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In The Past...

In the Dec. 2, 1970 edition of the Town Crier, a headline read, "Los Altos Kicks the Bucket," referring to Colonel Sander's big round chicken bucket on top of the Kentucky Fried Chicken dispensary. It had been a feature of the local skyline for several years, much to the dismay of many citizens.

The bucket had been ruled non-conforming when the city sign ordinance was changed in 1968. Since the sign pre-existed the ordinance change, Kentucky Fried Chicken was given two years to remove the offending bucket. A new non-bucket shaped sign featuring the Colonel's beaming image took its place.

The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors gave final approval for open heart surgery on a limited basis at the Mountain View hospital.

Dr. Norman Shumway, well-known heart surgeon at the Stanford University Medical School, agreed to direct the pilot program and to perform up to two open heart surgery operations per week at El Camino starting in early 1971.

More than 50,000 tiny white lights twinkled on the bare branches of more than 100 street trees, and evergreen boughs decorated almost every lamp post. They bid welcome to the 1970 Christmas season in downtown Los Altos.

Los Altos High Knights were tied 14-14 in the first half of the 1970 Thanksgiving Day game at Buck Shaw Stadium. Those 14 points were the last Homestead was able to get with Los Altos amassing more than 30 points to win the game 44-14 and capture the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship.

50 years ago in the Los Altos News

The Nov. 29, 1945 edition of the Los Altos News reported Los Altans were asked to signify their acceptance or rejection of city delivery curb service of all mail. If agreed upon, it meant only one home delivery of mail each day as compared to the prevailing box system of two deliveries daily to post office boxes.

The feasibility of city delivery was contingent on the assignment of house numbers to each dwelling and on suitable rural mail boxes erected along one side of each street.

The Mountain View High School Eagles downed a fighting Santa Clara Panther eleven by the score of 12-6 in a night game on Mountain View football field.

The Eagles went on to another victory on Nov. 16 at Gilroy when they defeated the Mustangs 18-2 thus keeping Mountain View in the running for the 1945 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League title.

nullResearched by Ellen Shaw of the Los Altos History House Association

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