Good stuff

Dive-in movie

  • "E.T." showing -- Aug. 23. Pool opens at 7 p.m., free movie "E.T. (the Extra-Terrestrial)" begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring floats and deck chairs and dive in at the San Ramon Olympic Pool, 9000 Broadmoor Drive. Call 925-973-3240.

    Classic autos

    n Cars & Coffee -- Automotive enthusiasts will gather in the parking lots of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum to share their vehicles and admire other fabulous classics, exotics, rods and anything else with wheels and a motor. Sept. 1, 8-10 a.m. Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. Free. 925-736-2277.

    Seen & Heard

    How cold was it?

    With many players at the first Little League Intermediate World Series (that ended Aug. 5 in Livermore) making their first U.S. visit, there were bound to be a few cultural differences.

    After their opening game, Puerto Rican relief pitcher Fernando Camacho was asked what he thought of the city: "Es muy frio (It's very cold)" he said. That was news to the locals, who were sweating out the 86-degree day in shorts and T-shirts. He also reveled in his team's accommodations, the autograph seekers and especially, the free food.

    "If it's free, we'll eat it," Camacho said through an interpreter.


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    -- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

    Past Times

    Aug. 17, 1960 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: 'Pre-Prohibition' Livermore Claret Retains Flavor Despite 11-Month Voyage on the Seas"

    Pre-Prohibition California wines shipped around the Horn, then locked in a bank vault and forgotten almost a half-century, have been opened, tasted and found sound and enjoyable by experts.

    One of the wines was a "Mont Rouge Livermore claret" red wine bottled well before the nation went dry in 1918. Another was a "Vista Del Valle" sherry. The Livermore red wine was produced by the firm of Chauch' & Bon, now out of business many years, that in the early 1900s had its vineyards in the Livermore Valley. The bottle label relates how the wine was shipped from San Francisco in casks around the Horn to Liverpool and back, crossed the equator four times and was aged and mellowed by the roll of the sea.

    Mike Elwood, president of a Los Angeles wine and spirits firm and a winery owner, was given the wine by Robert Dulley, of Westwood Hills. Dulley believes they were bought by his father in 1916 or before. With the advent of Prohibition, they were put in a bank vault, where they stayed 42 years until tasted a few months ago.

    Elwood invited Don W. McCully, president of the Wine Institute; Gilbert Gamlen, manager of Goldberg-Bowen and Karl Wente, of the third generation of a Livermore Valley vintner family. The claret, although it lost some color and had developed sedimentation, had a fragrant nose and was considered palatable by the experts. The sherry was full-bodied with excellent flavor.

    At the Grocery: P&X Foods. HI-C pineapple-grapefruit drink, five 46-ounce tins for $1; smoked ham, shank cut, 6 to 7 pounds for 43 cents a pound.

    At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. Lana Turner, and Anthony Quinn in "Portrait in Black."

    Trivia Question: In what year did America launch its first satellite into lunar orbit?

    Answer to last week's question: Sputnik 5 carried two dogs and three mice (recovered alive).

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayareanewsgroup.com.