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Stories of the past: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

April 24, 2002

>>50 years ago — Heavy haze blotted out the mushroom cloud of the Las Vegas atomic blast for two El Centrans flying at 10,000 feet. But the huge white cloud was plainly visible in Needles a few hours after the blast. Carl Schooss of the Post-Press newspapers and Jerry Robertson, an El Centro car dealer, were flying over the Chocolate Mountains when the bomb was detonated at Yucca Flat.

>>40 years ago — All Valley Elks and their guests are welcome to the country club poolside luau Saturday night. This evening of fun will feature Hilo Hattie, Hawaii's ambassador of goodwill, and her Hawaiian revue. Exotic island beverages, dinner, dancing and entertainment will be featured at a price of $7.50 per person.

>>30 years ago — The Twentynine Palm High Wildcats clipped Calipatria twice in basketball and once in football but can't come to the Hornets on the baseball diamond. Vidal Garcia and the Northend varsity squad won their sixth Chaparral League game, scoring all their runs in two innings and clamping down on the Wildcats 7-3.

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>>20 years ago — That notorious robber of sleep, daylight-saving time, is ready to strike Imperial Valley. As decent folks slumber early Sunday morning, daylight- saving time will brazenly steal an hour from their sleep. One moment it is 1:50 a.m. An instant later it is 3 a.m. And everybody wakes up the next morning wondering why they feel so lousy when they didn't drink a thing the night before.

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