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July 22, 1958: Nation wakes up to the Aquatennial

Posted by: Ben Welter under Minnesota History, Minnesota newsmakers Updated: July 19, 2011 - 11:18 PM

 

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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