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Mount Diablo enjoyed world TV attention May 18 during the Amgen Tour of California bike race, and some fans in crazy costumes tried to grab the spotlight for themselves.
There was a giant pink rabbit, a yellow chicken, a red devil and a warrior with 6-foot antlers poking from his helmet. The pink rabbit sprinted in front of race leaders to capture a few seconds on the broadcast.
"You're seeing some of the strange wildlife on Mount Diablo," quipped veteran TV sportscaster Phil Liggett.
Our favorites were two women dressed as Gumby and Pokey and holding signs reading "Allez." and "Marry me."
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
May 25, 1976 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Fallon House: Destruction Need Not Have Occurred"
Pleasanton -- After the smoke cleared and Jeremiah Fallon House (he was a rescuer of the Donner party) had been reduced to a heap of ashes, Marie Cronin of the Dublin Historical Preservation Society declared "the destruction need not have occurred had the destroyers not been so strong-minded and adamant."
Cronin had led efforts to relocate the old home, of one of Alameda County's first supervisors, to a site alongside old St. Raymond's Church in Dublin.
The move would have occurred had not the Twin Valley Fire Training Academy burned the old place down in a fire training exercise. Though some community members wondered if the bonfire had taken the old structure out of its misery,
No one is quite sure why firefighter trainees set fire to Fallon House. The structure seems to have been mistaken for one of the other ramshackle homes on the Stoneson Development Company property.
Cronin said she tried to get fire officials to halt the exercise.
"They told me that they had to go through with it, that the house had been abandoned and was a menace," she said. "Finally I told them I would call the cops if they didn't put it out, and then they gave the order to stop."
In 1960, the old St. Raymond's Church narrowly escaped destruction in a similar fire training exercise planned by the Pleasanton Fire Department ... only an 11th hour cease-and-desist order saved it.
Real Estate: Tri-Valley Realty, Livermore. Farm land, 2.4 acres complete with outbuildings, circular drive to custom four-bedroom-two-bath home. $82,500.
At the movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."
Trivia Question: The first commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, went into service for what government bureau?
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