CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1992
I was saddened to learn of the death of Hayakawa. While attending University of Wisconsin extension classes at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1937, I had the good fortune of having him as an instructor. As I recall, the courses I took from Hayakawa were English literature and creative writing. My fellow students and I found Hayakawa to be an excellent teacher. In addition to a fine command of his subject, his enthusiasm was contagious, and his sense of humor, contrary to his tendency to nod off at faculty meetings in later years, kept his students wide awake.
June 18, 1989
A small correction to Beverly Beyette's story on June 7 ("Going in Style"): (It says) "Hayakawa told an interviewer after losing to Pete Wilson in 1982. . . ." In 1982, I completed my one term in the U.S. Senate and having reached the age of 76, I decided it was time to retire and rest. I therefore announced that I was not going to run again. Some weeks thereafter, Pete Wilson decided to run for my Senate seat because I was not running. I did not lose to Wilson. I have never lost an election in my life.
September 12, 1999
In response to the letter from Christopher Martin Hirt titled "Officer's Past Is Cause for Shame" (Aug. 31), Officer Jose Vargas' "criminal history" of illegal entry from Mexico pales in comparison to our ancestors' illegal confiscation of Vargas' ancestors' land, namely the Southwestern USA. The average Mexican, or Mexican American, is 85% Native American. The average white person is more than 90% European or British by ancestry. Of course, this is our land now. As the late Sen. S. I. Hayakawa once said, "We stole it fair and square."
January 6, 1990
Harvey Yorke, 71, an aide to then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan and former U.S. Sen. S. I. Hayakawa who first gained prominence in 1968 as a spokesman for San Francisco State University during a violent student strike while Hayakawa was president of the university. He so impressed Hayakawa that the latter took Yorke with him to Washington when Hayakawa was elected to the Senate in 1970. Reagan hired him two years later as chief of the state information services.
March 13, 1986
The far-sighted vision of Kevin Forbes, the 19-year-old student crusading to make English the official language of the city of San Marino, is most commendable. Another student, Peggy Fastnow, courageously spoke out last year at San Marino High School, stating that Oriental and white students didn't mingle "because of the language barrier" (Times, June 8, 1985). Many students of history, including former Sen. S. I. Hayakawa of California and Gov. Richard Lamm of Colorado, are warning that our Southwest could become another Quebec with our current trend toward multilingualism.
May 21, 1985 |
After 16 years of legal battles, a federal appeals court ordered San Francisco State University on Monday to roll back the disciplinary action taken against 336 student protesters who participated in a 1969 student strike. The bitter four-month strike over control of the university's Ethnic Studies program catapulted then-university President S. I. Hayakawa to national prominence for his hard-line treatment of student activists. Hayakawa was later elected to the U.S. Senate.