Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Aerial of Seaside, 1967

A 1967 aerial photo looking north over Roberts Lake in Seaside and Canyon Del Rey Blvd., prior to Highway 1 and the Monterey Beach Hotel being constructed.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ed Leslie Racing, 1964

#98 Ed Leslie races his Cobra through the corkscrew during the U.S. Road Racing Championships in May of 1964 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pope John Paul II, Sept. 1987

Pope John Paul II during his sermon to thousands of people at Laguna Seca in Monterey on September 17, 1987.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Monterey Jazz Festival, 1967

Dizzy Gillespie and Carmen McRae perform on the main stage Sunday night, September 17, 1967 during the Monterey Jazz Festival. Gillespie was a regular performer at the Monterey Jazz Festival and McRae brought her jazz vocals to the festival several times.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sen. Barry Goldwater, 1964

Barry Goldwater was in Monterey on Tuesday May 26, 1964 - grim and fighting and locked in a desperate race for the Republican nomination over Nelson Rockefeller in Tuesday's presidential primary. The 55-year-old Arizona senator, the champion of the conservative movement in America, addressed more than 2,500 of his fans in front of Monterey's historic Colton Hall.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Crosby Pro/Am, 1964

Jack Nicklaus plays Monterey Peninsula Country Club during his second round at the 1964 Crosby Pro-Am. Photo: Monterey County Herald, 1/17/64

Friday, November 13, 2009

Big Sur Mudslide, 1972

Perry Davis, manager of the River Inn, checks on damage to cars and structures from a massive mudslide in Big Sur on Wednesday, November 15, 1972. (Ben Lyon/Monterey County Herald)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Eldon Dedini, Sept. 1967

Eldon Dedini was a cartoonist whose work has appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Playboy and elsewhere. He received the National Cartoonists Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1958, 1961, 1964 and 1988 for his work. Mr. Dedini did around 1,200 cartoons for Playboy and 630 for The New Yorker in a career that also included Disney cartoons, ads for broccoli and thirteen posters for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance. "The gag is the whole secret of cartooning" he once said. "Style alone will never sell a bum joke. So you can drwa. A million people can draw. The question is, are you funny?"

Friday, October 23, 2009

Grateful Dead, May 5, 1987

The San Francisco based rock group Grateful Dead, brought their '60s time warp to Laguna Seca on May 5-6, 1987, much to the delight of 40,000 fans. The concert, known as the "graying of the age of aquarius, was produced by Bill Graham.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Kalisa Moore, Aug. 13, 1999

Kalisa Moore, owner of Kalisa's on Cannery Row across the street from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Moore opened the restaurant on July 5, 1958. Downstairs was the dining room while upstairs was reserved for everything from belly dancing to jazz music. Celebrities such as Clint and Maggie Eastwood, Kim Novak and Dizzy Gillespie frequented her place.

Monday, October 12, 2009

CHOMP construction, 1971

Construction of the domed ceiling at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in February of 1971.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Portola-Crespi Cross, 1969

Harry Henry John Downie, curator and restorer of the Carmel Mission was orginally a San Francisco cabinetmaker. Father Michael O'Connell brought Downie to Carmel in 1931. Downey spent the rest of his life working on Carmel Mission. Downie hewed the replica Portola-Crespi cross out of local redwood. It was erected on December 9, 1969 to celebrate Monterey's Bicentennial. The cross was located at the spot where the Portola expedition had an overlook of the natural harbor in Monterey Bay.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1967 Monterey Jazz Festival

Rock/blues guitarist, B.B. King, performs on the main stage during the Monterey Jazz Festival, Saturday, September 16, 1967. The lineup during the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival took a decidedly harder edge with such groups as Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, which rocked the Saturday crowd. Years later Jimmy Lyons would admit that he submitted to pressure to include rock groups and that more patrons were alienated than attracted to the Monterey Jazz Festival from the “new” music.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Del Monte Center construction, May 1967

