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5/18/80: THE DAY THE MOUNTAIN BLEW

Now commemorated with exclusive items from The Spokesman-Review Collection

If you lived through it, you will never forget it. The air was laden with ash, creating a tangible darkness that at times limited visibility to inches. Surgical masks, automobile air filters and goggles flew off local store shelves, leaving them empty for days as road closures curtailed shipments of goods into and out of northwest cities. Flights were cancelled, car engines were destroyed, animals perished, and sidewalks, yards and roofs were blanketed with lung-damaging volcanic ash. It piled up like a heavy snow throughout our region. However, unlike snow, the ash did not melt. Even after weeks of cleanup, it persisted and, in many places, can still be spotted thirty years later.

To commemorate this important date in northwest history, The Spokesman-Review is offering for the fi rst time three souvenirs featuring the newspaper’s photographs and coverage of the Mount St. Helens explosion.

To order your quality t-shirt, framed reproduction of our front page from May 19, 1980, or limited edition archival print of Chris Anderson’s front-page photograph of the explosion, find us online at www. spokesman.com/volcano, contact us by phone or E-mail noted below.

5/18/80: THE DAY THE MOUNTAIN BLEW

Front Page facsimile reprint of The Spokesman-Review of May 19, 1980, 13” wide x 19” deep. Unframed, $59.95; framed, in black metal frame, $110, plus applicable sales tax, shipping & handling.

Front Page - Pickup at downtown front counter
Front page – Shipped

5/18/80: THE DAY THE MOUNTAIN BLEW

May 18, 1980
“Call Me,” by Blondie was the No. 1 song - Sen. Edmund Muskie was on the cover of Time magazine - The Seattle Mariners lost to the Chicago White Sox, 5-6 - Ron Bair was Spokane mayor - 53 Americans were held hostage by Iranian militants - “The Bourne Identity” was at the top of the New York Times bestseller list - Dizzy Gillespie was scheduled to play the Opera House - “Friday the 13th” and “Kramer vs. Kramer” were both playing in Spokane - The 30-year mortgage rate was 12.56 percent - The local weather forecast called for a “glorious Sunday” with a high of 75 - “CHiPs” and “Trapper John, M.D.” were on primetime T.V.


Longwearing, white or ash grey, pre-shrunk 6.1-ounce, all cotton t-shirt from C Port & Company. Available in adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large at $22.95 or XX-Large at $24.95, plus applicable sales tax, shipping and handling.

T-Shirt – White
Adult Sizes
T-Shirt – Ash Grey
Adult Sizes
5/18/80: THE DAY THE MOUNTAIN BLEW

Fine art print, “Mountain Ash Plume” shot on the day of the explosion by prize-winning S-R photographer Chris Anderson. Reproduced on acid-free, archival photographic paper. Image size 14” high x 18 “ wide. Unframed, $75; framed (fi nished size, 20” high x 24” wide) in black metal with blue mat, $159, plus applicable sales tax, shipping and handling.

Mountain Ash Plume Print – Pickup at downtown front counter
Mountain Ash Plume Print – Shipped

SUPPLIES LIMITED, ORDER TODAY!

To order your Mount St. Helens commemorative item, E-mail lynnd@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5056, or, toll free: 1 (800) 338-8801, Ext. 5056) All items may be purchased with your personal check or your American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit card.