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Collection for troops

  • Holiday Hugs -- From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, Blue Star Moms will collect supplies to send to the troops for the holidays. Items needed are individual serving-size "just-add-water" foods, clothing, personal items, travel-size items and individually wrapped snacks. The drop-off is at Lucky's, 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd. in San Ramon. For details, visit www.bluestarmoms.org and look under "care package."

    Seen & heard

    A wildfire near-miss

    The Save Mt. Diablo conservation group has survived intense heat, cold and gusting winds at some of its annual outdoor fundraising dinners on the mountain. Recently, it missed an even worse headache: wildfire.

    The group finished its catered dinner party for 500 people on Sept. 7 about 20 hours before the start of the Morgan Fire. The blaze, which started near Clayton, also closed the state park for more than a week -- talk about how important timing is when throwing a party ....

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Sept. 15, 1950 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times


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    Headline: "European Countries Hit by War Appreciate Aid from America, Says Returning Pleasantonite"

    European countries that have suffered the scars of war are grateful for American help and are working toward an understanding and appreciation of American ideas and ideals. Those which have received America's aid -- without having suffered under a foreign oppressor -- are not.

    This is one of the impressions brought back to Pleasanton by Mrs. James Voulsides, who has spent the last 13 months in Greece and Turkey, with side trips and voyage stops in Italy, France and other countries.

    Mrs. Voulsides, whose husband operates the Standard Cheese Company here, left last summer to spend "a few months" in Europe visiting relatives. The visit, under their urging, stretched into more than an year.

    People in Greece, especially, and in Italy and France, are deeply grateful for the help rebuilding their shattered countries. Those who have not been hit by actual war, she said, seem less appreciative of such things as lend-lease and postwar aid.

    Mrs. Voulsides spent the main part of the trip visiting relatives in Constantinople and in Athens.

    "I've seen so much" she said. Among the things Mrs. Voulsides saw were the many maimed Greeks who fought among the armies that so valiantly stood off Mussolini's attack at the time he entered the last war. And she saw, too, those who were more recently wounded in guerrilla fighting between Greece and its Communist-dominated neighbors to the north.

    Most of the people are strongly pro-American, she reports. This, in part, is because so many of them are receiving help from relatives and friends abroad, as well as from Marshall Plan aid.

    "They need this help," she said. In many places wages are what would be here a dollar or a dollar and a quarter a day. "And the cost of living!" she says. "Like here, maybe $10 a day!"

    At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. Roy Rogers and Trigger star in "Bells of Coronado."

    Groceries: Safeway. Cheddar cheese, one pound bulk, 49 cents a pound; beef chuck roast, 58 cents a pound; potatoes 10 pounds for 39 cents; and Ivory Soap, three for 22 cents.

    Trivia Question: Sept. 29, 1961: Bob Dylan's first recording session was as backup for Caroline Hester. What instrument did he play?

    Answer to last week's question: The first TV laugh track was used Sept. 9, 1950 on the "Hank McClure Show" (it lasted three months).

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