60 years ago
City Council asked to legislate against interference with TV: The wonders, or eccentricities, of science appeared to plague the Brentwood City Council at its regular October meeting when a pair of TV owners asked the council to come to their rescue. Wilmer White, speaking for himself and his neighbor, Vernon Williams, explained that their TV sets were of little use to them in the early evening because of a leaky neon tube across the street. White asked the council to consider an ordinance to abate a nuisance of this nature. He said that other cities have such ordinances to protect radio and TV owners. Councilman Elmer Gauger pointed out that if such an ordinance were adopted, it would have to cover doctor' and dentists' equipment, which cause radio interference. Shortwave police radios, he explained, also cause trouble.
The matter was left to be referred to the city attorney, who was not present at the meeting.
25 years ago
Lost Isle is little-known haven for boating visitors to the Delta: The day had been too windy for effective fishing. The skipper suggested taking a break from the bobbing waves at a calm Delta haven called Lost Isle.
Lost Isle is a 52-acre island located at the junction of the Stockton deep water channel and Turner Cut, about half an hour by river from Discovery Bay. Lost Isle Resort is the name of the only business on the island.
The lagoon was a pleasant change from the 4-foot waves on the main waterways. Palm trees and greenery surround the docks and buildings. Open-air pavilions were sided and roofed with palm fronds.
It wouldn't have seemed out of place to see John Wayne, in his role from Donavan's Reef, swaggering down the docks.
It turned out to not be such an outlandish idea. According to owner Hank Lawler, Wayne and other celebrities have frequented the out-of-the way resort overs the years.
"During the warm months, visitors to the Delta discover Lost Isle. There are camping facilities, dancing and bands."
-- Brentwood News files