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Stories from the past: Feb. 8, 2002

February 16, 2002

>>50 years ago — Five hundred California newspapers met today in Coronado for the opening session of the 64th annual convention of the California Newspapers Association. Tonight's traditional dinner will feature Gov. Earl Warren as a speaker.

>>40 years ago — Malcolm Frager, pianist, following a Valley concert in Palmer Auditorium, commented about how much he appreciated his audience. The 27-year-old virtuoso is a talented young man who has made a name for himself in music.

>>30 years ago — Students at Holtville High School will be able to graduate with fewer English, history and government units, presumably with more vocational training. The school's Board of Trustees approved lowering the academic requirements for graduation after Trustee Richard Graeser removed his objections to it.

>>20 years ago — Mexican customers' interest in U.S. postal boxes has become such a social phenomenon that Calexico is becoming the postal box capital of the nation. Local state Employment Development Department official Gilbert Grijalva attributes a large part of the social phenomenon to the need for Mexican workers to have a postal box to get their unemployment checks.

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