Los Angeles Valley College - Crown Yearbook (Valley Glen, CA)

 - Class of 1974

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. . A.i ,.' 46 A. nt! 0 ' 4' ' -s . ' an . ' ' - nil ' 4. K to 'J' ' 4: k . Q. X A ., I The Huffakers, a prominent family in the area of the college, have a long record of activity in the area's business and social life. To this day they own Q nl -uk. " ' , H and operate an auto parts business in the San Fernando Valley. Photo by Valley News and Green Sheet 1 V M f " 'lik s, w X' Y v9 4 - I Pacific Electric "Red Cars" served the Valley with low-cost, non-polluting transportation for many years. Photo by Valley News and Green Sheet Light streaks across the floor of an abandoned church in Simi Valley. This church is now being used as part of a movie set. Crown Photo by Iohn Rosenfield 75

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Search for Identit Hi tor of the Valle By Steve Fischer Illustrated by John Rosenfield A band of zealots, convinced they are helping us regain our lost identi- ty, are roaming the San Fernando Valley in search of its past. This immense project was under- taken last year by Lawrence Jorgen- sen, associate professor of history, and Noel Korn Know teaching at CSUNJ, when they decided it would be beneficial to Valley College and the surrounding community to have a center for their historical records. "At the present time there is no central resource for historical rec- ords concerning the San Fernando Valley," explains Jorgensen. "History has many functions, and one of those functions is to provide us with an identity," says Jorgensen. "Most of us lack this identity, and, therefore, we have little continuity as a community." Since the project was undertaken in the Spring of '73, Jorgensen feels there has been remarkable progress toward regaining this identity. "We have taken more than 700 photo- graphs and another 400 feet of super-8mm film. These photographs are of historical sites that are unique to the San Fernando Valley." Among these historical sites are the Van Nuys Hotel, one of the Valley's first hotels: the San Fernando Tunnel, a 6,975-foot tunnel that gave the Val- ley rail service: and the Oak of the Golden Dream, where California's first gold rush was to take place. "These photographs will give us a flesh-and-blood account of the Val- ley's history, rather than a purely statistical one," said Jorgensen. Along with these documented filmed accounts are taped interviews with some of the "pioneers" of the San Fernando Valley. Included are men like Harry Bevis, who has resided in the San Fernando Valley since the first World War. Both Bevis' uncle and brother were active in Van Nuys real estate and grocer- ies famong other businesses? from 1914 onward. Harry Bevis joined them, and has continued in real estate these past 55 years. Along with Bevis, there is Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker, who has the honor of 74 being the first person born in Van Nuys. The Huffaker family has a long record of activity in the Valley's business and social life, and to this day does business in the San Fernan- do Valley. "Students get excited when I talk about the Valley's history. I feel they like to know where the hell they live," said Jorgensen. Rob Remar, one of Jorgensen's hand-picked assistants, shares this view. "People 50 years ago had an identity, but as the community has grown, this identity has split. We must become more involved in our own community," said Remar. Rick Bellinson. another one of J orgensen's enthusiastic assistants, feels there is a general lack of interest in the San Fernando Valley. "When the Valley was small, it was easy to keep up with what was going on. People were concerned about their community. But now that we have grown so large people have stopped caring. I feel the Van Nuys Project will make us aware of our community again, and also give us a sense of identity," said Bellinson. Bellinson shares Jorgensen's en- thusiasm over the project's poten- tial. "The response from the com- munity has been fantastic, especially from the older residents." Eneompassed in the future plans for the project are field trips, exten- sive research, and additional inter- views with people of relevant his- torical interest. Jorgensen's impending plans for the project include providing L.A. Valley College land the San Fernan- do Valleyl with a regularly-taught one semester class. This class will be based on the project's findings and will deal with all facets of the San Fernando Valley. ln the years to come, Jorgensen wants to create a center for the study of the San Fernando Valley at Valley College. Jorgensen feels that "in addition to the student and college involvement in the communi- ty's past, we will of necessity, at- tract and involve the community itself in this undertaking." " ' 'QPR ix, .E , Q -:baba 'I -Q ' s ,I 4, s az' A '- on fs. ' 5 , P 1 P2 r L Professor Jorgensen inspects an oil holding tank. Oil stored in this tank was used for heating homes in the San Fernando Valley. Crown Photo by Iohn Rosenfield



