Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31

Airport lawsuit, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune front page March 31, 1942.

John J. Hutchins, a Paso Robles attorney protested before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Suprvisors. He filed an injunction claiming that $40,000 was too much to pay for the six parcels of land that would become the airport. Federal authorities wanted to invest $300,000 to build runways, drainage and lighting for a national …

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Mar 30

Panama Pacific International Exposition, July 4, 1915 San Francisco, The Leonard collection

The 43-story tall Tower of Jewels at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco was decorated with 102,000 cut glass Novagems. ©The Tribune/The Leonard collection

It was San Francisco’s grand coming out party. The City had been ravaged by the Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Over 3,000 lives had been lost and as many as ten times that number were left homeless out of a population of about 410,000. A mere nine years later, three of which were used to …

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Mar 27

Remembering Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell prepares to lead the faculty and graduates of Cuesta College into the gym for commencement ceremonies Friday night. ©Tribune photo by David Middlecamp

Grace Mitchell was so popular she was named 1995 Citizen of the Year in San Luis Obispo even though she lived in Morro Bay. Her work in the community in addition to being president of Cuesta College led to more nominations than anyone in the previous 24-year history of the program. She was Cuesta College’s …

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Mar 26

Don’t frack on me, lessons from Unocal’s Guadalupe pollution settlement

"Unocal to pay $43.8 million for polluting fragile dunes"; Telegram-Tribune front page July 22, 1998.

What could be bad about a process called fracking? Energy companies now wish they had come up with a less dirty sounding name for the process of hydraulic fracturing, using high pressure water, sand and chemicals to crack rocks and release natural gas. I’m all for energy independence but I’m also in favor of responsible …

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Mar 24

How to control incendiary bomb fires, World War II week by week

March 30, 1942 advice on how to control fires due to enemy bombing, in the Telegram-Tribune.

Newspapers try to have helpful features, for example, how to carve a turkey, how to prune a rose bush or how to control incendiary bomb fires. World War II would bring up public service topics for newspapers that would not have been imagined in earlier years. This article and photos went into detail on the …

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Mar 23

A guest post from the author of “Nipomo and Los Berros”, Doug Jenzen

Pacific Coast Railroad station in Nipomo. The narrow gauge predated the Southern Pacific. Photo courtesy Doug Jenzen

Author Doug Jenzen has generously agreed to share with Vault readers an introduction to his new book on the South County. He will be at a book signing at the Dana Adobe Saturday, March 24. He is donating all the book royalties to restoration of the historic structure. (The automated watermark incorrectly says these are …

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Mar 20

Reddy Kilowatt, at your service

Advertisement for PG&E from June 12, 1965 with a good looking stove and a good cooking woman. Better living through technology.

This July 12, 1965 advertisement shows Pacific Gas and Electric still more comfortable in the Eisenhower Age of the previous decade rather than the soon to be psydellic 1960s. But then again this ad wasn’t aimed at Jerry Garcia or John Lennon. I have written about the culture gap sometimes seen in ads of the …

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Mar 19

Olive orchard moved to Laguna Lake

Workers prepare to move an olive tree from the Tartaglia ranch to Laguna Lake. © Jim Vestal/Telegram-Tribune

Olive trees were introduced to California landscape during the founding of the missions. Olive oil performs sacred, culinary and utilitarian roles. There are dozens of biblical references to the olive, and oil is still used to anoint the faithful. Stories surrounding the olive predate the Bible going back to early Greek and Roman history. Mediterranean …

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Mar 18

General Douglas MacArthur evacuates, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune March 17, 1942 "Gen. MacArthur takes command in Australia.

General Douglas MacArthur was ordered to evacuate from the Philippines by President Franklin Roosevelt as the situation deteriorated. The general, his wife and son escaped through the Japanese blockade on torpedo boats on March 11-12. MacArthur later flew to Australia and vowed “I came out of Bataan and I shall return.” The general had retired …

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Mar 15

Snow blankets the hills on Highway 41 between Atascadero and Morro Bay

Snow covers fields along Highway 41, winter scene at Antone J. Chves ranch between Morro Bay and Atascadero. ©Jim Vestal/Telegram-Tribune

Afternoon papers put special pressure on finding images the same day. If snow fell a phone call might come in before sunrise to get out and find a picture by first light and hustle back to the paper to develop, edit and print so the presses could run at noon with a picture from the …

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