District to acquire
In a significant move to up- shortage to meet sudden in-
grade the RTD's fleet by replac- creased passenger demands
ing older model equipment, the from local residents.
Board of Directors approved a
thousand new buses
plan on March 2 to obtain 1,000 Cost of the 1,000 new buses is
new buses over the next two estimated at $100 million, with
years. Adhering to the District's the federal government expected
policy decision of four years ago, to provide $80 million of that
all of them will be equipped with The newly-approved 1,000-bus jor U.S. metropolitan area." amount and the remainder to be
lifts for handicapped and elderly purchase, combined with the New equipment will not only at- raised locally.
persons. other buses ordered, means that tract more ridership, he
within three to four years, an RTD predicted, but it will also improve During the past few years,
This acquisition will be in addi- rider's chances of boarding a the quality of the ride for current District officials have been
tion to the 200 new A M General new bus will be very high. patrons. Moreover, it will hampered by a lack of funding to
buses presently arriving at the eliminate much of the buy new buses. In addition, until
District, as well as the 30 ar- "The RTD has nearly 2,200 maintenance work and expense recently there have been no U.S.
ticulated buses, 20 double- buses on the streets today," said involved in upkeep on the older manufacturers available to supp-
deckers and 50 intermediate (30- Marvin Holen, Board President. model coaches. Some of these ly buses equipped with lifts for
foot long) buses already on "The average age is just under 12 were obtained from other transit elderly and handicapped in-
order. years, the oldest fleet of any ma- properties during the 1974 fuel dividuals.
Southern California Rapid Transit District
Volume 5, Number 4
WAY April 1978
RTD links up with new commuter train
RTD buses were ready and Center between the passenger
waiting at Union Station on waiting room and boarding area.
February 14, 1978 when the new The county-owned El Camino
Los Angeles County El Camino train is being operated jointly by
Train rolled into downtown Los Amtrak, the California Depart-
Angeles from San Diego. ment of Transportation (Caltrans)
This new train service, and the County of Los Angeles on
augmenting Amtrak's five other a six-month experimental basis.
daily San Diego-Los Angeles It consists of eight attractively
runs, marked the first time in over refurbished cars with a total
a decade that rail transportation seating capacity of 473.
ink between the two cities has been The El Camino's inaugural run
Woffered the public during the ear- on Valentine's Day culminated
*, morning and late afternoon several years' effort by Los
peak traffic periods. Angeles County Supervisor Bax-
To accommodate those ter Ward to initiate such service
persons seeking rush hour train- for Southland residents.
bus connections, the District Joining the supervisor for the
made service adjustments on debut trip were such high-
some of its lines. Twenty-three ranking state officials as Gover-
RTD bus lines are currently tran- nor Jerry Brown, Caltrans Direc-
sporting the El Camino com- tor Adriana Gianturco and State
muters to and from downtown Senator President Pro Tern
Los Angeles and the mid- James Mills. Representing the
Wilshire area while many other District and noting RTD's impor-
connecting lines make all parts of tant role in this project were
greater Los Angeles easily acces- several Directors, management
sible by bus. and staff members. RTD General Manager Jack Gilstrap (far left) greets Governor Brown
In addition, to help commuters With stops in Fullerton, Santa on board the new San Diego-Los Angeles commuter train. In
locate their desired bus routes Ana, and other Orange County background are Gray Davis, the governor's aide, and RTD Director
and destinations, all RTD stops and San Diego County points, it's Jay Price.
surrounding Union Station have hoped that the El Camino will
been identified by letter designa- ease commuter automobile con-
tions. A map indicating the let- gestion, particularly along the
tered bus stop locations is posted heavily travelled Santa Ana
at the station's RTD Information Freeway.
Officially commemorating the new train are (from left) Los Angeles
County Supervisor Baxter Ward, RTD Director Charles Storing, State
Senator President Pro Tem James Mills, and RTD Board President
Operators await El Camino passengers at Union Station in L.A. Marvin Holen.
Monthly employee spotlight
The most recent trio of individuals honored by the District as
Employees of the Month were Benjamin F. Looney, Bette Goddard
and Albert Evan Meyer.
Looney was chosen as Maintenance Employee of the Month
because of the high quality of his work during the 20 years he's
served as lineman, electric switch repairman, electrician and now
as acting foreman, vacation relief. His enthusiast and responsible
attitude and his indepth knowledge of electrical procedures have
made him a valuable asset to the District.
Goddard transferred into the telephone information section in
1968 after working many years as a streetcar and bus operator.
Because of her punctuality, courteousness and careful telephone
responses, she received the Information Operator of the Month
award previously in 1974. This second recognition shows she con-
tinues to maintain those high job standards.
During the 35 years that Division 3 Operator Meyer has driven a
bus, his attendance record has been beyond reproach, he's never
had a missout and he has achieved the maximum of 60 merits.
Those attributes, his driving safety record, and the commendation
letters received about him earned this employee the Operator of Spectators watch anxiously as playoffs narrow dominos competition.
the Month award.
Presenting the awards at the meeting was Director Ruth E.
Div. 9 captures domino trophy
Division 9 emerged the victor The tournament, held on
at RTD's Second Annual Domino Saturday, February 11 at the
Tournament, capturing the downtown headquarters
perpetual trophy from Division 3, building, brought together eight
last year's winner, during a fast- teams representing the majority
paced championship match. of divisions and headquarters
In fact, Division 3 came close to personnel to vye for the cham-
winning the trophy for a second
year, as the series of playoffs The tournament began last
ended with Division 3 Operators November with 44 two-person
Jethro Hassen and Art Miranda teams competing. The elimina-
pitted against Division 9 tion rounds were held weekly un-
Operators Abel Garcia and til each location was represented
Richard Luna for the final rounds. by a winner.
Besides the rotating divisional
It was then that Garcia and trophy awarded to Division 9,
Luna won the first two of three each participant in the finals
possible games, thereby cutting received an individual domino
short the final match. trophy.
Director Richter presents certificate to Maintenance Employee
The victors (from left): Frank El Fattal, Division 9 "coach"; champions
Luna and Garcia; with John Wilkens, Manager of Employee Relations.
power brakes, air conditioning
plus more. $2,400. Call 213-361-
3633 after 4 p.m.
