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The Kenneth Arnold sighting, June 24, 1947:

In the Press of that time:

This part of my file about Kenneth Arnold's observation on June 24, 1947, in the USA, groups the articles that I manage to find in the Press of the time on this matter. These are the first Press articles on the "modern" phenomenon of the "flying saucers" or "flying disks".

Note: to check my collection of news clipping about flying saucers or UFOs in general, visit my Press section.

Note 2: Extent of newspapers reporting of the Kenneth Arnold sighting: it is impossible to me to reproduce all the newspaper articles that covered the Kenneth Arnold sighting. Just in the state of California, about 1000 newspapers published about it. Of course, most articles were the same articles from the Associated Press, with different headlines, and sometimes omissions or addiional information. The list below, thus, is just a sampler, in which I tried to include the largest number of different articles.

To read the articles listed below, click on the newspapers names:


June 25, 1947:

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The Gazette-Times Corvallis, Oregon, USA "'Mystery airplanes' seen near Mt. Rainier".
The East Oregonian Pendleton, Oregon, USA "Impossible! Maybe, But Seein' Is Believin', Says Flier".
The Duluth News-Tribune Duluth, Minnesota, USA "'Flying saucers,' up in air 10,000 ft puzzle pilot", Kenneth Arnold's sighting.


June 26, 1947:

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The La Grande Observer LaGrande, Oregon, USA "Pilot sees planes from other world".
The Herald and News Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA "Strange flying objects pose mystery for pilots".
The Statesman Journal Salem, Oregon, USA "Mystery missiles reported over cascades".
The Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois, USA "Sees mystery aerial 'Train' 5 miles long".
The Eugene Guard Eugene, Oregon, USA "Pilot says 'objects' flying at 1200 mph - Local man asserts flight seen here".
The Plain Speaker Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA "Discredit air mystery yarn".
The Bradford Era Bradford, Pennsylvania, USA "Nine Fast-Flying Objects Sighted By Pilot in Oregon".
The Sacramento Bee Sacramento, California, USA "Pilot reports seing mystery aircraft over coast range Pendleton".
The Danville Bee Danville, Virginia, USA "Reports nine mysterious objects in sky".
The Daily Capital Journal Salem, Oregon, USA "Doubt tale of mystery flight".
The Lansing State-Journal Lansing, Michigan, USA "Reports mysterious objets over Pacific northwest".
The Lubbock Evening Journal Lubbock, Texas, USA "Nine strange planes, flying at estimated speed of 1,200 miles an hour, said sighted".
The Harrisburg Telegraph Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, USA "Army doubts story of flight at 1200 mph".
The Times Herald Port Huron, Michigan, USA "Spots before his eyes - Air experts doubt flyer saw mysterious aircraft".
The Daily Times-News Burlington, North Carolina, USA "Army experts skeptical on 'whiz planes'".
The Dayton Daily News Dayton, Ohio, USA "Fast 'flying pie-pans' stump army CAA men".
The Star-Tribune Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA "Nine 'saucers' whiz by pilot at 1,200 mph".
The Des Moines Register Des Moines, Iowa, USA "Pilot startled by mystery missiles".
The Hartford Times Hartford, Connecticut, USA "'Flying pies' stir skepticism".
The Montreal Gazette Montreal, Quebec, Canada "Pilot sees 'saucer-like objects' flying at 1,200 m.p.h. in Oregon"
The Altoona Tribune Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA "Flier Reports Mysterious Speeding 'Saucers'"
The Neosho Daily News Neosho, Missouri, USA "Pilot claims nine mystery planes fly 1200 miles an hour"
The Lawton Constitution Lawton, Oklahoma, USA "Strange flying object also is seen over Oklahoma City".
The Abilene News-Reporter Abilene, Texas, USA "Pilot says he clocked strange planes at 1,200 miles an hour"
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Pilot tells of seeing saucerlike objects flying at 1200 m.p.h.".
The Muncie Evening Press Muncie, Indiana, USA "Mysterious flying objects reported sighted"
The Palladium Item Richmond, Indiana, USA "Army skeptical about reported objects flying at 1,200 mph"
The Rushville Republican Rushville, Indiana, USA "Army and CAA skeptical of report about mysterious flying objects"
The Oakland Tribune Oakland, California, USA "Experts scoff at airman's tale of 'flying saucers'".
The News Review Rosebug, Oregon, USA "Mysterious objects seen by private flyer whizzing over Cascades draw skepticism".
Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA "Strange Things Seen Flying High, 1200 Miles an Hour by U. S. Pilot".
The Medford Mail-Tribune Medford, Oregon, USA "Amateur aviator reports seeing 'saucer' planes".
The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona, USA "Pilot reports weird objects".
The Daily Press Newsport News, Virginia, USA "Saw mysterious objects flying at 1200 m.p.h.".
Moberly Monitor Moberly, Missouri, USA "Mysterious objects whizzing over U.S.? Officials skeptical".
Post-Standard Syracuse, New York, USA "Pilot reports weird objects".
Press and Sun Bulletin Binghamtonn, New York, USA "Mystery objects whiz through air".
Joplin Globe Joplin, Missouri, USA "Mysterious objects sighted over Oregon".
The Chillicothe Constitution Chillicothe, Missouri, USA "Increditable Speed By Saucer-Like Objects Reported In Oregon".
The Hayward Daily Review Hayward, California, USA "Man reports 'saucer-shape plane' flight".
The Chicago Sun Chicago, Illinois, USA "Supersonic flying saucers sighted by Idaho pilot".


