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Stories of the Past: Thursday, February 14, 2002

February 14, 2002

>> 50 years ago — Members of Los Centinelas Club, in a first-year anniversary meeting at Mallabox ranch in El Centro, elected officers for its 1952 year. Elected officers were: Tony Beltran, secretary, Eddie Alarcon, re-elected, treasurer; and Art Cardenas, sergeant-at-arms.

>> 40 years ago — "Imperial Valley is the greatest winter resort in the world. I've seen the world," said retired U.S. Army Col. "Rip" Brady as he looked over the broad green fairways of the Barbara Worth County Club. "I have sampled winters throughout the world. Nowhere have we found the friendly people and excellent weather we have experienced here."

>> 30 years ago — A special board of inquiry was being convened in an attempt to try to pinpoint the cause of a fatal jet fighter crash that claimed the life of a Blue Angel. Four members of the famed Blue Angels have died in air crashes in the same general vicinity during the six years the famed precision team have made El Centro Naval Air Facility its winter home.

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>> 20 years ago — Margaret Silva-Chairez, 32, staff artist for the Imperial Valley Press and The Brawley News, has won a statewide award for an editorial cartoon. Chairez took second place in the California Newspaper Publishers Association competition in the "best editorial cartoon" category.

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