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"Mad Dog" returns
Danville native and retired pro basketball star Mark Madsen was back on the court earlier this month -- but he got in trouble because of it.
Madsen was nicknamed "mad dog" for intense and physical play for San Ramon Valley High in Danville, Stanford University and the Los Angeles Lakers -- in sharp contrast to his off-court rep for being a friendly, generous guy. He just finished his first season as an assistant basketball coach at Stanford.
Late in a March 7 game against UC Berkeley, Madsen, the former power forward now with a Stanford MBA, left the bench and ran onto the court after a shoving and wrestling match between teams. Press accounts suggest he was trying to restrain players, but refs weren't happy. They tossed out Madsen, another Stanford assistant and a Cal assistant coach.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
March 19, 1969 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Are Emeryville Sharks Breaking Up the Old Card Game?"
Local people who have long enjoyed Pleasanton's draw poker may be deprived of their pastime by big-time gamblers if the City Council follows the advice of the chief of police.
Stronger restrictions in other cities have left Pleasanton as almost the only municipality in California where 24-hour draw poker gambling tables are allowed. So "undesirable persons" -- professional gamblers -- are migrating here from as far away as Reno and Las Vegas to take part, according to Police Chief Walt McCloud.
Recently, large investors from out of town have approached him asking whether the police will object to their spending "large sums of money on luxury-type card rooms in the city."
McCloud is asking the city to consider not only freezing the number of poker table establishments at the present two -- Pastime and The Green Door -- but to eventually phase out even those.
"Today the local tables are catering to the heavy card room gamblers largely from Emeryville and San Jose, where card rooms are more strictly regulated," the chief said. "It should be really obvious that we (for lack of an ordinance) may fast become the Gardena of Northern California ..."
Real Estate: Valley Realty, Pleasanton. Lovely Sunset home, three bedrooms, two baths, fireplace, shake roof in Livermore, $25,950.
Groceries: P&X Foods. Stew beef, 89 cents a pound; baking hens, 33 cents a pound; ABC Beer, three quarts for 95 cents.
Trivia Answer: The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
Trivia Question: March 31, 1971 -- Name the soldier sentenced to life in jail for the My Lai Massacre.
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