60 years ago
Refugee to tell story of flight from Reds: John Rees, as he is known in Americas, or Vladas Hriskevicius in his native Lithuania, will tell the story of communism as he knew it when he addresses a student assembly at Liberty Union High School next Friday at 8:45 a.m. A refugee who escaped from the tyranny and cruelty of the Reds when they invaded his country speaks on the subject "True Story of Communism." With a gripping account of his own escape with a firm belief in his final triumph of right, he has given a stirring appeal to his audiences to join him in a crusade against what he describes as the "greatest evil of our day." Since coming to the United States, Rees has addressed thousands of college and high school assemblies, and educators have agreed upon the vividness of his story and its stirring effect upon his hearers, young and old.
25 years ago
Two local men plan to offer new cable service: A local Antioch developer and a former Vicacom cable television engineer are planning an ambitious multimillion dollar project that would bring an alternate cable television service to East County viewers. Brentwood residents Rob Gindt and Pete Pertrovich have submitted applications to the city of Antioch and Brentwood for a franchise called Lightwave Cablevision, Inc.
The pair has also filed applications to include the unincorporated parts of East County. "We'll offer the service for less money than people currently pay," said Petrovich, a self-employed engineer consultant. Gindt, a Brentwood developer, said he wants to take advantage of "the telecommunications and entertainment explosion going on. Plus, there is lots of new construction going on here, and it's time to catch the new customers."
City officials were hesitant to embrace the proposal. While Antioch City Attorney Bill Galstan agreed "competition is good for the public," he said he would feel better about the idea if it involved an established cable television company.
"I'm concerned that they'd tear up the streets and run out of money," Galstan said.
Running out of money is not a concern for Petrovich and Gindt, they said. Gindt, who owns restaurants in Antioch and Brentwood and other California cities, said the $15 million price will be raised through private sources, although he wouldn't elaborate.
-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files