MOON MEMORIES: Former NASA flight surgeon Dr. William Carpentier was among the speakers who lauded Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, at a memorial service aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda last weekend.
Carpentier recalled the 24-country, six-week victory tour on which he accompanied Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmates, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, after their historic lunar mission in 1969. The final stop, Carpentier said, came at a news conference in Canada after the crew of Apollo 12 had completed its successful trip to the moon and back. There, he said, Armstrong displayed his customary humility and perspective.
"He talked about the train that ran through his small hometown in Ohio when he was a boy," Capentier said. "They called it the 1:10 because it was supposed to arrive at 1:10, but it was always late. One day it actually arrived at 1:10, and the whole town came out to greet it. As the conductor got off the train, he told the crowd, 'I appreciate you coming out, but you ought to know -- this is yesterday's train.' "
Armstrong's point: With the flight of Apollo 12, "Apollo 11 was yesterday's train," Carpentier said, "and that it was the nature of human beings to keep pushing forward."
MAYORAL BET: To show that he is a good sport, Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor wore a Freedom High School Falcons jersey and helmet to last week's Brentwood City Council meeting.
Before the traditional Nov. 2 Bell Game between Brentwood's Liberty High School football team and Oakley's Freedom High, Taylor and Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick made a friendly bet that the mayor from the city with the team that lost would have to wear the opposing team's football attire at the next council meeting.
"How could Liberty lose 41-0?" Taylor said from the podium in the City Council chamber Tuesday night. "I think it was a setup."
Old-School 2.0: A branding campaign to market Concord as a tourist, business and retail destination sounds "passé" to one council member, considering it includes a push to use social media platforms and attract Internet startups.
"Who came up with Destination 2.0?" Laura Hoffmeister asked at Tuesday's council meeting. Hoffmeister was fine with 2.1. But 2.0?
"It sounds kind of like old-school to me," she said.
Old-school, perhaps, "but it sounds good to me," Mayor Ron Leone responded. "Maybe because I'm an old guy."
The name "Destination Concord 2.0" for the $64,000 marketing campaign stuck after a motion from Dan Helix and a second from Vice Mayor Bill Shinn, another self-described "old guy."
"I'd like to offer a second 2.0," Shinn said.
Suspended thinking: A recent sting setup by San Pablo police reinforced the notion that common sense can be sorely lacking in some people.
Take the person who showed up to Richmond Superior Court on Thursday along with several others to appear in cases involving suspended driver's licenses. The individual drove away from the courthouse in a vehicle after the proceeding, right into the police sting set up to nab men and women making just such a choice. Oh, and the person also did so while concealing a loaded weapon, leading to an arrest on weapons charges.
In all, most of the subjects in court proved to be owners of at least a small degree of common sense. Only one other individual drove away, police said. His vehicle, along with that of the gun-toting driver, were impounded for 30 days.
Staff writers Gary Peterson, Paula King, David DeBolt and Rick Hurd contributed to this column.