BALBOA PARK HISTORY

1966

Notes from the Richard Amero Collection

Balboa Park notes ~ Samuel Parsons ~ Kate Sessions

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San Diego Union, January 1, 1966, A-15:2-4. Elephant "helps" celebrate 50th anniversary of Zoo.

San Diego Union, January 2, 1966, A-11:2, A-12:1-2. Plan for state parks poses fund problem, by George Story.

San Diego Union, January 4, 1966, A-13:5-6, A-16:2. Highway 395 through Balboa Park called dangerous.

San Diego Union, January 15, 1966, A-21:2-3. Chamber of Commerce seeks city anniversary board.

Minutes Park and Recreation Board, January 19, 1966. Morley Field tennis facilities will be completed on or about November 15, 1966. Completed architectural plans are due from the architect on March 14,1966. The Zoo has been advised.

Mr. Schneider then moved, seconded by Mr. Lustig, that the Board approve for submission to the Council the Bond Package considered today totaling $23,865,700. All were in favor.

Mr. Hagar then introduced Attorney John D. Butler and Mr. Harry J. Batt who has requested time to explain the Space Needle project they wished to locate in Balboa Park. Mr. Hagar showed a map of the proposed location which included 1.64 acres in Balboa Park adjoining the West line of re-aligned Park Boulevard. He stated that the proposed parcel includes almost one acre of the area set aside for the Zoo parking addition and would delete parking spaces for an estimated 150 cars. Mr. Hagar stated that Dr. Schroeder, Managing Director of the Zoo, feels that the proposed Space Needle concession would be a drain on the proposed Zoo parking area. Mr. Butler stated that the concession would depend heavily on Zoo attendance for business --- therefore, additional parking would not be required for the proposed facility. Mr. Hagar stated that the Space Needle would be higher than the California Tower.

Mr. Butler advised that the Space Needle is a Swiss-made tower --- the overall height of which is 310 feet --- of steel construction. The needle contains a ride which would accommodate 60 people and afford a spectacular view of the city. No restaurant or bar facilities are contemplated. Admission prices would be subject to approval of the City Manager. Mr. Butler commented that the Space Needle would not compete with other park attractions --- and would offer a good return to the City in excess of any other attraction using the same area. The base of the structure would measure 100 feet x 100 feet. Mr. Butler commented that the proposed project should be located in an area where many people are moving --- and that it would not be good as a sole attraction.

Mr. Richards voiced his tentative approval of the Space Needle project. Mr. Lustig had no objection. Mr. Covell commented that the Space Needle would be another point of interest in Balboa Park. Mr. Moore advised that the Manager’s office was interested in the proposal. Mr. Giddings indicated that the Space Needle concept is approved by the Board and that Mr. Butler should resolve location problems and prepare his proposal for consideration by the city.

San Diego Union, January 20, 1966, A-21:7-8, A-22:1-4. City Park Board proposes $23.8 million bond issue.

San Diego Union, January 20, 1966, A-22:1-4. Major projects envisioned in city’s park bond issue.

San Diego Union, January 21, 1966, A-24:6-7. Fund sought to build park garden center.

San Diego Union, January 28, 1966, A-21:4. A-21:4. $25,000 donation asked for Zoo fete.

San Diego Union, January 29, 1966, B-1:2-3. World’s Fair held possible for San Diego.

San Diego Union, February 1, 1966, A-15:2, A-18:6. Dr. Richard P. Phillips, Natural History Museum’s new director, assumed his duties today.

San Diego Union, February 3, 1966, A-22:5. The Ryan PT-22 training plane, donated Monday to the San Diego Aerospace Museum, arrived yesterday by trailer minus its fabric wings.

San Diego Union, February 3,1966, A-34:1-5. A contract to construct sidewalks and drainage facilities to the Botanical Building, Balboa Park, has been awarded to the J. H. Haddad Construction Co.

San Diego Union, February 5, 1966, A-21:5-6. The San Diego Aerospace Museum was officially dedicated yesterday.

San Diego Union, February 9, 1966, A-15:2-3. County slashes Zoo contributions; Supervisors vote $5,000 of $25,000 asked for anniversary celebration, by Frank Exarhos.

