A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Al Capp, satirist and creator of “Li’l Abner,” will open this year’s “Challenge” lecture series tomorrow night in John M. Greene Hall. “Challenge” is a program organized by Smith College students to explore problems of concern.
∎ The gas war continues here. Last Friday, a new station began selling wholesale gas at 22.9 cents per gallon for regular and 25.9 cents for premium. Other service stations immediately lowered prices, and the war was on. Prices range from 23.9 cents for regular to 27.9 cents for premium gas, a decrease of from one to five cents a gallon.
25 Years Ago
∎ The executive director of the AIDS organization in Western Massachusetts says much of the recent optimistic news about AIDS is false: The epidemic is actually worse than expected. “Considerably more people are getting sick than we anticipated,” said Robert C. Abel, head of Westfield’s Dignilife office.
∎ The new chief financial officer at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital said today that better financial systems such as accounting and collecting debts and paying bills are her top priority. Deborah Anderst of Reading, Pa., starts work at the hospital Oct. 10. Her appointment was announced Friday.
10 Years Ago
∎ Chancellor John V. Lombardi told the Faculty Senate Thursday that he wants to increase the number of students at the University of Massachusetts by at least 1,000, using tuition from out-of-state students to pay for growth of the Amherst campus.
∎ Customers of 113 post offices across western Massachusetts, including 14 in Hampshire County, will see public hours reduced in response to a decline in mail deliveries due to the effect of e-mail, according to postal officials.