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A century old at the fair
The Alameda County Fair had many discounts this year, but one in particular caught our attention: free admission for anyone 100 or older attending the fair's 100th anniversary year.
In case you thought no one would seek the discount, think again. Several centenarians showed up for their free admission, says April Mitchell, the fair's marketing director. And yes, fair officials carded them to make sure they were really 100.
Mitchell said most of the 100-and-older crowd made a stop to watch the horse races.
-- Denis Cuff, staff
Top stories of the Pleasanton Times Aug. 5, 1964
Headline: "Body Under the Bridge."
The police had plenty of clues but few answers as they pursued
Discovered by Barbara Mansor and Sandy Shenaue as they returned from a swim at the Berry Farm, the body has since stirred up plenty of business for the county sheriff's office at Santa Rita. Now believed to be the remains of one Jerry Owen, of Sacramento and/or Los Angeles, the body was found laying in the creek bed with serious wounds about the head and a green plastic cord wrapped tightly about the neck.
"We definitely suspect murder," said Capt. Kenneth Mitchell, adding that a lead pipe was found alongside the body."
Headline: " 'Get Gravel Trucks Off the Streets;' Chamber Urges Council Action."
The city's success in winning early construction of an interchange at Santa Rita Road and Highway 50 "will still not solve the serious problem of gravel truck traffic on city streets."
This word of caution came from the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, which first of all sent "congratulations" to the city for its initial triumph but quickly added a prod on the second half of that interchange program: Access direct from Del Charro Road onto Highway 50.
It is only with such a direct route from the gravel pit areas onto Highway 50 that the growing burden of trucks on city streets will be relieved and a serious traffic problem avoided ....
In pushing action that will provide $1.35 million for two important interchanges (Santa Rita and a second one where First Street north of Livermore intersects Highway 50 at Springtown) the Highway Commission thus assured a start to that construction this fall with completion before the end of 1965.
The Highway Commission noted that Highway 50 (Interstate 580) is slated to be developed to full freeway standards, eight lanes from Castro Valley to the Altamont Pass.
Real estate: New three-bedroom home near Pleasanton Heights. Fireplace, electric built-ins, embossed linoleum, family room, two baths, extra-large bedrooms, 1,500 square feet -- $19,900.
Grocery Shopping: P&X Foods -- cross-rib, pot or oven roast, 39 cents a pound; Cheer detergent, giant package, 49 cents; watermelons, large and ripe, 59 cents each.
At the Movies: Vine Theater matinee: "From Russia With Love," starring Sean Connery. Companion feature: Tony Randall and Burl Ives in "The Brass Bottle."
Compiled by Louise Hartman, staff