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Valentine's event

  • Dinner concert -- 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Danville Community Band with vocalist Jodi Aldredge presents a Valentine dinner concert. Blackhawk Country Club, Danville. Tickets are $48; reserve at 925-736-6500.

    Seen & heard

    Loud and clear

    Ever had difficulty getting through to an unruly teen? One mom had a new approach to parents' never-ending quest to lay down the law -- by bringing in the actual law.

    Overheard on the police scanner in the San Ramon area, a mother reported her son had walked away from the family home, and wanted officers to lecture him about "obeying his mother's rules."

    Bet someone knows who's boss now.

    -- Erin Ivie, Staff

    Past Times

    Jan. 19, 1951 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Comprehensive Rural Census by Sheriff's Reserve Begins"

    One of the most comprehensive surveys ever made of the unincorporated area of Pleasanton and Murray townships got under way as 124 members of the sheriff's reserve began a civil defense census.

    Forty-five reserve members have begun circulating the census form, given out copies of the government pamphlet "Survival Under Atomic Attack' and sought recruits for first-aid classes.

    The form requires information on each person, numbers and kinds of vehicles, the type of communications available and amount and kind of heavy equipment such as tractors. Water supply and fuel storage are also surveyed.

    Residents will be asked how much food they usually have on hand, the number and kind of live animals they have and how many evacuees they could take into their homes if it became necessary to clear neighboring areas under attack.

    Headline: " 'Weak, Unprepared, Disunited Russia Bluffing Free World' UC Professor Tells High-School Forum"

    Even if "calling Moscow's bluff" in international affairs could unfortunately and unexpectedly lead to a third world war, that war would be short and won by the free world.

    This was the hope held out by Dr. Robert J. Kerner, Sather professor of history at the University of California, in his lecture to those attending the forum at Amador Valley High School.

    He said the reason for this is "the Moscow Politburo is unable to fight a world war now and will be unable to do so for some time to come. It is far from being prepared for such a conflict because Russia is still a relatively backward state. That is why Moscow prefers local incidents and local wars to achieve the conquest of the world. It is, therefore, bluffing about a third world war at the time; it doesn't want to fight a war until it can win in the future," he said.

    Real Estate: Sunol -- two-bedroom home on one-third acre, walking distance to town; $4,900. Pleasanton -- two-bedroom home on corner lot; only $8,000.

    At the Movies: Valley Drive-In, Pleasanton -- John Wayne "In Old California" plus Roy Rogers in "Jeepers Creepers."

    Groceries: Frudden's -- Sweetose white syrup, 45 cents per five-pound jar; Wellman coffee, 75 cents; Star-Kist tuna, 27 cents for six-ounce can.

    Trivia: What amusement park giant wanted to settle in Pleasanton in 1969? See the answer next week.

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