Mar 30, 2012

Sun, Mar 22, 1942: skating rink

"Ray announced at the skating rink that Augusta had won in the finals at the basketball tournament at Hays but it seems like the paper said this morning Fredonia won. So suppose the paper is right but it seems funny Ray stopped the skaters and made the announcement and everyone shouted their heads off.  So everyone will sure be disappointed if Fredonia won."
--Letter from my grandmother, Bloomington, Kans., to my father, Winfield, Kans., March 22, 1942.  I’m not sure who really won.  Now that 80% of American adults use the Internet (at least occasionally) and 35% of Americans adults have smart phones, it’s hard to imagine a scene like this one these days.  The Internet has allowed lots of misinformation to proliferate, just not erroneous sports scores. (Sources: “35 percent of Americans own smart phones, says Pew survey,”; Pew Institute “Pew Internet & American Life Project Poll, Jan, 2012)

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