60 years ago

County principals favor rehabilitation camp: Contra Costa high school principals have endorsed a rehabilitation camp for delinquent boys, it was announced this week.

Action was taken at a recent meeting of the evaluation committee, a 6-year-old organization of high school principals, including Richmond, and representatives of Contra Costa Junior College, of which B.J. Callaghan, superintendent of Liberty High School, is chairman. The camp was endorsed on the basis that preventive measures which can be taken locally are more desirable than the procedure of sending boys to schools of correction.

The principals will hold their next meeting at Mt. Diablo High School, Concord. 25 years ago

Unarmed alarmist: Recent victims of burglaries in East County should not be surprised to find letters in their mailboxes from Dave Callaway.

It's one way Callaway is trying to drum up business for his two-month venture. Callaway Security is based in the garage of his home at 1642 Woodland Drive in Pittsburg.

The young entrepreneur finds the names and addresses in the newspaper and sends them a letter suggesting they try an alarm system.

He has also sent letters to his neighbors, new homeowners and business owners.

At an age when many people are still working their way through school, Callaway, 26, is going into business for himself.

But going out on a limb does not alarm Callaway. He started in the electronics business working on televisions at the age of 15, and graduated from Pittsburg High School at 17. He has already managed two security companies, he said.

It also helps that his wife, Beth, works full time at the Dow Chemical Company. Her salary comes in handy supporting the family, which includes 3-year-old Caleigh.

He said his fees range form $750 to $1,000 for installation of a system. Callaway said he can work cheaper because he does everything himself.

Brentwood and Daily Ledger news files