San Diego Union, February 10, 1966, A-14:1-2. Meetings set to air park bond proposal.

San Diego Union, February 10, 1966, A-14:1-2. Park Board delays stand in Highway 395 plan.

San Diego Union, February 10, 1966, A-14:2. Contest set in design of park arcades.

San Diego Union, February 18, 1966, A-17:5-7. Council okays contribution of $25,000 for Zoo fete.

San Diego Union, February 20, 1966, A-30:4. Rose Show set in Balboa Park April 16-17.

San Diego Union, February 23, 1966, A-13:5-6. 500 salute Zoo at birthday party.

San Diego Union, March 2, 1966, A-17:7-8. City Council yesterday requested detailed plans for alternative methods of widening U.S. 395 through Balboa Park.

San Diego Union, March 4, 1966, A-19:8, A-25:2. Joseph W. Sefton, Jr. dean of city’s bankers, dies.

San Diego Union, March 10, 1966, A-22:5. The Balboa Park Committee of the City Park and Recreation Board yesterday proposed a system of public transportation in Balboa Park.

San Diego Union, March 12, 1966, A-22:5-7. Art Gallery swirls, clanks in first all-media exhibition, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, March 14, 1966, A-17:1-2, A-19:2. Timken Gallery now one of San Diego’s top attractions, by Joe Stone.

San Diego Union, March 15, 1966, A-13:8. Old Globe’s old wing demolished.

San Diego Union, March 20, 1966, A-11:3, A-12:5. Planetarium model for San Diego shown, by Bryant Evans.

San Diego Union, March 20, 1966, F-8:4-8. Foundation Center Plans Told: Virgil H. Schade, president of San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation; reception marks start of fund campaign for garden center building in Balboa Park; the foundation has filed its bylaws with the City Council and has asked for recognition as the group to build the garden center as called for in the Bartholomew Plan for Balboa Park; Board of Trustees: Stanley W. Miller, 1st vice president; J. Everett Henderson, 2nd vice president; Joseph Keneally, secretary and acting treasurer; Walter Anderson; Mrs. William E. Belts, Jr.; Miss Pauline des Granges; Samuel W. Hamill.

San Diego Union, March 31, 1966, A-21:5-6. Kids to start new $500,000 Elmer C. Otto Building, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, April 2, 1966, B-2:1. EDITORIAL: Expediency At Worst.

San Diego Union, April 3, 1966, A-17:8, A-18:1-3. Birds, beasts throwing wild party at Zoo; 30,000 children t join in, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, April 4, 1966, A-19:8, A-20:3. Zoo’s party is winger with chimps as stars; animals host to 23,091, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, April 5, 1966, A-17:1-5, A-20:1-2. Zoological Society goes on safari; San Diego group "visits" Africa in scientific study of apes, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, April 7, 1966, A-15:4-5, A-20:7. Twelve albatross fly here to join Zoo.

San Diego Union, April 7, 1966, A-15:5-7. Ground broken (literally chewed up) at Zoo center, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, April 8,1966, A-17:5-6, A-19:4. "Born Free" opens to top Zoo Week.

San Diego Union, April 8, 1966, B-2:1. EDITORIAL: Zoo Is Moving Ahead.

San Diego Union, April 12, 1966, A-13:5-6. Marty Bouman, city transportation and traffic engineer, backs widening of park freeway.

San Diego Union, April 13, 1966, A-17:2-4. Students’ Science Fair opens today with awards.

San Diego Union, April 14, 1966, A-17:7-8, A-21:1. Science Fair’s life studies top winners, by Bryant Evans.

San Diego Union, April 16, 1966, B-1:3-5, B-3:1 Unusual exhibit at Science Fair is really great; uh, what is it", by Joe Stone.

San Diego Union, April 24, 1966, F-1:1-8, F-9:5, Kate Sessions, our first lady of flowers, by Carol Olten.

San Diego Union, April 22, 1955, A-15:2, A-17:4. Polar cub at Zoo to answer to Coolette, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, April 26, 1966, B-1:3. Zoo, FEPC approve new hiring plan.

