Seen & heard
A ham he am
A Danville high school student was more than willing to match wits -- and jokes -- with adult moderators of the regional competition for the National Science Bowl in Livermore last month.
Trying to loosen up contestants during a warm-up for the quiz contest, judges asked them to name two places they would not eat green eggs and ham. It was a reference to the Dr. Seuss' classic book written in rhyme.
Sophomore Daniel Blank, of Monte Vista High School, replied confidently: "I would not eat green eggs and ham on a goat or on a boat."
The judges howled with laughter. As it turned out, Blank had given a response taken right out of the real book.
Good memory, Daniel
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
Feb. 11, 1979 Top story of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Livermore Socks Soothsayers"
Swamis and soothsayers hoping to dust off their crystal ball in Livermore will have to come up with a $50-a-day license tax if an ordinance introduced to the City Council is approved.
City officials are wary about the intent of fortune tellers. A staff report cites the "potential for fraud and deceit by persons engaged in the businesses of fortune telling and related practices" which "require police supervision in excess of that required by other businesses."
Molly Dent, assistant city attorney, told the City Council the ordinance simply adds a section on fortune telling and recommended a $50-a-day license tax fee. The ordinance also covers license tax rates for other activities including: circuses and carnivals -- $250 the first day, $150 each additional day; exhibitions or entertainment on an occasional basis, $20 per day for up to 200 seats, $20 more for each 200 persons.
Billiards and pool, $60 per year for the first table and $30 for each additional table; and public dance halls or nightclubs would be charged $200 per year, or $30 per night.
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Groceries: Safeway. Boneless ham, $1.77 a pound; Bel-Air Pizza, $1.79 for 20 ounces; and Michelob beer, $1.89 a six-pack.
At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in "Superman."
Trivia Question: On Feb. 3, 1953, J. Fred Muggs became a regular on NBC's "Today Show." What was his claim to fame?
Answer to last week's question: On Feb. 11, 1979, the late Elvis Presley, played by Kurt Russell in a biographical TV film, appeared on ABC to an audience of 43 million people.
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