May 15, 1967 construction of the $15 million Del Monte Shopping Center on Carmel Hill in Monterey. The design of the mall was by architect John S. Bolles, who was an authority on Mayan architecture. S.F.B. Morse, president of Del Monte Properties, dedicated the center on September 14, 1967. The shopping center’s anchor tenant was and still is Macy’s department store. Over 80 stores are expected to occupy the mall. (Photos by Herald staff photographer Teresa Zabala)

Monday, August 31, 2009

"Where the Action Is" June 1966

Percy Sledge (center) performs at Nepenthe in front of the ABC television cameras during a filming of the show "Where the Action Is" on June 20, 1966. The show produced by Dick Ckark, was filmed in Monterey County at Fisherman's Wharf, the Beach Club in Pebble Beach and Nepenthe for airing later in the Fall. Other groups appearing were, Tommy Sands, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Isley Brothers and The Syndicates of Sound and Jimmy Hughes. (Monterey Herald Archives)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Soledad Prison Murder, 1971

Soledad State Prison inmates James Wagner and Roosevelt Williams, both 24, arrive at Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas on May 26, 1971. Williams and Wagner were among seven black inmates who gained notoriety in the case as the "Soledad Seven," who were tried in the murder of prison guard William C. Shull, who was stabbed to death on the grounds of the prison. Charges were later dismissed by the District Attorney when it was determined that a key witness had lied when questioned by an investigator.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tom Watson, 1982 U.S. Open

Of all the remarkable moments from the 1982 U.S. Open, one is indelibly etched in memory. Twenty-seven years ago Tom Watson called his shot and danced around the 17th green at Pebble Beach after holing a miraculous chip shot. This photo was taken by former Monterey County Herald staff photographer Robert Fish with a 500mm f/8 mirror lens.

Watson entered the championship as one of the clear-cut favorites. In the past few years he had supplanted Nicklaus as the game’s No. 1 player. His familiarity with the course from his college days at nearby Stanford and as a two-time winner of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am also helped make him the prognosticators pick

In one of the most memorable moments in Open history, Tom Watson birdied the 17th hole at Pebble Beach by pitching in to the cup from off the green and won his first Open Championship. The win earned Watson top prize money of $60,000. Jack Nicklaus finished second. Watson, 32, from Kansas City, Missouri, won with the scores of 72-72-68-70-282, six under par. Nicklaus shot 74-70-71-69 -284. This was the fourth time Nicklaus finished as runner-up in the Open, tying a record shared by Sam Snead, Bob Jones, and Arnold Palmer.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Albee Rolligon, 1958

On a fishing trip to Alaska in 1950, Mr. William Albee of California observed a group of Eskimo preparing to remove a heavy wooden boat fro the artic waters. Albee wondered how the small, heavily clad men would manage the boat up the muddy bank. The Eskimos produced and inflated several air tight seal skins on which they rolled the boat out of the water and up the bank. Thus was born the concept of the Rolligon low pressure Air Bag tires. With this idea in mind, Mr. Albee returned to California and began developing the first low pressure off road tire.

Bill Albee was the driver of the above vehicle, running over his father as a demonstration of the effectiveness of low pressure combined with a very flexible bag/tire. This vehicle was designed and built in just 9 weeks at the request of the Army Transportation Corp. in 1953. Dad was not able to organize Albee Rolligon Co. until 1955 due a law suit over preliminary financing. Once that was settled, he was able to obtain financing, and designed and built several greatly improved vehicles that generated tremendous world-wide interest and publicity.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Laguna Seca Raceway, 1969

Continental Championship race victor Sam Posey, in the winners circle on Sunday, May 4, 1969 following his winning ride in an Eagle-Chevy. Posey took home a check for $4,850 for winning the race at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey (Herald Archives)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Col. Allen Griffin, 1970

