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Middle Park Times, May 27, 1976 – June Benz, a 25-year-old mother of two, haplessly parked her ’63 Oldsmobile across from the Hot Sulphur Springs town hall, leaving her two daughters inside. Mindy, 2, the older and more adventurous of Benz’s children, knocked the car’s shift lever from park to reverse. Benz’s Oldsmobile proceeded to roll backward onto U.S. 40, and then roll forward downhill and into the town hall. The vehicle penetrated the wall of the building, but the two children emerged unscathed. Officers opted not to cite the driver.

Residents in Grand Lake were up in arms over the Lake Theatre’s summer schedule, which consisted primarily of R-rated movies. Mayor John Petty said he’d received half a dozen complaints from both temporary and permanent residents. Popular movies that year included Rocky, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Taxi Driver. — Reporter Hank Shell


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