June 27, 1947:

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La Grande Observer La Grande, Oregon, USA "Pilot who spotted 'flying saucers' gets tired of commotion caused by story".
The Eugene Guard Eugene, Oregon, USA "Interest in 'flying discs' mystery mounts".
The Albany Democrat-Herald Albany, Oregon, USA "Furor over mystery missiles increases".
The Daily Herald Provo, Utah, USA "'Flying saucers' mystery story gets complicated".
St. Louis Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri, USA "Whole thing has gotten out of hand, he says - No peace since he told it".
The Medford Mail-Tribune Medford, Oregon, USA "Report of 'flying saucers' causes furor; Texas preacher calls flock for world's end".
The Albuquerque Journal Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA "Flying saucer mystery deepens as eyewitness descriptions increase".
The Statesman-Journal Salem, Oregon, USA "'Flying discs' sighted at Salem, Eugene, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc.".
The Press Democrat Santa Rosa, California, USA "'Buck Rogers' flight stirs conjecture".
The Tennessean Nashville, Tennessee, USA "Reports support 'flying saucer' story, but skeptics have plenty of explanations - 'Out of this planet', experts say.".
The Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Missile mystery deepens; Oregon photo shows 'flying objects' in air".
The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach, Florida, USA "Reports of 'disc-like' objects brings arguments for, against".
The Courrier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky, USA "Reports of flying disks spread through west".
The Daily News-Record Miami, Florida, USA "Pilot still puzzled by aerial objects".
The Oregon Journal Portland, Oregon, USA "Arnold insists tale of flying objects O.K.".
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Folks elsewhere in U.S. tell of flying 'whatsits,' but others still doubt"
Chicago Tribune Chicago, Illinois, USA "2 others tell of mysterious 'aerial train'".
The Democrat and Chronicle Rochester, New York, USA "Pilot tells of missiles seen in sky"
Dunkirk Evening Observer Dunkirk, New York, USA "Pilot sees strange 1200 m.p.h. planes, military is silent"
Munster Times Munster, Indiana, USA "Pilot who saw mystery planes 'mirage victim'"
Tipton Daily Tribune Tipton, Indiana, USA "Report of swishing 'aircraft' doubted"
The Lead Daily Call Lead, South Dakota, USA "Military authorities have no comment on story of amateur"
The Muncie Evening News Muncie, Indiana, USA "Fast-flying discs in sky also seen by rail engineer"
Santa Rosa Press Democrat Santa Rosa, California, USA "Others confirm sky mystery".


