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Stories of the Past: Friday, March 23, 2001

March 23, 2001

50 years ago — One-and-a-half tons of railroad tie plates and angle bars, valued at $250, were reported missing by the U.S. Gypsum Co. at Plaster City.

40 years ago — The American Football League's most valuable player, Jack Kemp, San Diego Chargers' quarterback, spoke at the El Centro Rotary Club luncheon. He spoke about moving the Chargers from Los Angeles to San Diego.

30 years ago — Imperial Valley College night class students celebrated the second full day of spring season Tuesday by holding classes on the lawn and under the parking lot lights. The move outside was not, however, altruistic or dedicated to proving that the Imperial Valley weather is wonderful when compared to the rest of the cold and snowy United States, but was due to a telephone bomb scare.

20 years ago — A 9-year-old Westmorland boy is undergoing treatment for rabies after being bitten by a rabid skunk Sunday in front of his home, according to the county. The skunk, said county Health Administrator Yvonne Smith, tested "very positive" for rabies.

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