San Diego Union, April 30, 1966, B-4:2-3. 200th anniversary fete group organized.

 

 

 

Minutes of Park and Recreation Board, May 11, 1966

The Balboa Park Committee recommends that the San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation be designated as the official organization to prepare plans, raise funds, and construct the Garden Center Building on the site designated in the Bartholomew Plan, and that a 5-year limitation be imposed on the organization to accomplish its purpose.

Mr. Miller stated that the people interested in garden clubs for many years have wanted a center for club meetings, exhibits, and flower shows --- the building to also house a library. Two years ago the San Diego Floral Association organized a committee to establish a corporation for the purpose of raising funds and building the Garden Center in Balboa Park. As a result, the San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation was incorporated last summer. The Foundation is requesting designation as the official organization to prepare plans, raise funds, and construct the Garden Center Building on the site designated in the Bartholomew Plan, and that a five-year limitation be imposed on the organization to accomplish its purpose.

Mr. Lustig indicated that there is no need for the Facilities Committee to discuss the Foundation’s request as the location of a Garden Center site has already been recommended in the Bartholomew Plan. Since the Facilities Committee has recommended implementation of the Bartholomew Plan, and to expedite approval of the Foundation’s request, the Committee would have no objection to locating the Garden Center on the site suggested in the Bartholomew Plan.

In the discussion which followed, Mr. Giddings suggested that the Foundation should make a progress report within two years to be reviewed by the Board.

Mr. Richards then moved, seconded by Mr. Stickney, that the Balboa Park Committee’s recommendation of April 25, 1966 --- as presented by Mr. Bowen --- be approved with the added provision that the Foundation submit a progress report within two years for review and approval of the Park and Recreation Board. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Giddings then suggested that the San Diego Museum of Man request be presented. Mr. Bowen reported that the Balboa Park Committee at its April 25th meeting considered the Museum’s proposed expansion plans and made the following recommendation:

The Balboa Park Committee recommends that the request of the San Diego Museum Association, as set forth in a letter dated March 23, 1966 addressed to the Mayor and City Council, be approved. Miss des Granges summarized the letter of March 23 from G. G. Wetherill, President of the San Diego Museum Association, which requests:

  1. Confirmation of the occupancy of the buildings and the site now known as the Museum of Man as the permanent quarters of the Museum of Man and granting to the San Diego Museum Association the right to occupy and maintain therein the functions and exhibits of the museum, subject to the ordinances, rules and regulations of the City of San Diego and in conformance to such understandings as to operational procedures, etc., as may from time to time be mutually agreed upon.
  1. Designation of certain additional areas within Balboa Park and contiguous to the existing Museum buildings as the site for the construction of future additions to the Museum of Man --- namely, the area south of the southerly wing of the present building and the area between the Alcazar Garden and the parking area to the south of the garden.

Mr. Bowen then introduced Mr. Sam Hamill, architect, who displayed drawings of the present Museum of Man facilities --- and the proposed additions. Mr. Hamill commented that the Alcazar Garden concept had been reviewed and approved by Mr. Roland Hoyt, landscape architect. About 45,000 square feet of new space is involved in the expansion plans. The existing building will not be torn down --- and the proposed additional construction and/or remodeling would be designed in keeping with the style of architecture used throughout Balboa Park.

Mr. Lustig suggested that the proposed expansion plans of the Museum of Man should be reviewed by the Facilities Committee. Mr. Giddings asked Mr. Clark Evernham, Director of the Museum of Man, if there was time pressure for action on the Museum’s request --- and Mr. Evernham replied in the negative. Mr. Giddings then accepted the Museum of Man’s presentation. He concluded that the Board has received expression of the Balboa Park Committee’s action --- and the Museum of Man request will be referred to the Facilities Committee for further study and a report to the Board.

San Diego Union, May 12, 1966, A-18:1. Park Board okays reduced fiscal program.

San Diego Union, May 13, 1966, A-13:7-8. $520,000 anniversary fund sought; City to be asked for $150,000 for San Diego event, 200th Board chief says.

San Diego Union, May 16, 1966, A-19:6, A-21:1. West wing of Fine Arts Gallery is dedicated.

