George Hanawalt (cont) Independent - 3 March 1969 pg B4
Outside oi City Hall., Power Is George Hanawalt (Continued from Page B-l) Whitney should hold no terror for a man . who once taught B-26 pilots hedge-hopping hedge-hopping bombing tactics. Hanawalt was awarded a scholarship to Gettsyburg College in Pennsylvania after graduation from high in Bakersfield. Bakersfield. He completed his junior year in 1940 and signed on as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps. "We all wanted combat assignments when the war came in 1941, but a few of us in my pilot class were picked to become instructors. It was interesting -if -if you liked Texas," Hanawalt says. Pilot skill and a flair for administration administration helped move Hanawalt up the promotion promotion ladder. By the end of the war in Europe he was a major clamoring for a chance to help wind things up in the Pacific. Pacific. "Well, they ticketed me for combat, finally. And I was halfway through B-24 transition training when they dropped I lie big bombs on Japan. So much for my combat aspirations." Hanawalt returned to Gettysburg College College to pick up the educational threads he dropped almost five years before. His service career had been so lengthy he abandoned the idea of a law degree and settled for twin majors in political science science and economics. Next stop was the Edison Co. Hired by the utility in 1946, he was assigned to the industrial relations department Los Angeles. The post as assistant district In Long Beach followed a few years later. In 1957, a transfer took him first San Fernando as district manager and then to Fullerton and his abbreviated term as Chamber of Commerce president. president. So George Hanawalt has been on move in more ways than one. He plans to fly again, preferably "some place where there is a lot of room to Taxi. I'm a bit rusty, you know." Other items on the Hanawalt future agenda include "watching the youngsters grow up, playing week-end golf and enjoying life in Long Beach, where things just seem to happen." There's always Mt. Whitney and alpenstock. If Hanawalt wants a sterner challenge challenge than Whitney he might stack his civic activities end to end and climb the top of them. That really would high-altitude stuff.