Cap News Throwback Thursday: 1968

After 86 years of service, we wanted to utilize our amazing treasure trove of Kelowna history and share it with you

Over the last 86 years the Kelowna Capital News has served the Central Okanagan – and over the last 86 years it has printed a whole lot of papers. A conservative estimate puts it at around 8,000 editions.

Each Thursday we will present Cap News Throwback Thursday at kelownacapnews.com for a fun little peek into the past, and we will re-visit those editions here in print on Fridays.

Today we present the Kelowna Capital News – Wednesday June 12, 1968 edition.

The first small article that catches your eye in the 1968 edition is lake levels.

Speaking in imperial terms, and using the measurement system of the day, the two-line piece notes that Okanagan Lake had reached 102.02 feet and was fast approaching the maximum level of 102.50 feet.

Converting to today’s measurements (above sea level), the lake hit its peak in 1968 on July 4 of 342.437 metres.

In comparison, the lake has far surpassed that number this year.

As of June 8, 2017, Okanagan Lake sat at 343.249 metres. The new predicted maximum is 343.5 metres.

The big news of the day was that Premier Bennett was in town to cut the ribbon of the new Kelowna and District Credit Union. The credit union was setting up shop in a new $325,000 building.

Just a few days earlier some internationally historic news hit national papers. On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded while leaving the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles.

On the big screen: Guess who’s coming to dinner, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn. A rare film of its time, it showed a positive representation of then controversial subject of interracial marriage. The film won two Academy Awards. Also on the Paramount screen, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in Reflections in a Golden Eye. The ad tells movie goers to leave the kids at home as it deals with elements of repressed sexuality, both homosexual and heterosexual, as well as voyeurism and murder.

Fun fact: Similar to today, Fathers’ Day ads covered the paper and encouraged sons and daughters to get their dads Black & Decker Drills, Skil Saws and Coleman Stoves – not a lot has changed.

You can check out our previous throwbacks here: 1936, 1960, 1941, 1985, 1962,1983, 1994, 1971, 1940, 1968, 1992, 1978, 1985, 2003, 1940 and 1977.

The Capital News is now owned by Black Press Community Media. Founded in 1975, Black Press now publishes more than 170 titles in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington state, Hawaii, Ohio and California.

Do you have an important date or piece of history you hope we can find in our historical editions?! Let us know at okanagan@bpdigital.ca.


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