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Hip cow goes retro
You might not recognize the Alameda County Fair's biggest promoter anymore. Cowabella, a life-size fiberglass cow, was bright blue, green and pink during the first 12 years she was shuttled around to promote the fair. She wore knee pads and stood on a surfboard. But fair workers transformed Cowabella into black-and-white bovine, trading hipness for traditional farm style.
"Fair staff gave her a spa makeover and placed her in a beautiful corral," said Angel Moore, a fair marketing specialist.
Moore advises fair fans to keep an eye out for Cowabella because they could win free tickets by posting a photo of themselves and her on the fair Facebook page. As for Cowabella's longboard? It was donated to some Santa Cruz surfers, dude.
-- Denis Cuff, Staff
May 8, 1953 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Survey Reveals Heavy Decay In Teeth"
A startling report showing 92 percent of children at Pleasanton Elementary School with defective teeth was given by a dental health team. City fathers reacted by setting a June 1 goal for fluoridation of the water supply.
These figures were revealed by the doctors and school authorities who conducted the test on all 748 children ages 5 through 15 who were present at the school on a given day
Of the total 17,105 teeth inspected, 28 percent were defective, or an average of 6.4 defective teeth per child. Based on a minimum repair cost of $5 per decayed tooth, the damage represents a bill of $14,895. And added to the cost of repairing teeth already filled, the cost soars to a fantastic $22,248, statisticians told city dads.
Frank Lucas, superintendent of schools, pointed out that fluoridation, plus dental hygiene and prompt care would bring about a sizable reduction in the startling "casualty" figure among students.
Groceries: Hagstrom's. Short ribs, 17 cents a pound; MJB coffee, two pounds, $1.57; and Purex bleach, 39 cents a gallon.
At the Movies: Roxy Theater, Pleasanton. James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy and Julia Adams in "Bend of the River."
Answer to last week's trivia question: The first color TVs were sold by RCA in May 1953 for $1,175.
Trivia question: What infamous killer was sentenced to death May 21, 1969, for killing a prominent politician?
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