The Time Machine for April 8, 2013: Back in 1961
- Dr. E. Roger Samuel of Mount Carmel addressed high school students on what was becoming more than just a theory as far as the medical profession was concerned - the link between cigarette smoking and cancer.
- Along those lines, the Shamokin branch of the American Cancer Society held a contest requiring the composition of a limerick on the dangers of smoking. Lois Dievert of Shamokin High School was one of the prize winners, all of whom were sent to New York City to accept their prizes from noted publisher and TV personality Bennett Cerf.
- President John F. Kennedy, in Washington, D.C., pledged strong American support to the forces of South Vietnam but few foresaw the end results of his sending so-called "advisers." In reality, American troops would help the beleaguered South Vietnamese in fighting the communist insurgents of Hanoi.
- On the lighter side of the Washington scene, Jackie Kennedy upheld the image of Camelot by hiring a French chef for the White House. Rene Verdun had been the chef at the prestigious Carlyle Hotel in New York City and said he couldn't resist the offer he received from the First Lady.
- News media in Shamokin were coming out editorially for city planning, zoning and traffic controls. They cited the fact that Shamokin had the lowest taxes among all the state's third-class cities, and that a small increase might provide the sorely needed city planning projects.