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The Big O, The Lizard King and Big Daddy Santa in 1967

The original caption for this Dec. 14, 1967 Tribune photo read: “Big Daddy Santa was hard at work when the photographer stopped by his den, today. “You know that I never complain about my job,” said Daddy. “But some of these cotton-pick’n gift requests are purty hard to come by this year.” Then ...

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Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

Today, 50 years ago, singer and songwriter Otis Redding was recording his hit song “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.” Three days later, he died in a plane crash. It would be a month before his biggest hit would be released. According to the website ...

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