Colonel Robert Allen Griffin (1893 - 1981) and his wife, Hester Hyde Hately Griffin, former owners of the Monterey Peninsula Herald, in their landscaped garden in Pebble Beach in 1970. Col Griffin, commanded Company F, 364th Infantry Division, during World War I. He rejoined the Army during World War II and participated in the war in Normandy, Brittany and Belgium. (Monterey Herald Archives)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Jolly Rogue Fire, June 27, 1976

The Jolly Rogue restaurant fire on Sunday, June 27, 1976. 200 patrons and staff escaped injury from the fast moving fire that was reported at approximately 7:40 p.m. When the first engines \arrived on scene smoke and flames were pouring from the roof. Monterey, Seaside, Pacific Grove and Carmel Valley fire departments responded to the entrance of Monterey Wharf No. 2 Businesses also suffering damage were the Monterey Harbor Masters Office, Monterey Yacht Center, San Martin Wine Tasting Room and the Harvey Kilpatrick Insurance Company. Fire investigators first estimates were $500,000 in damages.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Beached Boats, Feb. 23, 1953

Seven ships were torn from their moorings at the Monterey Harbor and grounded on the beach by a sixty-mph northeast gale on Monday, February 23, 1953. The incident caused an estimated $500,000 in damages. The purse seiners New Hope, Cerrito Bros. and Petrina F suffered the most damage. Crews from the Granite Construction Company as well as the Army, helped in the salvage operation.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Dennis the Menace Train, Jan. 26, 1956

"Old 1285" contributed by Southern Pacific and moved to its resting place by the Army, now stands still and safe for small fry to swarm over to their hearts content. The smoke stack has been covered over so tots won't fall in. The clapper has been removed from the bell after complaints about the noise from people a half mile away.

A excerpt from a Monterey Herald article on the train that was placed at Dennis the Menace Park on January 26-27, 1956.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fourth of July fireworks, 1958

Fireworks over Fisherman's Wharf at the Monterey Harbor in this photo from July 4, 1958. Note the cars parked along Del Monte Blvd. and the old rail tracks. (Monterey County Herald archives)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Cesar Chavez released from jail, 1970

Cesar Chavez walks out of the Monterey County Jail in Salinas with supporters on December 24, 1970. (Photo: Monterey County Herald)

Cesar Chavez speaks to the assembled crowd after his release from jail on December 24, 1970. (Photo: Monterey County Herald)

Dolores Huerta and Ethel Kennedy (center) at the Monterey County jail in Salinas for Kennedy's visit to UFW president Cesar Chavez, who was in jail for a strike he ordered against Bud Antle Inc. (Photo: Monterey County Herald, 12/7/70)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lookback on the Crosby Pro-Am

Clint Eastwood photographed in 1971 for an ad campaign on Crosby weather.

Jack Nicklaus teeing in 1968 from the famous seventh hole at Pebble Beach.

Arnold Palmer moving rocks to improve his shot during the 1965 tournament.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Monterey's old rail line, 1971

This photo dated 1971, shows the old rail line overlooking the Monterey harbor where the current recreational trail is.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Operation Surfboard, March 21, 1955


Operation Surfboard consisted of 50 ships from the Amphibious Assault Force and participated in the amphibious assault landing of 5,000 troops of the Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at San Simeon Bay on March 21, 1955. The operation was completed about March 30, 1955.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Alvarado St. 1958-2009

Alvarado Street in Monterey during the 1958 urban revitalization project juxtaposed to a present day photo from approximately the same location. Notice the demolition of The Keg, where Cibo Restaurant is located today. Wells Fargo Bank and the State Theatre are noticeable in both photos.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Pietro Ferrante

On this post I need your help. This is a photo from the Herald's archive with the caption reading, Mr. & Mrs. Pietro Ferrante on Sept. 13, 1951 in Monterey. We all know that Pietro Ferrante was one of the pioneers in the commercial fishing industry in Monterey. He lived from 1867 to 1954. What I need to know is the name of his wife sitting next to him. Feel free to add your information to the comments section.


Vern Fisher
Monterey County Herald