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It’s Connecticut Magazine’s 50th anniversary year, so throughout 2021 we’re looking back through our archives from each month and remembering some of the moments that have helped shaped our state.

Stories from the archives

Big deal, so our little state doesn’t have any major professional franchises — we Nutmeggers know there’s still lots to love about Connecticut sports.

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Most everyone thought it was a crazy idea, but on the eve of ESPN’s launch, Bryan Miller takes a sneak peek at the upstart, sports-focused cable station out of Bristol in Television Gets (Even More) Sports Crazy (September 1979).

Terese Karmel’s Husky Heaven (March 1995) takes a look at the classic UConn basketball women’s team at the start of their phenomenal streak.

Get to know Fairfield native and former Westport resident James Blake, Connecticut's most famous tennis product, in Blake’s Progress (April 2002) by K. Lee Howard.

Lime Rock Park gets an early profile in these pages in John Birchard’s Lime Rock Bridges the Gap (May 1972), a look at the auto racing venue's broad appeal.

And Charles Monagan visits the starting line of a slightly less, let’s say sanctioned, type of auto race in The Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash (June 1979), a Darien-to-California cross-country race that was the inspiration for the 1981 big-screen comedy The Cannonball Run.

These and more articles from Connecticut Magazine's history can be found at connecticutmag.com/archives


Cover gallery

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“Lights, Camera, No Action!” — the story behind our attention-grabbing March 1978 cover explored the burgeoning practice of sex therapy. 

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When local news is produced by overworked and underfunded crews, the result can be a comedy of errors, as our March 1979 cover illustrates.

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Geno Auriemma, Nykesha Sales and Rebecca Lobo on the brink of the UConn women claiming their first national title in March 1995.

Today in Connecticut History with Walter Woodward can be heard daily on Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Subscribe to stories at TodayinCTHistory.com.

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