June 28, 1947:

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The Green Bay Press-Gazette Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA "Officer's story of jet planes conflicts with other observers".
The Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis, Oregon, USA "Group of 'bright objects' reported seen over Corvallis on day of first flying disc report".
The San Mateo Times San Mateo, California, USA "More witnesses of 'flying discs'".
The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona, USA "Mysterious air objects cause widespread comments".
The Idaho Statesman Boise, Idaho, USA "Harassed saucer-sighter would like to escape fuss".
The Daily Citzen Tucson, Arizona, USA "Flying disc tale stands".
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "'Flying disks' could be just jet airplanes"
The Herald and News Klammath Falls, Oregon, USA "Discs may be jet exhaust".
The Logansport Pharos Tribune Logansport, Indiana, USA "Mysterious flying objects seen in many parts of U.S."
The Sheboygan Press Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA "Skygazers still insist they saw 'flying saucers;' army skeptical"
Albany Democrat-Herald Albany, Oregon, USA "Rocket expert figures 'flying saucers' merely jet planes, but more witnesses tell of strange discs".
The Bend Bulletin Bend, Oregon, USA "'Flying Saucers' reportedly seen at many places across country; no explanation made".
Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake City, Utah, USA "Sky 'objects' seen en Utah".


June 29, 1947:

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The Daily World Opelousas, Louisiana, USA "Those flying saucers".
The Des Moines Register Des Moines, Iowa, USA "Pilot fussed; FBI won't check into flying saucers".
The Nevada State Journal Reno, Nevada, USA "Mystery 'discs' reported sighted speeding through sky over Illinois".
The Odessa American Odessa, Texas, USA "1200 MPH 'flying saucers' reported seen in northwest".
Sunday Herald/a> Provo, Utah, USA "Saw strange sight".
Arizona Republic/a> Phoenix, Arizona, USA "Disc spotter".
The Lawton Constitution Lawton, Oklahoma, USA "More reports of 'flying saucers' being received".


June 30, 1947:

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The News-Review Rosebug, Oregon, USA "'Flying saucers' mean world's end, preacher warns".
The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati, Ohio, USA "West coast folk see bright discs zipping 1,200 miles an hour - Guided missiles?".
The Herald-Tribune New York City, New York, USA "More flying discs reported in West".
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Flying discs reported seen in Vancouver"
Harrisburg Telegraph Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA "Opinions differ in mystery of 'flying saucers'"
Abilene Reporter-News Abilene, Texas, USA "Ho, hum! Here's more flying saucers; fact or fancy! Geez, we give it up!".
Star-Tribune Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA "'Disc' rumors mount".
Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Illinois, USA "'Flying saucer' controversy is continued; new witnesses report".
Gazette and Daily York, Pennslyvania, USA "Mystery missiles seen flying at 1,200 mph".
Herald and News Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA "Two Pendleton residents tell of mystery discs".
Dunkirk Evening Observer Dunkirk, New York, USA "Flying saucers were probably jet ships says rocket expert".
Press and Sun Bulletin Binghamton, New York, USA "More 'flying saucers' add to controversy".
The Ottawa Journal Ottawa, Canada, USA "Get new reports on 'flying saucers'".


July 1, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
La Grande Observer La Grande, Oregon, USA "This flying saucer said real article".
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Report on the progress of our military research"


July 2, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Herald and News Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA "Long-time pilot tells of seeing 10 flying saucers".
Arizona Daily Star Phoenix, Arizona, USA "Hardy Westerners stick to fast flying saucer stories".


July 3, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Daily Herald Provo, Utah, USA "Army Air Forces to investigate 'flying discs'".
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Flying whatzits reported seen in southland sky".
Post-Register/a> Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Army probes flying discs".
Daily Register Oelwein, Iowa, USA "'Flying saucers' seen again in West".
Daily Freeman Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA "Here they are again, those flying saucers; Lt. Gov. sees them".


July 4, 1947:

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The Clovis News-Journal Clovis, New Mexico, USA "'Flying Discs' facts vague AAF reports".
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "'Mystery disks' light beams, oberervers say".