• 1975 Kawasaki, 900 cc. Draw
Information Operator Goddard receives her second award. back handle bars, 16" rear
• Home site, over 10,000 sq. ft. wheel. 6,000 mi. $1,650 cash. Call
N. Port Charlotte, Florida in 213-881-0377.
Sarasota County. Asking $5,000
cash or $2,500 and take over $40 • C.B. radio, base unit. Corti
payments. Call 213-985-9564. 139 SSB, Turner Super Sidekici
$300. Call 213-787-9957.
• Four JBL 12-inch D-130's
monitor cabinets with cords. • 1976 Honda 500 cc. Twin C-B.
$350 firm price. Call Alan at 466- 1,400 mil. $900. Call 213-348-
• 1976 Ford E-150. Custom van, • Golf clubs and bag and covers.
AM-FM stereo cassette. Bubble Arnold Palmer set. $150. Call
top, wide tires, C.B. radio, roof 213-782-5714.
rack and ladder. Plus more.
20,000 mi. $7,500. Call 213-361- • 1964 Dodge Polara, blue.
6346. Needs tires and brakes. Good
running condition. Air con-
• 1977 M.G.B., 8,000 mi. ditioned. $350 or best offer. Call
Yellow/blk. pin stripes. $400 and 213-982-4354 after 5 p.m.
take over $115.74 mo. payments
or $5,400 cash. Call 805-527- • 1973 Cadillac Eldorado. Fully
3341. equipped, new tires, sun roof.
Division 3 Manager Paul Mahoney (right) joins Director Richter Red. Asking price: $3,800. Call
and Bus Operator Meyer. • 1973 L.T.D. Brougham. 35,000 days 627-0767; evenings 877-
mi., one owner. Power steering, 7736.
History of heroic deeds
puts driver in limelight
When unusual circumstances RTD commemorative belt. And
arise, some RTD bus operators KNX Radio made him "Citizen of
have gone above and beyond the the Week."
call of duty to assist others. Taylor's own opinion is that he
Sometimes their acts verge on responded automatically to help
heroism, as did Division 7 another in distress. At the same
Operator Sam Taylor's response time, he expressed disgust with
to an incident on February 23. people who refuse to get in-
Taylor was driving Line 4 along volved. Because in the less than
three years he's been an RTD
Melrose Avenue when he spotted
a moving car about a half-block employee, he's encountered
away with flames shooting out
About six months ago, while
from underneath its chassis. At
driving along Wilshire Boulevard
the wheel was Joel M. Johnson of in Beverly Hills, he saw two men
Chicago, who was unaware that FOLLOWING HIS UNANIMOUS RE-ELECTION on March 2 to a one-
approach a messenger leaving a
the rented car he was driving was year term as President of the RTD Board of Directors, Marvin L. Holen
bank. They knocked the man
on fire. down, grabbed the $5,000 in cash (center) is sworn into office by Helen Bolen. Holen, the appointee of
Taylor quickly pulled up his Supervisor Ed Edelman, joined the 11-member Board in 1975. On the
and other securities that he had
11`)us behind the car and began been carrying, and began runn- right is George Takei, newly-elected Vice President, who has been a
•Ionking his horn as a warning. ing down the street in separate RTD Board member for five years. He is one of two members ap-
`e motorist, somewhat puzzled, pointed by the mayor of Los Angeles.
linally pulled over. Taylor parked Taylor immediately calculated
his bus alongside the burning where the assailant with the
vehicle, grabbed the fire ex- stolen money would run, stopped
tinguisher and leapt down the
stepwell while about two dozen
amazed RTD passengers
his bus at the exact spot and
reached through his window to Employees cast as film extras
grab the man.
watched. The robber managed to free RTD employees got a chance Operators, supervisors, special
"I laid on the street with the ex- himself and took off again. This to break into show business and
tinguisher and put out the flames. agents, telephone information
time Taylor applied the a behind-the-scenes glimpse into clerks and other RTD employees
I wanted to stop it before it got to emergency brake and jumped off movie-making when they will view it. It will also be shown to
the gas tank," the operator ex- the bus in hot pursuit. "I did the volunteered as extras in a RTD groups of elderly and handicap-
plained. Next he opened the car 30-yard dash and got him," he training film on the new accessi- ped persons and to segments of
door, released the hood and ble coaches for elderly and han-
recalled. Taylor retained his grip the general public, all of whom
squirted the engine with the on the man until the police dicapped persons.
flame retardant. will be affected.
Johnson was dazed. "He was A 1974 District policy decision
There was yet another incident Beginning February 20, a total
just standing there, looking a little requires that all future buses be
one night about a year ago when of seven days and two nights
confused," Taylor reported. "I totally accessible. Besides the
Taylor was driving Line 44 along were spent shooting sequences
told him to leave the motor off, special lift and kneeling features,
Adams Boulevard. He spotted a at such varied locations as
call the agency and get another the buses will incorporate a
young woman lying unconscious Westwood Village, Tarzana Con-
rental." public address system inside and
in the street about five feet from valescent Home, California State
Because impatient motorists outside. It will aid the operator in
the curb. He swerved to avoid hit- University Los Angeles busway
nearby were honking and yelling announcing line numbers and
ting her and then stopped to in- stop, Division 9, the Sports Arena
at Taylor to move his bus out of vestigate. providing boarding and exiting
and the Criminal Courts Building.
4„ the traffic lane, Taylor jumped instructions for the benefit of
She was still breathing. Taylor Persons in wheel chairs, an
',back in to continue along his questioned several passersby visually impaired, disabled and
agute. But not before Johnson, elderly passenger and a blind in-
leaving a nearby party but dividual with a guide dog were all other passengers.
no had finally grasped the situa- nobody volunteered any informa-
tion, managed to get the filmed boarding, riding and dis- Mascott Productions is handl-
tion or assistance. So Taylor embarking from RTD buses, with ing the technical film production
operator's badge number. The telephoned for an ambulance
out-of-towner called the Los the extras appearing in the aspects, with employees from the
himself. background as passengers or Transportation, Personnel,
Angeles Times and reported how "I called the hospital later and passersby. Marketing, Safety and Planning
Taylor's quick thinking and brave they said she would be okay," he
deed had saved the vehicle and departments lending their in-
reported. They also told him if his Upon final editing, the full valuable experience, ideas and
possibly his life. call hadn't summoned help when
On February 24, the Times ran sound and color film — as yet un- time to the project.
