100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 3, 1912
Going to her bedroom and getting a revolver she had never had in her hands before, Mrs. Victor Brooks, young bride, 21161/2 S. E St., shoved the weapon in the face of a burglar who had entered her apartment last evening with the demand that she hand her jewelry over to him. The burglar had a revolver also. “Brave girl!” he said, and disappeared into the alley in the rear of the house. Mrs. Brooks was sitting in the dining room of her home shortly after 6 p.m. waiting for her husband. The burglar entered from the rear and covered Mrs. Brooks with his revolver.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 3, 1962
For any junior or senior high school youngster who wants to learn the thrilling sport of skiing, the best way to do it is to enroll in the 11th annual Tacoma-Pierce County Ski School. Just ask the Great Snowball. He’s the mythological patron saint of the Ski School at his new home in the Crystal Mountain Winter Sports Area. The News Tribune cosponsors the Ski School with the Metropolitan Park District.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 3, 1987
A lot of car enthusiasts think Datsun Z cars – with those sleek lines, that road-hugging low profile – are the hottest things on the wheels. Count among those enthusiasts a ring of teenage joyriders. The number of 240, 260, and 280Zs stolen from the Tacoma-Pierce County area since the beginning of September stands at 40 and climbing, said detective Roy Durham, a sheriff’s auto theft investigator. Most are recovered a day or two after they’re reported missing, often with burned-out clutches, gnashed gear boxes, broken windshields and thrashed interiors. A few appear to have been driven in a manner more appropriate for a four-wheel drive pickup, while a couple of others have been stripped of tires, wheels and other parts, Durham said.