Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30

Sewer Stomp, dancing under San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly students prepare for a dance, the "Sewer Stomp" in San Luis Creek under town. ©The Tribune- Jim Vestal Dark, wet, smelly and filled with bats. Perfect venue for a party. If you have been there you know what it is like down there. Before covering stories on the creek I took part in …

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Sep 28

Picturephone

1965 Bell Picturephone 1965 Bell Picturephone™ ad Looking like a prop from the Starship Enterprise the Bell telephone companies were advertising the Picturephone* service. How modern can it really be with cables coming out of the handset? This ad is from September 28, 1965, the television series would premier about a year later. Back in …

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Sep 27

Train wreck, Salinas Dam construction World War II week by week

September 20, 1941 Telegram-Tribune front page Lucky no one was killed. A San Miguel taxicab skidded and stalled on the Southern Pacific railroad tracks at 1:30 A.M. The awkward angle made removal difficult from the ranch crossing. The Camp Roberts soldiers who had been passengers went far enough down the rails to flag the oncoming …

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Sep 26

Questions linger 50 years after James Dean’s fatal crash

The James Dean memorial in Cholame commissioned by Seita Ohnishi. ©The Tribune- Joe Johnston CORONER’S INQUEST CLEARED DRIVER, BUT QUESTIONS LINGER 50 YEARS LATER?WITH DEAN’S DEATH, THE FATE OF A CAL POLY STUDENT AND KOREAN WAR VETERAN RESIDED IN THE HANDS OF A DOZEN NORTH COUNTY CITIZENS Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 By Jay Thompson …

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Sep 23

Caballeros de San Luis Obispo

Penciled on back of print, Roy Garcia school teach, pioneer family. ©The Tribune The tradition began in 1943 after some San Luis Obispo horsemen went with the Paso Robles Trail Riders. The Caballeros de San Luis Obispo was an all male group that would take off to the hills for several days in the back …

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Sep 21

Nuclear power under glass, PG&E seeks PUC approval for Diablo

Looking over a model of an atomic powwer plant are James R. Adams (left), PG&E biologist, and D.V. Kelly, PG&E chief mechanical engineer. ©The Tribune Who thought building a nuclear power plant out of glass was a good idea? No doubt the glow at night would make a good lighthouse but think of all the …

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Sep 19

Fade to black, eyewitness to James Dean’s fatal accident

James Dean and Rolf Wuetherich drive through Sherman Oaks bound for Highway 99 and the trip north for a Salinas car race. Within four hours Dean would be dead. – photo by Sanford Roth, courtesy of Seita Ohnishi Published: Friday, September 30, 2005 A LEGEND OUT OF TRAGEDY SEPT. 30, 1955: THE DEATH OF JAMES …

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Sep 17

Japanese expansion in Asia – World War II week by week

Map of Japanese expansion before Pearl Harbor. September 17, 1941. By 1941 what would become known as World War II had been raging in China for 10 years. America had largely avoided involvement though one incident presaged America's involvement in the conflict. Almost three years before Pearl Harbor, Nanking — then the capitol of the …

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Sep 16

Analog brains in a digital age

Sixth grade teacher John Honeyman makes a point at Hawthorne School. ©The Tribune/Barry Minett Though we live in the digital age we have analog brains. Programming young minds, homo sapiens version 1.0, is similar to what was the norm roughly 30 years ago. Teaching is a job that will not be shipped overseas or replaced …

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Sep 14

Titan missile lands at Cal Poly, later bounces to Paso Robles

Titan II missile arrives at Cal Poly. ©David Ranns/Telegram-Tribune How would you like to buy a million dollars worth of government surplus for a few hundred? The Titan II missile system was activated in 1962 but seven years later the technology was no longer a top secret and a unit was sold to Cal Poly …

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