Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vietnam War Protest, March, 1972

Two young boys (foreground) on Schwinn stingray bikes watch as hundreds of people march from Custom House Plaza in Monterey to the fence line of the Presidio of Monterey protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War in March of 1972.  (Monterey County Herald archives)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pierre Salinger in Monterey 1964

Pierre Salinger in Monterey in 1964.  Following his service in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Salinger returned to California and ran for the Senate. He defeated then California State Controller Alan Cranston in a contentious Democratic Primary. Governor of California Pat Brown, who had supported Cranston in the Primary, appointed Salinger a Democratic United States Senator to fill the vacancy resulting from the July 30, 1964 death of retiring Senator Clair Engle; he took office on August 4, 1964. In his bid for a full six-year term in the 1964 election, he was defeated by former actor George Murphy following a campaign in which Salinger's only recent return to his native state became an issue, his legal residency even being challenged in court.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Whale bones found, 1964

Richard Pollnac (left) a U.S. Army enlisted soldier based at Fort Ord looks over some of the fossils he found at Fort Hunter Liggett in May 1964 with Monterey Peninsula College geologist Milton Bristow. The bones of a pre-historic whale were estimated to be over 30 million years old.  The species of whale was named "pollnac cetacean.  (Monterey County Herald Archives)