100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 6, 1913
Despite the snow that is falling heavily west of the mountains, the railroads report conditions are about normal. The trains are coming in at as good time as could be expected and the lines are open, with the exception of the Great Northern, which is using the Northern Pacific tracks across the mountains. It is not thought the Great Northern line will be open before tomorrow.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 6, 1963
A couple of Tacoma brothers came up with a new one yesterday – new at least, they believe, to the Northwest. The Watkins brothers, Don, 33, and Ken, 27, spent yesterday taking turns flying over the southeast section of Salishan without the benefit of airplane or glider. It was the final shake-down test of their newly completed para-kite. Their para-kite is a specially designed parachute which enables a man to reach lofty heights behind a tow rope attached to a pickup truck. The take-off is similar to water-skiing, but from dry land. When the tow rope is taut, the truck takes off at an even speed. The para-kiter runs along with the other end of the tow rope attached to his parachute harness.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 6, 1988
Richard Greco, the former Pierce County auditor convicted of bribery and misconduct, would serve more than five years in prison and pay a $91,000 fine if a judge accepts a prosecutor’s recommendation. A pre-sentence report prepared by a state corrections department official, meanwhile, calls for a lighter sentence of 60 days in jail and 30 days of community service but a heavier fine of $181,000. The recommendations will be presented to King County Superior Court Judge Anthony B. Wartnik, who will sentence Greco Jan. 14. Greco, a popular but controversial figure who served 17 years as auditor, was convicted of those charges in November.