Monday, April 30, 2012

Indy at 21: The cost of free thinking

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM


As we mentioned recently, the Independent is celebrating its 21st birthday this year and, as part of the festivities, we're re-printing a standout cover from the archives each week. The current print issue features a cover from Feb. 4, 1993, with stories on love without fear, unsafe homes, snowboarding at Snowbowl, and Suzanne Vega. There are two striking illustrations, but something smaller stands out in the upper right corner:

50 cents

Yes, during its early years each issue of the Indy would set you back 50 cents. After roughly two years of paid circulation, the paper briefly suspended publication and relaunched as you now know it — a free alternative weekly, available at hundreds of spots throughout western Montana.

As you continue to walk down memory lane with us, don't forget to run to your calendar and mark this important date:

We're celebrating our 21st with Indy Fest
Saturday, June 9, at Caras Park from 4 to 10 p.m.
Like the current Indy, it's FREE, and will feature music, food, drinks and family-friendly activities.

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