Letter: Looking back on 80 years

I will soon be eighty years old. My memory cells still work pretty well for an Old Guy.

I remember my youth. In second grade, our world changed and suddenly we had fewer classmates. Our own pandemic was named polio and it was considered highly contagious. Soon, nearly every school child in the nation was being vaccinated. With the development of the Salk Vaccine in 1955, we turned the tide on polio. There was no outrage, and few claims denying the vaccine’s efficacy.

I remember Butte County politics when I first arrived in 1980. The tide between left and right shifted back and forth. The one constant was a county supervisor named Jane Dolan. For decades, Ms. Dolan provided direction and experience. And then the right decided it was time for payback and gerrymandered the second supervisorial district boundaries to favor a conservative candidate. Ms. Dolan was defeated. The right celebrated.

I remember moving to the Chapman Neighborhood in 1980 and becoming a part of the Chapman School support system. It was truly a neighborhood school and a cultural melting pot. The Dorothy Johnson CARD center was a key to that neighborhood warmth. In 1983, we acquired a junkyard. The neighborhood has changed significantly in its cultural makeup today, but the junkyard remains next door to Chapman School.

And I remember a guy named Andrew Coolidge, who early on was one of the most vocal supporters of Chico Scrap Metal and served as its paid public relations consultant.

— Ronald Angle, Chico

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