Mustang Daily

HayesOkay, we're really going back in time, but those of us who can still recall the 70s, this was the Golden Age of newspaper journalism.   

Two Washington, DC, investigative reporters eventually forced President Richard Nixon to resign.  Hollywood recreated the Watergate political meltdown in cloak 'n dagger glamorous fashion with All The President's Men starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.  

This page is for Jim Hayes, journalism professor emeritus at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and mentor to hundreds of J students during the Golden Age. 

Armed with Cal Poly's famous "learn by doing" mantra, Hayes' steely eagle eyes watched over his wanna-be Woodsteins as they scrambled to create news or feature stories, photos and art for six daily morning college newspaper products a week, including selling advertising to pay for our fumbling mistakes while learning how the newspaper business operated in the real world.

My art table sat across the Mustang Daily newsroom from Hayes' office.  As he entered the room every morning, after working nights at the Telegram-Tribune, the local San Luis Obispo daily paper, those steely eyes of his immediately told me if my MD cartoons or illustrations hit or missed his funny bone the day before.  If he smirked while opening his office door, I knew I'd hit a home run.  If not, I recall many sleepless nights rethinking my next assignments from MD editors, determined to either regain that world-wise smirk every AM or run like hell. 

Hayes was a mountain of professional tutorial patience in the MD newsroom, but in class, sloppy reporting or even one misspelled word in a student reporter's story resulted in his infamously terrifying "F - SEE ME" stamped across the first page.  I had a front row seat from my art perch watching students tip-toe into his office for a "learn by doing" reaming.   No matter how well any student reported a story, Hayes had zero patience for lazy writing.  Glad I wasn't an MD reporter during my Cal Poly years -- Hayes' AM steely smirk was scary-good enough for me. 

More of the Hayes era can be found on Facebook's We Love Jim Hayes  page.  Many thanks to Mark Looker for the FB Hayes homage, and to Steve Carney, a Cal Poly roommate, who found these published tearsheets in a closet.  All original Mustang Daily artwork was lost in the 1978 Malibu-Agoura fire.

Cal Poly And Crime
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Women In Administration
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Women In Architecture
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Cal Poly's Teenage Wasteland
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Cal Poly Profs Protest
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Lotsa Cartoons
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Brainstorming with Peter H King
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Cal Poly's alumni magazine coverage led to Copley News cartoon syndication
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Roommate Nightmares 

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Education's Evolution 

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Gay Rights on Campus

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Campus Campaigners 

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Freaky Teachers 

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The Campus Radical 

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3 Million Mountain Coins 

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Jerry Brown College Aid 

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SAC No Evil 

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Senior Projects 

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SAC Wailers 

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Campus Elections 

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Mustang Football 

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Nixon Watergate Jury 

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Nixon Plumber 

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Alcohol On Campus 

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Not Quite Like USC 

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Oil Spills -- Again and
Again and Again...

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The Zoo View 

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When the Campaign Hoopla Is Over

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