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Cure for 'I:h Common Cold By Vanessa Finan Illustrated by Creg Moreland One Valley College student has discovered an exclusive cure for the common cold. lor approximately one year, Roger Foster has made bicycling 'his sole means of transportation. Immunity from the common cold is his reward. He believes that this medical breakthrough might be attributed to his cycling efforts. foster rides his bicycle an average of 150 miles per week While other Valley students drive a comparable amount in their air-conditioned, automatic, bucket-seated automobiles, they consider their physical fatigue point reached when they have to walk from the parking lot to their first class. Foster rides a more strenuous gamut on the city streets than most drivers do on the freeways. He relies on physical endur- ance, perseverance, and determination and not the battery in a car. Through his enrollment in the advanced class, Foster has come to appreciate the feeling of "oneness" that cycling offers. Rural traveling, Foster explained, is one of the most beneficial experiences that his non-air or noise polluting bicycle affords him. He described the viewing of unaroused wildlife as being available only to people on foot and bicycles. The constant exposure to the elements, a reliable means of transportation, and its subtle gesture of social rebellion are just a fegv of the rewarding factors involved in Foster's allegiance to his ike. Students of Ed Bush's bicycle class get into gear as they wheel and deal their way through class. .I foster explained, "lt's not all roses. You have to be on the defensive a heck of a lot," when commuting within the Valley. In his opinion, however, generally most motorists return an equal amount of respect to bicyclers when it is paid to them. On occasion, lioster has silently been challenged by a competitive motorist, who noticed the speed that he is capable of achieving. Man and the automobile might still be apprehen- sive about accepting the primitive "man mover" as a possible inter-city transportative equal, On the car-monopolized streets during the Los Angeles rush hour, Ifoster maintains an averge of 20 miles an hour. This speed is upheld by lioster through his innate ability to time stop lights, thus eliminating treacherous stop and go riding. When city riding is done, Foster is inclined to feel safer when on his bike than he would in a car because of its easy manueverability. Safety on the streets, bike maintenance and physical fitness are lust a few aspects of cycling covered in the beginning and advanced classes at Valley. liven though most of the students enrolled became affiliated with bikes at an early adolescent age, bicycling class instructor ljd Bush, assistant professor of physical education, stresses that the first thing he attempted to teach his students was how to ride a bike. Hush explained that some of his students have sophisticated 10-speed bicycles and during the entire span of their ownership the student had riden the bike continually in one gear. One of liush's first tasks, therefore, was to impress students with the potentiality of their bicycles and how to manipulate them to their best advantage and riding comfort. Valley is the first college in the district to initiate a bicycle class into the physical education curriculum. Because of its popularity, Valley's bicycle class, with its two-year standing, has had to turn away students for each available class per semester. instruction in fundamental bicycle maintenance, physical fitness, and bicycle safety constitute the beginning curriculum. The advanced bicycle class is "Based purely on physical fitness and endurance," explained Bush. "The class is specific- ally designed for the students who are the top bicycle enthu- siasts here at the college." Class excursions include rides between 10-12 miles during one session. This distance doubles the beginning classes' scheduled trips. A definite acceptance of the bicycle in our contemporary times was emphasized by Bush in some statistics made available through Schwinn's public relations representative, Woody Crabb. Crabb reported that for the first time since World War l, bicycles outsold cars. With the impressive figure of 20 million bicycle sales for the 1972 year, perhaps Contac is on its way out. Roger Foster will become a rich man if he can patent his cure forthe common cold.

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