Tag Archive: 1976

May 17

Cuesta College builds a campus

Cuesta College was moving to new buildings in 1976 after  early years in World War II surplus buildings.

Cuesta College celebrates 50 years this year and the first major milestone was when voters approved bonds to finance building a brand new facility to replace the 30-year-old wood frame military barracks. This story is from June 5, 1976. Story by Kay Ready Buildings—once whitewashed enlisted men’s quarters for Camp San Luis Obispo, now paint-chipped …

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Apr 16

Hearst Castle bombing by New World Liberation Front 1976

Investigators crunch through debris on veranda at Hearst Castle's Casa del Sol guest house, where bomb exploded Thursday (near center of photo.) 02-12-1976 ©The Tribune/Wayne Nicholls

A cowardly man with large ambition, weak ability and a large pile of explosives — stop me if you have heard this story before. It is almost always a man responsible. The story is more common than we care to admit. They slither out from under rocks every few decades, from anarchists in the 19th …

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Mar 01

SLO Uncovered – Pirate’s Cove, the naked truth about the origin of a nude beach

Pirate's Cove became known as a nude beach in the early 1970s.

Originally all the beaches in the county were clothing optional. According to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, traditional Chumash garb was a two-piece skirt for women and perhaps a belt for men. Then along came the Spanish friars and beach attire became more modest. When did Pirate’s Cove become the Mecca for nude …

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Nov 02

Boom town, San Miguel

Ernest Simon and the old San Miguel building—built in 1897—he's tearing down for scrap.  ©The Tribune

San Miguel is one of the boom and bust towns of the region. Founded July 25, 1797, it is 16th of the 21 California missions. Another significant moment came October 8, 1886 when Southern Pacific built rails into town from the north, then kept right on going to Paso Robles and Templeton where construction paused …

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Jul 09

Garbage never sleeps, throwing out the baby bottle, sleeping man dumped in garbage truck

Brian Huber, 2, of San Luis Obispo agreed to give up his bottles if he could personally throw them into the garbage truck. ©Doug Parker/Telegram-Tribune

Garbage never sleeps. The sound of the truck going by in the early morning hours has been known to rouse dozing folks, though the final story shared here is the ultimate garbage wake-up call. In his book “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, ” Edward Humes collects a landfill worth of stats, including the …

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Apr 02

Ozzie Smith, an elusive image of a Cal Poly Star, Major League All-Star

Ozzie Smith plays in an alumni game before heading to the major leagues. These are the last photos of the Hall of Famer in a Cal Poly uniform. Photo by Tony Hertz

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the photo of a local baseball legend in time for the opening of the Major League Baseball season? A great idea, but Tribune photographer/lab technician Nick Lucero could not have anticipated the magnitude of the task he set for himself. Roughly 4,500 negative sleeves later, as hope dimmed, he …

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Mar 21

March snow blankets county

Laura Peterson, left, and Brandee Leonhardt, both of Morro Bay have snowfight on Highway 46 six miles west of Cambria. Photo by Thom Halls.

March weather came in like a lion in 1976 and was documented on the front page of the then Telegram-Tribune. Glad we didn’t have to get out the set of snow tires this year. Imagine a snowy Cuesta Grade, without a center divider. In 1922 a cold storm brought snow to the streets of San …

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Mar 04

Cool, Comfortable and Correct-the No Iron Leisure Suit


Name one good fashion trend of the 1970s. Take your time. Still having trouble? It was the era of Bianca Jagger, Jimmy Carter, and David Bowie. Starting to come back now? Platform shoes, big hair, glitter and the leisure suit. Oops, forgot we were looking for good fashion trends. While you are thinking it over …

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Mar 11

Pete's Dragon on Location near Montaña de Oro

August 2, 1976 For a few weeks Hollywood magic flipped the coasts of the United States and transformed the coast south of Moñtana de Oro State Park into Passamaquoddy, Maine. A lighthouse was built near Point Buchon as part of Pete’s Dragon, the most expensive Walt Disney production to date. Passamaquoddy is the name of …

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Mar 05

1976 Telegram-Tribune office


July 30, 1976 A few days after the nation’s Bicentennial they decided that carpeting would be a good thing to have at the former Telegram-Tribune building at 1321 Johnson Ave. Built in 1958, reporter Dan Stephens called the building “The Pillbox” because the concrete block walls reminded him of an Army bunker. Note the pleasing …

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