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The Star Line Baton Company 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
1977 International Clinic held in London, England.
Star Line initiated toll free telephone number for calling in orders.
1978 International Clinic held in Grand Canary Islands.
1979 International Clinic held in Abano, Italy.
1980 International Clinic held in Hawaii.
First World Championships for baton twirling held in Seattle, Washington
1981 The ITTI was deactivated in favor of the World Baton Twirling Federation and a clinic was held in conjunction with the World Championships in Nice, France.
Star Line Clinic held in Atlanta, Georgia.
1982 The Lite Star baton was introduced.
Star Line Clinic held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1983 Ray Gaedke retired from Star Line.
Jack Crum joined Star Line.
Star Line Clinic held in Nashville, Tennessee.
1984 The ITTI was reactivated.
Skinni-Star baton was introduced with the 5/16" diameter shaft.
George Walbridge retired from Star Line.
Dick Miller became President of Star Line.
Star Lance Clinic held in Seattle, Washington.
1985 Lite Star baton was introduced
1987 National Clinic held aboard the S.S. Galileo sailing the Caribbean
1988 National Clinic held in Acapulco, Mexico.
Classic Star baton was introduced.
1989 Expanded case line.
Introduced tape for batons.
1994 Introduced Hoop baton, streamers, and flash ribbons.
1995 Dick Miller retired from Star Line.
Jack Crum became President.
1996 Introduced Sport Angel of Baton Twirling.
Introduced Squeeze bottles.
1997 Star Line launched first web site
1998 Moved Star Line from Florida to Tennessee.
Introduced Plain Super Star in 3/8" and 7/16" shafts.
1999 Introduced Flag and World Championship video tapes.
Introduced all colors of cartridges for Starlite baton.
Introduced action rods and ribbons.
Introduced boots for majorettes.
Introduced Somoan knives.
Introduced Aussie hats, gloves, and special design flags.
2000 Star Line introduced the spectacular, eye-catching shafts of the Millennium Stars Baton available EXCLUSIVELY from Star Line.
Star Line launched redesigned web site and introduced online catalog and secure ordering via web site.

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