Timothy Peebles, San Francisco State freshman is blown up by his own bomb
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March 5, 1969 Timothy Peebles, San Francisco State freshman is blown up by his own bomb Timothy Peebles, San Francisco State freshman, sets off a bomb in the Creative Arts building at night. It explodes in his hand, and his hands and face are injured.
“I believe myself, and so did the district attorney, that the person who was blown up at San Francisco State was the person who planted the bombs down here,” noted Scripps President Mark Curtis in 1990, decades after his retirement from Scripps. “We have some reason to believe he was the problem… Someone believes that they saw him down here.”
Keatley – who did not respond to multiple interview requests – works as a speech-language pathologist and helps individuals return to productive lifestyles after traumatic brain injuries as President of the Brain Injury Hope Foundation. Today at age 64, Peebles resides about 100 miles from his childhood home in East Palo Alto which was a black ghetto at the time (now developed as part of Silicon Valley) . No documents indicate that Peebles ever had children or a partner.
“We have some reason to believe he was the problem… Someone believes that they saw him down here.” As life returned to normal in Claremont, Peebles made national headlines when he was critically injured while surreptitiously planting a bomb at SFSU. Aided by his accomplice William Pulliam, Peebles entered the Creative Arts Building carrying a briefcase during an evening opera rehearsal on March 5th. When the bomb detonated in his hands, Timothy Peebles was found “staggering bleeding and screaming through a dust-filled corridor,” reported United Press International.
Alternative Viewpoint: The fact that people were successfully recruited to bomb colleges in the 1960s motivated by the Vietnam war and fight for civil "rights" suggests a possible underlying reason other than mental illness for people to recruit people to murder school and college students today for the war on / of terror which is ravaging the world today. The Boston bombers were motivated by the "war on terror" the modern version of the Vietnam war.
Paradise Lostfrom http://www.claremontportside.com/print-edition/2013-2014/may-2014/paradise-lost/
“Frank, Frank, am I going to die Frank?”
Mary Anne Keatley’s frantic cries for help to former Pomona Government Professor Frank Tugwell are as poignant today as they were 45 years ago. On February 25, 1969, two explosions, first at Scripps and then at Pomona, left Claremont rattled and seeking answers with few to be found.
Earlier this year, the Port Side received an anonymous tip urging us to investigate this event, which – especially among students – has largely been lost to the annals of time. Little public information exists detailing this paramount moment in Claremont’s history. While unearthing the specifics of that fateful Tuesday is hard enough, making sense of the bombing in terms of the present day is perhaps even more challenging.
Shaken and Stirred
19-year old Mary Anne Keatley was nearing the end of her workday as secretary for the Pomona Government Department when she went to check the faculty mailboxes at the right of the main entrance to Carnegie Hall. Keatley picked up a shoebox wrapped in brown paper from the mailbox of Professor Lee McDonald PO ’47 when it instantaneously exploded in her hand, spewing shrapnel in all directions.
Frank Tugwell was attending a faculty meeting in nearby Carnegie 107 when the explosion shook the building.
“I happened to be the first one out,” he told the Port Side in a phone interview. “Mary Anne was very badly hurt… I used my necktie and my belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. I didn’t recognize her because she was such a bloody mess. When I first got to her, she was still conscious, and we spoke for a little bit. I tried to calm her down, and then she went into shock.”
About 40 seconds before the bombing in Carnegie, an identical bomb exploded in the basement bathroom of Scripps’s Balch Auditorium. While windows were broken, no injuries were recorded.
Considering the severity of her injuries, it’s a miracle that Mary Anne Keatley managed to survive the vicious incident. The bomb “essentially tore her right hand apart and blinded her in one eye,” said Government Professor Leo Flynn, who taught constitutional law at Pomona from 1967 until his retirement in 2008.
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