100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 20, 1913
Jim Corbett, former heavyweight champion of the ring, and one of the most popular fellows who ever gained fame with the gloves, arrived in Tacoma this morning to fill a week’s engagement at the Empress theater. “Say, these refreshing breezes from this fine Puget Sound country have made me feel better than I have in months,” was one of the first remarks Jim pulled off. “That operation I had for appendicitis put me back some but I am getting around all right and will soon be myself again.” Corbett looks as well as when he was with us some two or three years ago.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 20, 1963
Promises, promises and more promises. That’s what Tacomans have heard for years now about renovation of the city’s biggest hotel, The Winthrop. But William A. Hamman, the 31-year-old businessman who took over management of the 250-room hotel at Ninth and Broadway on Dec. 1, has already started carrying out his pledges. He announced a contract for complete remodeling of the hallways on the five top floors of the hotel at a cost of $40,000. The work is to be completed in 30 days, if no delay occurs in delivery of materials.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 20, 1988
No matter how hard you look, you won’t find it anywhere in the resolution approving the new plan for higher education in the state. But between the lines, say key legislators, it’s there: “The University of Washington at Tacoma.” Democratic Reps. Dan Grimm of Puyallup and Brian Ebersole of Tacoma have been lobbying colleagues to support spending up to $500,000 this spring to study the idea. They’ve also buttonholed Tacoma community leaders to spur the formation of what Grimm calls “an informal board of regents” to shape the project and work with the UW administration.