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Rock-it, man

  • Elton John tribute -- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Blackhawk Plaza presents Elton: The Early Years, a 1970s Elton John tribute band. Blackhawk Plaza, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. Free.

    Hot rodding fun

  • Goodguys -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The Goodguys West Coast Nationals features a weekend of hot rodding fun and high quality cars. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Cost: $17; kids (7-12) $6; kids 6 & under enter free. Parking is $8. For details or to buy tickets, visit www.good-guys.com.

    Seen & Heard

    Just like Disney World

    With four international teams -- Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico and Ecuador -- in Livermore in early August for the first-ever Little League Intermediate World Series, the question on a lot of minds was what the visitors thought of their hosts.

    Almost uniformly, the globe-trotting fans and players found Livermore to their liking. Patricia Bohrer, of Guayaquil, Ecuador said there was "too much friendly people" in Livermore, and compared the city's "clean" downtown to Disney World.

    She noted with surprise that Little League boys helped man the barbecues: "In my country you never see a young boy cooking, only old people do that ... Everybody is helping, it's beautiful."


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    Another Ecuadorean parent said he couldn't wait to visit the Golden Gate Bridge and the Livermore Premium Outlets (apparently, word gets around).

    -- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

    Past Times

    Aug. 25, 1971 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Welcome to Our Cowtown ... Or, a Pleasanton By Any Other Name ..."

    Pleasanton is a "hospitable cowtown," the "Gateway to the Brush Country" the "Birthplace of Cowboys," a "City of live oak and friendly folk (not to mention a few "old soreheads").

    There are probably many Pleasantonites who didn't realize these facts about their town. But, to set the record straight, the above quotes come from the Chamber of Commerce brochure from Pleasanton, Texas, not California.

    Ours is the largest, but not the only Pleasanton in America. There are four others -- in Kansas, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa -- but not one "Pleasonton," the original name of this community. Pleasanton, Kansas, was also named for General Alfred Pleasonton, the Union Army commander, for whom our town was named. The poor general, however, lost out in both states as clerk errors immortalized the name as "Pleasanton" rather than Pleasonton."

    Pleasanton, Kansas, writes City Clerk Donald Parker, has 1,345 people. It is 60 miles south of Kansas City and was the site of the Battle of Mine Creek during the Civil War. Good old Gen. Pleasonton commanded Union forces there. Parker boasts of "excellent schools in new, modern buildings, two nursing homes, two doctors, excellent telephone systems, two banks and stores of various kinds."

    At the Grocery: Safeway. Steak sale -- round steak, 99 cents a pound; rib club steak, $1.64 a pound; and boneless New York steak, $2 38 a pound.

    At the Movies: Enea Brothers, San Ramon. Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller."

    Trivia question: On Aug. 21,1959, which state was admitted to the union?

    Answer to last week's question: On Aug. 4, 1971, the U.S. launched its first satellite into lunar orbit.

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