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50 Years

Ago

What this country needs is a Good Nickel Crusade. We need a common cause which can unite us all in these times of division and crisis. At first blush this might seem an impossible order. At a time when not everybody is in favor of God, Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Flag, is there anything on which we can all agree? There is. Everybody is against hippies. —July 2, 1969

40 Years

Ago

Polish those bicycles and shop for a moped—Golden Gate Transit might be out on a strike Monday. Bridge district workers, demanding a 10.7 percent wage increase have threatened to strike Sunday. The strike would shut down bus service and ferries as well as the toll booths, but toll takers would be replaced by supervisory personnel, according to the district. The requested 10 percent wage increase would cost the district $1.3 million a year and presumably would necessitate a toll and fare increase. —June 29, 1979

30 Years

Ago

Made by Pixar, a computer graphics firm located in San Rafael, Tin Toy walked away with this year’s Academy Award for best animated short —the first time the Oscar has gone to a computer-animated film… Computer generated graphics is a rapidly advancing technology, and Pixar has remained at the cutting edge. That’s thanks, in part, to the work of the animation team. The company originated as the computer graphics research division at Lucasfilm. The division’s early work included sequences for Return of the Jedi, Young Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In 1986 Lucasfilm sold off its computer graphics division to a group of purchasers that included the division’s own employees (who now own 30 percent) and Apple Computers co-founder Steven Jobs (70 percent). —June 30, 1989

Compiled by Alex Randolph

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