Welcome to November in the Zenith City, the month in which one of Duluth’s most beloved citizens and civic leaders, Samuel Frisby Snively, was born and died. Snively expert Mark Ryan’s feature story this month introduces us to selfless Snively, known as Duluth’s “Grand Old Dad.” As the month unfolds, David Ouse remembers a forgotten Duluthian who’s no longer alive, but whose voice is still with us: Don LaFontaine, the creator of the movie trailer intro line “In a world where…,” and Heidi Bakk-Hansen reveals the woman behind the naming of Lillian Street. After that Nancy Nelson takes us back to the establishment of the West End’s Lincoln Park while West End native Jim Heffernan explains that the “Denfeld Boy” was really just a “Denfeld Slug.” Sports writer Anthony Bush’s first regular column runs this month, a great piece on Duluth’s first professional ball team, 1886 league champs the Duluth Jayhawks. Near the end of the month Maryanne Norton digs into the fate of the B-29 bomber “City of Duluth,” and I will rite about a lost landmark built to serve Duluth’s downtrodden. Next month’s feature story will remind readers that Garfield Avenue was once home to a residential neighborhood that had its start as “Swede Town.”
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