April 16 in San Antonio history…
Lila Cockrell, the first woman mayor of the nation’s 10th largest city, swept to a second term yesterday, turning back the challenge of wealthy beer distributor John Monfrey by a hefty 19,000 vote margin. It was 62,447 to 43,039.
Work is progressing on the strengthening of Olmos Dam as construction crews tie reinforced steel bars crisscrossing each other on the south side of the dam. A new roadway is also being constructed at ground level to replace the road formerly atop the dam.
Jerry Tarkanian, percentage-wise the winningest coach in NCAA history, signed a three-year deal for a reported $600,000 per season to coach the San Antonio Spurs. Red McCombs calls him “Tarkington” six times during the press conference – including the introduction. His tenure as head coach would only last 20 games. He was fired after starting with a 9-11 record.