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  • Scottish Highland Gathering and Games -- 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Caledonian Club of San Francisco presents one of the world's largest Celtic festivals, featuring 30 pipe bands and world-championship heavy events, Western Highland dancing championships, the gathering of the clans and Celtic fiddling, harping and singing. There will also be whiskey tasting and British food and drink at five buildings with more than 100 vendors at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. in Pleasanton. Tickets for an adult one-day pass are $20; two-day, $27; children 12 to 17, $12; seniors 65 and older, $12; ages 11 and younger enter free. See www.TheScottishGames.com for details.

    Seen & heard

    Woof if you agree!

    It's no secret Sunol still adores it's former mayor, Bosco the Dog. Almost 20 years after Bosco's death, tourists still visit and take photos with a bronze statue of the famous Labrador/Rottweiler mix.

    To Emma Jack, an Oakland resident originally from London, Bosco represents everything that sets the "quirky little backwater town on the edge of a metropolis" apart from the rest of the pack. "This town is how you imagine a small town to be," Jack said. "Here, everyone's more real." Electing a dog for mayor, as Sunol did in 1981, sent a message, she added. "Politics are stupid," she said. "Why not a dog? He's just as good as any."


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    -- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

    Past Times

    Aug. 26, 1959 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Air Guard Scores A Happy Victory"

    If the valley air has seemed a little filled with aircraft the past two weeks, don't complain. It's all in the interest of national defense.

    For the 366 officers and men camped at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton, those aircraft are "the enemy" who must be tracked down on one of three gigantic radar detection units. While the mobile radar units are a vital part of the operation, they are by no means the whole show. For strewn across the fairgrounds, with beds crammed into the gigantic Exhibition Building, a hospital under the grandstand and a communication center in the Home Economics building is a fighting force representing the 262nd Communication Squadron from Bellingham, Wash. and the 142nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron from Portland.

    The team is a fast moving, highly-trained unit of the Air Force's national defense program. The day they arrived they emptied and assembled 50 truckloads and trailers of equipment, bedding supplies and technical machinery ... enough to sustain themselves for two weeks, trace aircraft taking off from airports as distant as Fresno, and permit them to operate without outside support.

    The whole outfit was pulled from happy civilian existence, assembled, equipped, shipped and in operation in Alaska all within 28 days after the Korean action broke out. While 366 of them have been suddenly dropped onto Pleasanton, with freedom to wander the town, not one case of disorderly conduct involving a Guard member has been reported. And the $40,000 payroll the Guard members will draw while stationed here hasn't been hard to take either. Just ask the local merchants.

    Real Estate: Dublin Realty. Pleasanton -- three bedrooms, two baths, all-electric kitchen, expansive landscaping and a big lanai room. Many extras. Priced less than $25,000.

    Movies: Vine, Livermore. Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story."

    Trivia Question: Sept. 3, 1967, the last "What's My Line?" was shown. Who was the host?

    Answer to Last Week's Question: Hawaii became the 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.