>> 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.