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SPI-0000.cfm rev 01/15/2024 20:43       SPORTS PAGE MENU       {ts '2024-03-02 07:51:33'}

The SPORTS PAGE was a weekly newspaper published in Bay City, Michigan in the years 1976 to 1984.

The widely read paper was sold by subscription and deliverd to the home. Coverage included stories about all amateur sports played in the region.

In the years since that paper ceased publication people continue to ask if it can be revived. That is not likely, but the ARCHIVE of old issues is still in the possession of the publisher.

Recently an effort has been made to make the contents of the paper available on-line. All of the back issues have been scanned and are in the process of being uploaded to the internet. A searchable index will be made available, on a subscription basis, so anyone can search for articles about their friends and relativer, or even themselves!

Watch for more information on the exciting new resource.

Note that USERS will start from the URL:

That link loads the DEFAULT.cfm page.

Links on that page are at the very bottom and are displayed WHITE on WHITE
that means that they are "invisible" unles you drag the mouse over them.

From there you can go to the public search page or to the internal use menu.


In early 2022, OJ scanned the printed copies of all the Sports Page newspapers. He then used OCR software to convert those scans to HTML files.

SGK wrote conversion scripts to read those old HTML fles and put the data into a searchable MyBayCity database.

<cfquery name="SPIq_Issue" datasource="MyBayCity">
      SELECT * FROM mbc_tsportspage_idx
      WHERE SPI_IssueDate = '1976-12-20' and SPI_Issue_page = '20'

The project was then passed to Vickie, who used a CMS to try and search for data in the pages and allow the public to purchase printed books of the pages.

In November 2023, OJ and SGK got together to rethink the project. OJ was selling something different now, entire issue books. He had organized ALL of the scanned files and converted via OCR.

The new files were sent to Josh, who copied them to a USB thumb drive, and gave that to SGK.

SGK uploaded those new files to the server in the MMCC folders.

The old programs were changed to accomodate the new files, which were organized into two sets of folders: Page-Data-Files and Page-images.

                  PAGE DATA FILES

NOV 2023 style
      OJ reconverted the scanned files before we got them in Nov 2023.
      The new conversions have no HTML code in them.
      They are just the words.

      They DO have a lot of strange symbols, etc.

      The files are stored as TXT files.
      They are in folder by year with names styled "OCR_yyyy".

      You can look at a page (target="SPIView") by clicking:
      Once you have a browser open, you can change the issue and page number
      to fiew another file in the same tab
Originally OJ sent HTML files.
Examples are still found in the server root folder.
You can view some of old-style, HTML pages with these clicks:           (target="SPIView").
          07-05-1976_THE BAY COUNTY SPORTS PAGE04.html
          07-05-1976_THE BAY COUNTY SPORTS PAGE05.html

                  PAGE IMAGE FILES

Every page was scanned to an individual file.

The images were stored in folders by year with the name "VB_100_PL_yyyy"

        There were TWO 1980 folders: 1980 and 1980_2.
        On 12/11/2023 I combined 1980_2 into the first one.
        I left the "_2" folder but renamed it "_2_ignore".

        The regular 1980 does not have any January issues.

View some IMAGES.
    The same page images are used in original system and 2023 system.
    Shown individually in another tab (target="SPIpic").
    These are in folders VB_100_PL_yyyy

      VB_100_PL_1976/PI_1976_07_05-PG01.jpg 800 x 1208 x 24-bits 200dpi

      VB_100_PL_1976/PI_1976_07_05-PG02.jpg 800 x 1208 x 24-bits 200dpi


      From the Internet at

Example showing how to retrieve information associated with the image.

1) Create a ColdFusion image from a JPEG file.
      <cfimage source="VB_100_PL_1976/PI_1976_07_05-PG01.jpg" name="SPImyImage">

2) Retrieve the information associated with the image.
      <cfset SPIimgInfo=ImageInfo(SPImyImage)>

3) Image has been set.       We'll show SPImyImage below in a textarea:

4) cfdump SPIimgInfo Puts structure into a table
      <cfdump var="#SPIimgInfo#"> </cfdump>
alpha_channel_support NO
alpha_premultiplied NO
bits_component_1 8
bits_component_2 8
bits_component_3 8
colormodel_type ComponentColorModel
colorspace Any of the family of RGB color spaces
num_color_components 3
num_components 3
pixel_size 24
transparency OPAQUE
height 906
source D:\Websites\bcra-mlscom\mmcctech\sportspage\VB_100_PL_1976\PI_1976_07_05-PG01.jpg
width 600

After the CFDUMP.     Show various fields:
      SPIimgInfo.height = 906
      SPIimgInfo.width = 600
      SPIimgInfo.source = D:\Websites\bcra-mlscom\mmcctech\sportspage\VB_100_PL_1976\PI_1976_07_05-PG01.jpg"
      SPIimgInfo.pixel_size = 24
      SPIimgInfo.transparency = OPAQUE


These are JPGs and are in the root folder.
      manke_watermarked-600.jpg 600x912x24-bits 186dpi
      manke_watermarked-800.jpg 800x1216x24-bits 186dpi
      manke_watermarked-1000.jpg 1000 x 1520 x 24-bits 186dpi
      manke_watermarked.jpg 2602 x 1003 x 24-bits 288dpi
      PI_1976_07_05-PG01.jpg 800 x 1208 x 24-bits 200dpi
      PI_1976_07_05-PG02.jpg 1024 x 1558 x 24-bits 200dpi
      PI_1976_07_05-PG03.jpg 1024 x 1558 x 24-bits 200dpi
      PI_1976_07_05-PG04.jpg 1024 x 1558 x 24-bits 200dpi

Test IMAGES shown in-line:

VB_100_PL_1976/PI_1976_07_05-PG01.jpg       600 x 906 x 24-bits       72dpi       107,864

New try from OJ - 11/27/2023
File Size = 107,864
DPI = 72


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