A Look Back: April 18

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Published: 4/18/2022 7:01:34 AM

Modified: 4/18/2022 7:00:16 AM

50 Years Ago

■Saturday was an important day for Mrs. Anna M. Murphy and more than 55 friends and relatives as she reached her 105th birthday. Mrs. Murphy resided at 43 Straw Ave. for many years prior to becoming a patient at the Hampshire County Hospital in Leeds. She has a son, F. Stephen Murphy, who runs a furniture business in Florence.

■Stephen Muskie, 22-year-old son of Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie, will be in Northampton campaigning on behalf of his father tomorrow. Young Muskie will arrive at City Hall about 1 p.m. where he will be met by Mayor Sean M. Dunphy, Hampshire County coordinator for Muskie. He will stop in at radio station WHMP and at the Gazette office.

25 Years Ago

■The Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts spent too much of a federal AIDS grant on administration and too little on care for people infected with HIV, according to an evaluation by the federal agency which oversees the program. Consequently, the agency has been ordered to submit a corrective plan for the HIV Early Intervention Program.

■By an overwhelming margin, the Faculty Senate at the University of Massachusetts voted yesterday not to have the university try to make a jump to Division I-A football, with members citing enormous start-up costs, uncertainty over future financial returns, and a backlog of deferred maintenance on campus.

10 Years Ago

■Richard Michelson, an acclaimed children’s author and the owner of R. Michelson Galleries on Main Street, has been named Northampton’s new poet laureate. The Northampton Arts Council named Michelson, who lives in Amherst, to the position for 2012-14, noting that he’s long been an advocate for all the arts.

■Friends and family of the late author Anna Kirwan remembered her this week as a passionate, wise and caring woman who could see the world through a child’s eyes — a gift that no doubt helped her to write beloved children’s books. Kirwan was 63 when she died April 8, after a two-year battle with kidney cancer.

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