Tag Archive: 1981

Feb 12

Avila truss bridge collapses, vestage of the Pacific Coast Railway

The 98-year-old Pacific Coast Railway bridge near Port San Luis collapsed on its own weight in San Luis Creek.
©Wayne Nicholls/Telegram-Tribune

You may have wondered about the mysterious henge looming beside San Luis Creek in Avila Beach. It is one of the last remaining monuments to the dawn of modern Central Coast transportation, the Pacific Coast Railway. The concrete plinth was an underpinning to Bridge No. 5. The narrow gauge rails were in use for 66 …

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Dec 13

Swift completion of their appointed rounds, behind the scenes at a mail sorting center

Clerk Michele Lipman of Santa Barbara gathers mail that has been sorted into bins by machine and arranges it in trays for next step in processing.
©Ken Chen/Telegram-Tribune published Feb 25, 1981

Computers cut the number of jobs needed to hand sort mail. Later they cut the number of pieces of mail when folks began to send e-cards and connect on social networking sites. But you still need humans to deliver the mail. I am not sure if this system has been replaced by another technology but …

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Dec 28

Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip a Cayucos New Year’s Day tradition

Baptism  About 55 people — some children, some who appeared in their 50s — won initiation into the Polar Bears Club Friday by dipping into the 55-degree ocean by the Cayucos pier. The second annual event was organized by Carlin  Soule of the Way Station Restaurant in Cayucos. @Telegram-Tribune/Ken Chen

The Tribune did not cover the first Polar Bear Dip in Cayucos. Only a handful of people went in the water at the inception of the event in 1981. By the second splash it was on the assignment list for the Tribune photography staff and has been ever since.  Let this be a warning to …

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Jun 11

Medfly and Malathion

Pickled Medflies, in a vial held by Deputy County Agricultural Commissioner Richard Greek, are what South County farmers hope to avoid by preventive spraying begun Sunday. © Telegram-Tribune Tony Hertz

Try illustrating a story involving tiny invasive foreign insects, farming and the efforts to prevent the pests from gaining a foothold in the area.  Tony Hertz was up to the challenge. I doubt you can find a better Medfly photo. The bug can damage a wide range of fruit and are seen as a major …

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Oct 14

Mudhole Olympics

October 19, 1981 Atascadero used to have an event called the Mudhole Olympics featuring wacky events and radio DJ’s. Now it is hard to find a real live local disc jockey and impossible to find the Mudhole Olympics. Perhaps they are on a four year cycle like the more famous Olympics but I doubt it. …

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