Balboa Park History 1965
January 7, 1965, San Diego Union, 36:4-5. Electric Building – San Diego has eliminated Electric Building in Balboa park as a future site for commercial shows.
January 8, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:3. San Diego Zoo – Zoo awaiting San Pasqual project.
January 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:8, A-18:1. Community Concourse dedicated at brief rite.
January 12, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:7-8. Group hears need to widen 395, by Joe Brooks.
Almost everyone agrees that U. S. 395 needs to be widened through Balboa Park, but nobody wants to lead the battle to get it widened, the Highway Development Association was told yesterday.
January 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-18:1. Chamber of Commerce, Park Board, Hotel firm back room tax; support called wide for Proposition C.
January 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-31:2-3. Park Board discusses new education center.
Members of the Board of Park Commissioners were asked to make a recommendation on the location of the center in Balboa Park near the Zoo.
February 6, 1965, San Diego Union, A-10:3-6. Old Globe’s “The Hostage” would please Brendan Behan, by Alfred JaCoby.
February 10, 1965, San Diego Union, B-7:2-4. State of El Cid lighted last night for the first time; gift from the county’s electrical industry (illus.).
February 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:7. Big vote likely Tuesday in room-tax election; intense two-month campaign ending, by Michael O’Connor.
February 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-11:5-6. “Come Blow Your Horn” opens at Old Globe for a four-week run.
February 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:1-2, A-17:4. Study committee of Highway Development Association urges widening of U. S. 395 park route to eight lanes; rising accident toll cited, by Cliff Smith.
February 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:7-8, A-2:6. San Diego voters okay Proposition C, reject A and B; room-tax approved by 52 percent turnout, by Michael O’Connor.
February 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-11:4-5. “Come Blow Your Horn” encores top note at Old Globe, by Dick Bowman.
February 18, 1965, San Diego Union, A-33:6. Officials map legal actions on room tax, few snares remain, by Michael O’Connor.
March 1, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:1-2. San Diego Zoo – rhino, elephant flown to Zoo.
March 8, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:8. Mrs. C. R. McMillan praises care at Naval Hospital.
March 9, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:4-5. Officials hear protests on Balboa Park freeway.
March 9, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:3, A-14:1-2. World’s Fair plan gets second look; businessmen’s group to ask City Council for assistance.
The group, headed by Douglas Giddings, agreed after a meeting in the Administration Building to ask the City Council for staff assistance to investigate a proposal by Joseph B. Scholnick of Long Beach, vice president of the California World’s Fair Corp.
March 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:4, A-22:4. Park Board will fight wider 395; resolution hits proposal for 8-lane freeway.
March 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-29:4. City park bond issue sought for 1966 ballot.
March 19, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:1-2, B-3:3. City Council gets $100 million projects plan; City Manager Tom Fletcher submits 6-year capital outlay budget . . . roads, paring and sprinkler system for Golden Hill area, $124,500.
March 19, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:6-7. Air Hall of Fame seats first members, by Bill Parry.
April 1, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:7, A-16:2. Science Fair in Conference Building.
April 1, 1965, San Diego Union, A-14:7-8. Masked gunman robs Old Globe; patrons in line behind him.
April 4, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:3-4. Museum of Natural History to open exhibit on insects.
April 4, 1965, San Diego Union, I-3:1-5. Exposition’s fire departments, by Jerry MacMullen.
April 5, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:7-8, A-14:5-6. Science Fair in Federal Building rated the “best.”
April 7, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:5-8. City Council backs raises in municipal fees; aide outlines revenue lag in six areas; takes steps on solidifying city finances.
April 13, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:2-3. Mayor’s finance committee criticized for recommending golf fee rise by Douglas Giddings, chairman of city Park and Recreation Board..
April 18, 1965, San Diego Union, A-11:6. City Council plans talk on park bond issue.
April 22, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:1-3, A-23:1. Master Plan revealed for area east of park, by Cliff Smith.
A 15-year master plan for revitalizing and beautifying a large part of the city east of Park Boulevard and Balboa Park was made public at a press conference yesterday.
The plan includes proposals for expansion and “compaction” of commercial centers, increases in higher-density housing, including high-rise apartment buildings, new recreation and cultural facilities and many changes in streets to give better access to the area.
Titled the Mid-City Plan, it is the product of three years of study and meetings by the city Planning Department and a citizen’s group called the Mid-City Development Council.
The plan includes . . .
Provisions for medium to high-density development adjacent to Balboa and Colina del Sol Parks. Property fringing the parks is earmarked as excellent ground for luxurious and high-rise apartments.
April 22, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:2-3. The City Council today will begin hearings on the first general plan in the city’s history.
April 23, 1965, San Diego Union, B-3:5-7. Golfers get City Council plan to increase green fees.
April 23, 1965, San Diego Union, B-3:7-8. City Council adopts General Plan for San Diego, 1985.
May 1, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:8. Barbara Marsh claims recreation is purpose of city parks.
It is unjust to expect golfers who already support the parks through taxes to pay any more in fees than the actual expenses of the courses.
