Saipan — Worried about your island and/or nation’s state of affairs? Read the news from other islands and/or nations. Do you tend to glorify the past? Get re-acquainted with it.
On March 16, 1972, Marianas Variety’s first weekly issue was published. Its 10 pages were mimeographed (yes, you may Google it), and sold for 5 cents (equivalent today to 30 cents). On the front-page was the banner story, “Prices Going Up,” an editorial introducing Variety as the “people’s newspaper,” and a cartoon about littering and a cleanup conducted on Managaha — “reportedly the site of some x-rated Japanese movie-making.”
In other news:
A Susupe home was burglarized, resulting in the loss of $1,094 (over $6,600 today) worth of belongings.
Newly installed lighting at Kobler Field (the island’s airport) was “maliciously destroyed.”
A San Jose resident said “an unknown person had stolen a quantity of betel nut from his farm.”
In Chalan Kanoa, a resident said his red rooster was stolen, and that the same rooster had lost in a cockfight.
Police also received a number of reports regarding stray cattle near the Kagman Communications station and on Capital Hill, near the HiCom’s house. “Owners of these animals are requested to keep their stock away from these areas.” HiCom refers to the high commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands which was administered by the U.S. and had six districts: Marianas, Marshalls, Palau, Ponape (Pohnpei), Truk (Chuuk) and Yap. The TT capital was Saipan, and in 1972 the HiCom was a Nixon appointee, Edward E. Johnston, who served as secretary of the Hawaii Territory under President Eisenhower.
In the same issue, an op-ed piece from a local resident expressed concern about a proposal to build hotels on Micro Beach in Garapan. “I wish we stop now for the sake of our children’s children and look at what we have done for the sake