50 years ago — Forrest Damron has gone to Hollywood for a conference with Ida Lupino. Damron, one of two El Centro men held captive by killer Billy Cook last month, is trying to sell the story to the movies. Lupino told Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper that she plans to do a picture based on the experience.
40 years ago — Plans for installation of a water system that could open the entire north shore of the Salton Sea to vast recreational developments were outlined Monday to the county Board of Supervisors.
30 years ago — Imperial County Planning Commission members approved a conditional-use permit allowing the Union Oil Co. to abandon two old geothermal wells near Niland. Union said the two wells, near the Salton Sea, were being abandoned because of high salt and mineral content.
20 years ago — Imperial Valley College opened the 1981 baseball season Thursday, snaring a 14-13 victory over Mt. San Jacinto College in the IVC Invitational Tournament. The Arabs needed one big nine-run inning to subdue the Eagles. The Desert Conference foes pounded 28 hits in the two-hour slugfest.