May 5, 1965, San Diego Union, A-12:1-2. “A Man For All Season” is uneven in Old Globe opening, by Alan Kriegsman.
May 5, 1965, San Diego Union, A-12:1. Rotarians plan family night at Old Globe tonight.
May 5, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:1-2. Ex-marine recalls 1916-24 mission to Dominican Republic.
May 5, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:8. Arthur H. Witzleben wants proposal to increase golf fee rejected.
May 9, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:5. Thomas Sandemeyer says Cabrillo widening is needed.
May 10, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:2. San Diego Fraternal Order of Eagles celebrated Mothers’ Day with a musical program at Organ Pavilion.
May 10, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:5. Police Show planned in Conference Building, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
May 10, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:6-7. San Diego Zoo no place for horseplay, by Jim McVicar.
Checking items like toy pistols and skateboards at the gate also alleviates another problem: the lost and found department.
May 10, 1965, San Diego Union, A-20:2. Naval Hospital opens new X-ray room.
May 16, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:5. Mrs. Barbara Overton says people ignoring signs, feeding animals at San Diego Zoo.
May 18, 1965, San Diego Union, 11:6. Petition to give voters opportunity to nullify city general plan.
May 22, 1965, San Diego Union, A-20:1-2, Museum of Man Board picks officers, hears goals.
May 28, 1965, San Diego Union, A-27:4-5. Twelve cultural groups seek city money.
May 16, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:5. San Diego Zoo – people ignoring signs and feeding animals.
June 2, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:2-4. San Diego Zoo – lemurs from Madagascar at Zoo, by Beverly Beyette
June 4, 1965, San Diego Union, A-18:1-2. Old Globe will open 16th Shakespeare Festival June 15 with “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
June 6, 1965, San Diego Union, E-1:5-6, E-2:4-8. Something new under the stars at Starlight Opera, by S. A. Desick.
June 6, 1965, San Diego Union, E-3:1-8. For Bard, a score of helping hands, by Carol Olten (illus.).
June 10, 1965, San Diego Union, A-29:1. Museum of Man – Park and Recreation Board yesterday approved Museum proposal to charge admission fees on a limited basis (50 cents a person for those 16 and over).
June 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-22:4-5. San Diego Zoo – baby flamingo hatched at Zoo; first in five years.
June 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-12:3-5. “Merry Wives of Windsor” at Old Globe isn’t so merry, by Alan Kriegsman.
June 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:1-2. Dance and pageantry precede Festival play, by Kay Jarvis.
June 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:2-3. Old Globe bows to Shakespeare at Festival opening, by Joe Stone.
June 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-39:7-8. San Diego Society of Natural History announced the resignation of its president, I. Norman Lawson, and the election of his replacement, Professor Baylor Brooks of San Diego State University.
June 17, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:4-5. City Planning Commission yesterday approved plans for 240-seat auditorium at San Diego Zoo; Tucker, Sadler and Bennett, architects for the structure near the corner of Village Place and Zoo Drive.
June 24, 1965, San Diego Union, B-3:5-6. “Henry VIII,” directed by Philip Minor, is superb production, by Alan Kriegsman.
June 27, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:6. Editor: Why not freeze the site of Balboa Park? With a growing civic center and high-rise apartments coming all around the park, we are going to need every inch of the ground for park purposes.
June 29, 1965, San Diego Union, A-18:4. Street jobs for 1965-66 outlined.
Another major project during the coming year, City Engineer E. F. Gabrielson said, will be the first phase of Maple Canyon Road which will run through Balboa Park.
The city will spend about $229,000 for right-of-way acquisitions and engineering next year.
June 29, 1965, San Diego Union, A-18:5-6. Soprano Maralin Niska opened the Old Globe’s third annual Festival Concert-Theater series last night with an exhibition of stunning vocalism, by Alan Kriegsman.
July 2, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:8. San Diego Zoo – Zoo plans to open today despite strike; non-union workers to man facility, by Cliff Smith.
July 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:6. San Diego Zoo – skeleton staff keeps Zoo going.
Caption for portrait of pachyderm, “Liz,” the zoo’s newest baby elephant; domiciled near the Children’s Zoo.
The animals provided the show as usual yesterday at the San Diego Zoo but it was an industrious skeleton staff of people working in unfamiliar jobs that kept it going.
As an estimated 8,500 visitors flocked in for the Zoo’s reopening, Dr. Clyde Hill, assistant curator of mammals, could be found cleaning the tapir and hippo enclosures with a fire hose.
Dr. Charles York, director of research at the Zoo Institute for Comparative Biology, turned tiger keeper, actually entering the big cat’s grottoes to clean them.
Ben Allen, formerly elephant keeper and now a security policeman at the Zoo, went back to his old job.
Adrenal Must, hostess at the zoo restaurant, was cutting mean for the carnivores in a food preparation building in Dog and Cat Canyon.
The Children’s Zoo was closed but a number of secretarial and library workers cared for the young animals there.
Avail, a baby gorilla, and Gabrielle, an infant gibbon, were cuddled and fed by librarian Deal Harrowed.
