Tag Archive: 1989

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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Nov 28

A song on the wires, boom box in the sky

Dave Moore, a splicer for Pacific Bell, takes his listening pleasure with him on the job. Earphones aren't convenient under a hardhat, so Moore lugged his portable radio up 30-feet high and hung it from a convenient wire. He was working at the corner of Pismo and Santa Rosa streets in San Luis Obispo. ©Robert Dyer/Telegram-Tribune

Nothing says 1980s faster than boom box. Transistor radios, wonders of the 60s that would fit in the palm of your hand had sound like a singing chipmunk. Bigger speakers, bigger batteries and you had a portable party, and bonus this one has a cassette tape player. Looks like the dial is set to around …

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Feb 08

You can call me Al, Weird Al

"Weird Al" Yankovic and Jeopardy host Art Fleming during the "I lost on Jeopardy" video shoot. Publicity photo.

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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Jul 31

Warren Baker retires

Warren Baker warms up his son, 13-year-old B.J. Baker between innings at a San Luis Obispo Babe Ruth baseball game. Published June 26, 1989 Eric Burdick/Telegram-Tribune

It’s a fishbowl job. Everyone knows who you are, where you live and how much you make. Working at a public university, everyone has an educated opinion about your job performance. Even when you are not at work you are in the public eye. This photo turned up while putting together a photo gallery as …

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Dec 31

Cal Poly baseball championship

Todd Rice, left, and Drew Herron of Cal Poly celebrate moments after the Mustangs captured the NCAA Division II National Championship in their first-ever trip to the College World Series. Cal Poly snapped a 5-5 tie with a four-run eighth inning to beat New Haven 9-5 in Friday night's championship game to cap a 38-25 season.

June 3, 1989 One story that slipped past the anniversary date at Photos from the Vault this year was the 20th anniversary of Cal Poly’s baseball national championship held in Montgomery, Alabama. Before 2009 is over, imagine it is last June… Back then Cal Poly was a Division II program coached by Steve McFarland. Sports …

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Oct 22

Loma Prieta Earthquake 20 years

  October 17, 1989 At the time I thought it was the best chance for the Giants to take a game in the World Series. The first two starting pitchers for the Athletics had dominated their games but the game 3 match-up at Candlestick Park held promise for Giants fans. I had just finished work …

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Oct 16

Clam Festival 1989

  October 2, 1989 We were just talking about festivals falling on the same weekend. This year the Clam Festival and Colony Days fall on the same weekend. At least they are close alphabetically. Clams used to be so plentiful that ranchers in the early 1900′s could bring a hay rake to the beach and …

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May 29

Prom Night 1989


San Luis Obispo High School seniors Daniel Lucas and Anna Boyd strike a classic pose in contemporary attire at the prom.©Jeffrey May/Telegram Tribune Prom is a sign the school year is winding down and graduations are just around the corner. In 1989 there was a scheduling snafu and the San Luis Obispo High Prom fell …

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