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Sand Rock's own Kay Lawrence

Kay Lawrence, a Sand Rock native who parlayed a swimming scholarship into a bachelorette's degree in marine biology at the University of Arizona, has been studying for her master's degree for the last year at California University.

She is now on her way to Brazil, as chief research assistant to Mr. Mark Williams, head of the Marine Biology Institute, which is funded by California University. They will be conducting research in the coastal city of Manaos.

Congratulations, Kay Lawrence!

The United States and Yugoslavia Greet New Leaders

Marshal Tito Succeeds Ivan Ribar
On January 13, Yugoslavia established that the "Law on Self-management" would be the basis of the entire social order in Yugoslavia, continuing Yugoslavia's trend of "independent socialism."

On January 14, Marshal Josip Broz (Tito), succeeded Ivan Ribar as the President of Yugoslavia. (Broz has been called Tito since about 1934, but sources vary on how he acquired the nickname.)

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Marshal Tito in 1942
Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes 34th President

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Dwight Eisenhower takes the oath of office. Former President Truman
on far left. New Vice President, Richard M. Nixon on far right.

On January 20, our country's 34th president took office. Chief Justice Fred Vinson administered the oath of office to the new President.

Eisenhower, who defeated Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson to win the Republican party's nomination last year, is the first career soldier since Ulysses S. Grant to be elected President.

Eisenhower was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, served as Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and had operational command of NATO forces in Europe before he retired from active service on May 31, 1952. He then entered politics. His memoirs, Crusade in Europe were published in 1948. He has also served as president of Columbia University from 1948.


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President Truman

Harry S Truman became President after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. It was Truman who chose to bring a rapid end to the World War by ordering the detonation of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Our atomic research continued after the end of the war, and on January 7 of this year Truman announced that we had developed the hydrogen bomb, which is much more powerful than the ones used on Japan.

The Sand Rock Sentinel has obtained information that a secret panel met in Washington, DC on January 14 to investigate last year's rash of Unidentified Flying Object sightings around that city. We have obtained the names of the member of the panel, led by Howard Percy Robertson, a physicist, a CIA employee and director of the Defense Department Weapons Evaluation Group.

The panel members:
Louis Alvarez - physicist
Frederick C. Durant - missile expert
Samuel A. Goudsmit - Brookhaven National Laboratories physicist
Thornton Page - astrophysicist, deputy director of Johns Hopkins' Operations Research Office.
Lloyd Berkner - physicist
J. Allen Hynek - astronomer

We are told that the panel met over the course of four days in order to discuss those UFO sightings, and came to the conclusion that they could all be explained by natural means.

The Sand Rock Sentinel will continue to keep an eye on this story.

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Howard Robertson

January brings an important new play on Broadway and the death of a music icon
New Arthur Miller play on Broadway

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Although this play was savaged by its critics in its Broadway debut on January 22, we at The Sand Rock Sentinel believe that it will stand the test of time. It is, ostensibly, based on the events surrounding the 1692 witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts.

Hank Williams dies

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The troubled singer Hank Williams died on January 1 at the age of 30, from an abuse of alcohol and other drugs. His ex-wife is pregnant with his child, but more than that his legacy of music will surely live on for a long time to come.


Among new arrivals in Sand Rock is astronomer John Putnam, who has taken the old Campbell place on the edge of town.

Our local playwright, Frank Daylon, has written a new play which will be produced by the Bradbury Community Theater. It's the touching story of the travails of a lineman for the county. Frank has drawn on his twenty years of experience as a lineman to create this fine work. Don't miss it!

The Sand Rock high school football team carried away all honors at the recent championship game. There's no beating Sand Rock high for athletics or educational excellence.

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