July 5, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Oregonian Portland, Oregon, USA "View of 'flying saucers' over Ontario dumbfounds veteran pilot, other crew members of airliner".
The Oregonian Portland, Oregon, USA "View of 'flying saucers' over Ontario dumbfounds veteran pilot, other crew member of airliner".
The Journal and Courier Lafayette, Indiana, USA "Signals from Mars?".
The Palm Beach Post Palm Beach, California, USA "'Flying discs' get attention of Air Forces".
The Evening Times Cumberland, Maryland, USA "'Whirling discs' reported by air lines crew, others"
The News-Herald Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA "Reports pouring in of 'flying saucers;' scientists skeptical"
The Minneapolis Star Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA "'Flying Whizzits' Whizz All Over Country".
The Lincoln Star Lincoln, Nebraska, USA "'Flying saucer' mystery reaches fever pitch as veteran UAL pilots spot them in flight".
The Oregonian Portland, Oregon, USA "View of 'flying saucers' over Ontario dumbfounds veteran pilot, other crew member of airliner".


July 6, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Disks baffle science as reports pour in".
The Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Saucer like objects maneuver in air; Over West, reported larger than aircraft".
The Providence Journal Providence, Rhode Island, USA "Eight saucers land in Idaho".
The Greenville News Greenville, South Carolina, USA "More Reports On Pancake-Like Objects Sailing Through The Sky".
The Daily Eagle Brooklyn, New York, USA "Scientists Brand Flying Saucer Tales Merely Bad Case of Jitters"
The Medford Mail-Tribune Medford, Oregon, USA "'Flying saucer' mystery still lacks explanation".
The Miami News Miami, Florida, USA "Behavior experts thinks 'saucers' are phantasy"
The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA "Fred in his cups sees saucers".
The Nevada State Journal Reno, Nevada, USA "They could be navy planes; or perhaps stomach trouble".
Sunday Herald Provo, Utah, USA Arnold off on another flight.
The Miami Daily News Miami, Florida, USA "'Saucers' seen in Kansas area".


July 7, 1947:

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The Estherville Daily News Estherville, Iowa, USA "Flying saucers reported seen in 38 states".
The Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Pilot to photograph 'saucers'".
Standard-Examiner Ogden, Utah, USA "Montana has tangle with 'flying yo-yo' - Boise man started It"
Mauch Chunk Times-News Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, USA "Saw flying discs over Mt. Pisgah".
The Independent Record Helena, Montana, USA "Aerial search".
The Bakersfield Californian Bakersfield, California, USA "Many see "saucers," but not aerial patrol".
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin Honolulu, Hawaii, USA "Army planes to air in 'flying saucers' search".
The Oakland Tribune Oakland, California, USA "Switchboards loaded as 'saucer' reports pour in".
Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "More flying saucer reports add to mystery that has baffled nation".
The Baltimore Sun Baltimore, Maryland, USA "U. S. Planes Patrolling Skies For Disks".
The Estherville Daily News Estherville, Iowa, USA "Flying saucers reported seen in 38 states".


July 8, 1947:

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The Vidette Messenger Valparaiso, Indiana, USA "Sky mystery nothing new, public told".
The Daily Capital Journal Salem, Oregon, USA "'Flying discs' jag in America reels onward".
The Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis, Oregon, USA "Discs definitely not any army experiment".
The Herald and News Klamath Falls, Oregon "'Flying saucer' reports continue to pour in from States".
The Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA "Saucer hoax seen by Orson Welles".
Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee, Florida, USA "Dr Finner blames saucers on 'post-war nerves' or --."
The Columbian British Columbia, Canada 'Saucers' over Malardville, B. C.
The Daily Clintonian Abilene, Texas, USA "Pilot says he clocked strange planes at 1,200 miles an hour"
L'Aurore Paris, France "All America is looking into the sky"
Daily Courier Connellsville, Pennsylvania, USA "Flying saucers now reported from nearly all states, Canada, Mexico".
The Tennessean Nashville, Tennessee, USA "He Invented Flying Saucers, Chattanooga Man Asserts".
The Idaho Morning Tribune Lewiston, Idaho, USA "First day of find saucers assignment proves 'dud' for newspaperman-pilot".