San Diego Union, May 22, 1966, A-34:5. Classes due on science by Natural History Museum.

San Diego Union, May 23, 1966, A-19:1-8, A-22:5. Balboa Park offers something for everyone, by Joe Stone.

San Diego Union, May 29, 1966, A-11:6-8. Hall of Fame fetes seven aviation greats, by John Bilby.

San Diego Union, June 9, 1966, A-23:4-6, A-26:4. Council favors increase for promotion and culture.

San Diego Union, June 10, 1966, A-26:1-2. Zoo’s 38-foot traffic control tower in middle of Zoo parking lot.

San Diego Union, June 10, 1966, A-26:4-6. Hot foot it over to the Zoo to see the cool additions (penguins).

San Diego Union, July 6, 1966, B-3:5-6. Park Boulevard work nears completion.

San Diego Union, July 7, 1966, B-2:8. R. B. Boone does not want 395 widened through Balboa Park.

San Diego Union, July 10, 1966, A-17:4-6. California Tower in Balboa Park to gleam at night.

San Diego Union, July 12, 1966, A-18:1. Council to discuss wider 395 in park; 8-lane plan generates controversy.

San Diego Union, July 13, 1966, A-19:2-4. New lights put California Tower all aglow, by Beverly Beyette.

San Diego Union, July 13, 1966, A-19:8, A-25:1. Citizens unit to study park road problems; mayor to name members.

San Diego Union, July 14, 1966, A-23:8. Zoo shows baby bison, flamingo.

San Diego Union, July 15, 1966, A-18:3. The City Council yesterday approved a five-year rental agreement between the city and the Civic Light Opera Association for use of Balboa Park Bowl.

San Diego Union, July 15, 1966, A-18:4-6. "Flower Drum Song" opened last night in Balboa Park Bowl, by Dick Bowman.

San Diego Union, July 15, 1966, A-19:1-2. "Verona" romps at Old Globe, by Welton Jones.

San Diego Union, July 15, 1966, A-19:1-3. Dahlia show in Conference Building August 6 and 7.

San Diego Union, July 15, 1966, B-2:2. EDITORIAL: Gift of Inspiration . . . thanking John Alessio for donating equipment to light California Tower.

San Diego Union, July 16, 1966, A-17:8, A-20:5. New bison at the Zoo is wisent, by Nancy Stanford.

San Diego Union, July 18, 1966, B-7:6-7. The final Fine Arts Chamber Music Concert of the year was given yesterday in the James S. Copley Auditorium of the Fine Arts Gallery, by Donald Dierks.

San Diego Union, July 20, 1966, D-4:1-4. "Hostage" at Old Globe lacks fire, vitality, by Welton Jones.

San Diego Union, July 21, 1966, B-2:7-8. M. A. Tomasulo praises San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Union, July 23, 1966, A-15:6-7. Arthur K. Scott has been named executive director of the San Diego Aerospace Museum, Balboa Park, succeeding Captain Richard L. Cormier.

San Diego Union, July 28, 1966, A-15:4-5. The City Recreation Department will present "Seventeen" August 26 and 27 at the Balboa Park Bowl.

San Diego Union, July 29, 1966, A-9:1-5. "Kiss Me Kate" at Balboa Park Bowl lively, animated; only three jets, by Donald Dierks.

San Diego Union, July 29, 1966, B-2:8. Luis Gonsalves does not want 395 widened through Balboa Park.

San Diego Union, July 30, 1966, B-1:7, B-7:4. AMVETS ask Council to prohibit use of Balboa Park for anti-Viet rally.

San Diego Union, July 31, 1966, C-2:7. S. H. Mathews does not want 395 widened through Balboa Park.

San Diego Union, August 2, 1966, B-3:5. A committee created to solve the dispute over the proposed widening of U.S. 395 through Balboa Park began its work yesterday.

San Diego Union, August 3, 1966, B-5:2-3. Three young Cape Hartebeests made their first public appearance at the Zoo yesterday.

San Diego Union, August 4, 1966, B-1:5. The Park & Recreation Board served up to the City Council yesterday a possible solution to the Morley Field tennis court problem.

