The Time Machine for January 21, 2013: Back in 1948
- It was a comparatively warm day in Shamokin, where the jobs-for-men program got a boost with a $2,000 contribution from the Brady Fire Company. The goal for the program was $300,000, and the Brady gift brought the total to more than $157,000.
- At St. Stephens Hall, the Rev. James Keller, representing the Christophers, was in town for a lecture. Keller was an internationally known speaker and he said communism could be stopped in its tracks if Christ's teachings were brought to civilized life.
- At the Penn Lee Hotel, a fund-raising drive for the new diagnostic clinic at Geisinger Medical Center was held. George Jones was chairman. The overall goal for the new clinic at GMC was $1 million, of which Shamokin's share was earmarked at $160,000.
- The Shamokin Kiwanis Club once again pledged aid to the Black Diamond Boy Scout District and its 500 members as part of the Kiwanis Service to Youth Program.
- Speculation in Hollywood revolved around what many considered to be the choicest film role for an actress since the role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" was up for grabs some 10 years earlier. Jessica Tandy had played the role of Blanche DuBois in the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway opposite a young actor named Marlon Brando. Hollywood said Tandy was a great actress, but a dud at the box office. So the quest began; all the great stars of the day put their names in the hat. Ironically, the role went to the same lady who played Scarlett - Vivian Leigh on the famed Hollywood premise of sticking with a winner no matter what.
- In sports, Coal Township behind Roy Sanders 21 points beat Williamsport 44-29.
- At the Capitol, Anthony Quinn and Katherine De Mille starred in "Black Gold."
- In New York, the Soviet delegate to the United Nations, Andrei Gromyko, was lecturing the U.N. on reduction of armaments. That got one of the biggest laughs of all time at the U.N., not noted then or now for its comic relief.