From the emails, voice mails and other sources:
Several weeks ago, Carol Willsonand Don Gerlach lugged in a box of old papers, most of which were Modesto Bees or its predecessor, the Modesto News-Herald. I finally got time to thumb through them, and what a window of history they delivered. Some of the dates and headlines:
• News-Herald, March 4, 1929 – “Presidency Passes To Hoover.” Seven months later, the stock market crashed and, in essence, began the Great Depression.
• The Bee, Sept. 28, 1938 – “Four Power Conference to Avert War in Europe is Called.” Hitler used the event in Munich to assure France and Great Britain that Germany would just seize Czechoslovakia and then stop. And they believed him.
• An extra edition of the Alturas Plain Dealer and Modoc County Times, Dec. 8, 1941, bearing a headline that wouldn’t be written today – “US – JAPS AT WAR.” No exclamation point. None needed.
• Bees from May 7 and Aug. 15, 1945, reporting the ends of the war in Europe and Japan. Subhead from the latter says it all. “7,000,000 Men Will Be Released From Armed Service In 12 Months.”
• A Bee special section from July 6, 1954 – “The People’s Own and Debt Free.” This section detailed the retiring of the bond for the original Don Pedro Dam, built in the early 1920s. And the front page from the May 23, 1971, edition includes a huge photo of the dedication of the New Don Pedro Dam. Behind it, the water level was beginning to rise as 3,000 people looked on.
• Bee editions from 1959 and 1962 detailed the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. From Washington’s birthday, 1962, following John Glenn’s successful orbits: “Khrushchev Hails Glenn, Urges Space Effort Pool.” From this, one might argue, came the International Space Station. In between came the July 21, 1969, Bee edition detailing Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon.
• A Bee story on Oct. 30, 1966, details the planned construction of the Columbia College campus.
• A July 28, 1974, Bee headline speaks volumes – “Committee Votes To Impeach Nixon.”
In 85 years, you’ll still be able to find out what happened today by going onto the Internet or whatever replaces it. But it won’t have the feel, smell and antiquity of those brittle old broadsheets. Thanks, Carol and Don, for the flashbacks and history lessons.
“Our mission is to inspire and encourage assisted athletes to participate in endurance racing,” mom Kelli said.
They’ve been featured previously on The Huffington Post, Women You Should Know and other online sites. Now they are in a different type of event. The Tanghes entered a photo of themselves in the Runner’s World Cover Contest, with the winners in male and female divisions getting future cover shots.
Visitors can go to the Runner’s World contest site and vote for their favorites to determine the finalists, with voting ending Aug. 15. Then, around Aug. 26, a panel from the magazine will choose the winners in each category.
“It isn’t about winning,” Kelli wrote in an email. “It’s about having a mother/daughter disabled racing duo on the leaderboard.”
A few years ago, Crystal Petralli moved to Modesto and brought her business, Cornerstone, with her. She gives equestrian hunter and jumper riding lessons at a facility behind Modesto Feed on McHenry Avenue. But she also maintains her school in Saratoga, near San Jose and 92 miles away. It’s not Idaho, but it is time consuming.
“(Cercle-Kent’s) makes my drive look like a walk in the park,” Petralli said. Petralli is conducting summer camps here in town. Visit www.ridemodesto.com for more information.
The same theory apparently applies to RVs, having watched a gent a block away give his travel trailer a pressure washing Sunday evening.