Monday, September 01, 2008

Banister-sliding at Madison [Central] High School merits a lengthy article in The New York Times

On Saturday, August 30, 2008, Madison Central High School alumnus Monsine DiSalvo (Class of 1966) was featured in an article in The New York Times -- but that's far from the first time The New York Times took note of what was happening in Madison's oldest high school.

On March 20, 1880, a story titled "Coeducation in Madison" appeared on page 4 of The New York Times. It's opening sentence was, "The question of the coeducation of the sexes is now disturbing the people of Madison, Wis." But the focus of the article was on banister-sliding, a practice that "is the direct result of the coeducation of the sexes."

I've had a copy of this story in my files for quite a while, but until now I didn't have a really acceptable way to reproduce it -- short of retyping the whole, long story. I tried making JPG images, but the results were less than satisfactory. I've inserted a JPG image of the first part of the story here. You may enlarge that image in your browser window by clicking on it. The entire article, however, is quite long and when I tried to reproduce it as a JPG, it looked ugly on the blog page and was difficult to read. I yearned to be able to present it as a PDF, but Blogger isn't equipped to upload and store PDFs.

Now, however, I've acquired some space on a server where I can store PDFs that can be easily downloaded to your computer. Almost everyone has Adobe Reader on there computer, but if you don't you can easily download a free copy.

When you're ready to read the entire story, just click HERE to download it. Once you've downloaded it, you can use Adobe Reader to resize it if necessary. You can also print a copy for yourself.

Note the PDF is 1.8 MG so it may take a while to download if you're still using a dial-up connection to the Internet.

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