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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
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and operate an auto parts business in the San Fernando Valley.
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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
Page 78 text:
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
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-
"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-
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
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."
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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
Page 80 text:
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
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
Students of Ed Bush's bicycle class get into gear as they
wheel and deal their way through class.
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
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
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 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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