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    Seen & heard

    Crossed signals

    Alamo resident, animal lover and three-time World Series champion Tony La Russa has lots of anecdotes from five decades in Major League Baseball. Speaking of the importance of communication earlier this month in Livermore, La Russa told a story of former Oakland A's outfielder Rickey Henderson.

    Acquired midseason during the A's 1989 championship run, the speedy Henderson had always had the green light to steal bases. But, not wanting to seem like a prima donna with his new squad, he asked La Russa to give him baserunning signs just like everyone else.

    So, La Russa took his leadoff man through a series of gestures and facial touches, ending with the "takeoff" sign, a brush of the left arm nullifying any previous sign.


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    In his first game, Henderson reached base, and La Russa ran through the signs, finishing with the takeoff. Henderson proceeded to steal second. The perplexed La Russa went through the signs again. Henderson stole third. As Henderson headed back to the dugout after scoring, the fuming coach confronted him: "The Man of Steal" apparently had a different understanding of "takeoff."

    "That's what Rickey did," La Russa said. "He took off."

    -- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

    Past Times

    Nov. 30, 1960 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "SRV Phone System Hit as 'Chaotic' "

    A separate telephone exchange for San Ramon Village will "lead to chaos" in the opinion of a dozen valley governmental and service groups campaigning to get the Pacific Telephone Company to review its thinking.

    Postal officials, educators, county police and fire agencies were among those protesting the "Valley" exchange being installed for San Ramon Village (in Dublin).

    "It divides our services district right in two; there would be no end of confusion and hardship," said Dick Wolverton, manager of the Valley Community Services District.

    Responsible for water, fire, garbage and other utilities for the Village, the district is within the "Victor" telephone exchange. All San Ramon Village residents however, would be in the new "Valley" exchange, a long-distance call away from the utility headquarters. Also a long-distance call away would be the Santa Rita Sheriff's Department, the Village's only police force.

    Other communities sharing a common market or geographic area are able to dial direct, toll-free, to their neighboring town. Livermore has direct dial, but still pays a message toll. Pleasanton hasn't yet been tied into even the direct-dial system,

    Trivia question: On Dec. 17, 1980, which country performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site?

    Answer to last week's question: The Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated in 1960.

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