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Stories of the Past: Friday, January 11, 2002

January 11, 2002

>>50 years ago — Four El Centro youngsters took the March of Dimes to Main Street in wheelchairs. The youngsters teamed with two wheelchairs and a placard saying: "I am not a polio victim, I might be, so might you." The youngsters, Chris Knott, Larry Brown, Jerry Belson and Billy Fairchild brought the drive to the attention of Saturday shoppers.

>>40 years ago — A bone-chilling 17 degrees above zero dropped thermometers in El Centro to record lows and lettuce growers looked forward to an even better market than the day before.

>>30 years ago — Imperial County's Mid-Winter Fair generated about $280,000 locally in 1971, according to Richard Montejano, fair secretary-manager.

>>20 years ago — Edward Albee's adaptation of "Everything in the Garden" will be presented by the Imperial Valley Players on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Imperial. Albee, one of America's leading playwrights, has created a serious drama that uses comic situations to attack materialism.

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