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Top stories of the Pleasanton Times Aug. 5, 1970
Headline: "We Remember George"
The year was 1968. A young fellow who claimed "the Job Corps at Pleasanton, California" as his home had just fought his way to Olympic stardom in Mexico -- an affirmation of faith in his country and his flag that a worldwide TV audience shared.
Then George Foreman came back to his "home" at the Parks Job Corps Center. The press and TV cameras were there; the town turned out a band, and kids from nearby Camp Parks Elementary School lined up to cheer their hero and wave 200 flags.
This week, George Foreman emerged as a leading contender for the world heavyweight crown after a stunning three-round victory over George Chuvalo. The young man who helped put Pleasanton and the Job Corps on the world's map is now headed for the moon.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce this week was "on the move" with an announcement that the business organization had bought a building, found a site and was making plans to "set up offices in our own home, for the first time in local history."
Chamber president Dick Hunt announced Tuesday that an attractive sales office which has been located at the entrance to Rose Pointe, just off Sunol Boulevard, was offered to the chamber "for $500, on a right-now basis. We decided to act."
Quick action with the city administration determined that a site on the south side of Neal and First streets, within Wayside Park, would be well suited for the chamber building, as well as providing a vital public service on that side of town.
The Greyhound bus service makes that spot their one stop in Pleasanton. Tentative plans call for moving the high-roofed structure onto the site sometime this month, providing a permanent foundation, bathroom facilities and perhaps a storage area.
The building itself measures 16-by-16 feet. Hunt said no plans have been made to staff the facility, but he noted that "we have been under pressure from the county for some time to establish private offices for the chamber."
Real Estate: Mark Gerton Realty of Pleasanton listing -- "Words fail to adequately describe the cleanliness and beauty of this older three-bedroom, two-car garage home. Carpets and drapes included. Fine landscaping, access for boat or trailer. $26,200."
Groceries: At Safeway -- flash-frozen whole fryers sold for 29 cents a pound; concentrated milk, $1.29 a half-gallon; Hawaiian pineapple, 49 cents each.
At the Movies: At the Vine Theatre in Livermore -- "M*A*S*H" starring Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Tom Skerritt. -- "The best American war comedy since sound came in!" Companion feature -- "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," with Maggie Smith. At Enea Brothers Theatres in San Ramon -- "Beyond the Valley of The Dolls" and "The Girl Who Couldn't Say No" with Lila Kedova, Paola Pitagora and Akim Tamiroff.
-- Compiled by Louise Hartman, staff