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Visitors to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville were a bit surprised to walk in on a private 85th birthday party for Ken Behring -- the former owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, founder of the museum and developer of Blackhawk.
On the museum's first floor showroom, surrounded by vintage Ferraris, Packards and Aston Martins -- many owned by Behring himself -- friends and family toasted Behring with praise and memories as a slideshow of photos from Behring's life flashed on a screen behind them.
"Eighty-five is when you start to live," Behring told the assembled guests. "I feel like I know more today than I ever did at any time in my life, and I intend to live past 100."
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
June 11. 1953 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Fluoridation of Town Water Opposed by Delegation of Women"
The battle over fluoridation raged in the Town Council chamber for more than one hour, and when it was called to a halt a group of Pleasanton women were still determined to delay and possibly cancel the proposed fluoridation of the community's water supply.
The delegation of six women pointed out they "weren't just stubbornly condemning fluoridation" but wanted "more education on the benefits and alleged harm of the chemical."
But another segment of the group made no bones about their opposition.
"This is nothing but compulsory socialized medicine," said Mrs. Charles Wipfli.
She presented literature on fluoridation, articles stressing that fluoridation has never been satisfactorily checked to ensure no harmful effect to adults.
"Fluoridation may be good for children's teeth," she said, "but what effect will it have on older people?"
Counsel pointed out that these arguments had all been brought out, and apparently resolved, when fluoridation was first suggested and accepted two years ago. But the town fathers said they had no desire to force upon the people a program that a large group opposed. They suggested the women circulate a petition or call a meeting to get a broader view of public opinion. If enough opposition is found, they propose the start date for fluoridation be delayed, and a ballot could be used to settle it.
Real Estate: Livermore Valley Realty Co., Jensen Homes. Three-bedroom homes. See the furnished display home on Pestana Way, Livermore. $9,825.00.
Groceries: Safeway. Beet sugar, 10 pounds for 81 cents; fryers or broilers, 59 cents; and nonfat dry milk, 16-ounce packages for 37 cents.
At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" and "Bear Country."
Trivia Question: In 1968, Cleveland suffered its lowest July temperature ever. How cold was it?
Answer to last week's question: June 17, 1953. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stayed the execution of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg until after their June 18 anniversary.
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