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Old News: Very Early Media Coverage of the GOP Candidates
Every week, I used to wander into the New York Times archives to find the first time the paper covered various topics (like The Walkman). In honor of tonight's Iowa Caucus, we're bringing back "The First Time News Was Fit to Print." Here are the first times The Times mentioned each of the remaining GOP candidates. Mitt Romney February 28, 1960 A Maverick Starts a New 'Crusade' George Romney feels that he has pat across the compact car. Now he is turning his missionary fervor to a campaign to reshape... READ ON
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10 Headlines from 9/11/01
We spent the summer of 2001 chastising Gary Condit, mourning Mr. Belvedere, and pardoning Microsoft. But on the second Tuesday of September, a mere twenty months after widespread wisecracks about the world ending on Y2K, it felt like the world did. I've been reading through the online archives of The New York Times from September 11, 2001, to see what was in the news the morning of the attacks. Here are some of the headlines: 1. Taliban Suicide Bombers Target Deposed Afghan Leaders "If the would-be... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit to Print: Disneyland, Search Engines & Texlahoma
Welcome to another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, the semi-regular feature where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various subjects. If you have a suggestion for a future installment, leave a comment. Disneyland May 2, 1954 Land of Fantasia Is Rising on Coast A cost estimate of $9,000,000 for the building of Disneyland was made today with the announcement that a 160-acre site had been selected for the ambitious amusement... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit to Print: Michael Jackson
Every now and again, we head into the archives of The New York Times to find the first time the paper covered a particular topic. With the media offering non-stop coverage of his memorial service today, let's look back at what the Times had to say about Michael Jackson when he was just getting started: Michael Jackson April 25, 1973 The Jackson Five, black and from Detroit, were the pioneers, and their weeny-bopper attraction is Michael, now aged 14, who at this year's Academy Award ceremonies sang... READ ON
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The Walkman Turns 30
I just heard that the Sony Walkman turns 30 this week. To celebrate, let's revisit the first time The New York Times gave it a mention, in an article titled "Stereo-to-Go "“ and Only You Can Hear": "Josh Lansing and the young blonde woman had never even met before, but as they passed each other on Madison Avenue the other afternoon, she waved and smiled and he tipped his headphones in salute....What the two well-dressed strangers first noticed about each other was that they were both possessors... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit To Print
It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, the semi-regular feature where we travel into the archives of The New York Times to find the first time the paper covered various subjects. If you have a suggestion for a future installment, leave a comment. Hubble Telescope January 3, 1989 Delayed NASA Missions Prepare for Takeoff In December the long-awaited Hubble Space Telescope is scheduled to be lofted into Earth orbit from a shuttle, giving astronomers not only a clearer... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit To Print
It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, the semi-regular feature where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various subjects. If you have a suggestion for a future installment, leave a comment. Chat Rooms June 20, 1993 Tomorrow's TV: Will They Sit By The Set, Or Ride A Data Highway? "It surprised us," said Stephen M. Case, the company's president, "to discover that our subscribers don't look to America Online... READ ON
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Clay Shirky on Newspapers: How the Unthinkable Happened
Clay Shirky is an adjunct professor of New Media at NYU. He writes about technology (okay, pretty much just the internet) and its effects on relationships and culture. Recently he posted a brilliant essay called Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable, about what happened to newspapers in the 90s, how they saw the internet coming (and what it meant for the newspaper's business model), and what happened to those pragmatists who observed what was happening. In short, Shirky explains "the unthinkable... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Conan, Laptops & Credit Default Swaps
It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various subjects. If you have a suggestion for a future installment, leave a comment. Automated Teller Machines October 9, 1975 Methods of Future Displayed Here; Exhibit Portends More Automation for Banking Bankers are moving with all deliberate speed into the age of automation and electronics, if the exhibition accompanying the... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Best of 2008
Every now and again, I head into the online archives of The New York Times and dig up the first time the paper covered various topics. Here are 16 first mentions worth mentioning (again), from Princess Di to Archie Bunker, U2 to YouTube. If you've got a topic you'd like to see here, leave me a comment. Happy New Year! Diana Spencer December 15, 1980 For 'Hounding' a Friend of Charles, Press Is Chided The latest round of feverish speculation about Prince Charles's marriage prospects has touched off a... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit To Print: GM, Cell Phones, The BCS & More
It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, where we head into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered a particular subject. If you have a suggestion for a future installment, leave a comment. Here's what we dug up this week: General Motors December 28, 1908 General Motors Co. Start Rumor Anew The announcement last week of the formation, as a New Jersey corporation, of the General Motors Company, supposed to be the much-talked-of holding... READ ON
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The First Time News Was Fit To Print
It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, where we head into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered a particular subject. If you have a suggestion for a future installment, leave a comment. Here's what we dug up this week: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade November 26, 1924 Santa to Lead a Parade: Will Be Accompanied by Toyland Notables Santa Claus, accompanied by several bands and a circus contingent made up of professionals and employees... READ ON
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The Conservatives Hated Bush (and 7 Other Reactions to VP Choices)
Senator Obama is likely to name his running mate this week, possibly as early as tomorrow morning. So we went back into the archives of The New York Times to see the initial reaction to past VP announcements. Here's how the press covered the nominations of Vice Presidents Roosevelt, Cheney, Gore, Quayle, Bush, Agnew, Johnson and Nixon. George Bush—Ronald Reagan's VP July 18, 1980 Conservatives First Recoil, Then Line Up Behind Bush Finally, after 16 years, the conservatives thought they had... READ ON
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Early Media Coverage of U2 ('81), the Williams Sisters ('90) & Jesse Helms ('66)
Every so often, we dig up the first time The New York Times covered various subjects. (Just in case you were curious.) This week's installment looks at Venus & Serena Williams, U2, A-Rod and more—plus a few first mentions we've already mentioned, including John McCain, Barack Obama and Friends. Venus & Serena Williams July 3, 1990 Status: Undefeated. Future: Rosy. Age: 10 Venus Williams, who lives in Compton, turned 10 on June 17. She is ranked No. 1 in the girls' 10-and-under in Southern... READ ON
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Early Press Clippings of Archie Bunker, Paternity Leave & Tim Russert
Let's go back into the archives of The New York Times to find the first time the paper covered various topics. This edition features early critical disdain for Archie Bunker, the first story about Sirhan Sirhan and a few Tim Russert mentions. Archie Bunker January 12, 1971 Are Racism and Bigotry Funny? CBS 'Family' Series May Shock Some Tonight the Columbia Broadcasting System Television Network will find out if Americans think bigotry and racism, as the prime elements of a situation comedy, are... READ ON
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Early Media Coverage of the Hummer, ESPN and Dave Matthews
Every Monday, we travel into the archives of The New York Times to find the first time the paper covered various topics. This edition features the humble origins of ESPN, early praise of Dave Matthews, and more. Hummer March 27, 1983 Military to Replace Jeep With Bigger Vehicle The jeep, the military's workhorse of World War II, is about to be replaced. Its successor, to be called a Hummer, will be a larger vehicle designed to keep pace with today's modern military. As is typical with the military,... READ ON

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