rocket land and “strange creatures” climb out of it. Hundreds fled and police cars screamed through the streets of a score of towns, responding to frenzied alarms.
The reaction was bitter and the Columbia Broadcasting System, on whose network the program — a dramatization of H.G. Wells’ novel, “The War of The Worlds” — was broadcast, was inundated with protest telegrams and telephone calls and its press department was busy with explanations and apologies.
The broadcasting system had taken every precaution to prevent anyone thinking its program was real. Orson Welles opened the program with a detailed explanation of the play and four times during the hour, an announcer broke in to inform listeners it was a play.
The play was realistic enough that if heard independently of the announcements, it was identical with many ordinary news programs. It began with a weather report. An announcer said the program would continue with dance music from a hotel. Then came a few minutes of swing music. This was interrupted by a flash reporting an observatory professor had noted a series of gas explosions on the planet Mars.
Then came a series of bulletins and first-hand reporting from the scene. One of the first bulletins said a meteor had landed near Princeton, killing 1,500 persons. Soon another bulletin announced it hadn’t been a meteor at all, but a metal cylinder containing “strange creatures” armed with death rays who were warring on Earth’s inhabitants. Then an actor representing the Secretary of the Interior came on and spoke of the terrible disaster. Then other officials urged residents to flee the cities.
New York police reported they handled thousands of calls even while the program was still on the air. In New York City, over 200 persons fled their apartments and ran as fast as they could toward Broadway where police overtook them, soothed them, and sent them home.
Note to Readers: The hysteria reportedly spread to Portland and to Bend 2,500 miles away.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 2, 1963
Food woes forced moon race dropout
The Soviet Union dropped out of the moon race with the United States because it must put “food before rockets,” diplomatic sources said today.
The agricultural crisis that forced Russia to buy millions of tons of grain in the West cannot be solved without huge investments and there simply is not enough money at Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev’s disposal to finance both this program and the moon shot, the sources said.
One alternative would be to cut military spending, but Khruschev is believed determined to keep this at a high level until agreement can be reached with the West on arms reduction.
Khrushchev’s statement last weekend getting Russia out of the competition to land a man on the moon was believed to portend a multi-billion dollar saving.
The Soviet budget for the coming year is now under study.
British experts said all signs point to the fact that there is “just not enough” to cover the costs of the moon program and to meet industrial and consumer needs.
Synthetic food tested on cons
Nutrition experts working toward the day when man can thrive on chemicals alone have revealed the results of experiments conducted with the assistance of 18 convicted criminals,
For 48 days, 18 convicts at the California prison system medical facility here have been subsisting on synthetic diets consisting solely of foods from a test tube, mainly amino acids which act as the body’s protein builders.
Not only have the men subsisted. For many, the general physical condition has showed improvement. Fat men have slimmed down and the thin gained weight. Also, researchers say, there have been few gripes and none of the prisoners said he regretted taking part in the experiment.
One aim of the synthetic diet project is to develop suitable food for man-in-space programs. The project is financed by a NASA grant of $400,000.
Dr. Milton Winitz, director of the project being conducted by the Medical Sciences Research Foundation, said the synthetic food would be wholly adequate for feeding men on round trips to the moon.
“But,” he said, “the diet’s chief virtues are not in space flight but in medicine.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 2, 1988
E.T. lands in Central Oregon; hundreds in panic
It was something to phone home about.
A squat, wrinkled extra terrestrial touched down in Central Oregon on Thursday, only to be swooped up by passionate fans clamoring for a wayward alien of their own.
Affectionately known as E.T., the extraterrestrial’s well-publicized arrival on videotape swamped video stores and left a number of customers at the Bend Safeway store feeling “alien”ated.
Latecomers lured by an ad promising copies of “E.T.” at $16.99 found only an empty display and an apologetic note; 96 copies were whisked up by eager buyers soon after going on sale at 7 a.m.
Elsewhere in town was the same. “It was a pain,” said Diane Kohler, owner of Lady Di’s Video. “Every single phone call, every single person that’s been through that front door has asked for “E.T,”
At the Pay Less store employees reported two motor homes in the parking lot and people waiting at the door to buy tapes before the doors opened.
The pattern was echoed all over the nation as some 8 million copies of the 1982 Steven Spielberg blockbuster hit the racks. The “story that touched the world” earned more than $700 million worldwide to rank as the greatest box office moneymaker in celluloid history — likewise shattered home video sales records with more than 10.4 million advance orders a month before its release.
Lindi DeWolf, co-owner of Newport Videogurt, attributed the short supply to Speilberg’s demand that producer MCA create only high-quality copies. DeWolf said video distributors pledged to fill back orders by mid-November.
“It’s a zoo over there”, said Mieirs Home Video bookkeeper Grace Ralston of her Comptron distributor in Portland.
Mieirs also was hard-pressed to honor pre-release sales of tapes, receiving just 86 of the 120 copies ordered.
Ralston, however, has yet to determine what all the excitement’s about.
“I haven’t seen it yet,” she admitted.