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Observations from the archives, 1988: Thompson Twins among finalists

1913, 100 years ago: Colbjornsen and Wegener had a full page advertisement for their Season End Clearing Sale, reminding their customers that "We only have a sale twice each year and when we do, prices go way down." $25 men's suits priced at $19.50. Men's 50-cent dress shirts for 29 cents. (Only two to a customer). Boys' play suits and rompers, very good 65 cent quality for 39 cents. Men's muslin pajamas, very good values at $1.50, sale price $1.15. Don't forget your hat! Men's $3 hats for sale at $2.15.

1963, 50 years ago: Thirty paintings by members of the Minnesota Rural Artists' Association, including one by Ada A. Johnson of Parkers Prairie, will be on display this month in Washington, D.C. The paintings were sent to Senator Hubert Humphrey and Senator Eugene McCarthy in whose offices they will be exhibited through July 31. In sports, Bob Hawkins captured the 1963 Alexandria Golf Club Championship, topping Poik Weatherwax 2-1. It was the second such crown picked off by Hawkins. Arlo Kluver nipped Bob Longfellow in 22 holes for the consolation crown. In other news, Sister Mary Ann David, the former Mary Lou Rajdl of St. Bartholomew parish in Villard, is named to go to South China on mission assignments from the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse at Maryknoll, New York. Sister Mary Ann David is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Rajdl of Alexandria and a graduate of Central High School and St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota.

1988, 25 years ago: Shelly and Sherri Thompson, known locally as the "Thompson Twins," are among six finalists in a nationwide talent search for the lead roles in an upcoming television movie entitled Sweet Valley High. The 16-year-old identical twins were notified last week by an NBC casting director, Jamie Stewart Carmen, daughter of the series author. The TV series is based on Francine Pascal's bestselling Sweet Valley High series of adolescent novels. The director asked for a videotape of the twins reading a scene from the script, followed by another telephone call requesting a second videotape where the twins exchanged roles in the script. Parents of the twins, Jeannie and T. Michael Thompson, said, "The girls are also in the Cardinalettes dance line, speak French and they have a naturalness about them that comes through on the tape. We think they would be very good as the Wakefield twins." In the meantime, the Thompsons can only wait for the final word; another call from Hollywood that could propel the Thompson Twins to TV stardom.

2003, 10 years ago: The Schutz Tae Kwon Do Academy of Alexandria hosted the Tae Kwon Do Championships at the Discovery Middle School. The tournament was hosted by Master Kevin Schutz and approximately 200 competitors competed in events including patterns, weapons pattern, breaking and sparring.

Just for fun - Reigning over the 1963 Brandon 4-H Achievement Day were King Lydon Sletto of the Moe club and Queen Helen Hokanson of the Urness club. Style Queen for the dress review was Barbara Kloehn while first attendant was Helen Hokanson and second was Judy Zimmerman. Apron Queen was Judy Burkey while Eileen Schiele and Bonnie Scholten were the attendants. Champion Demonstrator for 13 and older was Gayle Muhr.

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.