120 years: 1968

The year 1968 is not a good one to be in the public eye in America. Robert F. Kennedy announces he will run for president and is assassinated in Los Angeles months later. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot dead on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis. Pop artist Andy Warhol is shot in New York and barely survives.

The Grand Junction Police Department joins the feminist movement as it hires its first female dispatcher, two meter maids and one matron-secretary.

Grand Junction High School wrestlers win the state championship for the second year in a row.

The Ackermans from New York City open Village Inn Pancake House at 1910 North Ave. with sons Joe and Mickey.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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