it did, she would have died of a titled — will run 20 to 25 minutes
the account, entitled "Bus Driver drug overdose. in length. Joann Bowman, Direc- The filming not only gave
Shifts Into Hero Gear," accom- Until the burning auto incident, tor of Training, explained that the RTD's cast and crew operating
panied by Taylor's photo. The 28- Taylor never got any credit or purpose is to not only provide in- information on the new lifts, but it
year-old operator accepted all thanks for his heroism, but he structions on the use of the new also familiarized them with such
the laudatory attention modestly. said he never expected any. To bus equipment, but to also point common moviemaking dilemmas
"I was really amazed and sur- him it's all in a day's work, more out the importance and complex- as shooting delays due to rainy
prised such a nice article was or less. ities involved in furnishing totally weather and crowds of curious
written. It feels good," he "Sometimes you've got to be a accessible bus service. on-lookers among the public.
remarked. policeman, fireman, information
A few days later, the District center and psychiatrist," he
awarded him a plaque, a $25 remarked philosophically about
restaurant gift certificate for din- his job. "But I really like driving a
ner for him and his wife, and a bus."
Operator Taylor (2nd from right), now famous for his quick handling of
a fire extinguisher, receives recognition and reward from (L-R) Jack
Walsh, General Superintendent of Transportation; Sam Black, Acting Camera crew, film stars, extras and on-lookers mingle while shooting
Manager of Operations; and Jack Gilstrap, General Manager. scene in Tarzana.
Off Roaders off to Texas Canyon
Mexicali was the destination of Spectators can witness the entire
the RTD Off Roaders for the exciting event from the grands-
weekend of February 11 and 12 tands but the RTD Off Roaders
when they participated in the will be in the pit area.
Southern California Off Road Also, during the weekend of
Enthusiasts (SCORE) Mexicali
April 15 and 16, the Off Roaders
300 Off Road Race. will have an outing in Texas Ca-
As they had decided at their nyon, located about 25 miles
January meeting to operate from Los Angeles. Camping is
checkpoints and course control free. There will be a big barbecue
for SCORE races occasionally, to highlight the fun with the
RTD's Off Roaders ran Forest Service there.
checkpoint number 8 by Highway All District employees and their
2. A checkpoint crew checks off families with a camper, tent or
each car number and marks their similar equipment who would like
time at point. All vehicles must to spend a weekend with this RTD
stop and pick up a tab which is club are more than welcome,
put in a taped can. Champagne said. And they don't
have to be into off roading to en-
All members who went joy it, he added. Moreover, there
thoroughly enjoyed the race and are discount suppliers available%
Mexico, although the weather for body work, parts, front enf
was a bit chilly, reported Jerry and frame repairs and acces'
Champagne, Club President. sories for all types of vehicles.
The next SCORE event is April More information can be ob-
"RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD" wasn't really being hum- 8 and 9 at the Riverside Raceway. tained from Champagne at 213-
med by Jack Penwell in Operations, but it would have been an appropriate There are no checkpoints 771-3859 or a division club
tune. As the record rainfall continued to pelt the Southland, a few leaks because this is a closed course. representative.
were detected in the roof above his office inside the leased District head-
quarters building. However, with wastebaskets doubling as rain buckets,
Jack weathered the storm in his usual goodnatured style.
Exercise classes offer fun
while 'fighting the flab'
"I enjoy it very much and I'm dancing. The classes are taught
starting to feel and see results." by Gil Sanders of the Insurance
— Michelle Kocuba, Legal Department who described the
Department. workouts as moderate to heavy.
All parts of the body are exer-
"I feel rejuvenated after releas- cised without the use of
ing tension from a day at the of- machines. "It's fun fighting flab
fice." — Candy Richardson, In- with such an enthusiastic and
surance Department. professional instructor as Gil,"
commented Ginger Perez from
"My expectation is to develop a Administration.
total new person." — Bertha
Wooley, General Services. Both men and women from all
RTD divisions and departments Club Vice President Lonnie Anders at checkpoint number 8.
"It's very convenient and the are invited to attend any of the
sessions. There is no fee. Loose
price is right." — Suzanne Gif-
clothing should be worn. Laughter Zone By M. Ortiz
ford, Legal Department.
The medical profession has
"I'm firming up but having fun, long recommended the value of a
too!" — Marta Espantman, Com- steady exercise program. The
munity Relations. results aren't visible overnight,
but the mental and physical
What all these enthusiastic health benefits can be long-
employees are referring to is the range. Perhaps the attitude of
regular exercise classes given at determination and commitment
the District headquarters building needed were best expressed by
every Wednesday and Thursday another class enthusiast, Diane
evening at 5 p.m. Moran of Employee Relations.
Participants meet inside the "I wanted to firm up the fat. So
employment office on the second far the fat's had a mind of its own.
floor for an hour of exercise per- But I'm not going to give up on it,"
formed to music and free-style she vowed.
Sanders leads the group battling the bulge.
Name Dept. Classification Hired
Averitt, Alason Lydia 7200 Keypunch Operator 2/20/78
Bayless, Barbara Rose 7200 Keypunch Operator 2/2/78
Belcher, Marlene M. 7200 Keypunch Operator 2/27/78
Funk, Dean Steven 3315 Mechanic "B" 2/14/78
Grimes, Adiathia Danne 7200 Keypunch Operator 2/13/78
McAdoo, Gwendolyn 7200 Temp. Keypunch Operator 2/27/78
Moore, Alfred C. 3150 Superv. of Printing 2/27/78
Noval, Tito A. 7100 Staff Accountant 2/20/78
Scotland, Claris Maude 9100 Secretary II 2/13/78
Moving up Officer Funk instructs RTD employees on fending off assailants.
'Name Dept. Classification Date
Anderson, "J" "C" 3303 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
Self-defense 'how to' provided
Badgett, James A. 3315 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
Banks, Gary R. 3303 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 2/19/78
Banuelos, Samuel M. 3303 Mechanic "C" to Mechanic "B" 2/19/78
Barrios, Armando 3309 Mechanic "C" to Mechanic "B" 3/5/78
Catano, Joe 3312 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
Caudill, Roger D. 3307 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 2/19/78
Childs, Granvel 3305 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 "I can't tell you never to submit is going to come to your aid," he
Corona, Aurelio J. 3302 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 or never to fight to the death," advised them.