Dr. Lynn Griner, Zoo pathologist who coordinated animal care operations, said the hastily recruited staff did an excellent job.
“A few animals were fed an hour late or early,” he said, “but generally everything is in beautiful condition.”
The non-union employees said the animals seemed to miss the people when the Zoo was closed all day Thursday for the first time in its 49 years.
Robert Gray, of the public relations department, said the three baby gorillas who usually delight crowds in the Children’s Zoo with their monkeyshines were morose without their audience.
Gray said Liz, the newest baby elephant, trumpeted her displeasure at the loneliness and performed all sorts of antics to attract attention everytime a Zoo staffer came near.
Griner agreed that many of the animals “definitely sensed” the absence of people.
July 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:8. San Diego Zoo – agreement ends Zoo strike, by Cliff Smith.
The two-day San Diego Zoo strike ended last night when Zoo officers and Teamsters Union members approved a new three-year contract.
Spokesmen for both sides said normal Zoo operations would resume at 9 a.m. today.
The end of the dispute was announced in a joint statement issued at 9:40 p.m. by Zoo and union officials. The negotiators composed the press release together after 197 of the union employees voted unanimously to ratify the new contract agreement. It grants a pay raise and improved benefits.
The settlement averted possibility of the Zoo being closed during the holiday weekend, normally one of the busiest periods of the year. Up to about 50,000 visitors are expected today through Monday.
The agreement also ended the necessity for operating the Zoo on a limited basis as was done yesterday by non-union employees. Today all Zoo facilities will be in operation and regular hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be observed.
The strike, which closed the Zoo Thursday, involved 273 members of Teamsters Union Local 481.
The compromise agreement was hammered out by negotiators yesterday in a morning session at the Zoo. When the meeting broke up just after noon, large numbers of pickets at all Zoo gates were reduced to a token number. The last pickets were removed at 5 p.m.
San Diego Zoological Society Trustees approved the compromise in a meeting held at 5 p.m. Union members voted approval at a 7:30 p.m. meeting.
Then the negotiators, with state conciliator Thomas H. Vitalch, composed the joint statement in a hasty conference in the office of W. H. J. Swett, chief negotiator for the Zoo.
Read by Zoo publicist Robert Gray, it said in part:
“(We) announce the end of the work stoppage at the San Diego Zoo and the ratification by union members and approval of the board of trustees of the San Diego Zoological Society of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement . . .
“All employees will return to work in their regular classifications and the Zoo will resume normal operations at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 3.”
Swett said the new contract assures union employees of a 9 percent across the board wage increase spread over the three years, improvements in sick leave, a health plan and increased vacation time.
He said employees with five years service now will receive three weeks vacation. Previously they received this amount only after 10 years service. Swett said four weeks of vacation will be granted only after 15 years service. The union had sought to reduce the required service for this amount to 10 years.
The vacation provision was one of the key stumbling blocks that caused a deadlock in the negotiations just before the old contract expired Wednesday at midnight.
The negotiators declined to discuss union demands for an employer contribution to an unemployment disability fund. This was the other major point that had tied up bargaining. Swett said the settlement included improvements in this area.
Present at the joint meeting were Dr. Charles E. Show, assistant Zoo director; Patrick O’Relley, Zoo personnel director; John Sheridan of San Francisco, a representative of the Western Conference of Teamsters who headed bargaining for the union; Thomas Barham, secretary-treasurer of the local, and Lawson P. Martineau, chief shop steward for the union employees.
Sheridan said he felt Mayor Curran’s open letter urging members to go back to work “helped encourage resumption of the talks.”
July 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-9:1-4. Mystery of theater brings apprentices to Old Globe, by Dick Bowman.
July 6, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:1-3, A-24:5. Jehovah’s Witnesses rent Balboa Stadium; convention of 25,000 scheduled, by John Stanton.
July 6, 1965, San Diego Union, A-25:1-3. Anthony Zerbe plays three widely divergent roles in the 16th Shakespeare Festival at the Old Globe.
July 9, 1965, San Diego Union, A-25:1-2. Jehovah’s Witnesses assembly opens.
July 12, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:4. San Diego Zoo – Zoo pushing to keep tax money; director assails proposal to end appropriation.
The San Diego Zoo needs and will work to retain its annual two-cent rate appropriation from the city, Dr. Charles Schroeder, director, said yesterday.
City Councilmen are to discuss the mandatory tax contribution during conference on the phase two report of the Mayor’s Committee on Municipal Finance. The committee recommended last week that the tax, which new yields $200,000 annually be shifted for other purposes because the Zoo is self-sufficient.
A recommendation to cut the Zoo money was a major point made in the committee report, which dealt over-all with the scope and efficiency of city services.
The committee said the appropriation was needed when the Zoo was founded but that the attraction had gained enough financial strength to allow the money to be used elsewhere.
Committee findings are in the form of recommendations to the City Council.
The Zoo appropriation has been required by charter since 1934 and a vote of the people would be necessary to amend it.
Schroeder discussed the tax in a letter to members of the Aardvarks, a group of Zoo supporters, and in an interview.
