Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- November 11, 1999

The Daily Forty-Niner, Student Newspaper at California State University, Long Beach, Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Former editors, reporters and journalism faculty members joined current staff members of The Daily Forty-Niner at California State University, Long Beach on Thursday (Nov. 11) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the campus' student newspaper.

The date marked the exact 50th birthday of the very first 49er, which was published on Nov. 11, 1949. The Forty-Niner's first editor-in-chief, Edward Clucas (Class of 1954) and current editor-in-chief, Ana Tintocalis (Class of 2000) served as masters of ceremonies.

The event included several guest speakers from each of the past five decades who shared thoughts on student reporters, stories covered and the evolution of the newspaper from a biweekly mimeographed sheet to the current four-color daily publication.

CSULB President Robert C. Maxson opened the event by commenting on the importance of The Daily Forty-Niner to the university. "A student newspaper is one of the most vital, most valued parts of a university campus," he said. "I congratulate all of you who have served on the Forty-Niner over the years and contributed to one of this campus' most important institutions."

The University Library also recognized the occasion with an exhibit titled "50 Years of the Forty-Niner." The exhibit features many issues of the newspaper from the first edition to the latest on-line issue. Memorabilia and photographs from the various decades are also on display in the Library's Special Collections.

The current Forty-Niner staff also marked the celebration with a special anniversary edition of the newspaper, featuring photos and stories that appeared in the publication over the last 50 years. The issue also printed reflections from a handful of past editor-in-chiefs, one from each of the last five decades.

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