Monthly Archive: October 2008

Oct 31

1968 San Luis Obispo at night

August 10, 1968 Nights are getting longer, daylight saving time is ending and lights are taking effect. The 1960’s were the golden age for neon signs. The view of Monterey Street shows signs in front of the Fremont and Obispo theaters and the Anderson Hotel. The light pollution spraying into the sky makes it hard …

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Oct 29

Fright Night


 Raven Schlossberg clutches her hands and screams at a costumed Bruce Smith at Theta Chi haunted house in San Luis Obispo. Her friend, Tawny Claussen, also let out a shriek. Mark Aronoff/Telegram-Tribune October 31, 1979 On Halloween, we are allowed to drop our mask of fearlessness for a day and be afraid, very afraid. People …

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Oct 27

1963 Hydrant Break, Ford dealership – San Luis Obispo

April 15, 1963 By 10:30 a.m. an afternoon newspaper was in the home stretch, reporters and editors finishing last minute edits, copy editors writing headlines, the pressmen making final adjustments before starting the press that prints thousands of copies in time for circulation to deliver the bundles to the carriers. When I worked for the …

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Oct 26

1966 Paso Robles Courthouse to open

January 8, 1966 Courthouses cost more than they used to. About 40 years ago a new north county courthouse cost $52,000. The newly dedicated (October 24, 2008) Superior Court of California building in Paso Robles on Park Street cost $12.5 million. In fairness the new courthouse is much bigger, higher tech and lot has changed …

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Oct 23

Power brokers Bill Thomas, Leon Panetta


Do you recognize these guys? They were two of the most powerful congressmen of their time. Leon Panetta was profiled last week and to the right is Republican congressman Bill Thomas from Bakersfield. Panetta chaired the House Budget committee from 1989-1993 and later served in Bill Clinton’s White House. A few years later, in 2001, …

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Oct 21

1894 First Southern Pacific train service to San Luis Obispo


This has to be on any top ten list of big things to hit San Luis Obispo County. The Tribune was almost 25 years old by the time Southern Pacific opened service by pulling into town May 5, 1895. I can’t say it was a shining moment in The Tribune’s career. Back then the custom …

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Oct 20

Mervyn's Grand Opening


July 22, 1983 A new era of shopping came to San Luis Obispo when Mervyn’s opened over 25 years ago. The city had resisted the ample parking/big box/shopping mall trend that had evolved over the late 1960′s and 1970′s. The beginning of the change came when Sears moved out of downtown to what was then …

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Oct 16

Clam Calamity


Pismo Beach still celebrates clams — consider its 62th annual Clam Festival last weekend, for example, which drew thousands. But the days are gone when clamming drew tens of thousands to the city’s fine beaches. Clamming was consistently good from 1949 until 1979, when state Fish and Game officials said the influx of sea otters …

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Oct 15

Leon Panetta


  With the Obama/McCain presidential campaign getting ugly and the economy uncertain, let’s take a moment to look back at a local politician who was almost as popular with Republicans as Democrats. Not many can say both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton appointed them to their posts. Fewer can say they balanced the federal budget. …

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Oct 13

1963 Junior Matron Fashion Show

It was touted as clothes suited to San Luis Obispo from local stores.The photo is of Mrs. Robert Montgomery at the Jr. Matrons fashion show.  My guess is the event was held at the Veterans Hall in San Luis Obispo judging from the light fixtures in one photo.The Junior Matrons, that name wouldn’t make it …

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