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On the usefulness of newspaper clippings

Posted on September 10, 2021

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Another page covering the unknown man found dead in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise screenshot

Another page covering the unknown man found dead in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

A screenshot of the Lee County medical examiner in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise screenshot

A screenshot of the Lee County medical examiner in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Full front page of The Sanford Herald on Sept. 14, 1986. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise screenshot

Full front page of The Sanford Herald on Sept. 14, 1986. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Another page covering the unknown man found dead in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise screenshot

Another page covering the unknown man found dead in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

A screenshot of the Lee County medical examiner in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise screenshot

A screenshot of the Lee County medical examiner in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

A screenshot of the Lee County medical examiner in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.
Full front page of The Sanford Herald on Sept. 14, 1986. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.
Another page covering the unknown man found dead in 1981. The Sanford Herald gave me permission to use these images.

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person in the world who still looks at microfilm. 

Most public libraries have years and years of local newspapers on file.

The internet is great, but contrary to what most people think, a lot of material once available is now lost in cyberspace.

Most newspapers for which I have worked switched servers at some point dumping all previous material.

Considering that at daily papers I wrote at least 365 stories a year, often many more, that's a lot of work taken offline.

So I've used microfilm to "recover" some of my more important work.

And more often I've used microfilm to dig up old stories. 

Things that were readily known decades ago have been lost to time and sometimes old news articles are the only way to dredge up the past.

Attached are screenshots from The Sanford Herald about a body found there a long time ago detailed in the story you can read here.

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