Medford celebrating 60-year relationship with sister city Alba, Italy

Jul 26, 2022 593

BY: Ethan McReynolds

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the Telstar satellite call between Medford and Medford’s sister city in Italy. The United States launched the first telecommunications satellite, Or Telstar, back in 1962. It was used to connect 23 cities in the U.S. with their European sister cities. Medford was the only city in the Pacific Northwest to be selected and was paired with Alba, Italy.

The two were paired because of their numerous similarities including their location, both being near valleys, as well as both being centers of agriculture. The two cities had only communicated via letter until the satellite call strengthened a relationship that spans the globe. “That was like the first time they were able to connect other than letters, but now we can connect instantly with the technology we have,” President of the Medford-Alba City Association Robin Snider said.

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