San Diego Union, August 4, 1966, B-3:8. Guam gives six water buffalo to San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Union, August 6, 1966, B-2:7-8. Mr. and Mrs. O. Karpt, Palm Springs, find bus service lacking in Balboa Park.

San Diego Union, August 6, 1966, B-3:2-3. A design for new Balboa Park arcades by architect Donald A. Innis, featuring simple arches, was awarded first prize yesterday in competition among local architects.

San Diego Union, August 7, 1966, B-12:1-2. "Sterling Silver" gets Dahlia honor in San Diego Dahlia Society show at the Conference Building.

San Diego Union, August 11, 1966, B-3:6-7. Australia sends Zoo 153 mammals, reptiles and birds.

San Diego Union, August 12, 1966, A-15:4-5. "Tom Sawyer" off Starlight pace, by Donald Dierks.

San Diego Union, August 12, 1966, B-1:1-3. Councilman Tom Hom calls Park Board’s tennis solution "unfair".

San Diego Union, August 12, 1966, B-1:3. An exhibit telling the story of human reproduction in detail and named the "Wonder of Life" was unveiled by the Museum of Man in a press review last night.

San Diego Union, August 13 1966, A-11:3. Starlight Opera seeks support from County.

San Diego Union, August 19, 1966, B-7:1-2. Council tennis buffs oppose playing rules.

San Diego Union, August 21 1966, A-25:1-2. "Wonder of Life" museum exhibit lives up to title, by Bryant Evans.

San Diego Union, August 24, 1966, B-1:2-3. City approves open-space plan.

San Diego Union, August 27, 1966, B-6:4-7. Musical "Seventeen" is admirable for youthful talent, enthusiasm; city recreation production; review by Donald Dierks.

San Diego Union, August 31, 1966, A-14:4-7. He’s likable, "Schweik" is at Old Globe Theater, by Donald Dierks.

San Diego Union, September 1, 1966, B-1:3-4. The late Elsie Stewart Kimberly, San Diego artist, has willed a collection of more than 100 rare oriental art objects to the Fine Arts Society of San Diego.

San Diego Union, September 2, 1966, A-14:1-2. "South Pacific" is a Starlight hit, by Dick Bowman.

San Diego Union, September 6, 1966, A-14:1-3. Thirty four performers nominated for Globe’s Atlas awards.

San Diego Union, September 6, 1966, A-15:3. Shakespeare festival draws peak crowds.

San Diego Union, September 8, 1966, B-1:6-7, B-14:5. Zoo to chalk up 40 million visits, by Dick Bowman.

San Diego Union, September 19, 1966, B-3:1. Constitution Day services held in Balboa Park, by Greg La Brache.

San Diego Union, September 22, 1966, B-6:4-5. Tourist rise seen if park bonds win on November 8 ballot.

San Diego Union, September 25, 1966, H-1:4, H-3:1-2. Awards presented at Old Globe Theater, by S. D. Desick.

San Diego Union, September 28, 1966, B-1:6-7. Zoo to contribute to wildlife fund.

San Diego Union, September 29, 1966, B-1:5-7. Tragedy at Zoo; Coolette, baby polar bear, is killed.

San Diego Union, September 29, 1966, B-1:6-7, B-4:3. Mayor Curran proposes huge new Cabrillo statue.

 

 

San Diego Union, October 6, 1966, B-1. Mayor Curran says four bond issues for $47.6 million to be paid over a period of 20 years essential.

Proposition D: $23.8 million for parks and recreation

$7.6 million for Balboa Park

7.4 million for Mission Bay

  1. million for other parks and recreation projects

Proposition E: $4 million for public works, police and fire stations, libraries, Montgomery field

improvements, land purchases

Proposition F: $4.8 million for storm drains, flood control, and shore erosion control projects

Proposition G: Sewer bond issue (revenue bond)

Endorsed by 9th District Parent Teachers Association; Taxpayers for City-Wide Improvement

Bonds; Citizens Bond Evaluation Committee and Citizens Committee on Municipal Finance.

San Diego Union, October 7, 1966, B-2. Endorsed by San Diego Taxpayers’ Association.

