Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 10

Dunnigan’s Grammar School Baseball Nine, Leonard collection

Dunnigan's baseball nine, who are they? Children's baseball team from the early 1900s. If you know please post a comment.

It is likely that these children smiling at us from a century ago are no longer with us. The image comes from a collection of large format negatives in the Tribune library. They were  enclosed in a 1950s era Telegram-Tribune window envelope, labeled “Mrs. Leonard.” The images however are decades older. How old? Two of …

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Feb 08

You can call me Al, Weird Al

Weird Al Yankovic twirls dials at KCPR where he was a student deejay. ©Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune 4-5-1980

Find the path to international recording fame using this one weird trick. Record in the bathroom. Among the porcelain urinals and sinks, across the hall from radio station, KCPR is the sound environment that launched a recording star. Alfred M. Yankovic is arguably the second most famous Cal Poly graduate after John Madden. If you …

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Feb 06

The Ship Cafe in Morro Bay, shipboard dining in the 1920s

Morro Bay in the late 1920s had far fewer business options.

Here is a quirky design lost to history. Ship on a stick, or sticks. The rock is familiar but today there is a more solid causeway leading out to it. This is a digital scan of postcard for sale on the internet with a postmark of 1931. The inscription reads “Morro Rock, higher than Woolworth …

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Feb 04

Japanese internment announced World War II week by week

Internment of Japanese during World War II is announced on the same day as President Franklin Roosevelt's 60th birthday in the Telegram-Tribune newspaper.

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce surprised the county and city of San Luis Obispo on January 29, 1942 by announcing they would be happy to have a federally constructed airport. City leaders had been in negotiations with the Civil Aeronautics Authority for two months as the San Luis Obispo city and county avoided committing …

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Feb 03

Count Basie, jazz statesman

Count Basie, legendary band leader and composer makes a tour stop at Cal Poly. He was 77 years old at this time and health issues had him riding a motorized scooter but he took time to sign autographs and play two shows at Chumash Auditorium. © Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune 1-28-1982

William Basie did not have an easy path to success. His mother and father saved pennies to pay for music lessons. He began as a drummer in the school band and switched to piano in his teens. A good choice. His professional career began before he was 20 as a $3 a night piano player …

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Feb 01

Carnegie Library the first public library building in San Luis Obispo

Built by Stevens and Maino contractors the library was made possible by a grant of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie, philanthropist. The contract was let at a price of $8,900. Sadly the beautiful wood frame home to the left is now a parking lot. Undated photograph a few years after the Nov. 9, 1904 dedication.

The previous three buildings that The Tribune called home have been torn down. However if you want to trace the history of the San Luis Obispo Library all four buildings still stand. Before Google there were libraries. A town had shaken the dust off of its boots and arrived in the civilized world with the …

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