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May 23, 2013 9:16 PM by Olivia DeGenarro and Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Counting down 60 top stories of 60 years: #50-46

We continue to count down the top 60 stories of the past 60 years as part of our 60th anniversary here at KSBY.

At number 50, in May of 1984, Kenneth Wayne Curry was convicted of murdering two Cal Poly students.

Stephen Braun and Viola Ada were hiking along Cuesta Ridge when Curry shot and killed them.

He escaped the death penalty, but was sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole.

A whale watching trip gone wrong takes the 49th spot.

On February 16th, 1983, 24 children and 8 adults were rescued from 59-degree Morro Bay waters after their whale watching boat was smashed by 15-foot waves.

The children on board were students from a Paso Robles Middle School.

The Morro Bay Harbor Master warned Captain Jerry Weaver not to go out in the rough seas, but got no response.

The captain never issued life preservers, but all 32 people on the boat were rescued.

The death of a local legend is number 48.

Alex Madonna died of a heart attack in his San Luis Obispo home on April 22nd, 2004.

The 85-year-old was best known as the creator of the iconic Madonna Inn.

The story goes that he designed the hotel on a napkin.

He and his wife, Phyllis, opened it on Christmas Eve of 1958.

Mr. Madonna was also a rancher and a local philanthropist.

The Central Coast said goodbye to the "godfather of fitness" on January 23rd, 2011.

That's number 47.

Jack LaLanne died at 96-years-old in his home in Morro Bay from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia.

He was a recognized fitness guru, nutritional expert, and bodybuilder.

He celebrated his 60th birthday by swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco, handcuffed and towing a 1,000 pound boat.

LaLanne also had a regular segment on KSBY called "Living Longer".

He exercised every day of his life until his death.

And at number 46, there was a time when women were not allowed to take classes at Cal Poly.

Female students first appeared on campus in 1904, but on June 30th, 1930, legislation was passed forbidding women to attend.

The legislation was dropped in 1937, but Cal Poly didn't re-admit women until the fall of 1956.

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