July 9, 1947:

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The Albany Democrat-Herald Albany, Oregon, USA "Films may show disc in flight".
The Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis, Oregon, USA "Sighted flying discs".
The Tennessean Nashville, Tennessee, USA "'Flying saucer' flights seen by hundreds"


July 10, 1947:

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Tipton Daily Tribune Tipton, Indiana, USA "First person to report flying disc sticks to story"
The Lubock Morning-Avalanche Lubbock, Texas, USA "Idaho man claims disc cavorts in sky for 45 seconds"
Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA "Rebuke reputedly given by AAF to Roswell base for balloon sensation".
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Angeleno finds 'disk' smoking in flower bed".


July 11, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Albany Democrat-Herald Albany, Oregon, USA "Discs Disappear From Northwestern Skies".
The Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "No 'disc' on flier's film - Expert doubts camera could have caught object so far away".
Statesman Journal Salem, Oregon, USA "We hope they are ours"
The La Grande Observer La Grande, Oregon, USA "Flying saucer reports dropping off as public becoming more skeptical".


July 12, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The News-Herald Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA "Science at work".
The Cumberland Evening News Cumberland, Maryland, USA "Spinning saucer hoax is exposed"
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Silver and gold 'flying disk' puts Twin Falls in tail spin".
The British Columbian New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada "Says 'flying saucers' are pelicans".


July 13, 1947:

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Greenville News Greenville, South Carolina, USA "Don't worry about the flying saucers"
Nevada State Journal Reno, Nevada, USA "Official describes flying objects"
The Daily Press Newport News, Virginia, USA "Just illusion, maybe?"
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "They were 'flying hot cakes' when Tokyo saw hem in raid".


July 14, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Medford Mail-Tribune Medford, Oregon, USA "Trio describes flying saucers".
The Post-Dispatch St. Louis, Missouri, USA "Men from Mars again, this time in flying saucers".


July 19, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Oh, hum! Deputies join disk finders".


July 20, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Sedalia Democrat Sedalia, Missouri, USA "First man to see saucers is vindicated".
Caller-Times Corpus Christi, Texas, USA "First disk sighter now 'vindicated'".
Courier-Journal Louisville, Kentucky, USA "Flying disks may be just the first of a series of new aerial puzzles".
The Statesman Journal Salem, Oregon, USA "The explanations continue".


July 22, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "They still won't stop flying disks".
The Mexico Ledger Mexico, Missouri, USA "Flying disc is no myth to trained ex-Navy observer".


July 25, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Daily Herald Provo, Utah, USA "'Saucers' held to be some strange type of aircraft".
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Whatzit comes to earth; it wasn't flying disk".


July 28, 1947:

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The Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Frenchman offers disc solution".


August 2, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
San Mateo Times San Mateo, California, USA "'Disc' plane crashes, rumor".


August 3, 1947:

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The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Philadelphia Enquirer Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA "2 killed in crash had 'disc' clues".
The Pittsburgh Press Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA "'Flying saucer' probers killed".
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Two killed in crash on 'saucer' mission".
Galveston Daily News Galveston, Texas, USA "'Flying saucers' figure in two air crash death".
The Lawton Constitution Lawton, Oklahoma, USA "Saucer' probers killed in crash".


August 4, 1947:

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The Albany Democrat-Herald Albany, Oregon, USA "Plane aids search to extricate body".
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "'Flying disk' reports lost in plane crash".


August 5, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Neosheo Daily News Neosheo, Missouri, USA "Army will explain crash of plane carrying saucer".


August 6, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
The Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Flying disc probe seen".
The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona, USA "Flying disc story originator crashes".


August 9, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "Tacoma flying saucer story still unverified".


December 23, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Democrat-Herald Albany, Oregon, USA "Soviet saucers, says Ellsworth".
Medford Mail-Tribune Medford, Oregon, USA "Flying saucers may have been Russian rockets, Ellsworth says"
The Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, California, USA "'Flying disks' again linked to Red tests".


December 30, 1947:

Newspaper: Published in: Article headline:
Post-Register Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA "Remember 'flying saucers'? They were Idaho's top 1947 news story; water row among first ten".


April 10, 1950:

The Idaho State Journal Pocatello, Idaho, USA "Boise man connects flying saucers with submarines off California coast".


April 11, 1950:

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The Daily Independent Journal San Rafael, California, USA "More About Discs".

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