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Stories of the Past: Sunday, March 18, 2001

March 17, 2001

50 years ago — Hunter Charlton, El Centro High School senior, won the district oratorical contest sponsored by Toastmasters clubs of Imperial and San Diego counties. Speaking on "inflation," Charlton triumphed over students from San Diego High, Hoover High and other schools in San Diego.

40 years ago — If you think you've got troubles, talk to an Imperial Valley cantaloupe grower. His acreage was dwindled because some growers have moved their deal to Mexico and Mexican melons are hogging the market.

30 years ago — Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers are reported to have called off a 30-day nationwide lettuce boycott. The decision followed discussion of a settlement between UFW and the Teamsters over which has jurisdiction of farm workers.

20 years ago — A high-speed police chase started today in San Diego County as an apparent mismatch between the pursuer and pursuee. But the chase covered nearly 120 miles before the hare finally caught up with the tortoise. It began, according to sources, about 1:30 a.m. just west of El Cajon and ended at 3:20 a.m. on Interstate 8, 15 miles or so east of El Centro.

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