60 years ago

Search for pretty girl fails to produce entry for state fair contest: Where are Contra Costa County beautiful girls? Iona M. Booth, general manager of the Contra Costa Development Association, asked the question this week as she bemoaned the fact that there has not been a single entry thus far in an announced contest to select a Miss Contra Costa to participate in the California State Fair's Maid of Magic Beauty Competition.

"We have not received a single entry. We have not even had a question asked," Mrs. Booth said. "It seems incredulous that such could be the case in a county of 351,000 persons."

Contestants must be between 18 and 28 years old as of Aug. 30 and will be judged 80 percent for face and figure, 10 percent for poise and 10 percent for personality.

25 years ago

Dewey does the job: A lot of planning and hard work went into organizing and making this year's Byron Elementary School Career Week a reality. But Paul Dewey, with the guidance of his teacher, Cathy Gilligan, managed to orchestrate the affair like a professional. The eighth-grader did not forget about the event after plans for a Career Week fell through last year.


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"Paul approached me this year when I was discussing the subject with him in class," she recalled. "He volunteered to make the necessary phone calls and arrangements. That stared four and a half months of planning and preparations, which ended with a successful Career Week from May 17-19." Dewey said he likes talking with people and knew if he was interested in learning about various career opportunities his classmates would be also.

Dewey and Gilligan listed all the careers they wanted featured during the week. They narrowed their choices to: dentist, veterinarian, attorney, pilots, disc jockey, journalist, firefighter, law enforcement, real estate and local business. Next Dewey extended invitations to speakers. In order to help Dewey, Gilligan said she suggested exhausting the student-parent file to determine if there might be any parents who would qualify.

-- Brentwood News files

Gilligan said Dewey actually did all the work on preparations. "My part was really easy," she said. Paul brought his rough draft to me and we refined it. And he is very responsible so I never felt I had to stand over his shoulder to make sure was doing things correctly."

-- Brentwood News files