Back to the '50s
STANDARD – Author, educator and local resident Ron Bluemer is the next presenter in the Putnam County Library's 75th anniversary series on July 15 at the Putnam County Community Center. Beginning at 7 p.m., Bluemer will be presenting on the 1950s in the Illinois Valley.
In his presentation, Bluemer will include topics such as the stories of the Illinois Valley veterans who fought in the Korean Conflict; civil defense preparation during the Cold War with the Russians; illegal gambling in Streator, LaSalle and Spring Valley; and reports of flying saucers over LaSalle and Ottawa.
"This is cool," Bluemer said. "It was the era of the flying saucers, and I got the military version of what was actually was happening, so I present all sides of the story."
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