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May 22, 2013 1:07 AM by Olivia DeGennaro and Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Counting down 60 top stories of 60 years: #59-56

KSBY is celebrating 60 years on the air this year, so we're counting down the top 60 stories of that time.

Number 59 on our countdown is the loss of a Central Coast resident and one of Hollywood's leading ladies.

On February 28th, 2011, 1940's Hollywood starlet Jane Russell died from respiratory problems in her Santa Maria home.

She was 89-years old.

Russell was one of America's most well-known sex symbols of her time, starring alongside big names like Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".

She was also known for starting a Hollywood bible study group and founding the World Adoption International Fund.

At number 58, Cal Poly got its official name in 1972.

California Polytechnic State University was originally known as the California Polytechnic School when it opened its doors in 1901.

1972 was the same year Cal Poly became part of the California State University and Colleges System, later known as the CSU system.

We said goodbye to another Central Coast icon on March 28th, 2011.

That's number 57 on our countdown.

Clarence Minetti died at the age of 93 after he was involved in a head-on crash in Santa Maria.

The well-known local businessman founded Guadalupe's Far Western Tavern in 1958.

He was also dubbed one of the grandfathers of the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo.

Every morning, we give you a look at the traffic along Highway 101.

Nearly everyone on the Central Coast has driven it, and that makes it number 56 on our countdown.

Highway 101 actually made its debut in the early 1920s as a two-lane highway.

It was expanded to four lanes in the mid 50s, and its evolution continues today, with several projects in the works up and down the Central Coast.

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