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Valley rainmakers prepare for flight
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Dean, Gordon
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated April 8, 1961 reads, "Robert Dusek, left; Dick Valenzuela and Agnes Pirone discuss plans at Van Nuys Airport before leaving on rainmaking attempt Friday. Dusek, owner of Seminole Hot Springs in Agoura, and Valenzuela, a pilot-friend, deposited some 500 pounds of carbon dioxide in low hanging clouds above the desert spa. Dusek wanted to make it rain hard enough to quench fire fears and fill a watershed with enough water to drain down into his 11-acre lake. It sprinkled briefly at 11:30 a.m., but the clouds soon moved southward. 'We tried,' he said."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Van Nuys Airport
Weather control--California--Los Angeles
Rain-making--California--Los Angeles
Businessmen--California--Los Angeles
Air pilots--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Umbrellas--California--Los Angeles
Airplanes--California--Los Angeles
Airports--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles)
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs

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