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The Star Line History in a timeline
 
1959 George Walbridge, Ray Gaedke, and Merl Smith purchased the Ludwig Baton Company and renamed it STAR LINE. Star Line incorporated in the state of Indiana.
1960 The Venus baton was introduced.
1961 The Star Line Clinic program was initiated.
1962 Star Line began distribution of batons to music stores through the Conn Company.
1964 Star Line Baton moved from Syracuse, Indiana to Oakland Park, Florida.
The Sparkle case was introduced.
Ray Gaedke of Chicago, Illinois, became an active partner in Star Line.
Star Line News first published in typewritten, two-page mimeograph form.
1965 First Star Line National Clinic held in Miami Beach.
The baton testing machine was introduced.
Starlet baton was introduced.
1966 National Clinic was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Baton cases were imprinted in gold foil.
1967 National Clinic held in Palm Springs, California.
Opening of new plant in Pompano Beach, Florida, with gala Open House and Clinic held in April. The 3/8" batons were introduced.
1968 Cooling Coils were added to the Star Fire baton.
Dick Miller joined Star Line as Production and Purchasing Director.
"Star Styles" an exciting book of ideas for costumes and uniforms was written by Donna Leffingwell, illustrated by Ray Gaedke, and published by Star Line - a free pattern was sent with the book.
National Teachers Clinic was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1969 National Clinic was held in Portland, Oregon.
1970 Star Flag and Swivel Tube introduced.
The Galaxy baton was introduced.
1971 The International Twirling Teachers Institute (ITTI) was formed and International Clinic was held in the Bahamas.
The Super Star baton was introduced.
Venus, Comet, and Starlet were redesigned (twirl-weighted shaft, newly designed balls and tips with smaller proportioned shapes giving a graceful and streamlined look)
1972 International Clinic held on the Costa de Sol, Spain
1973 International Clinic held in Fuiggi, Italy.
Professional baton case was introduced.
1974 International Clinic held in Acapulco, Mexico.
Batteryless lighted baton was introduced.
Star Line installed a computer.
1976 International Clinic held on Caribbean Cruise

 
 
 
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