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Who loves a parade?

  • Foothill Band Review -- 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Get your fill of marching bands when more than 50 bands perform in competition as they march down Pleasanton's Main Street. The high school bands will later put on a field show at Foothill High from 4 to 10 p.m. Tickets for that event are $10. See http://bit.ly/S3rdMM for details.

    Seen & Heard

    Tri-Valley residents appeared to have the home-field advantage Oct. 7 in the annual Mount Diablo Challenge bike race -- 11.2 miles to the top of Mount Diablo.

    Honor Warburg, 8, of Diablo, was the youngest rider to finish, with a respectable time of 1:41:05, reports Save Mount Diablo, the race organizer.

    Chuck Tyler, 84, owner of the Dublin Cyclery bike shop, was the oldest finisher, again riding the course as a monitor to urge on stragglers.

    Flavia Olivery of Livermore smashed the women's record for the race with a time of 48:13, finishing seventh overall and barely a minute slower than the fastest male finisher, a Benicia man. She was the only woman in the top 40.

    Carl Nielson, a Mt. Diablo State Park ranger who lives in the park near Alamo, finished 11th with a blistering time of 49:05.

    Guess it helps to know the course, even if everyone knows it goes just one way -- up!


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    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Oct. 19, 1951 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Assassinated Pakistan Prime Minister Had Visited Pleasanton"

    An assassin's bullets this week ended the life of the prime minister of Pakistan -- the same Liaquat Ali Khan who only 17 months ago visited here and told Pleasantonites that "My people and your people can be the best friends in the world and make a great contribution to the peace of the world."

    The premier of the 4-year-old nation, which came into being when India loosed itself from British rule, died shortly after two shots were fired into his chest as he addressed a meeting at Rawalpindi on the remote northwest frontier of his country. He had been prime minister since August 1947.

    Liaquat's visit here was in the interests of the very people to whom he was speaking when he was assassinated -- he was seeking the best U.S. examples of agricultural methods which would increase production in his native land.

    On May 17, 1950, he visited Orloff Farms and the Rose Brothers Ranch near Pleasanton. At Orloff Farms, he and his party and State Department representatives looked over the dairy herds and inspected methods of handling bulk milk.

    At Rose Brothers Ranch, they studied the field crops -- alfalfa, sugar beets, grain crops and tomatoes -- and saw crop-dusting and crop-seeding demonstrations.

    Fashions: Natties are News! Noteworthy fashion news for men this season is the extremely narrow bow tie. The new ties, called "Natties," are made in college colors for various schools, as well as in Tartan plaids solids, and polka dots. At the Movies: The Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. "Show Boat" with Kathyn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner. Also playing: "The Squared Circle."

    At the Valley Drive-in Theatre, Livermore. Rod Cameron in "Cavalry Scout" and "Happy-Go Lovely" with David Niven, Vera-Ellen and Cesar Romero.

    Groceries: Safeway, featuring Del Monte cling peaches, 26 cents a pound, Mrs. Wright's bread for 21 cents, pot roast for 73 cents a pound and Airway coffee was 72 cents for one pound of whole beans.

    -- Louise Hartman, Staff