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Happy New Year

  • Nowroz Festival -- Noon to 10 p.m. April 13 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. in Pleasanton. The Nowroz Festival is the United States' largest Afghan and Persian New Year and cultural celebration. Live performances, singers, dancers, comedy, fashion shows and vendors will be featured. The festival has drawn more than 200,000 people since it began more than a decade ago. Cost is $15 per adults, $5 per child, and parking is $8. For more details, visit www.nowrozfestival.com or call 800-496-0130.

    Seen & Heard

    A Hap-py time was had by all

    The late Contra Costa rancher who used to ride in Danville parades with a one-ton ox in the back seat was remembered on a recent tour of his namesake park -- Hap Magee Ranch.

    Hap's family home is now part of the park jointly managed by the community of Alamo and town of Danville. The Texas longhorn cattle raised there were media stars, appearing in several Merrill Lynch commercials. Hap's best known critter was Andy the ox, who rode in style with Hap in a Lincoln Continental convertible. Hap's nephew, Jed Magee, fondly remembered his uncle and Andy at the tour organized by historian Bev Lane.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff


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    Past Times

    April 1, 1964 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Story of John Kottinger's Peril Told in 1891 Edition of The Times"

    On Mr. J.W. Kottinger's arrival here from San Jose in 1851, he sought out a site and immediately began erection of a house, the first to be built in this area. Travelers spoke highly of the hospitality shown them. Many of them were not peacefully inclined, as the region hereabouts was notorious for desperados.

    In 1862, Joaquin Murrietta's band was quite numerous. Joaquin himself, in disguise, had partaken of the hospitality of the place. Mr. Kottinger was the next victim selected by them to kill and rob. So Claudio, one of Joaquin's most trusted lieutenants, and six others were dispatched for the purpose. The men entered the house and demanded bread. The forward man, Claudio, made a move as though he would pay for the bread, putting his hand in his breast pocket. As he did, Mrs. Kottinger saw the gleam of a knife being drawn and screaming at the same time flew out of the room.

    Mr. Kottinger saw at least two men near the outside door. With superhuman effort, he thrust them outside and barred the door. The women closed the other outside door, but the robbers saw a bedroom window open; so, to this window they rushed.

    Mr. Kottinger ran to the window as four men were clambering up the wall and over the sill. He boldly swung the shutter in their faces. At the same time came the crash of bullets through the frail protector around him. A party in pursuit of these men heard the noise, but the rascals had fled. Three days afterward six of their number were killed, including Claudio.

    Trivia Question: According to CurbsideClassic.com the ugliest car ever came out in 1977. What was it?

    Answer to last week's question: The 1964 AFL champs were the Buffalo Bills, winning 11-7 over the San Diego Chargers. The NFL champs were the Cleveland Browns, who won 27-0 over the Baltimore Colts.

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