Good stuff

Life's a circus

  • Evening with P.T. Barnum -- 7 p.m. Tuesday at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton. The Museum on Main presents teacher and actor Doug Mishler as the legendary showman, businessman and scam artist. Tickets are $10, $5 for members and seniors, $3 for students and teachers with identification. For tickets, call 925-462-2766. Visit www.museumonmain.org for details.

    Seen & heard

    Festival of spud was dud

    Before Dublin's popular Splatter art and wine festival and fireworks show, the town tried some other themed festivals that made less of a splash. Dublin had a short-lived '80s potato festival and a '90s pasta festival.

    "How many different ways can you cook potatoes?" City Councilman Kevin Hart asked when reminded of the old fundraising festivals.

    Former Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart said the pasta festival fared well for a bit, but the potato event struggled from the start. "You think of potatoes, and you think of famine. It was doomed."

    Lockhart said festivals get a boost when paired with fireworks, as will occur at the Sept. 21 Splatter event. "People love fireworks."

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Top stories of the Pleasanton Times Sept. 6, 1967

    Headline: "Problems And Mystery Still Engulf Memorial Gardens"

    Where does Pleasanton Memorial Gardens Inc. stand today? One year ago there were serious complaints from plot owners in that Sunol Boulevard burial facility, widespread public concern over the future of the only Protestant resting place in the township and official complaint registered by the City Council and even by members of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

    "The IOOF Lodge has no control whatsoever over the conduct of Pleasanton Memorial Gardens," we were informed by Al Casterson, a longtime lodge member and officer.

    The Odd Fellows by their charter are responsible to "care for the dead." Their cemeteries are historic landmarks through out much of California's hinterland.

    It was in 1965, at a meeting that a "cemetery committee" was formed within the local brotherhood to assume responsibility for the burial grounds. Later that committee took on the title "Pleasanton Memorial Gardens." Since then, Pleasanton Memorial Gardens Inc. has been in full control.

    A list of rules set forth costs. That document set forth charges that meant a family who already owned a two-space plot now had to pay upward of $800 in order to use it. The costs covered everything from opening the grave to positioning of a headstone and lawn.

    The City Council called for an official report from the city attorney. But, not satisfied, Mayor Harding met Memorial Garden spokesmen and obtained a revised list of costs. Purchase of a plot, $110; open and closing grave, $60; marker plot, $110; liner, $75, or vault, $95; plot "care," $50.

    Groceries: P&X foods. Corn, five cents a cob; sliced bacon, 69 cents for two pounds; bread, four loaves for $1.

    At the Movies: San Ramon Auto-Movies. Dick Van Dyke, Jason Robards and Debbie Reynolds in "Divorce American Style,"

    Trivia Question: Sept. 17, 1978; President Carter and two others sign the Camp David Accord. Who were the others?

    Answer to last week's question: John Charles Daly hosted "What's My Line?"

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