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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, March 5, 2002

March 05, 2002

>>50 years ago — J. Ward Casey, pioneer resident and farmer of the Brawley area, announced his candidacy for the state Assembly from the 77th Imperial Valley District. Casey, a Republican, will seek the post formerly held by the late George Butters, Brawley area farmer.

>>40 years ago — El Tiki Restaurant's float won the sweepstakes award of the first parade held in conjunction with the California Mid-Winter Fair in Imperial. The float depicted a Polynesian scene that included a palm tree trunk carved by Ben Wilson, the restaurant's owner.

>>30 years ago — A smiling silver-haired Ed McMahon jumped out of a Cessna single-engine airplane at El Centro Naval Air Facility to take a practice flight with the famed Blue Angels flight team. Johnny Carson's right-hand man on the ‘Tonight Show' looked more like a pilot than television personality as he was introduced to the pilots by Blue Angel Cmdr. Don Bentley.

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>>20 years ago — Following an expected sell-out crowd tonight for the Rick Springfield concert, the California Mid-Winter Fair prepares for the final two days with a weekend full of activities and entertainment. With a forecast of good weather, fair officials are hoping to exceed the 150,000 for the full 10 days of the exposition.

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