TRIBUNE LIVERMORE BUREAU
LIVERMORE - Livermore's famed "firehouse light bulb," has been burning continously for the past 75 years, nearly caused a few heart attacks when it failed to come on after being transferred to the shiny new station on East Avenue yesterday.
"Nothing happened," said Batallion
Chief Kirby Slate,
"It sure scared us when it didn't go on right away," said Slate. "But one of the city electricians made a slight adustment to the switch on the bulb and she lit up just fine."
Slate said the bulb was off for only 23 minutes
Slate said the bulb has been transferred twice
before and has
As far as local officials can determine, the
bulb was in-
Experts believe the bulb was manufactured by the old Selby Electric Co., although there are no manufacturer's markings on it. Firemen say the light has lasted as long as it has because it gives off such a faint glow, about three candles worth of light. Consequently, it doesn't get very hot.
Visitors from all over the nation drop in at the firehouse just to gaze upon the venerable fixture, and Chief Jack Baird has received letters from all over the country from persons who have read about it.
The bulb, the subject of previous feature stories in the Tribune, has been featured in the Ripley "Believe It or Not" syndicated cartoon and on national television.
While hedging their claim somewhat, the Guinness folks state that there is "some evidence" that the bulb has been burning constantly since 1901. The previous record holder was a bulb in the Palace Theatre in Ft. Worth, Tex.
But there's no doubt among local firemen that
the bulb is the
"I guess it's going to stay on until it finally decides to give up," said Slate. "If it ever does, that is."
Eat your heart out, Ft. Worth.