David Middlecamp

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Date registered: June 5, 2008
URL: http://sloblogs.thetribunenews.com/slovault/

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  1. Photos From the Vault is moving — July 26, 2013
  2. Patton takes Sicily, World War II week by week — July 21, 2013
  3. Pismo Pier plans from the past — July 19, 2013
  4. The Elg runs aground off Oceano — July 15, 2013
  5. Sicily invaded, World War II week by week — July 14, 2013

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  1. Vietnam basic training Ft. Ord — 636 comments
  2. 1968 Cambria Air Station — 50 comments
  3. Captain Buffoon, mornings on KSLY — 42 comments
  4. Tregeagle goes to San Quentin — 33 comments

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Jul 02

R.R. Crossing Poly

©The Tribune

Couldn’t find a story to go with these negatives marked R.R. Crossing Poly Sept 7-63. My guess is this is the Foothill Blvd. crossing of the Southern Pacific tracks. Cerro San Luis is on left, and Bishop Peak on right, the palm trees of California Blvd. This area is all student housing now. Post a …

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Jun 29

Race tensions and bar riot San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Race tensions may have led to a fight downtown in San Luis Obispo as reported in this June 25, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

A San Luis Obispo bar, Dante’s, was the scene of a fight that spilled out into the street that involved up to 200 African-American soldiers. Eventually Sheriff Murray Hathway resorted to tear gas and extra military police were called out from Camp San Luis Obispo. Bar owner Dante Chiesa refused service to men he said …

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Jun 28

July 4, 1877

Big doings planned for July 4 in the June 23, 1877 San Luis Obispo Tribune

In the backwater burg of San Luis Obispo, for many years after California became a U.S. state in 1850, holidays associated with Mexico were celebrated with more gusto than American holidays. It took a long time for Anglos to outnumber Mexican and Indian natives in the region. There was no gold, no major port and …

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Jun 26

Downtown Morro Bay 1963

Downtown Morro Bay 1963 ©The Tribune.

Jun 24

The filming of Boris Sagal’s “1,000 Plane Raid”

Stunt pilot flys a B-17 bomber at treetop level over a faux English airfield built in Santa Maria for the movie "1,000 Plane Raid". ©The Tribune/Jim Vestal

Tribune librarian Sharon Morem found a set of fascinating 35mm negatives in the bottom of a folder marked with an illegible scrawl. The first glassine sleeve appeared to read “’1,000 P+ei Raid’ Movie #1″ and the rest had less information, only numbered 2-4. The images showed impressive B-17 bomber stunt flying below the eucalyptus treetops …

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Jun 22

Camp San Luis soldiers volunteer, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune headlines from June 22, 1943.

A number of Camp San Luis Obispo soldiers volunteered to work in local hay fields. Farmers were short of labor between the demands of the draft and high wages in wartime industries. Detroit was recovering from race riots that had killed 26. One trouble spot had been the Packard Motor Car Co. where white employes …

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Jun 21

10 reasons to buy an RCA Victor Radio

RCA Victor was a top of the line radio when the cabinet was as important as the electronics in 1931.

E.E. Long Piano Company touted 10 big improvements as selling points of this new RCA Victor Radio in this ad from October 12, 1931. Here they are but they are not as amusing as the lists David Letterman reads. 1. Automatic volume control. 2, NINE tubes 3. New RCA Victor Super-Heterodyne with Pentode tubes. 4. …

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Jun 19

Lovern’s Clam Bell of Oceano

The clam bell called Oceaon clammers to the clams for many years at Lovern's in Oceano

Drifting fog, a bell rings over the dunes a cold clam fork in hand… On Sept. 7, 1989 Telegram-Tribune reporter Carol Roberts wrote about the clam bell. OCEANO — Betty Boyd had a few friends over last weekend to ring a bell. The bell once rang atop her dad Bill Lovern’s store on Pier Avenue, …

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Jun 17

Paso Robles land rush 1982

Prospective land buyers lined up for free breakfast in Paso Robles Saturday morning. Hot air balloon marked the sale site. ©Phil Dirkx/The Tribune.

This week the Tribune publishes a five part series on water. The seeds for the issue were being planted in the late 20th Century as Paso Robles expanded to the east side of the Salinas River. The property values seem economical when you look back 30 years but property buyers at the time also had …

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Jun 16

Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles 1943-World War II week by week

Cartoon from June 16, 1943 comparing Tojo, Hitler and Mussolini to zootsuiters.

Sometimes people look back on a time, remembering the good and overlooking the bad. While the nation pulled together to fight World War II there were some ugly events that showed America was still on the journey to the goal in the United States Declaration of Independence,”that all men are created equal…” According to the …

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