Dave Garroway, Helen O’Connell and the rest of NBC’s "Today" crew had to get up pretty early in the morning to broadcast the show live from the east side of Lake Calhoun. Among the guests that day were football legend Bronko Nagurski of International Falls and concertina legend Christy Hengel of New Ulm. The lake was abuzz with sailboats at that hour (7:02 a.m., judging by Garroway’s watch), but the lakefront itself was empty. The sign-waving crowds that swarm the “Today” set now were unknown back then. Or maybe Minneapolitans worn out by Aquatennial events decided to sleep in.
Here's a portion of the original Minneapolis Star caption published on July 22, 1958:
Dave Garroway was up with the chiggers on Lake Calhoun this morning. So were a lot of other people. These erstwhile slugabeds were out before sun-up to see “Today” – live and in person – from a point just south of the 32nd street beach on E. Lake Calhoun Blvd. Garroway looked healthy. Minnesota’s Bronko Nagurski, a guest on the TV show, looked healthier. Singer Helen O’Connell [above, with Garroway], curlers in her blonde hair, looked sleepy-eyed and pretty. Newsman Frank Blair was as dapper as if he were on New York’s E. 49th street. And Jack Lescoulie was grinning cheerfully – even without breakfast.
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Daniel Hoyt telephoned City Clerk Knott yesterday that he had shot a coyote "at 30 rods" from his house, 395 Twenty-third avenue southeast, and that he would appear soon at the city hall to claim a bounty of $7.50.
Before Fixit, there was Mr. Fixit, a quirky amalgam of Dear Abby, Google and T.D. Mischke. He deftly answered questions about food stains, home repair and city ordinances. But he also offered advice to the lovelorn and offbeat philosophical musings. And if you had a question of an extremely personal nature, he'd send you a response by mail, provided you sent him a stamped, self-addressed envelope. An interactive feature of the first order!
Thanks to Prohibition, criminal gangs plagued the Twin Cities in the 1920s and '30s. A corrupt St. Paul Police Department provided safe haven to gangsters and crooks of the era, as long as they agreed to stay out of trouble while in the city. The task of keeping the bad boys in line fell to "Dapper Dan" Hogan, a speakeasy owner and underworld leader. On December 4, 1928, Hogan, "whose word was known to be law among many criminals," was killed by a car bomb in the garage behind his St. Paul home. Rival gangsters were the likely culprits, but his murder was never officially solved.
"Women of the flats stood guard over their thresholds while police attempted to eject them for failure to pay rent on the grounds on which the dwellings stand. A near-riot was halted when a second court order was served on police, ordering a stay of the ejections."
"The designs this year," said a dealer in speaking of the trade, "are if anything, prettier than ever; everything runs to flowers, the old style of paper lace with bleeding hearts and dagger accompaniments have almost gone out of date. Some of the more elaborate like this one (holding up a magnificent design of plush) come us high as $20, but a girl has got to be pretty solid to receive as costly a token as this."