100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 13, 1912
The immediate killing of all dogs suspected of having come in contact with the animal which bit Emil Bleedorn, who died of hydrophobia at the Tacoma General Hospital yesterday, probably will prevent an epidemic of the malady, in the opinion of Dr. F.C. Rich, of Roy. Dr. Rich was in Tacoma on his way to Chicago for treatment in the Pasteur Institute. While administering a hypodermic to Bleedorn the index finger on Dr. Rich’s right hand was pricked by the needle, probably infecting him with hydrophobia germs.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 13, 1962
Lowering the present $500 bail for drunken driving offenses to $250, effective Jan. 14, 1963, was announced this morning by Police Judge DeWitt Rowland. This and other changes, he said, were decided at a meeting yesterday afternoon between himself and Justice Waldo E. Stone, who will be an associate half-time judge of the Municipal Court.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 13, 1987
Dan Luppino owes the City of Tacoma $73.43, and he’s mad. It’s not the bill so much as the timing, he said. “This thing just ticks me off,” Luppino said. “This thing is due Christmas Day, or I’m gonna be fined 12 percent interest. If it was my mistake, I can see that. But they’re the ones who made the mistake. Luppino, 66, who retired three years ago from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, is one of about 160 city retirees who were notified Friday that they owe back Social Security taxes because the city neglected to collect them.
The city gave its retirees 10 days to pay the full amount or face an initial penalty of 12 percent interest. “I don’t mind paying, but for it to come just before Christmas, that’s a helluva time to hit a retired guy with a bill.” he said.