D'Agostino, Jose 3307 Utility "A" to Mechanic "C" 2/8/78
said Officer Gary Funk of the Los
Deck, John A. 3303 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
Angeles Police Department. "And But sometimes resisting may
3308 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
Diaz, Rogelio 3308
Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
you won't know what you're going not be the answer. It might be
to do until you're in that situa- wiser to submit or try to talk the
Earles, Fletcher G. 3305 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
tion," he told the 60 or more RTD attacker out of his goals. Again,
Fischer, Richard E. 3314 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A' 3/5/78
Freeman, John G. 3307 Mechanic "C" to Mechanic "B" 2/19/78 employees attending the March 6 he stressed the course of action
Fussell, Gene W. 3302
Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 class on self-defense. would have to be determined at
Guerrero, Jose A. 3309
Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 the crucial moment. "But if you
Guzman, Francisco 3303 Utility "A" to Mechanic "C" 2/8/78 The best protection against decide to do something against a
Kent, Gale N. 3312 Utility "A" to Utility "A" Lead. 2/5/78 rape, assault and similar crimes, weapon, you better do it fast," he
Kubota, John 5010 Information Clerk Ex. Supervisor 2/5/78 he stressed, was to avoid poten- urged.
to Sup. Tel. Operator tially dangerous situations. Don't
Lau, John S. 7200 Computer Programmer to Temp. 2/13/78
walk alone at night on any streets, On the question of liability in
Ledesma, Esteban 3307 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 2/19/78
never hitchhike and "don't as- injuring an attacker, "if you're in
Lee, George W. 3312 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 sume anybody is a good guy'r fear of your life, there's nothing in
Levy, Alvin 9500 Sr. Engineer to Act. Chief. Eng. 1/30/78 were part of his common sense the Penal Code that says you
Bus Fac. prescription for personal safety. can't protect yourself by
awis, Arthur L. 3315 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 whatever means reasonable,"
Jr., Salvador M. 3302 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 The evening session, held in- the officer explained. "But the
Markles, Elmer C. 4200 Property & Proj. Anal. to Assoc. 1/25/78 side the Parker Center key word is reasonable." A
Planner Auditorium in downtown Los
Mitchell, Nancy J.
woman shouldn't over-react to a
3110 Janitor to Mopper-Waxer 2/5/78
Morrell, Art R. Utility "A" to Mechanic "C"
Angeles, was arranged by the non-hostile advance by per-
Morris, John H. Mechanic "B" to Mech. "B" Lead.
RTD Recreation Department par- manently maiming the person.
Nagy, Joseph R. 3314 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 ticularly for women employees,
Nardi, Clara 7100 Secretary II to Secretary III 1/30/78 but there was a sprinkling of men Among the other suggestions
Ng, Siu K. 3302 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 there also. offered women by the police:
Ortiz, Michael E. 7100 Information Clerk to Cash Clerk 2/10/78
Quinata, Jose Q. 3303 Utility "A" to Mechanic "C" 2/8/78 Once a woman finds herself in — Check windows and other
Rubin, Joseph P. 3309 Mechanic "C" to Mechanic "B" 3/5/78 precarious circumstances, "the reflective surfaces to observe
Salazar, Agustin 3301 Utility "A" to Mechanic "C" 2/8/78 only way to avert attack is by in- who's crossing the street or
Sevilla, Robert R. 3309 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78 flicting pain," he said. The eyes, following you.
Swain, Jerry D. 3309 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
groin, kneecaps, and nose are
Van Volkenburg, Mark A. 3900 Service Attendant to Security 1/1/78
the most sensitive targets to aim — When leaving work at night,
Victoria, Ermilo 0. 3307 Mechanic "B" to Mechanic "A" 3/5/78
for. never walk through the parking
Villalobos, Isabel 3301 Utility "A" to Mechanic "C" 2/8/78 lot unaccompanied.
"It gives you an opportunity to
get away" but it probably won't — Have keys ready so doors
Shifting gears immobilize the assailant for very
long, he cautioned.
can be opened quickly.
— When driving, keep your car
Officer Funk's lecture was in- in gear while waiting at intersec-
Div./ terspersed with questions from tions and keep the doors locked.
Name Dept. Classification Hired Retired the audience as well as
Blue, Homer G. 3314 Mechanic "A" 8/23/54 2/24/78 demonstrations of some basic — Check the back seat before
Dambrun, Meryle B. 3209 Operator 12/18/45 2/22/78 defense maneuvers. entering an unlocked vehicle.
ti RAGaul, Cyril L.
. 4200 Trans. Ping. Anal. II 1/18/34 2/28/78
Nng■aul, Isabelle G. 3212 Operator 11/30/50 3/1/78 Among the techniques he
arisanti, Mario N. 3215 Operator 1/12/59 1/28/78
Hill, Harold J. 3209 Operator 10/9/67 2/25/78
covered was using a shoe heel to
jab the top of the attacker's
Attention retirees . . .
Jeffus, "J" W. 3212 Operator 1/27/48 2/1/78
Patton, Otha R. 3302 Mechanic Road Inst. 8/22/45 3/1/78 kneecap and then slice along the In response to many re-
Thomas, Hubert C. 3309 Mechanic "A" Leadman 7/22/57 2/27/78 shin. Grinding a heel into the foot, quests, Headway will soon
Wise, Frank W. 3202 Operator 3/28/38 2/3/78 bending the attacker's knee begin publishing a news
Yocas, Peter P. 3312 Equip. Records Spec. 2/25/47 3/1/78 sideways to sever the kneecap, column devoted to RTD
striking the groin with a fist or an retirees. If you're a former
elbow, smashing the nose with a District employee and would
In memoriam flat palm, and poking the eyes
with two spread fingers were also
like to keep current and other
retired RTD employees in-
demonstrated. And biting, par- formed as to your whereabouts
ticularly to avoid being gagged, and activities, send your news
Div./ can be effective.
Name Dept. Classification Deceased
item to: Headway Editor, 6th
Beardsley, Jay E. 3201 Former Operator Retired 8/1/62 2/16/78
Floor, 425 S. Main St., Los
Audience members then Angeles, CA 90013.