San Diego Union, October 10, 1966, B-2. Editorial endorsement.

San Diego Union, October 11, 1966, B-3. Proposition E will end police plight.

San Diego Union, October 13, 1966, B-3. Chamber of Commerce backs bond issues.

San Diego Union, October 16, 1966, M-1, M-12. The Issues Behind Six City Bonds, by George Story.

The city in the last few years financed capital improvements from current revenues. The last general obligation bond issued approved by the electorate, excluding harbor bonds, was a $5-million bond issue for Mission Bay development in 1956.

San Diego Union, October 17, 1966, B-3. Proposition D: City offers park recreation plan.

San Diego Union, October 19, 1966, B-1. Proposition F would provide street drains.

San Diego Union, October 20, 1966, B-1. Sewer overhaul in Proposition G.

San Diego Union, October 26, 1966, B-3. Proposition D would enlarge Morley Field facilities, by Jamie Bryson.

San Diego Union, October 27, 1966, B-1, B-7. Mayor Curran confident in city bond votes; Realty Board is urged to back city bonds.

San Diego Union, October 28, 1966, B-4. Three civic leaders back bond issues..

San Diego Union, November 2, 1966, B-3:1-3. The 16th annual Fiesta de la Quadrilla beginning Friday in Balboa Park is expected to attract between 3,000 and 5,000 dancers from throughout the Southwest.

San Diego Union, November 3 1966, B-3. City bond issues declared vital.

San Diego Union, November 6, 1966, B-14:1-5. Lake park plan included in projects of Proposition D.

San Diego Union, November 6, 1966, C-2:1-2. EDITORIAL . . . recommendations on propositions.

San Diego Union, November 7, 1966, B-1:5-7. Massing of the Colors drew hundreds to the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park yesterday, by Joe Stone.

November 8, 1966. BOND ISSUES

Proposition D: $23.8 million for acquisition, construction and completion of parks and recreation facilities

37% ($8,830,050) for neighborhood and community parks

32% ($7,636,800) for Balboa Park

31% ($7,398,150) for Mission Bay Park

$23,800,000 voted for park projects until 1972

47,665,000 approved 1966 for priority needs over a 6-9 year period

No argument against park bond proposal was submitted to the City Clerk

Yes 132,548 70%

No 56,669

189,217 total votes cast

San Diego Union, November 8, 1966, B-1:2-3. City Beautiful group honored memory of Kate Sessions yesterday at Kate Sessions Memorial Park in Pacific Beach.

San Diego Union, November 9, 1966, A-1:3. City voters back bond issues, by George Story.

San Diego Union, November 9, 1966, B:6-7. City Propositions.

San Diego Union, November 10, 1966, B-1:7, B-8:5-8. City officials pleased by passage of bond issues, by George Story.

San Diego Union, November 10, 1966, B-2:1. EDITORIAL: Confidence in City . . . passage of bond issues.

San Diego Union, November 16, 1966, B-3:5-8. Director reports San Diego Zoo animals play important part in medical research.

San Diego Union, November 16, 1966, B-11:4-5. "The Subject Was Roses" at Old Globe, review by Welton Jones.

San Diego Union, November 19, 1966, B-3:4. Starlight will move out of Balboa Park Bowl and into Civic Theater for its three shows next summer and may seek one big-name performer for each, by Dick Bowman.

San Diego Union, November 20, 1966, E-2:1-8. Cleveland points the way to a regional theater, by Frederic McConnell.

San Diego Union, November 23, 1966, B-1:7-8. Action taken to revive City Plan, by George Story.

San Diego Union, November 24, 1966, B-1:6, B-6:1. Mayor Curran urges a new look at City Charter, by George Story.

San Diego Union, November 24, 1966, C-14:1-4. Balboa Park readies for Yule Tree and opening of season on December 4.

San Diego Union, November 25, 1966, C-1:7. Balboa Park Yule program outlined.

San Diego Union, November 26, 1966, B-1:7. Steps taken for General Plan revival, by George Story.

San Diego Union, November 26, 1966, B-9:5-6. Giant Yule tree planned for park.