Those who recommend altering the tax appropriation do not understand the financing and development obligations of the Zoo, Schroeder said.
He said the operating budget, now $3.6 million annually, has increased an average of ____ percent each year, primarily due to rising costs of labor and materials.
In the letter Schroeder said tax opponents should not view a $1.7 million bequest of the late Elmer C. Otto as the single answer to future financial needs. Otto of Alpine died in 1963 after a long and successful business career, leaving funds to the Zoo.
Schroeder said the more than $1 million committed by the Zoo in capital improvements last year would continue. He noted that all capital improvements become property of the city.
The Zoo receives its funds from the city tax, donations to the Zoological Society, and admission charges. Funds also are raised from “inside” charges such as food concessions, souvenirs, the Children’s Zoo, and guided tours.
Schroeder denied a statement in the committee report that the Zoo had reached a position where it could stand “on its own two feet.”
The society is hard pressed to keep the Zoo growing as a major San Diego tourist attraction and to meets it maintenance obligations.
July 12, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:5-6. Thirty-one thousand at final Jehovah Witnesses’ session in Balboa Stadium yesterday, by Frank Exarhos.
July 13, 1965, San Diego Union, A-9:3. “Coriolanus” will open at Old Globe tonight.
July 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-8:4-6. “Coriolanus” has steely quality, by Alan Kriegsman.
July 15, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:4-5, A-18:5. Museum of Man to charge fees.
The Museum of Man in Balboa Park yesterday announced that a new policy of paid admissions will be instituted Saturday as a means of solving the museum’s financial problems.
The admission charge for adults will be 50 cents. Children under 16, servicemen, school classes and organized study groups will be admitted free. All persons will be admitted free on Fridays.
Rear Admiral Charles C. Hartman, museum vice president, said the new policy was adopted after more than a year of study of the possible alternatives and probable effects of the admission fee.
“Potential sources of revenue were examined,” Hartman said, “including increased private support, increased city and county support, and paid admission to the museum.
“The board of directors felt that paid admission was the best solution for the community since it would not create an increase in tax rates, would provide sufficient revenue to help achieve the level of service it should have and would allow the 44 percent of park visitors who come from outside San Diego to help pay their share.”
The museum is a private institution, administered by the San Diego Museum Association and operated in city-owned Balboa Park buildings. The association board of directors is composed of 24 elected unpaid volunteers from the community. Dr. Gage G. Wetherill is currently president. The museum receives limited annual grants from the city and county governments.
Hartman said the new policy will enable the museum to hire additional staff members, carry on research projects, publish periodicals, reinstate educational programs for both children and adults which were dropped several years ago, and spur improvement of older exhibits and display of new ones.
He said that if the policy proves successful it also will make construction of museum additions feasible.
“Additional exhibit halls must be added if our theme “Man in the Americas” is to be properly presented,” he said. “Just where and how such additions would be built is impossible to say now. But they cannot even be considered until adequate finances are in sight.”
Hartman said the directors decided that the museum’s striking new “Viva Mexico” exhibit, recent renovation of the main gallery and new exhibits now approaching completion justified institution of the admissions fee.
The museum also released a statement city these museum problems and shortcomings and potential improvements:
- While the museum has made limited gains it is not expanding and improving fast enough to match the county’s increasing stature as a center of education, science and culture.
- The museum’s 1965-65 budget was $96,291 and no increase was possible for the current year although an additional $105,000 is required to achieve immediate goals.
- Private contributions have increased from $10,870 in 1959 to $41,883 in 1963 but additional revenue from such sources “will be increasingly difficult to obtain.”
- The value of museum collections is estimated at $1-1/2 million but many of these are not displayed for need of space and about 60 percent of current exhibits are improperly housed. Additions to the museum collection must be halted unless more space is not obtained soon.
- The museum staff already is inadequate. Staff expansion will result in better service to the public.
- The museum does not now sponsor any scientific projects such as studies of local archaeology. Increased revenues would permit expansion in such fields.
The directors also noted that there is a growing trend among U. S. museums of adopting admission fees. The 50 cent charge adopted here was based on a study of fees at 455 paid institutions.
July 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-12:1-2. “Carnival” at Starlight Opera is bring sparkler, by Dick Bowman.
July 16, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:5-6. Opening of 20th season of Starlight Opera last night featured as much excitement around the box office outside Balboa Park Bowl as there was tension backstage, by Joe Stone.
July 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-8:3. Scholarship auditions at Old Globe.
July 17, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:2-6. Serene beauty of Balboa Park is reflected in its lily pond, by Dick Bowman.
July 18, 1965, San Diego Union, E-3:1-3. Will Geer at Old Globe deserves “a mint of phrases, by S. A. Desick.
July 19, 1965, San Diego Union, A-11:2-3, A-15:1-2. Bonds weighed for city projects; pay-as-you-go financing called inadequate to meet major needs, by Michael O’Connor.
Closely linked with the capital outlay budget is a request to the park and recreation board from the council to study long-range development needs in Balboa and Mission Bay parks.
July 19, 1965, San Diego Union, A-14:3. Will Geer to give readings on “Americana” tonight.
July 20, 1965, San Diego Union, A-6:3. Will Geer’s “Americana” a sterling solo, by Alan Kriegsman.
July 25, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:1-6. Boss Hardy deserves some credit for Navy in San Diego, by Jerry MacMullen.
July 28, 1965, San Diego Union, A-7:4-5. The San Diego Symphony opened its 1965 summer season last night in Balboa Park Bowl with a conventional evening of light musical entertainment, by Alan Kriegsman . . . John Green, of Hollywood fame, was the first of three guest conductors who will take charge of the summer series this year.
July 29, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:5, A-21:3. Business leaders back downtown growth plan.
July 29, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:8. San Diego Zoo – writer opposes elimination of Zoo tax subsidy.
July 30, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:1-5. Jet noise forces San Diego Symphony Orchestra indoors at the Community Concourse, by Frank Exarhos.
August 1, 1965, San Diego Union, F-19:3-5. Dahlia Show in Conference Building.
August 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-7:4-6. “L’Histoire du Soldat,” San Diego ballet project at Old Globe, by Alan Kriegsman.
August 6, 1965, San Diego Union, A-11:3. The San Diego Ballet Company will present the second performance of “L’Histoire du Soldat” at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Old Globe Theater.
August 6, 1965, San Diego Union, A-12:1-2. A near capacity audience at Balboa Park watched Belle Poitrine achieve wealth, culture and social position last night in a lively Starlight Opera production of “Little Me.”
August 8, 1965, San Diego Union, A-18:4-5. San Diego Zoo – annual meeting and picnic September 8.
August 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-23:1-3. Blitzed out of Balboa Park by strafing jets, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra moved indoors to Convention Hall last night for the second concert of its summer series.
August 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-8:1-8. “Hollow Crown,” the Old Globe’s last concert series, charmed last night, by Carol Olten.
August 20, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:7. San Diego Zoo – City Manager Fletcher urges City/Zoo talk on proposal to end 2-cent levy, by George Story.
City Manager Tom Fletcher yesterday recommended that the City Council and the Zoological Society board of trustees meet to discuss the proposal that tax support for the Zoo be halted.
The Mayor’s Committee on Municipal Finance recently recommended that the City Charter be amended to eliminate the requirement that 2 cents of the city’s tax rate be earmarked for the support of the zoo.
Fletcher suggested the joint meeting in a 28-page analysis of the mayor’s committee’s report.
The committee said tax support for the Zoo, which began in 1941, helped develop the Zoo into an outstanding attraction but that “the purpose for which this tax was originally imposed has been served.”
When the tax support was begun, the committee noted, 2 cents on the tax rate yielded about $30,000 a year. The figure now is more than $200,000 a year.
August 22, 1965, San Diego Union, F-4. San Diego Zoo- $110,000 showplace for baboons and gibbons to be ready soon.
August 24, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:4-6. Thirty one nominated for awards on Old Globe performances.
August 27, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:5-6. City Council approved contracts yesterday between City and men who play and service Organ Pavilion.
August 27, 1965, San Diego Union, A-14:1-3. “Peter Pan’s” flight into fancy pleases at Balboa Park Bowl, by Jim McVicar.
August 27, 1965, San Diego Union, A-14:4. Soloist Salli Terri and the John Biggs Consort will perform at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Old Globe Theater.
August 29, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:6-8, A-28:7-8. Beatles and Beatlemania erupt in Balboa Stadium, by Beverly Beyette.
August 29, 1965, San Diego Union, A-27:3, A-28:7-8. Beatles give a rousing performance, by Carol Olten.
August 31, 1965, San Diego Union, A-10:1-2. John Biggs Consort at Old Globe revived old music last night.
September 1, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:4-6. San Diego Ballet delights at Balboa Park Bowl, by S. A. Desick.
September 4, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:8, B-8:7. Earl Bernard Murray quits San Diego Symphony director post, effective at the end of the winter season in April, by Beverly Beyette.
September 5, 1965, San Diego Union, E-1:3-5. Timken Art Gallery: a jewel case for the arts, by Armin Kietzmann.
September 9, 1965, San Diego Union, A-25:1-2. San Diego Zoo – Four thousand turn out for Zoo meeting, by Joe Stone.
September 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:7-8. San Diego Zoo debut fails to ruffle lemur, by Carol Olten.
September 12, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:5-8, A-23:1-2. San Diego General Plan on ballot September 21.
September 12, 1965, San Diego Union, E-1:1-8. The Fine Arts Gallery spreads its wing, by Barbara Hartung.
September 12, 1965, San Diego Union E-3:1-8. The Old Globe, how it began.
Thirty years ago a wry imp of a man with a face as timeless and brown and merry as a gnome chugged a spade into the hardpan under a eucalyptus tree in Balboa Park.
The man was Thomas Wood Stevens. The date was April 23, 1935. The occasion was the groundbreaking for the Old Globe Theater. Today Stevens’ name is lost to San Diego history — there has never been a monument, a building or even a street named after him. And, outside of friends who remember him here, the little the world knows or anybody bothered to record about him is buried in a file at the University of Arizona.