Brennan, Alban I. 3202 Former Division Dispatcher 2/22/78
paired up and tried out the Please include the date of
Chavez, Agapito 3334 Former Laborer Retired 6/1/53 1/21/78 maneuvers under Funk's direc- your retirement, your last work
Farrell, William P. 3296 Former Supervisor of Vehicle 2/24/78 tion. location and job title with the
Operations Retired 6/1/69 District, and a current
Kriewald, Sherman C. 3310 Former Foreman Retired 12/1/52 2/14/78 Practice the movements at telephone number.
Nolan, Raymond S. 3314 Former Mechanic Retired 12/29/72 1/29/78 home and "never assume anyone
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: A delighted Alex John Kukla, son of
Division 3 Operator Alex Kukla, tests his new bicycle while
Wilkens; his mother, Katherine Kukla; and his sister, Erin, look
A DELICIOUS RENDITION of King Tut in the form of a pineapple cake was
created by Donna Ness, Administrative Assistant in the Marketing and District salutes bus artists
Communications Department. A talented cake-maker, she created her own
mold for this project. The goal was to honor the February birthdays of five The winners in RTD's "Color A Bus" contest received their
persons in her department — Anthony Fortuno, Jim Abernethy, Dick prizes during a brief ceremony at the downtown headquarters
Dimon, Bill Reason and Ray Garcia. Ness said she chose the King Tut building recently. Both the youthful artists and their families were
theme to tie in with the current exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum invited. John Wilkens, Manager of Employee Relations, presided
of Art and RTD's own promotion of its bus service to the cultural event. over the awards presentation.
For the coloring contest, three age groups were established,
with tickets to Disneyland, Knott's Betty Farm and Universal City
Studios presented to the winners in each category. In addition, the
grand prize of a bicycle was awarded for the best overall entry.
RTD program trains, gains
six new Mechanics 'C'
The RTD's Mechanic Training General Superintendent of
Program graduated six more Maintenance and Equipment;
employees during ceremonies on and Byron Lewis, Director of Per-
February 24 at the headquarters sonnel. Each personally con-
building. gratulated the graduates and dis-
cussed the professional
challenges and rewards awaiting
the new mechanics. AGES 6 AND UNDER: (L-R) Division 5 Operator Terrell Davis
Jose D'Agostino, Francisco and his wife, Melrose with their son, Reginald; Robert Gonzalez,
Guzman, Art R. Morrell, Agustin Division 1 Operator with his wife, Kathy and their son, Steven;
Salazar, Jose Quinata and Isabel Wilkens; and Division 7 Operator Delmar E. Walker and his wife,
Diaz Villalobos received cer- Also present was Earl Morey, Carol with their son, Derek.
tificates after completing both Equipment Maintenance Super-
phases of the indepth visor I, who is in charge of the
classroom/on-the-job training classroom instruction and coor-
curriculum to elevate themselves dination of the on-the-job train-
from a bus service position to ing. The on-the-job portion in-
mechanic "C." volves working under the super-
vision of a mechanic "A" with
evaluations of the students'
progress made frequently.
Presiding at the ceremonies
were Jack Gilstrap, General
Manager; Jerry Long, President, The program is offered yearly
Amalgamated Transit Union; on a rotating evening/daytime
Sam Black, Acting Manager of basis to qualified, interested
Operations; George Wells, maintenance employees.
AGES 7 TO 11: (L-R) Division 8 Mechanic John R. Cavette, his
wife, Christine and daughter, Cherie; Jesus B. Saldana, Division
8 Operator, with his daughter, Wendy; Operator Donald Powell of
Division 6 with his son, Kenneth; and Wilkens.
AGES 12 TO 14: (L-R) Lisa Banks with her mother, Janiece M.
Banks of Data Processing; Dinamaria Carneal, daughter of Divi-
sion 3 Operator Robert L. Carneal, with her brother, Robert;
Trudy Holloway with her son, Vincent, and Operator Clifton
At the graduation (from left): Villalobos, Wells, Long, Quinata, Morey, Holloway; and Wilkens.
Salazar, Morrell, D'Agostino, Guzman, Black, Gilstrap.
Guarding RTD: Psychology with a smile
Each weekday when about 700 stant flow of people into the
employees begin reporting to building. "The carpet should be
work at RTD's headquarters worn out between the Credit
building, the first person they're Union and the Cashier's Office,
likely to address with "Good especially on pay day,"
morning" won't be their boss or a Stevenson noted.
department co-worker. Instead,
it's probably one of nine armed Besides the employees work-
security guards assigned to the ing inside the building, the
desk inside the main lobby. guards encounter a variety of
Like the kindly police depart-
ment desk sergeant portrayed in Some employees call them
the old Hollywood movies, RTD's
guards cheerfully greet the periodically for weather
regular employees, screen reports.
visitors, keep logs, give direc-
tions and perform many other other persons. A transit official
duties. scheduled to attend a Board
"We're multi-purpose," ex- meeting, a woman inquiring
ained Security Guard Jess about Lost and Found, a
Stevenson. While the protection customer with a service com-
of District property and person- plaint, a bus operator with a
nel is foremost, he said they also medical appointment, delivery
truck drivers headed for the
cafeteria, or a prospective
employee reporting for an inter-
view are all guided to the correct
"I know he's always there to destination.
back me up If I need him." Security Guards Hendricks (center) and Stevenson point visitor in
Essentially, much of it boils
down to "good public relations,"
said Dick Kelso, Chief Special Police Department footbeat of- security checks made on each
function as reception desk, infor- Agent. Meeting so many persons ficers patrolling the surrounding floor help fill the hours.
mation center and even as park- daily, the friendly, helpful way the area, and even with local
ing lot attendants in directing guards respond to assistance re- In their line of work, a
merchants and residents. photographic mind is almost a
traffic for the building parking quests leaves a favorable impres- Security Guard Kathy Skellie said
stalls. sion of RTD. necessity. They not only get to
one neighborhood tenant drops know the regular employees by
by to say hello and leaves reading sight and often by first name, but
The busiest hours arrive at 10 A large part of their success material for her when she's on
a.m. when the Credit Union they recognize many of the
lies in their rapport with the duty at night. regular guests and other officials
opens and there's an almost con- employees, public, Los Angeles
That same rapport is shared coming to RTD headquarters.
among the two-guard teams. "We But among the unfamiliar
have a mutual respect for one visitors, they have to separate
lo 'Eyes of King Tut' rolling
another," Stevenson said about those with legitimate business
fellow Security Guard Al from those seeking entrance for
Hendricks. "I know he's always other purposes. A little psy-
there to back me up if I need chology can come in handy.
