The World War II and Korean War veteran with the warm Alabama drawl is amazed at how difficult the college admission process has become for young people.
When Charlie Tucker, 94, enrolled at Auburn University in 1941, all he had to do was present a receipt of graduation and a transcript from Woodlawn High School and he was accepted into the institution. Better yet, as soon as he and his buddy left the admissions office, a woman approached and offered them jobs — meals included — at her boarding house.
“Just like that, we were all set,” Tucker said.
It was a different time. By no means was it easier.
As a tail gunner on a B-25 in World War II, Tucker flew 17 missions with the 12th Bombardment Group over Burma. The La Cañada Flintridge resident also flew 55 missions in the Korean War, when he served as a navigator on B-26s targeting North Korean supply routes.
Flying proved to be a fine fit for Tucker, who went on to a career as a sales representative for four airlines — and who, in retirement, has continued to fly all over the world to vacation and explore. Continue reading “Carrying Vivid Memories of Service in Two Wars”
When temperatures eclipsed 100 degrees this summer, Mark Totten started to notice new folks settling in to read or work on their laptops at the La Cañada Flintridge library.
The library manager said he’s welcomed the sight, which, to him, signifies another way in which the local branch of the L.A. County Library system is cool. Continue reading “LCF Public Library is the Cool Place to Go”
A national sports trend has touched down on La Cañada High School’s home turf, where two groups of parents have dedicated themselves to promoting participation in their kids’ sport of choice — one an American tradition whose safety is being questioned, the other an upstart fighting for a foothold in a crowded athletic landscape. Continue reading “LCHS Parents Make a Game Effort to Bolster Football, Lacrosse”
Local law enforcement personnel continue to search for a woman they allege broke into a pair of lockers at local gyms to take personal belongings, including car keys that she used to steal both victims’ cars for a short time before returning the vehicles to locations near where they’d been parked when she took them. Continue reading “Cars Stolen After Locker Thefts, Authorities Say”
Not without some final discussion, the City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to adopt the 2018-19 budget and financial plan, with $14,650,375 in expected revenue aligning with anticipated expenditures. Councilman Greg Brown voted against it and Councilman Michael Davitt wasn’t in attendance.
In the budget, 29% of general fund expenditures will go to personnel, while the bulk of departmental expenditures will go to capital projects (22%), public safety (21%) and public works (21%). Continue reading “In a Balancing Act, City Council OKs Budget”
City officials spent much of their two-hour annual sit-down with L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger on Wednesday discussing a local priority: How to fund the construction of additional sound walls to help block out freeway noise in the city. Continue reading “Barger, City Brainstorm About Sound Walls”
Jenny Hull gathered 30 energized teens around her in the lobby of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital: “The most important thing today is that we have to be super, super quiet, OK? And really wash your hands as you go in and out.”
And with that, the teens in Junior Room Crew — many of them students at area schools, including St. Francis, Westridge, Mayfield Senior and Flintridge Sacred Heart — went to work transforming 24 hospital rooms from impersonal, cold spaces into personalized, colorful rooms incorporating the interests and tastes of the patients inhabiting them. Continue reading “Teens Give Young Patients Rooms for Recovery”