George Hanawalt

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George Hanawalt - or Outside oi City Hall, L.B.'s Power Is George...
or Outside oi City Hall, L.B.'s Power Is George Hanawalt Gale to EDITOR'S NOTE: This is another in « continuing series of personality profiles on the men and women whose actions have shaped and are shaping the destiny of Long Beach. By FRANK ANDERSON Staff Writer City Hall and its politicians notwith- standjng, the real seat of power in Long Beach is occupied by a tall, bespectacled dynamo of a man named George Hanawalt. Hanawalt. Hanawalt, who operates from a small Spartan-furnished office on Long Beach Boulevard, can turn the city on or off at the flick of a switch. He's district manager manager of Southern California Edison Co. A native of McFarland, a ranchland community 20 miles north of Bakersfield, Hanawalt has been a resident of Long Beach since 1964. He was president-elect of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce when his Edison bosses tapped him to head the Long Beach office where he earlier served as assistant district manager. manager. No alfalfa grows under his brogans. When he isn't engaged in supervising the A/C-D/C destiny of his adopted community community he moonlights in a variety of civic activities. In 1964, he was elected to the board of directors of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. This year he is vice president president in charge of the chamber's commercial commercial and industrial development section. The Boy Scouts of America also draw nn his organizational energies. Finance chairman for the Long Beach Area Council Council of the Scouts in 1967, he continues to do daily good deeds for the boys. Hanawalt also is a Rotarian, a direc- Irir in the Downtown Long Beach Associates, Associates, on the safety committee of the Better Business Bureau and a member of the Pacific Coast Electrical Association. Of his many activities in behalf of the community, he probably is most proud of his directorship in Long Beach Brethren Brethren Manor. A project sponsored by the Church of the Brethren, it provides quality quality housing for low-income, elderly people. people. He rounds out his crowded extracurricular extracurricular schedule with a seat on the board of advisers of St. Mary's Hospital. "Long Beach has reason to be proud of its hospitals," Hanawalt says. "They're up to the minute in every respect, respect, and they show the concern of the citizens they serve." Hanawalt thinks the quality of hospitals hospitals and schools is a good index to the character of a city. "When schools and hospitals are topnotch, topnotch, you'll usually find the rest of the community in order, too," he says. The Hanawalt family was among the first residents of McFarland, which currently currently has a population of 3,686 but which had considerably fewer people when George Hanawalt was born there 48 years ago. The town was developed out of the desert, and had it not been for the introduction introduction of electrical power, McFarland today would be nothing more than a parched outpost on the road to nowhere. Water and power made the difference, Hanawalt says without hint of a plug for his present association with Edison. Hanawalt's father was a developer of ranch land, and a love for the outdoors came early to his son. Horseback riding, packing back in the tullies and climbing mountains were as natural to George Hanawalt as rock 'n' roll music is to today's today's generation of Beatle lovers. He reaches back to his McFarland days for the hobbies he enjoys today. Fishing, hunting and camping are Han- wait family activities. And the cast of characters around the cook fire in the California wilds usually includes wife Adelaide (Ad), daughters Jane, 20, and Suzy, 11, and sons Hank, 18, and Jimmy, 12. "The boys and I are going to climb Whitney this summer," Hanawalt says matter-of-factly. He's got the wind for it -- he doesn't smoke -- and certainly the slopes of Mt. (Continued Page B-4, Col. 1)

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  1. Independent,
  2. 03 Mar 1969, Mon,
  3. Page 20

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