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Stories of the Past: Friday, May 17, 2002

May 17, 2002

>>50 years ago — The 1952 melon deal got going full steam today with the shipment of three express cars full of cantaloupes from the Arena Imperial Co. shed in Brawley. Five firms pooled their melons to produce the first carload shipment of the year.

>>40 years ago — A county conference for mathematics and science teachers will be Friday night and Saturday morning in the Brawley Union High School cafeteria. The conference is to introduce, discuss and display the new mathematics curriculum.

>>30 years ago — Brawley Rotarians viewed "The Road to Delano," a controversial film the 2-million member Farm Bureau produced and has been circulating to counteract another reel promoted by a major television network to dramatize the anguish of California farm workers.

>>20 years ago — Some hot spots in Imperial Valley on Monday had the "dubious distinction" of being the hottest in the nation, according to Jim Christopherson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The weather service's regular reporting stations of Palm Springs, Thermal, Gila Bend and Yuma had 102 degrees Monday. But the Calexico/Mexicali area recorded 106 degrees.

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