Tag Archive: Tony Hertz

Dec 05

Flooding on South Higuera Street

Cal Poly instructor John Boyd eades along lower Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo Monday as he walks home because buses weren't running. ©Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune

Humans like to build on flat level land. Problem is the water likes it too. We can go decades between floods in San Luis County but when a cloud bursts the results can be swift. Any time rain falls faster than one inch per hour flooding is likely to follow. Parts of South Higuera Street …

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Oct 27

Pismo Jubalee by the Sea at Halloween

Yankee Wailer Bill Wood wears his Halloween costume at the ninth first annual Jubilee by the Sea in Pismo Beach. ©The Tribune/Tony Hertz

One of the more enjoyable assignments for a photographer, music fan, is the Pismo Beach Jubilee by the Sea. Bands come from all over the United States as well and music lovers. Sometimes it is hard to capture the feel of the sometimes zany music in a photo, unless the date falls near Halloween.

Sep 06

Election turn out counts, winning by one vote

Pismo Beach Mayor Nebb Eldwayen savors his single-vote victory over Scovil Hubbard. ©Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune

It is easy to get lazy or cynical about elections. All of that political hype and advertising makes me want to pull the plug on the television, telephone and Teletype. Yes, I have a Teletype in every billiard room of my mobile home. All newspaper employees do. Kidding aside, your vote can make a difference. …

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Jun 04

Building a house is a moving experience

Arnold Teague chuckles about years of building a home from his collection of scraps and memorabilia. ©Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune

Some stories almost tell themselves, they have a durable and classic form that has stood the test of time. One of the classic story forms is David and Goliath, the young nimble and smart upstart surprises the strong but inflexible giant, or the dreamer who finds whimsy in everyday tasks. On July 19, 1980 Telegram-Tribune …

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Apr 24

Mr. Drucker of Green Acres, actor Frank Cady

Señor San Luis Obispo, a pet parakeet, finds a familiar perch atop Frank Cady's head. ©The Tribune/Tony Hertz

Cambria has been the home away from Hollywood for a large number of actors and behind the camera professionals. On July 3, 1980, Telegram-Tribune reporter Linda Gentry wrote about actor Frank Cady. Actor gets his own ‘Green Acres’ in Cambria Frank Cady was a doctor and shopkeeper for nearly three decades. He was Doc Williams …

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Nov 26

Marriage cleared for take-off

Former Swift Aire pilot Fredd Driggs and Martha Estrada are married aboard the Swift Aire plane Driggs flew until the airline folded. ©The Tribune/Tony Hertz

Swift Aire was remembered fondly by many who worked for it. The San Luis Obispo airline went out of business in 1981 after 12 years of service. The cause depended on who you were talking to, various articles cited — airline deregulation, PATCO air controllers strike,  inflation, a new owner with big ambitions and little …

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Oct 25

The story of Clint, the F. McLintocks cowboy

Telegram-Tribune Focus section published June 25, 1983.

I keep an eye on the wood carved cowboy that surveys the Pacific Ocean from the F. McLintocks parking lot. The other day a man was refinishing it I and stopped to make a feature photo. My first professional story was written about the carving and sold to a local magazine. In the days before …

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Oct 18

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Ali visits CMC

CMC inmates swarm around the three-time heavyweight champion to shake hands after the program. © The Tribune/Tony Hertz

Few people in the world are instantly recognizable, known by a single name. Top billing from the exclusive group that includes Jordan, Ruth and Magic is one name. Ali. Pop quiz. Who did the 18-year-old high school graduate defeat in the 1960 Olympics light-heavyweight gold medal bout? Does the name Zigzy Pietrzykowski ring any bells? …

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Oct 09

Fear and Loathing with Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson sported his famous cigarette holder and a visor with flashing red and green lights as he entertained a capacity crowd at Chumash Auditorium Saturday night. ©Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune

His demons were never far away. When external devils were temporarily vanquished the personal would rise. Fear and loathing. The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others- the living-are those who pushed their luck …

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Oct 02

Captian Nitwit, Der Tinkerpaw, Art Beal architect of Nitwit Ridge

Art Beal, Captain Nitwit, Der Tinkerpaw builder-designer of Nitwit Ridge in Cambria. Published in Focus 2-12-1977 photo by Wayne Nicholls. ©The Tribune

Captain Nitwit’s Cambria house was a dump, according to its crinkly, cranky, owner-designer-builder Art Beal. He began sculpting the rock of Nitwit Ridge, with dynamite, in 1928. Nitwit’s budget wasn’t as large as the newspaper baron building up the coast, but he made up for it with his physical strength and feisty demeanor. Both castles …

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