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December 15 in San Antonio history...

1967
Social Reformer  Sidney Maurice Levyson, known by his pseudonym of Stanley Stein, dies in San Antonio. He was a blind Jewish leper, involuntarily incarcerated in the camp for victims of Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) in Carville, Louisiana. Levyson refused to retreat into the living death of the disease, instead founding and editing the crusading “Star 66” Newspaper that brought hope to tens of thousands of leprosy sufferers. His epitaph read: “Instead of bemoaning the things that I have lost, I try to make the most of what I have left.”

1992
City officials broke ground today on a new pavilion at O. P. Schnabel Park, funded by $300,000 raised through recycling programs and donations.  At dedication ceremonies marking the construction of the Saide Ray and H. Waldo Graff Pavilion at O.P. Schnabel Park, Mayor Nelson Wolff and City Councilman Bill Thornton shoveled play money into bags held by Beautify San Antonio Association board members.

1999
The Wolff family sells the Sun Harvest grocery chain for $21.5 million.

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