HISTORY QUIZ: Step Back in Time

The San Mateo County Historical Association staffers have thousands of photos that they need help identifying in order to caption them. Can you help them?

Thanks to Patch user  for helping us caption a Tip O'Neil photo in our !

However, we still need to identify information for

The San Mateo County Historical Association still has many photos that need captions, after it recently purchased more than 30,000 San Mateo Times newspaper photos that span most of the 20th century and provide a glimpse into San Mateo County life and its generations.

Own a little piece of history by looking at these photos and help the association find out about the story behind each one, so the group can archive them.

Peninsula Patch sites will publish various photos as we get them - usually on Thursday or Saturday mornings - so you can help us identify them.

The first photo this week reads: Matlock, April 26, 1985.  Why was “Matlock” in  trouble with the law?

The second photo reads: Ira Majee on January 29, 1976.  “Hypnotist.”  Why was he featured in the San Mateo Times?

Please note in the comments if you have information about the photos attached.

Then call or e-mail  archivist, Carol Peterson, if you want more information. Carol can be reached by phone, (650) 299-0104, or e-mail, carol@historysmc.org

Bernie Olson August 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
You can Google the captions and get to the archive page for the paper. They want $$ to view the archived page. I did Ira Majee on January 29, 1976. “Hypnotist.” and found two pages and the best I could read (mouse print) was that he was making a presentation on self hypnotism.
Mark Cox August 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
My guess is that the guy is in trouble with the law for actually watching the television show, "Matlock". As we all know, it's illegal for anyone under the age of 65 to watch that show and this guy had grown a beard to look older, but it didn't work.


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