Under the sky
June 10, 1964 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline:"What Kind of a Fair Will it be With No Beer and No Money!"
Everything's all set for the 1964 Alameda County Fair. They got plenty of horses. And they can count on plenty of people. But one thing they ain't got. They ain't got any money! And no beer either, maybe.
It sounds like a heck of a way to open a fair. No money. No beer. The $2 bettors won't be bothered. But it's the gals who split up their wager onto four halves who will suffer.
"The bank has warned us there will be a shortage of coins this year, particularly 50-cent pieces. So far they have none," fair Manager James Trimingham said. That other shortage is because of the strike hitting California's breweries. That may mean no brew to ease the misery of a parched pari-mutuel patron.
We could borrow a page from Mme. Marie Antoinette who at this point could suggest: "Let 'em drink whiskey!" And we suppose that 50-cent cooperatives can damned well put up a paper bill a piece! I tell you, the state of this nation is not near so good as them politicians would have us believe.
Headline: "Huge Track Opens Doors to the Public"
Pleasanton's newest and biggest housing development will formally open its doors to the public, and, judging by early interest already shown by the potential homeowners, the response should be terrific.
Pleasanton Valley will offer some 1,300 dwelling units by the time it is completed on former ranchland north of the Arroyo Del Valle. Public response has kept the Morrison Homes sales staff on the go for the past two weeks as localities and visitors refused to wait for the formal grand opening.
Civic dignitaries will join in a preview opening which will mark the arrival in this valley of one of the South County's most respected homebuilders. Pleasanton Valley will, when completed, offer a planned development featuring a swimming club, a neighborhood shopping center, churches and an elementary school and a junior high school.
Groceries: Safeway. Bananas, nine pounds for 99 cents; stringless beans, two pounds for 49 cents; Bing cherries, three pounds for 59 cents; and top round steak, 89 cents a pound.
Real Estate: Murphy's Realty Co. Livermore -- three triplexes on separate lots. Brand new large units, 980 sq. ft per unit, $34,750 per triplex. Pleasanton -- immaculate two-bedroom with lots of closets. New bathroom. Utility room in extra large kitchen. Fireplace in living room. Clear termite inspection. Separate studio apartment. Only $18,950.
At the Movies: Vine Theatre, Livermore. Now showing -- Elvis Presley in "Kissing Cousins" plus "Mail Order Bride," starring Buddy Ebsen, Keir Dullea and Lois Nettleton.
This Week's Trivia Question: Liz Taylor divorces for the fifth time, from whom?
Last Week's Trivia Answer: June 11, 1964, Queen Elizabeth orders the Beatles to her birthday party, and they attend.
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