October 18 - 1985: Billboards, asphalt, help Cape tourism

1987: Volunteers mobilizing to save stranded whales
"I think that I shall never see - A billboard as lovely as a tree..."

1985: SPOOF: Cape Cod has no scenery left to spoil the view

Everything is filled in and paved over

This month in 1985, the Christian Science Monitor bemoaned the absence of billboards in many tourist areas and suggested - tongue in cheek - that Cape Cod's success at attracting visitors was because of our nice billboards and because everything was paved over;

"this is one reason that places like Florida, southern California, and even Cape Cod are so popular. They have no scenery left to spoil the view. Everything is filled in and paved over, leaving no ugly contours caused by trees, hills, or bays."

Reminds one of the Ogden Nash couplet:

"I think that I shall never see,
 A poem as lovely as a tree.
 In fact, unless the billboards fall
 I'll never see a tree at all."

In reality, billboards have been outlawed on the Cape for many decades.

Read the very amusing Christian Science Monitor spoof by Guernsey Le Pelley here. Now on with this very amusing Monitor spoof. Art courtesy of Wki Commons.

1987: "Volunteers mobilizing to save stranded whales"

As nor'easter season approached in 1987, the New York Times reported on the many Cape Codder who volunteered to learn how to rescue stranded whales:

As the season nears when the nor'easters pound Cape Cod Bay, hundreds of volunteers are being organized and trained to rescue the pilot whales and other large marine mammals that are often driven ashore by the storms.

On one occasion last December at least 60 pilot whales were stranded on bay beaches in Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Two weeks later, another 30 to 40 pilot whales were driven ashore in these same areas.

Read the full story here.

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