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 doing her research and finding caption information for our !

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 reads: Emmett Lynch and Thomas “Tip” O’Neil, 10/7/82.  Who is Emmett Lynch and why is he with “Tip” O’Neil?

The second photo reads: Richard MacKinnon w/ picture of A-bomb blast, 4/25/89. Why is he showing a picture of an A-bomb blast in 1989?

 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

Steve Hayes August 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I assume O'Neil was here supporting Lynch's (Dem) election campaign in 1982 against Ed Zschau (Rep) for the 12th district. Zschau won that election. Both Lynch and Zschau were educators and both lived in Los Altos. At the time the 12th district included parts of SM county and SC County along with Stanislaus County - a time when gerrymandering was thriving.
Jamie White August 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Wow, great details, thanks Steve!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »