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Friday's free flick

  • Moonlight Movie -- 6:30 p.m. Friday, craft and children activities, movie following at sunset. The town of Danville welcomes back the Moonlight Movies series this summer, offering a mix of animated, live action as well as classics. This week's movie will be "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," a 2013 American romantic adventure comedy-drama adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story of the same name. Families are asked to bring a blanket and lawn chairs. 400 Front St., Danville. Free. 925- 314-3400 or visit www.danville.ca.gov.

    Past times

    June 22, 1960 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Dream City May Become Reality Today -- County Set To OK First Units"

    Today was scheduled to mark the first beginnings of a new city in the valley. When the Alameda County Planning Commission gives its expected blessing to the first four projects of Volk-McLain Communities Inc., it will mark the go-ahead for a city developers say will in five years encompass 10,000 families, 720 acres of industry, 230 acres of stores and commercial units, a half-dozen schools, parks, and a golf course or two. It will all cost $250 million.


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    The ambitious, and successful, Los Angeles development firm has yet to declare any industry for the city, or any other assurance of population influx other than a famous $10,000 study which clearly substantiates all the developer's dreams.

    There are problems still of long-range water supplies, of a $1.5 million sewer plant to be built by September of next year, and a few other details.

    But today they looked like just that ... details ... as a new city was born on the old stage coach crossroads of Highways 21 and 50. One big question left: what will the developers call their city?

    Take Dublin from the existing village at the hub of their project? Incorporate the San Ramon title they have leaned toward in initial programming? Or some flashy new name to lure the city folk out to a countrified "Green Hills" or "Valley Fair?"

    It was just one more problem in the building of a new city.

    Headline: "Helped Fight Fire On Atomic Submarine"

    The explosion aboard the atomic submarine USS Sargo was witnessed by a young Pleasanton seaman who was on hand to witness the near-disaster to that famous craft which was based in Hawaii at the time.

    David Costalupes wrote The Times a graphic account of the explosion, which took one seaman's life and was only brought under control by emergency submersion of the craft.

    Wrote David, in part: "I was sitting in the battery shop at the sub base when the explosion took place on the Sargo. By the time I got to the Sargo, which was berthed about 200 yards from the shop, flames were shooting 75 feet in the air from out of the after torpedo room.

    "After fighting the fire for almost an hour, they blew three or four ballast tanks to sink the after part of the ship and to flood the compartment," he wrote.

    David is a graduate of Amador High.

    Way Back When

    Real Estate: Pleasanton Heights. Three-bedroom, two-bath home, electric kitchen. Two-and-a-half car garage, carpets, drapes. Large patio, play area, fenced. $19,800. Assume 4.75 percent GI loan.

    At the Movies: The Vine Theater, Livermore. Now showing -- "all that is unconquerable in man ... all that is unvanquished in woman is in 'The Unforgiven' with Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn." Also playing, "Inside the Mafia."

    Trivia question: In what year did San Francisco pay off the debt required to build the Golden Gate Bridge?

    Answer to last week's question: On June 18, 1960, the San Francisco Giants hired Tom Sheehan as baseball's oldest debuting manager. He was 66.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea-newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.