San Carlos was a very different place in 1979. With the 31st Annual Hometown Days festival at Burton Park taking place this weekend, now is a good time to look back and see just how far San Carlos has come.
Before doing so, I want to make sure and thank those who work so hard each and every year on this event. Most notably, Linda Teutschel and 30 other San Carlans, who in 1979 came up with the annual event that has grown into one of the highlights of the year for all of San Carlos. Linda’s daughter, Laura, has been assuming more of a leadership role recently and expects to continue this wonderful tradition for years to come. Many falsely believe that Hometown Days is a City of San Carlos event. It is not. The event utilizes the services of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office, but it is entirely a volunteer effort on behalf of citizens and local organizations.
Consider San Carlos in 1979:
* Average home price $138,000
* 350 San Carlos kids played organized soccer. Today it is close 1,800.
* San Carlos High School was in full swing.
* Laureola Park was still a school.
* The Tivoli Theatre was an actual theatre….today it is Town.
* The Laurel Street Theatre was an old-school, full size movie theatre showing movies such as The Jerk and Apocalypse Now
* A young San Carlos comic by the name of Dana Carvey was just starting his career.
* The Ranch Room, Village Host Pizza, Woolworths and the Pepper Tree were the anchors of downtown San Carlos. Yes….our downtown has become more exciting recently…
* In the Fall of 1979, the concept for the first ever Hometown Days is developed. Taking place in September, the first annual Hometown Days had a western theme.
See you this weekend!