However, the same cannot be said of the theater he built. That lives in the minds and hearts of more than 100,000 theatergoers who attend the Old Globe each year.
Stevens, now dead, would be proud of that box office crowd today because good houses were a tradition he began.
September 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:1. Dr. Richard P. Phillips appointed executive director of Natural History Museum.
September 14, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:8. Citizens Coordinate seeks view of preservation.
September 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:4, A-27:3. Candidates see need for parks in District 8 (Southeast San Diego).
September 19, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:4. “A Man For All Seasons” wins major production honors at Old Globe Atlas awards, by Dick Bowman . . . Robert Colonna, top actor; Rita Kadubec, best actress.
September 19, 1965, San Diego Union, E-7:1-6. Timken Gallery shows it class, by Dr. Armin Kietzmann (illus.).
September 19, 1965, San Diego Union, E-7:3-5. Tapestry that tells a story in Timken Gallery’s entrance hall.
September 19, 1965, San Diego Union, B-3:1-2. The Putnam House at 4th and Walnut . . . A time of memories, by Jim Mc Vicar (illus.).
September 21, 1965, ELECTION: General Plan for City of San Diego
September 22, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:6. General Plan rejected by nearly 2-1.
September 23, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:7, A-21:1. Mayor Curran says lies, fears defeated General Plan.
September 24, 1965, San Diego Union, A-10:3. The San Diego Professional Organist and Pianist Club will present a “Pop” concert of organ and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Recital Hall.
September 26, 1965, San Diego Union, E-1:1, E-7:7-5. Inside the Timken Gallery, by Armin Kietzmann (incomplete).
September 26, 1965, San Diego Union, E-2:5-8. Plastic surgery for Old Globe; proposed box office and business offices will retain Tudor architecture by S. A. Desick (illus.).
September 27, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:8. Timken Art Gallery reminds R. A. Young of large cardboard box.
October 1, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:3. A contract for $373,237 has been awarded for construction of an auxiliary building at the Old Globe Theater it was announced yesterday.
October 2, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:7, A-18:1. Timken Art Gallery to open on October 17 (illus.).
“If our purpose had been to build an ornament in Balboa Park,” said Walter Ames, “we would have chosen a reflecting pool or a fountain or some nice bed of flowers.”
With a shrug, he added, “people thought we should build something like the Louvre or the Pitti. Those weren’t art galleries. Those were castles.”
They didn’t put in nice bed of flowers, and they didn’t build a castle.
They built, instead, a splendid bronze and marble structure that will be known to generations of San Diegans and to art lovers the world over, as the Timken Gallery.
In the heart of Balboa Park, just East of the Spanish Renaissance landmark that is the Fine Arts Gallery, the Timken stands in all its simplicity as a bond between the centuries.
The Timken itself is a paradox. Its facade is undeniably 20th century, but the treasures within its walls are from centuries past.
The people of San Diego will judge how well their new gallery fulfills it dual role when the bronze doors open to the public October 17.
From that day on, and every Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. the doors will be open. The Timken will be closed Mondays.
Members of the Fine Arts Society will have a preview glimpse of the new gallery during courtesy visiting days Tuesday through October 16.
And the Timken will receive its first visitors today when 175 guests, including the officers, staff and members of the board of the Fine Arts Society, tour the gallery after a luncheon in the Don Room of El Cortez Hotel.
Great names in the art world who are coming for the christening include John Walker, director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Agnes Mongan and Prof. Seymour Slive of Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.
Another guest will be Morton C. Bradley, Jr., formerly of the Fogg Museum and an expert in art forgery detection. From London will come Evelyn L. Joll of Thomas Agnes and Sons and from New York, Robert T. Davis, museum consultant for French and Company.
The three other special guests represent the two families that made the Timken Gallery possible. One is William R. Timken of Canton, Ohio, nephew of the late Mrs. Appleton Bridges, who gave the Fine Arts Gallery to San Diego.
Coming from New York are Dale E. Sharp and William A. McRitchie, both directors of the Putnam Foundation, which shared the cost of building the gallery and which has assumed responsibility for its operation and its growth.
Ames, an attorney, is president of the Putnam Foundation and he is a man with vision. “This,” he tells you, “is just the birth of a gallery — just the beginning.”
With 40 paintings hanging in five galleries, the Timken is still an infant. But, among galleries, it shows promise of being a giant.
Twenty paintings belong to the Putnam Foundation and 20 are from the Putnam family collection given to the Fine Arts Society of San Diego.
Allen J. Sutherland, treasurer of the Putnam Foundation, calls it “the most comprehensive collection of icons in the country.”
The president of the Putnam Foundation does not see the Fine Arts Gallery and the Timken Art Gallery as competitors. He sees them, rather, as complementing one another.
“I see for the Fine Arts Gallery a broad area of educational activities solely within its province — children’s classes, lectures, a library, traveling exhibits, displays by local artists,” Ames said.