"You have to be very careful,"
The "eyes of King Tut" are The unique bus design, In addition to manning the said Skellie. "I ask them if they
upon Los Angeles and moving developed by artist Norm Gollam main desk, there is an assort- have an appointment and then if
regularly down Wilshire of Transit Ads, Inc., not only ment of other duties. A small
Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue — helps local residents identify the room in back is equipped with
via District buses. bus routes going to the museum, several closed circuit cameras Then there was another male
but it also reminds them that monitoring activities at two El visitor who began doing yoga
Ten RTD buses assigned to public transportation is a Monte busway stops. If security
Lines 83 and 89 carry full-length, desirable alternative to the traffic problems arise, they immediately in the employee cafeteria.
colorful, Egyptian-style murals on and parking difficulties that can notify the Dispatch Center.
the sides and rear of their ex- accompany this popular cultural Similar cameras are being in-
teriors. Their acrylic covering event. they hesitate, I ask them more
features a bold yellow, orange, The acrylic covering is similar questions."
turquoise and black King Tut to that used previously for com- On occasion an individual suc-
design, tied into the exciting mercial ads on District buses, but In their line of work, a ceeds in convincing the guards of
Treasures of Tutankhamun ex- this is the first time this concept honorable intentions, proceeds
hibit which opened in Los photographic mind is almost a
has been used for an artistic necessity. upstairs and reveals ulterior, un-
Angeles on February 15. expected motives. The guards
The object is to let the public RTD's "King Tut buses" will recalled one quiet-mannered,
know that RTD can transport continue to capture attention well-dressed gentleman in a
them quickly and easily to the Los along these two major city streets stalled on each floor inside the business suit who asked for
Angeles County Museum of Art to through June 15, 1978, when the headquarters building for even Customer Relations. He went up-
see these intriguing art objects. exhibit leaves Los Angeles. tighter security. stairs, got down on his knees and
began reciting Hamlet. Then
The guards also escort grateful there was another male visitor
employees to their parked cars who began doing yoga in the
after dark. And because there are employee cafeteria. Each guard
no windows in the upper floors of has several such colorful anec-
the building, some employees dotes. In such instances, they es-
call them periodically for weather cort the unwanted guest to the
Not all the unwanted visitors
"It starts raining and our phone seeking admittance to the
starts ringing," said Security building are humorous or even
Guard Hendricks, who's regularly harmless. If a situation arises that
assigned on the weekday shift. may be potentially dangerous,
While they always oblige, it can the guards call in the police
tie up their emergency phone department to have the would-be
designated for official business intruders arrested.
only, he pointed out. But asked what they enjoyed
most about their work, each of
At night the pace slows, par- the security guards interviewed
ticularly between 1 and 4 a.m. But mentioned contact with people.
because there are always some "You meet a lot of truly in-
employees working around the teresting persons," Hendricks
clock, all of them have to be said, "the complete top and bot-
signed in and out. Early morning tom from all walks of life. It's a
RTD puts King Tut on wheels on Lines 83 and 89. deliveries and routine fire and fascinating job."
All-Star basketball squad
challenges celebrity team
The basketball courts inside At 7:30 p.m. the doors will
the Van Nuys High School gym- open, with the game beginning
nasium will be transformed into about 8 o'clock. The location is
an action-packed, suspense- the boys' gym, Van Nuys High
filled scene on Saturday, April 29 School, 6535 Cedros Avenue,
when RTD's All-Star basketball Van Nuys.
squad challenge Johnny Brown's
KLAC celebrity team at the Se-
cond Annual All-Star Basketball
April brings another long-
Last year RTD's top players awaited District sports event. At
were narrowly defeated in a hard- 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 30,
fought battle that ended 100-92 in RTD's golfers will tee off at the
favor of KLAC. But this year the Green River Golf Course at 5215
Green River Drive in Corona for BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR RTD? Birthdays and anniversaries of employees
prospects of achieving a victory are observed regularly among friends throughout the District, but
are much greater, said Bill Her- the Biannual Golf Tournament.
chocolate banana cake enjoyed by the Planning Department on March
nandez, RTD Sports Commis- 1978 honored RTD's own birthday. Exactly 20 years earlier, the
sioner and Manager of the All- Four flights are being es- Metropolitan Transit Authority — RTD's predecessor — became an
Stars. "We know what to expect tablished: championship, first, operating agency, marking the first public ownership of transit in greater
as far as opposition," he ex- second, and third. The top two Los Angeles.
plained. And with more practice winners in each flight will receive
and experience behind the team, a trophy and gift certificate good
he's very optimistic about the for a purchase at a golf pro shop.
outcome. And to make certain none of the
participants go home empty- The Green River Golf Course clude Amtrak fare, transportation
The 12-member RTD All-Stars handed, other prizes will be has deluxe facilities, including to and from Sea World and ad-
squad is composed of two awarded. pro shop, golf cart rentals and mission to the many Sea World
leading players from each of six fine dining areas. Family attractions.
members and guests of RTD
divisional teams, chosen by their
fellow players and team All District employees and golfers are welcome to come ***
manager. "We have some ex- retirees who are golf enthusiasts along and share this day of bir-
cellent shooters and other are invited to enter the tourna- dies, bogies and friendly com- A nine-day fiesta tour of
players returning this year, and ment. As in past years, a dual petition. romantic Mexico has been
we'll have some new faces," Her- handicap system will be used. packaged in an exciting and
nandez said. The championship flight will use *** economical way for District
established club handicaps, employees. Departing May 20,
while all others will be under the the jet flies directly to Mexico City
RTD's cheerleaders will be Even closer this month time- where a fiesta cocktail party at
Callaway system. wise is RTD week at the famous
there to rally team spirit and dur- the Emporio Hotel begins the
ing half-time the District's Movieland Wax Museum and holiday. The itinerary includes a
musical group will entertain the The entry fee. is $10 which Palace of Living Art. Between Mexican ballet, bullfight, yacht m,
crowds. Refreshments will be covers the greens fee and helps April 8 and 16, employees and cruise of Acapulco Bay, thrillingl/
available. defray the cost of trophies and their families can purchase dis- high divers' show, and sightsee
prizes. Sign-up sheets will be counted admission tickets to "the ing at numerous gardens,
Last year's fast-paced com- posted at the Recreation Depart- biggest gathering of stars in the palaces and marketplaces in
petition brought a crowd of ment bulletin boards located world." For just $4.20 per adult such historic locales as Taxco,
throughout the District. Partici- and $2.75 for each child between Cuernavaca, Toluca and Ixtapan
several hundred employees and
families to witness the action. pants will receive in advance their 4 and 11 years of age, the uncan- de la Sal.
