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Editor’s Notebook: If you were woman (in ’39), please do not roar

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Here’s one from the local-history file, taking the wayback machine to the Northern Virginia Sun edition of this week in 1939.

According to the paper, the Arlington County Women’s Democratic Club had called on the Arlington County Democratic Committee to provide equal representation among the sexes on the Democratic Committee’s various committees.

After some review of the matter, the answer was “no.” How frightfully rude!

Ah well, all worked out in the end. Took a while, though.


BOMBS AWAY! Also from the history file, we head back to this week in 1962.

For local residents who thought the best way to deal with a potential nuclear holocaust was to try and ride it out in a bomb shelter, the Sun had good news. Arlington was set to have enough fallout-shelter space to accommodate 40,000 county residents by the end of the year, “with future plans calling for enough space for all county residents.”

I’m pretty sure that, were I alive back then and if push came to shove between the godless commies of the USSR and the right-thinking Amurricans of the U.S. of A., I’d pretty much hang out above ground and take my lumps once the missiles started flying. Would anyone really want to live through that in a bunker and then have to deal with a post-apocalyptic world?

Plus, who would want to miss out on the wildest fireworks show of all time?

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: One more from the history file, this one from the 2/8/1988 edition of the Sun.

The advice columnist “Ask Beth” (who remembers that column? I do!) was asked by a 16-year-old girl if it was OK to be dating a 14-year-old boy.

Pretty sure the 14-year-old boy was just fine with it 🙂 but Beth gave a cautious answer. “It depends on the circumstances,” was her response.

– Scott McCaffrey

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