This is not the role he sees for the Timken. “Our goal is a static gallery in which we will have paintings of great quality to hang permanently, never to be loaned or sent elsewhere, somewhat like the Frick Gallery in New York.”
“In the future,” says Ames, “I hope our gallery will be of particular interest to scholars, students of art, people of discerning taste.” Plans call for purchase of two old masters each year.
October 2, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:5. Old fountain spurts again in Balboa Park, by Beverly Beyette.
It stood regally at the foot of the mall leading to the Balboa Park lily ponds and the old Botanical Building, within view of visitors to the new Timken Gallery.
October 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:4-5. San Diego Zoo – Admission free at Zoo tomorrow during Founder’s Day.
October 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-27:4-7, A-28:1. Timken Art Gallery preview, by S. A. Desick (illus.).
October 3, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:2. EDITORIAL on Timken Art Gallery.
October 17, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:6. The 50th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition will be observed by the San Diego Historical Society at a dinner meeting October 26 in the U. S. Grant Hotel.
October 18, 1965, San Diego Union, A-13:1-8, A-14:6. Timken Art Gallery delights first viewers; 125 at time enter $1 million building to see collection, by S. A. Desick (illus.).
October 18, 1965, San Diego Union, A-14:8. Miss Scripps’ Day noted by 5,000 at San Diego Zoo; children admitted free to Children’s Zoo, children’s admission is usually 15 cents.
October 20, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:1, A-22:1-2. All City Council candidates last night voiced support of a bond issue to finance more city parks, by Peter Kaye.
October 20, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:2. EDITORIAL: Passing of Era?
The popular success and financial flop of the recently-ended New York World’s Fair suggests that such billion-dollar extravaganzas are on the road to extinction.
Future fairs, weighing the economic realities, undoubtedly will be forced to seek changes in format to assure a profit.
October 22, 1965, San Diego Union, B-5:1. San Diego Zoo gets 1.25 acres Balboa Park land north of the Children’s Zoo and west of Spanish Village for an education building.
October 23, 1965, San Diego Union, B-20:7. Margaret Rose Rein writes appreciation due Timken Art Gallery donors.
October 24, 1965, San Diego Union, H-4. Freedom Fighters: Ceremony in Community Concourse Mall yesterday notes Hungarian revolt.
Gustav J. Bujkovsky, president of the House of Hungary, which sponsored the rite, said the ceremony not only was in commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian revolt, but honored freedom fighters everywhere.
October 26, 1965, Letter, Donald J. Metzler, Secretary, San Diego Aerospace Museum, Inc. to The Honorable mayor and Members of the City Council, City of San Diego.
Since the San Diego Aerospace Museum opened in Balboa Park (February 19, 1963), the historical materials and traveling displays, received, had expanded rapidly; and with an increased public attendance, the future success of this valuable addition to the cultural institutions of San Diego has been confirmed. Therefore, the Aerospace Museum Board of Directors has decided to create a permanent home for the Hall of Aerospace Sciences. The present quarters in the Electric Building are scheduled for replacement in the present Balboa Park Master Plan.
For some time, our organization has conducted an intensive study of the feasibility of restoring the Ford Building. Our surveys indicate that this building can be renovated for use as an Aerospace Museum at a cost which we feel is within our ability to finance. To develop detailed financial proposals (including operating and capital costs) will require considerable time and effort. Financial commitments cannot be secured on our requirements unless we are assured that we will be granted the building. It is not our intention to request capital funds from the city government for this project.
We hereby request an option on the Ford Building which would provide that on or before December 31, 1966, we submit a plan acceptable to the City to convert this building into an Aerospace Museum; and that on or before December 31, 1967, we will submit acceptable construction to commence.
San Diego Aerospace Museum
(Signed) Donald J. Metzler, Secretary
Approved: (Signed) James C. Snapp, Jr. President
Approved; (Signed) Dale A. Pursel, Chairman of the Bd.
October 26, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:3. Old Globe starts new $300,000 addition; Victor Wulff is the architect for the new building of 15,811 square feet which will match the Tudor styling of the existing theater building; funds for construction supplied by COMBO.
October 27, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:6-7, A-18:5. Richard Pourade previewed “Gold in the Sun” last night for members of the San Diego Historical Society.
October 31, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:3. The Electrical Home Appliance Show, which annually draws more than 150,000 visitors, will move this year from Balboa Park to the Community Concourse.
November 2, 1965, ELECTION: Construction of Stadium in Mission Valley
November 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-11:3. Museum of Man open house today to mark its 50th anniversary.
November 7, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:7-8. Six thousand attend 15th annual Fiesta de la Cuadrilla in Balboa Park, by Jim McVicar.
November 8, 1965, San Diego Union, A-14:1-2. San Diego Zoo to celebrate 50th anniversary.
November 8, 1965, San Diego Union, A-18:1-4. Square dancers have a ball; third and final day of the 15th annual Fiesta de la Cuadrilla, by S. A. Desick.
November 9, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:7-8. Dr. Frank Love praises saving of Ford Building.
