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June 6, 2013

Visiting 1970s Haverhill

Film features 1975 political feud, dying shoe industry


“It was different then, and the big national bands played everywhere and the local bands would play, too,” Effie Katsaros said.

Katsaros served three terms as mayor, the first from 1972 to 1973 and a second term from 1974 to 1975, when he lost the election to Burton. Burton served one term from 1976 to 1977. Katsaros came back to beat Burton in 1977 and served his third term from 1978 to 1979.

“It was a grudge match and Kastaros won,” former mayor William Ryan said of Katsaros’ last campaign in 1977.

“Burton went back to being fire chief after Katsaros beat him,” Ryan said.

Ryan was elected mayor in 1981 and served three consecutive terms.

Katsaros died in 1982 at age 62, a victim of leukemia.

“He was a man with his heart in whatever he did,” his wife said.

The documentary ends with Katsaros playing the 1968 hit “Those Were the Days” on an electric guitar at an outdoor rally.

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