San Diego Union, November 27, 1966, E-1:1-4, E-5:2-6. The Seattle Rep: A Guide for San Diego, by Welton Jones.

San Diego Union, November 30, 1966, B-3:5-7. Council approves General Plan program, by George Story.

San Diego Union, December 1, 1966, B-1:2-3, B-7:1. Elmer C. Otto Center opens at San Diego Zoo with offices, garden, auditorium; designed y Tucker, Sadler and Bennett.

San Diego Union, December 2, 1966, B-1:1, B-4:7. Veterans Administration awards contract for San Diego Veterans’ Hospital to Charles Luckman Associates and Matt E. Howard and Associate.

San Diego Union, December 2, 1966, B-1:8, B-4:1. City College expansion gets qualified approval.

San Diego Union, December 3, 1966, A-11:1. Lights of 50-ft. Christmas tree in the Organ Pavilion area of Balboa Park will be turned on today.

San Diego Union, December 3, 1966, B-3:6-8. Zoo opens new Otto Education Center, by Dick Bowman.

San Diego Union, December 5, 1966, B-3:7. San Diego Art Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary in the House of Charm, Balboa Park, yesterday.

San Diego Union, December 5, 1966, B-3:7-8. Balboa Park takes on glow of Christmas.

San Diego Union, December 10, 1966, A-6:1-2. A power failure hit Balboa Park last night and turned a champagne reception in the Fine Arts Gallery into a surrealistic tableau, by S. A. Desick.

Minutes of Park and Recreation Board, December 14, 1966

At the conclusion of Dr. Lowe’s remarks, Mr. Bowen commented that, "San Diego is fortunate to have Dr. Lowe as a citizen who has contributed greatly of his time, talent and means to the cultural advancement of the City." Mr. Bowen then moved that:

The Park and Recreation Board thank and commend Dr. Lowe for honoring his mother by giving the citizens of San Diego the carillon which was installed in the California Tower twenty years ago; and further that this Board express its profound appreciation for Dr. Lowe for his continuing interest in the beauty and pleasure of Balboa Park; and recommend that the San Diego City Council accept, as a Christmas gift to the City of San Diego, a new 100 bell carillon to be installed in the California Tower in Balboa Park in memory of his mother, Ona May Lowe, to be known as the "Ona May Lowe Chimes."

 

 

 

 

The City to:

  1. Perpetually maintain the carillon and its record library.
  2. Appoint a carillonneur employed to play not less than the six appropriate holidays of New Year’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  3. Restrict the use of the Tower loud speakers, which are an integral part of the carillon, to the carillon itself.
  4. Authorize the donor, at his expense, to provide and up-to-date plaque, placed by City labor, using as the official designation of the carillon, "Ona May Lowe Chimes."

The motion was seconded by Mr. Lustig and Mr. Stickney and carried unanimously.

The members of the Park and Recreation Board recently inspected the new Otto Education Building at the San Diego Zoo.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to congratulate the Zoological Society on the successful completion of this important and valuable asset to Balboa Park.

The chairman commented on the successful bond campaign and the excellent work of the Taxpayers for City-Wide Improvement Bonds Committee.

San Diego Union, December 14, 1966, B-1:5-7. San Diego Braille Club in Balboa Park gets Yule "touch," by Joe Stone.

San Diego Union, December 15, 1966, B-1:2-3, B-6:3. Dr. Frank Lowe to give City a new carillon; 100-bell unit to replace 20-year old gift of chimes in California Tower; the carillon, similar to the one at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, will represent a $20,000 investment.

San Diego Union, December 15, 1966, B-3:5-7. Wildlife park proposed; San Pasqual Valley zoo site toured.

San Diego Union, December 21, 1966, B-3:2-3. Donor of new carillon gets ringing tribute.

San Diego Union, December 28, 1966, B-1:1, B-4:1. Plan for city omits urban renewal, by George Story.

San Diego Union, December 30, 1966, B-3:1. Aero Museum plan given to City; Ford Building will be remodeled, by Jamie Bryson.

San Diego Union, December 31, 1966, B-1:6-7, B-4:2. Zoo’s loose birds also are cagey, by Beverly Beyette.