Witness to history
Jan. 14, 1959 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Local Spotter Aids Lost Jet"
A lost jet fighter pilot, flying by radio only, scared the "daylights" out of valley residents, circling the area at 400 feet in an attempt to get a bearing toward his objective: Moffett Field Naval Air Station at Sunnyvale.
Thanks to the efforts of an alert Pleasanton citizen, the FAA and military radar technicians, the pilot was guided home safely to Hamilton Air Force Base at Novato.
Low on gas and lost as he zoomed over the valley, Navy Lt. L.A. Hunsley was returning from Crows Landing Naval Air Station in Stanislaus County, where he was practicing aircraft carrier landings with his F4D Skyraider (Editor's note: it likely was an F4D Skyray or an A1 Skyraider). It brought a host of citizens out into a rainstorm to see what was going on.
Richard Sawyer, of Rose Avenue, sensed that the plane was in trouble and alerted the FAA Traffic Control Center at Oakland Metropolitan Airport, where supervisor Vern G. Bourg was on duty.
Bourg notified "Sliphorn" Air Defense Radar atop Mt. Tamalpais where the installation gave Hunsley a "steer to follow to Hamilton, where he was talked in on emergency radio frequencies."
Since the trip was to be short, there was no refueling at Crows Landing, and Hunsley had about an hour's fuel when he left for the return flight to Moffett.
Headline: "The Women Stir up Big Fuss Over Veteran Building Use for Club, Public Meetings"
The use of county-owned Veterans Memorial buildings for general public activity bounced back into the news this week. And it all came about because the Women's Improvement Club of Livermore has been demanding the city fathers come up with some sort of plan for a permanent club building to serve the community's various nonprofit and civic groups.
Three weeks of persistent effort by "The Women" has brought nothing but ruffled feelings from the petitioners and the city board. Dollie Rothamel, well known as an outspoken Times columnist and an active Improvement Club member, reports the "WIC delegation was ignored, put off and even insulted by the City Council ...
"Only councilmen Patterson and McClaskey showed any interest in the problem at all, and Mayor Nordahl rather rudely reprimanded us for even approaching them with our problem," concluded the irate Dollie.
Real Estate: Armaral Realty, Pleasanton. Two-bedroom home, select district of Pleasanton, new -- landscaped, close to schools/shopping. $17,500.
Used Cars: John Edgren & Sons. 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, 4-door sedan, fully equipped, excellent condition, $1,995.
Howdy Chevrolet-Buick. 1938 Chevrolet coupe, $65; 1951 Packard, $150.
Groceries: Safeway. Leg of lamb, 69 cents/pound; Washington apples, 10 pounds for 99 cents; Zest toilet soap, two for 43 cents.
At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore: "Love Slaves of the Amazons" and "The Last Paradise."
Reach Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com.