Elson Trinidad | KCET
Born and raised in Los Angeles (watching KCET since toddler-age), Elson Trinidad has been a KCET contributor since 2012, covering Asian/Pacific Islander communities and local environmental issues, and in 2014 wrote and curated KCET's 50th Anniversary
section. He is also an accomplished singer/musician, community activist, historian, and nonprofit professional.
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On October 5, 1970, the new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television network officially went on the air, with KCET as one of its 190 charter member stations.
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On August 29, 1970, a large anti-Vietnam War protest in East L.A. escalated into violent clashes with Sheriff's deputies, resulting in the death of local journalist Ruben Salazar.
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In May 1970, "Hollywood Television Theater," a series of original televised plays and classic dramas, utilizing the station's Hollywood ties to rein in all-star talent, made its debut.
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On November 2, 1989, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper, once the largest afternoon paper in the U.S., ceased publication after 86 years.
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In November 1989, KCET's VideoFinders was established as the first drop-ship home video ordering program in the United States.
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In October 1989, the downtown Los Angeles skyline reached new heights as the 1,017-foot Library Tower was completed, becoming the tallest building west of Chicago.