The April 5, 1992 edition of the Kelowna Capital News. - Image Credit: Carmen Weld

Cap News Throwback Thursday: 1992

After 86 years of service, we wanted to utilize our amazing treasure trove of Kelowna history and share it with you.

Over the last 86 years the Kelowna Capital News has served the Central Okanagan – and over the last 86 years it has printed a whole lot of papers.

A conservative estimate puts it at about 8,000 editions.

The new Black Press Okanagan digital team, based right here in Kelowna, wanted to utilize this amazing treasure trove of pieces of our history and share it with you.

Each Thursday we will present Cap News Throwback Thursday for a fun little peak into the past, and a chance for the digital team to climb through the records room.

Today we present the Kelowna Capital News edition— Sunday April 5, 1992.

Spring has sprung, the NHL is locked out and Charles Horvath’s mother, Denise Allan, is in Kelowna searching for her son.

The top story in this issue is about Charles Horvath. He went missing in May of 1989 and in 1992 it appeared, for a few moments, that his mother might finally have some answers about what happened to her son when a body was discovered in the lake near the bridge.

“A British mother’s three-year search for her only son may have come to a tragic end,” reads the lede.

Police conducted the lake search after Allan received an anonymous letter that police were looking under the wrong side of the bridge. The second such letter she had received on this trip to Canada. The first said Horvath had been killed and dumped in the lake.

After the body was found Allan was distraught and taken to hospital. Sadly, it was not the closure she needed.

Forensic investigators eventually identified the remains as that of John Edgar Dickson, 64. RCMP reported that no foul play was suspected in Dickson’s death. Dickson had disappeared in 1985 and his remains were not discovered until 1992.

Allan told the Cap News at that time that she was ‘sick and tired’ as her search resumed.

“I’m sick to my stomach,” she said on April 7, 1992. “It’s a relief it is not Charles, but a blow the nightmare is not over.”

To this day Charles Horvath’s disappearance remains an open RCMP file as a missing person.

Further in the paper, sports editor John Harding delves into the 1992 NHL strike.

Four days in to the strike, Kelowna bars were starting to get concerned that it would hurt business.

“Vancouver Canucks’ and New York Rangers’ fans aren’t the only people experiencing the empty feeling that goes with the shattered dreams of a Stanley Cup. Local businesses are feeling the pinch too,” reads the lede.

“We’re definitely going to feel it,” said Riley’s Pub manager, at the time, Len Bergquist. “I would say it is going to cost us thousands.”

The strike was the first strike action initiated by the National Hockey League Players’ Association against the National HockeyLeague’s owners. It was called on April 1, 1992, and lasted ten days.

On the big screen in April 1992: Basic Instinct starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, Fried Green Tomatoes starring stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary-Louise Parker and White Men Can’t Jump starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

Fun fact: The Capital News was doing its own Throwback Thursday in 1992. The cover of Kelowna Real Estate in the Cap News showed off a 1950’s Sun Rype ad – check it out below.

“Note the label addition “Opalescent Vitaminized” on the centre tin.”

You can also check out our previous throwbacks here: 1936, 1960, 1941, 1985, 1962,1983, 1994, 1971, 1940 and 1968.

The Cap News is now owned by Black Press Community Media. Founded in 1975, BlackPress now publishes more than 170 titles in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington state, Hawaii, Ohio and California.

Do you have an important date or piece of history you hope we can find in our historical editions?! Let us know at okanagan@bpdigital.ca.

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