March 4, 1943, in The Star: Annistonians will get their first opportunity to see famed animal hunter Frank Buck in person tomorrow when he conducts afternoon and night lectures, illustrated with motion pictures, at the USO Recreation Center. This is one of the few chances Buck has had to get acquainted with his American fan following, given that his business of trapping rare and ferocious animals in peacetime kept him occupied in remote corners of the world. His motto is known to be “Bring ’em back alive.” Also this date: With only 11 of their 1942-season players missing, the Boston Braves face their second wartime National League season with about the same slight degree of optimism they had a year ago. Just now, manager Casey Stengel can count upon only 20 players when he starts spring training in Wallingford, Conn., later this month.
March 4, 1993, in The Star: Because Anniston Police Department has reduced the amount of overtime it will pay, police officers there have come to depend more on the income of extra jobs. Indeed, only about 30 percent of the officers in the 81-member department count the city as their only employer. Base pay starts at $18,449 for rookies and runs to $26,520 for lieutenants at the maximum pay level, said police Chief Wayne Chandler, who approves all off-duty security jobs. (Officers can’t work places that serve alcohol or for a business that presents a conflict of interest, such as a bonding company, the chief said.) The department keeps a list of officers who want off-duty work and lets them know when jobs are available, said Lt. Barry Williams, who has moonlighted during his 14-year career. Also this date: People waiting to get their hands on the latest John Grisham tale or wanting to learn the motivational secrets of Zig Ziglar no longer have to find hours of free time to sit down with these tomes. Instead, they can just stick an audio book in their car cassette player or personal stereo and listen to it on the go. Book tapes are nothing new, but the recent marriage of best-sellers with big-name readers and big-money marketing has opened up the cassette market like never before. “Audio books are probably showing more growth than any other area in my store,'' says Jody Mundy, manager of Bookland in Quintard Mall.