Back in the Day

Selected Stories From Past Issues of The San Quentin News

Sept. 17, 1971—Supervisor of Vocational Instruction L.E. Ecke retires after 22 years at San Quentin.

Sept. 17, 1971—Factory Clerk Robert L. Higgs was revived by Sewage Plant Supervisor Jack Coughlin and E.R. Mickelson of the plumbing shop after collapsing from smoke inhalation caused by an apparent arson fire in the San Quentin mattress factory.

Sept. 17, 1971—A group of UCLA law students toured San Quentin in preparation for an experimental program to determine whether or not legal aid programs could be instituted in California prisons.

Sept. 17, 1971—San Quentin’s Jets defeat the Chargers by a margin of 22-0 in the prison’s intramural football league.

Sept. 24, 1971—The San Quentin News resumes operation after three weeks, with the Sept. 17 issue, following an escape attempt on Aug. 21 that left six men dead and several others wounded.

Sept. 24, 1971—The Adult Authority prints a clarification of negative rumors regarding hearings by certain board members.

Oct. 1, 1971—San Quentin Warden L.S. Nelson announced several staff changes and reassignments.

Oct. 1, 1971—Reporter Pete Taylor, from Thames Production in London, England, visited San Quentin to cover a story for the Independent Commercial Network (ITV) in Britain.

Oct. 1, 1971—25 of 28 men passed written examinations to become correctional officers at San Quentin.

Oct. 1, 1971—The motion picture “They Shoot Horses Don’t They,” starring Jane Fonda and Gig Young, is scheduled to be played Oct. 2-3.

Oct. 1, 1971—Marine Captain Wayne E. Rollings, 30, of Elloree, S.C. completed 17,000 nonstop sit-ups to set a new world record.


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