The San Diego Aerospace Museum, which very appropriately proposes to occupy the building, is to be congratulated and thanked for coming forward to save this building and to save the taxpayers by assuming responsibility for private financing.
November 10, 1965, Minutes, Park and Recreation Board.
MOTION TO APPROVE EXTENSION OF ARIZONA CANYON LAND RECLAMATION PROJECT
Two photographs of the Arizona Land Reclamation Project in Balboa Park were presented with a recommendation to extend the Arizona Canyon Land Reclamation Project to include the canyon area to the south, immediately adjacent to Pershing Drive. This extension would allow the slopes of Florida Canyon to be continuous, and would provide additional area for the development of the golf course at the time of the development of Switzer Canyon Freeway. Upon motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Dr. Ford, the Park and Recreation Board approved the extension of the Arizona Canyon Land Reclamation Project to include the area southerly to Pershing Drive — this action to be dependent upon the approval of the Balboa Park Committee. Approval was by a seven to one vote. The negative vote was cast by Dr. Robinson.
(The project was approved by the Balboa Park Committee at its meeting on October 25, 1965.)
November 13, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:4-5. San Diego Zoo readies 50th birthday fete.
Members of the committee, meeting yesterday at Kona Kai Club to draw up party plans, decided on a tentative $100,000 budget to finance the year-long golden jubilee celebration.
November 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:4-5. Massing of colors today.
November 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:4-7. Park area urged on Harbor Drive.
November 14, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:1. City Council will be asked to decide whether green fees at two city golf courses should be reduced for a six-month trial period to increase play.
November 14, 1965, San Diego Union, 28:1-7. Museum of Man – observance of 50th anniversary (illus.).
November 15, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:2-5. Rain caused cancellation of Massing of Colors.
November 19, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:2. City Council backs cut in golf fees.
November 21, 1965, San Diego Union, A-19:1-3. San Diego Zoo – rare Madagascar parrots on display at Zoo.
November 21, 1965, San Diego Union, A-34:7-8. Museum of Man – reaction called good to new Museum fee of 50 cents a person.
Under the pay policy, Director Clark C. Evernham said, attendance has decreased about 50 percent and there has been no increase in attendance on Friday, a free day.
“Paid admission gives us an opportunity to increase our revenue and do it in such a way that it would not increase the tax load of the citizens or cut into the sources of other similar activities in the community,” the director said.
November 24, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:2. Balboa Park, Torrey Pines golf fees cut.
November 24, 1965, San Diego Union, A-16:6. Yule Center in park may open without tree because of heavy rains.
November 30, 1965, San Diego Union, A-15:6-7. “Inherit the Wind” will open tonight at Old Globe.
December 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:1. Balboa Park freeway plan pushed; Chamber urges more lanes for U. S. 395 route.
December 3, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:4. City Council backs Harbor Drive park; urges Port District to develop area.
December 5, 1965, San Diego Union, A-25:7-8. North Park, Balboa Park rites today; Toyland Parade, lighting rite to usher in San Diego Yule season.
December 5, 1965, San Diego Union, C-2:6-7. One billion dollar park here “well worth it,” by Janet Richards.
December 6, 1965, San Diego Union, A-23:1. Community Christmas tree lights up in Balboa Park.
December 6, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:1-2. Article on Ford Building by Lew Scarr.
December 8, 1965, San Diego Union, B-1:5-6. City backs state park in Old Town.
December 8, 1965, San Diego Union, B-4:4. City Council adds data on 395 widening.
December 9, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:1-2. Dorothea Edmiston, president Citizens Coordinate, opposes widening of 395 in park.
December 11, 1965, San Diego Union, A-1:8. Worst flood since 1916 hits city; new storm brewing.
December 13, 1965, San Diego Union, A-21:1. Copter-borne Santa keeps date at Balboa Park.
December 16, 1965, San Diego Union, 18:5. Plans to resubmit General Plan to Voters.
December 16, 1965, San Diego Union, A-22:4-8. San Diego Zoo tour, facts, figures.
December 17, 1965, San Diego Union, B-2:7-8. Kent Heppell backs 395 widening.
December 20, 1965, San Diego Union, B-4:1. Youngsters enjoy Yule musical event at park; Hoover groups perform.
December 22, 1965, San Diego Union, A-17:5-7, A-25:3. Park Board approves park near Harbor Island.
December 22, 1965, San Diego Union, A-25:1-2. Supervisors back Old Town, Torrey Pines park plans.
December 31, 1965, San Diego Union, A-9:1. Superior Judge Joseph A. Kilgarif yesterday signed an order which will give the city of San Diego $391,300 for recreation facilities.
The money will come from the state under the Davis-Grunsky Act.
The funds will provide recreation facilities at the Miramar Dam and Reservoir Project.
December 31, 1965, San Diego Union, A-9:2-3. City Council asks bid in Park Boulevard move.
The project, including lighting and other related improvements, will cost an estimated $606,000, most of which will be paid from gasoline tax funds.
Park Boulevard will be moved about a block east of the present right of way, freeing land for park use, including zoo parking.
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