Once again everyone is welcome tee-off times and directions to the ny likenesses of over 235 favorite
to attend this year's game at no golf course. Moreover, every ef- stars from Groucho Marx to
Robert Redford can be viewed in The $344 per person price in-
cost. But because seating is fort will be made to accom- cludes round trip air transporta-
limited, tickets must be secured modate those requesting par- settings from their most famous
film roles. tion, hotel accommodations with
in advance. ticular foursomes. private bath in the various resort
hotels, surface transportation for
Many of the costumes are the the sightseeing tours, entrance
original outfits worn by the stars. fees and special events. Deadline
And special lighting and sound for receipt of the $25 per person
effects enhance the realistic deposit is April 7.
quality. Allow about two hours to
enjoy Movieland and the Palace ***
of Living Art on the self-guided
tour. A new supply of the popular
RTD tee shirts has just arrived to
Movieland Wax Museum is keep pace with the continual de-
located at 7711 Beach Boulevard mand. For just two dollars, a
in Buena Park, just one block colorful tee shirt silk-screened
north of Knott's Berry Farm. with the familiar RTD logo can be
Parking is free. purchased in either small,
medium, large or extra large size
*** through the Recreation
On Saturday morning, May 6,
the Amtrak train carrying RTD
employees and families to San
The District's musical group is
Diego for the Sea World excur-
sion will leave Union Station in going strong and new members
downtown Los Angeles at 7:30 with an ear for music are still
a.m. The day-long visit at this welcome to join. Just drop by any
fascinating entertainment park of their weekly Monday night
includes six major shows and 25 practice sessions beginning at
7:30 p.m. in the headquarters
THE LATEST DIVISIONAL WINNER in the District's incentive program to building.
reduce the number of road calls was Division 2. To reward the transporta-
tion and maintenance personnel there whose work helped realize that goal,
The return train departs from
San Diego at 4:30 p.m. and
a drawing was held for admission tickets to Knott's Berry Farm. Shown arrives back in Los Angeles at
above are two of the employees whose names were drawn. On left, Division It's not too early to make plans
approximately 7 p.m. A substan- to attend RTD's Second Annual
2 Maintenance Manager Frank Abroson congratulates Raymond J. Krill, tial discount off of the regular Picnic, set for Sunday, August 27
Mechanic "A," while Transportation Manager Wes McCarns (far right) pre- prices has been arranged by the at Calamigos Picnic Ranch in
sents the prize to Operator Orlando J. Pardo. The other Division 2 Recreation Department at $22
employees awarded tickets were Utility "A" Arnold Abeyta, Operator Willie per adult and $12 per child under
Gary and Operator Anthony J. Melton. 12 years of age. Those prices in- (Please turn to page 10)
71 years' work come to memorable close
Last February several hundred duties so Ted was assigned as a
RTD employees were honored for telephone information clerk.
10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and even 40 During the ensuing years Ted
years of service. proved his versatility by becom-
A few weeks later a separate ing a mileage clerk in the
ceremony inside the Board Room Schedules Department, a
commemorated over 71 years' schedule builder and then
employment. But that record special events coordinator prior
wasn't achieved by an individual. to his transfer to the Planning
Rather it represented the collec- Department in 1969. On April 28,
tive seniority earned by a special 1975, he was promoted to tran-
pair of employees. Cyril L. "Ted" sportation planning analyst II, a
Gaul of the Planning Department position he held until his retire-
and Operator Isabelle Gaul ment.
retired together from RTD on Canadian-born Isabelle came
Feb. 28, 1978, ending two long- to California in 1923. She joined
term careers devoted to public the Los Angeles Transit Lines on
transit. Nov. 30, 1950, working as a con-
hat laughed when he recalled ductor, street car operator and
hat he started his career with the bus operator at Division 5. In
ea it was temporary. "It was just 1960 she transferred to the
ing to pay my way through law Redondo Terminal and subse- Ted Gaul wraps up his last assignment for Planning Dept.
school. I never thought I'd stay." quently worked at several other
locations before completing at
A native of Idaho, Ted started Division 12 more than 27 years of Board of Directors on February It was a busy week for the cou-
at the Los Angeles Railway as a service. She was selected as Bus 23. A few days later, the Planning ple. Besides their retirement, the
conductor on Jan. 18, 1934. He Operator of the Month in August, Department gave the Gauls and parties, publicity and awards
later became a motorman, 1976. their children and grandchildren presentation, they celebrated
operator and then rail and coach a buffet lunch in the head- their 41st wedding anniversary
supervisor for 23 years. Following In recognition of their quarters building, complete with on February 24.
his recovery stemming from a longevity, the Gauls received a three giant cakes. A com- The couple met at the Los
non-chargeable accident, he was special plaque and con- memorative poster, retirement Angeles Railway in 1936, where
unable to resume his previous gratulatory message from the scroll and wristwatch were given Isabelle was working as a cashier
to Ted, along with heartwarming at the Car Barn Cafe at Division 3.
speeches from co-workers and They have two sons, two
supervisors recalling some daughters and eight
memorable moments at work. grandchildren.
More happy memories were The Gauls are now looking
made on Isabelle's last day driv- forward to traveling in their
ing Line 872. Waiting with the recreational vehicle. But retiring
regular passengers at 7th and from a company after all those
Pacific were several RTD staff years isn't all joy. They both
members, newspaper pho- acknowledge they're going to
tographers and a KNBC-TV miss the District and their long-
camera crew. As the group time friends.
boarded her bus, Ted suddenly Perhaps it was best summed
appeared from behind a building up by Isabelle a few days before
and presented his astonished her last run out of Division 12. "I
wife with a bouquet of flowers love my job. I love working with
and a kiss. That touching mo- people and driving the buses. I'm
ment was replayed for the public going to miss it," she predicted
Isabelle Gaul before her final pullout from Div. 12. on Channel 4 News that evening. with a sad smile.
