VETERANS CHRISTMAS

Oakland, CA Circa 1945 - Margaret Clare McDonnell, 4, stands on tiptoe to put her donation in a Veteran Hospitals’ Christmas Committee jar with help from Melson Business Association President Elmo Mazzera. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

San Leandro, CA December 1945 - Pfc. George Crimes of San Francisco wraps presents at San Leandro Naval Hospital. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Oakland, CA December 21, 1947 - Nurses Rita Breit and Esther Kremer help World War II veterans Doug DeCosta (left) and Harold Cholcher decorate a tree at the Oakland Veterans Hospital. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Oakland, CA December 25, 1952 - Santa Claus presents gifts at the Oakland Veterans Hospital. Seated left to right are Virge Monroe and J.O. Bruce. Standing from left at Paul Argo, Joe Malouin and Hughy Smith. (Jim Edelen / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

RAIDERS SUNDAY

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception”, one of the most controversial plays in NFL history. 

http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2012/12/16/the-immaculate-reception-a-football-life-a-look-back

All photos taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania December 23, 1972 by Lonnie Wilson, Oakland Tribune Staff Archives