Flashback

Forty Years Ago This Week

Charged particle beam weapons, which the Russians are now developing, may, if perfected, make nuclear war obsolete, replaced by the far more precise war of pure directed energy. Tanks, if they are around at all, will be remotely operated by computer and capable of delivering super-accurate laser energy or mini-nuclear devices of pure radiation energy at a target.

Jon Stewart and John Markoff, March 2–8, 1979

Fifty Years Ago This Week

Track and field athletes at Redwood High are up in arms because the coach has threatened to toss off the team anybody without a short haircut. Redwood Principal Donald Kreps said that track athletes must have hair of “reasonable length.” The determination of “reasonable” is apparently up to track coach Gary Shaw.

—March 6–12, 1969

A large white marble fetus, embodied in a torso of wrought iron ribs and pelvis, was part of a sculpture exhibit at the Unitarian-Universalist church on the hills overlooking Terra Linda. It was torn loose from its ferric umbilicus sometime last week and spirited away.

The sculpture was the work of San Rafael sculptor San Watson and was valued by him at more than $2,000. It was the only piece stolen or damaged in the entire exhibit.

—Mabel Pittenger, March 6–12, 1969

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