Martinez well-versed in art of poetry
By day Data Control Specialist Martinez said her favorite time recalled one instance when she While she's been writing poetry
Mary Martinez watches an and place to write poetry is in her was standing over the kitchen for six years, she's never sought
endless amount of information living room after her son is in sink, gazing at a plate that had to have any published. "I guess
about RTD get processed on bed. She turns on the music low, been a gift. Martinez grabbed a I'm afraid of the door being slam-
computer cards. On weekends sinks into the sofa and starts paper towel and began compos- med in my face" by a rejection,
and evenings she converts her writing. ing a poem about friendship. she explained. But she hopes one
own ideas, memories and feel- day to collect all of her best
ings into a much different form, pieces, now scattered throughout
poetry. Her thoughts are quickly jotted her home, into a book.
down, before the mood fades, on
A wide array of emotions and whatever's available — scraps of For the time being, she seeks
events are the subjects of this notebook paper, newspapers,
employee's poems, ranging from the "honest" opinion of friends
old invoices and even the back of and relatives. But she's
the familiar antics of her 5-year- computer cards. "I write on somewhat reluctant about her
old son to an elderly stranger sit- anything I can get ahold of," she
ng on a park bench. husband's evaluations. "He says
said, laughing. "I get very dis- I'm a romanticist and very sen-
turbed when I can't get a thought sitive. I cry at sad movies on TV
One written for her grandfather down on paper right away."
included the stanzas: and even at songs," she admit-
"As the years went by, ted. But being more sensitive and
I grew up and left my home, aware are two critical qualities of
And now I have a husband, While the inspiration may a poet, Martinez pointed out.
With children of my own. THE POETIC MUSE STRIKES come easily, at times the right
Mary Martinez of Data Processing words don't immediately fall into
often. When she's not recording her place. The same poem may be Sometimes the poems she
I miss you, Grandpa, writes about family members and
And if I could turn back time, thoughts in rhyme or free verse reworked four or five times. It's a
form, she may be reading the rare occasion when the first draft acquaintances become special
I would sit upon your lap again, gifts. When a former supervisor
And have you read a rhyme. works of other poets during her completely satisfies her.
spare time. She views poetry in Data Processing retired, Mar-
But Grandpa you are far away, writing mostly as a means of self- tinez wrote a poem for her to be
And I know it's not the same, expression and discovery, but Writing poetry is like keeping a presented at her party. But the
I only wish that I could hear sometimes she'll write poems for diary, she continued. "It's what poet had to have someone else
That same voice call my her RTD co-workers and other happened to me, my acquain- finish reading it aloud.
name." friends as gifts commemorating tances, the places I've been." It
special ocassions. also provides insight into per- "I couldn't read it. The party
Not all of her poems are stan- sonal development. "After writing was in the employee cafeteria. It
dard rhymes. Sometimes she But because feelings can't be and later reading it, I'm more in- was very crowded and I got quite
writes in free verse, at other times forced, most often the poetic in- tune with myself. I see more of my embarassed," she recalled with a
it's limericks. spiration hits randomly. She faults as I go through it." shy smile.
Tyrone M. Fordham, Divi- operator, Henry has just com-
sion 7 Operator, proudly an- pleted eight years of service
nounced that his wife, Rifka, with RTD.
emerged a big winner after ap-
pearing as a contestant on the
"Price Is Right" show. Among Operator Bob Blocker of
the prizes she won were $1,000 Division 3 and his wife, Reyna,
cash, a dinette set and a ser- joined the ranks of proud
vice tray. The show aired last parents when their first child,
March 8. Lucas Matthew, was born on
March 4 at Kaiser Hospital. He
There was another big weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs.,
scorer among employees' 10 oz.
wives lately. Division 2 Super-
visor David Biehn reported that
his wife, Carolyn, bowled 292 Harold Kent, Division 8
with her handicap in the Moose Operator, and his wife, Ellyn, EARLY APRIL IS the expected delivery date of the first child of Debra
League during February. announced with "relief" the Baird of the Telephone Information Department and her husband,
birth of a boy, Jonathan Robert Steve. They'll be better prepared to meet the challenges of
Fourteen years of marriage III. He has two sisters, Kimber- parenthood, following the baby shower and numerous gifts given the
were celebrated by Henry ly, 8 years old, and Jessica, 3. couple on February 24 by friends in the Telephone Information
Castaneda and his wife, Mary, The new addition to their family Department. Debra, a District employee for six years, is the daughter
on February 26. They and their arrived on February 20, of the late A. F. Leahy, RTD Instructor, and sister of Mike Leahy in
13-year-old son, Mike, live in weighed over 6 1/2 lbs. and was Operations and Art Leahy in Administration. From left: Steve, Debra,
Boyle Heights. A Division 15 19 inches tall. Karen Lea, Brenda Miley and Marie Tervalon.
HONORED AS AN "OUTSTANDING GRADUATE" by the Los
Angeles Job Corps Center was Information Operator Larry Hidalgo
(center). The awards presentation was made at a reunion of all L.A.
NO ONE KNOWS FOR CERTAIN how many married couples first met Job Corps graduates with the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline
at RTD, but another pair of employees were added to that category on Clerks (BRA C) and the placement of the 500th BRAC graduate.
Saturday, February 18. Telephone Information Operator Michelle R. Hidalgo, an RTD employee for two years, was chosen to represent
Nixon wed Richard Ron dell Dodson, former Information Operator and BRAC graduates for 1975. The BRAC program is one of a number of
now Truckdriver-Clerk at the South Park Shops. The day prior to the training programs provided by the L.A. Job Corps. He's pictured here
ceremony, a shower was given in the headquarters building by the with Robert Taggart, Ill (right), director of the nation's youth projects
Telephone Information Department, where the couple shared cake for the U.S. Dept. of Labor and Lyle Burkhart (left), director of the
and other refreshments with their friends from work. BRAC training program.
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