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Ogle the ogre

  • "Shrek, the Musical" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 3. "Shrek, The Musical," based on the film, brings the story of everyone's favorite ogre to life. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are $38 and can be bought at the box office at www.mylvpac.com or by calling 925-383-6800.

    Seen & heard

    Red, white and blue barbecue parody

    The Danville Fourth of July parade loves to roll out at least one parody of suburban culture. For years, it was the lawn mower brigade, now we have the Danville Grill Corps.

    Sixteen men wearing mock barbecue grills around their bodies like skirts marched in the parade. The corps dressed in shorts and chef hats and billed itself as featuring "Veal Diamond. "Members marched to the music of "America," Neil Diamond's 1981 hit song. Members held small American flags in each hand and pumped their arms in time to the patriotic music.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past times

    July 8, 1964 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Huge Police Force Stands By/Guards Against New Trouble at Carnival"

    A beefed-up police force of some 100 officers, from a half-dozen city, county and state agencies, was standing by today in the event of any new outbreak at the fairgrounds.,


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    City Manager James Fales noted that the city force of eight regular officers, and 22 reserves, were "virtually on 24-hour call" ever since the July 4 outbreak on the midway.

    Some of those men are still recuperating from wounds suffered in the fracas that began late July 4 and spilled over to the early hours of Sunday before it could be controlled.

    City police summoned assistance from Livermore, Newark and Fremont, added CHP and the county Sheriff's Office, and finally employed the Pleasanton Fire Department and a team of trained dogs before a scuffling, milling crowd of tough teenagers could be brought under control.

    "There was an overabundance of people jammed into the carnival area; there was plenty of liquor, most of it carried in the back of teenagers' cars; and there was the warm weather," Fales noted. "Add all this to a few disgruntled horse betters and it didn't take much of a spark to set it off."

    The "spark" was the attempted arrest about 10:30 that night of a couple of under-21 rowdies. Their friends came to the rescue, and the big fight started. Before it was over, some 200 officers were called to the fairgrounds, and a lot of youths, and officers, were nursing sore heads.

    Way back when

    Real Estate: Murphy Realty Co., Pleasanton. New: Four-bedroom, two-bath, family room, fireplace, sliding glass doors, hardwood floors, built-ins -- $20,950. Amaral Realty, Pleasanton. Older two-bedroom home, stove and refrigerator included. $12,700.

    Groceries: P&X foods. Maxwell House coffee, two pounds, 29 cents; Tide detergent, 59 cents; nectarines, two pounds for 29 cents.

    At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. Now showing: George Peppard, Carol Baker, Bob Cummings and Alan Ladd in "The Carpetbaggers."

    Trivia question: In what year did Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debut on Los Angeles radio?

    Answer to last week's question: On July 16, 1964, Barry Goldwater was chosen as the Republican presidential candidate.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea-newsgroup.com.