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From The Signal Archives: New homes and first steps

Posted: March 13, 2009 12:42 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Editor's note: As The Signal celebrates 90 years of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, we offer this peek into the SCV of days past. Following is from the second week of March, 1969, The Newhall Signal.

Home of the Cougars
"The junior college district's chief executive yesterday was smiling like a Cheshire cat as he cheerily informed the world he had a secret," read the story announcing that Dr. Robert Rockwell, College of the Canyons' first president, had a site selected for his new, yet-to-be-built school.

The story was a tease of the location for Santa Clarita Valley's first community college. It announced that a vacant 10-acre elementary school site just off Camp Plenty Road in what is now Canyon Country (then Saugus) would be a temporary site for the new college.

In reality, College of the Canyons operated out of portables on the Hart High School campus until the expansive Valencia campus opened.

Latest and greatest in relationship advice
A column titled "Handling the irreligious," allegedly written by "The nation's most exciting religion columnist (now in The Signal)," provided guidance for a reader who asked what a devoutly religious wife should do about the vexing problem of an "irreligious husband," or vice-versa.

Quoting another author, "the Rev. Lester Kinsolving" offered simple advice: "This is the plan for salvaging unsaved husbands: Know how to use a nutcracker? Sure. You place a nut between the jaws and squeeze. Craaaaccck! Maneuver your mate between the jaws of God's spiritual nutcracker, and in the power of the Holy Spirit SQUEEZE!"

To whom it may concern - The Signal has quit dispensing relationship advice.

In hindsight, maybe it was a baby step
The first big step toward cityhood was announced for "Valencia Valley" after citizens passed a resolution hailing "what could be an historic campaign to make Valencia Valley into a city."

Residents had grown tired of "the (county) planning commission running roughshod over their desires" - among those desires not wanting to be surrounded by "used car dealerships and shopping centers."

They urged the directors of the Newhall-Saugus-Valencia Chamber of Commerce "to make the next big move." A homeowners association offered to provide appropriate financial support.

Santa Clarita Valley residents eventually got their wish - regarding cityhood at least. Saugus, Newhall and Canyon Country merged with Valencia to create the city of Santa Clarita in 1987.

Desperate housewives of the SCV
The "Cedarcreek's wife swapping club" was front-page news in the March 12, 1969, edition of The Signal.

"A drive down Cedarcreek Street is just like a drive down any other street in the town," florid 1969 prose declared. "The homes that line its side may not be unusually elegant, but they are quite typical.

"Cedarcreek has that certain Saugus starkness, a disturbing unrealness that its residents do not see anymore, but visitors from other places cannot help but notice."

When all is finally said and written, the so-called "wife-swapping" club centers on allegations of alcohol-fueled gatherings and parties "where the members did not even bother to close their curtains."

"They say all you had to do was open your front door to watch wild and wooly episodes of suburban living that would have put Peyton Place to shame," read the article. (Editor's Note: Peyton Place is a fictional city from a mid-1960s prime-time drama serial.)

The author used double entendre to frame the tale of a half-dozen couples in an adultery club that "never went to the extent of holding ‘business' meetings. But they held social events at which all the business that needed transacting was transacted."

Must have been a slow news week.


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