by John Miller
TRIBUNE LIVERMORE BUREAU
Eat your heart out, Fort Worth.
Your efforts to depose Livermore as the home
of the world's
Longest burning light bulb has proved a dismal failure.
If you doubt it, just check with the people
Superlatives Limited, those British folks whose business it
Is to keep up with such things.
When The Tribune learned of the attempt by
some Fort Worth
Columnists to recapture the title this year we asked the folks
At Guinness which bulb would be included in its 1977 edition
Of the Guinness Book of World Records.
"At the present moment the Livermore
bulb is the one which
appears in the 1977 edition," said Moira F. Browne, editoral
And rightfully so.
The Livermore bulb, which hangs in the Livermore
Station on East Avenue, has reputedly been burning
Without interruption (except for power failures and when it
Was relocated) since 1901.
The former record holder was a bulb that reputedly
Burning in the abandoned Palace Theater in Fort Worth
Some Fort Worth newspaper wags still don't
Local lamp as the world's champ, a title given it by the
Guinness people back in 1973 following local newspaper
Accounts of its history.
Said one Fort Worth columnist to the Wall
Recently, "I'm in no position to say it (the Livermore bulb)
Hasn't burned longer, but I just thought it was strange after
All these years that we never heard of Livermore before."
Even so, the bulb has been the subject of
"Ripley's Believe It or Not" cartoon as well as featured
on national television in a piece by CBS' Charles Kuralt. It
also has been the subject of several Tribune feature stories
through the years.
It was donated to the city fire department
by the late
Dennis Bernal, frandson of Juan Pablo Bernal, one of the
Early Livermore Valley land grant holders.
Dennis Bernal's daughter, Zylpha Bernal Deck,
Is the primary source for the bulb's history. She says it
Was given to the city back in 1901 when electric lights
Since then it has cast its faint glow from
Locations in the city. The last time it was relocated
Was last March when it was moved from the First
Street fire house to the new station on East Avenue.
Both Livermore and Fort Worth bulb watchers
Their respective lamps will burn on for years before
One finally dies out.
The only question is: which one?