People, Jul. 1, 1940

For the first time in Fairbanks, Alaska's history, and to a mixed chorus of sourdough howls and cheers, a half-Eskimo local girl, Minnie Motschman, 20, was voted "Miss Alaska" 1940. A clerk in a Fairbanks woman's wear store, ebon-haired Miss Motschman got a free trip to Washington. Commented a local liberal: "The most progressive move in Alaska since Soapy Smith— was plugged." Quitting his Vatican observatory after an evening of star gazing, absent-minded Professor Father John Stein forgot to switch off the lights, left them blazing like a beacon over blacked-out Rome. Summoned by a flood of protests, Vatican City firemen...

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