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Make a match

  • The Matchmaker -- Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, this Friday through Feb. 8 at Village Theater, 233 Front St. in Danville. Role Players Ensemble presents Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," which tells the story of matchmaker Dolly Levi who turns the world of Horace Vandergelder upside-down. This was the inspiration for the musical "Hello Dolly." There will be a special singles Matchmaker Night at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 with a real matchmaker who will work her magic with theater-loving singles at the show and an after-party at Faz Restaurant. Tickets are $20 to $28 and can be bought online at www.RolePlayersEnsemble.com or 925-312-3400.

    Seen & Heard

    'Dance, Mad Dog, Dance'

    Danville native and former Stanford University basketball star Mark Madsen was one of several famous alumni at a pep rally for his old college's football team, before the Rose Bowl.

    Madsen, now an assistant Los Angeles Lakers coach, was a popular player nicknamed Mad Dog for his ferocious defense. He helped stoke up cheers for the Stanford team at the Santa Monica rally.

    In response, the audience called on him to re-enact the quirky victory dance he did after the Lakers' 2001 and 2002 world championships. That performance was a YouTube hit, and one ESPN article later said Madsen "proved forever and beyond a doubt that white men shouldn't even try to dance."


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    Madsen politely declined. Good call, Coach.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Jan. 16, 1971 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Grads Get Bad News On College; Local High Schoolers Losing Out In 'Lottery'

    Graduating seniors from Amador and Dublin high schools are reeling from a growing list of rejections coming from state universities and colleges. A check by The Times showed that more than 60 percent of the 1971 graduates at those schools who had sought a college career now have been refused admittance by their first-choice university.

    "We're awaiting word now from the other campuses that were students' second and third choices," said Mrs. Gloria Jones, head counselor at Amador High, "but it doesn't look encouraging."

    The problem is not academic qualification. It is apparently the result of a lottery held for qualified students.

    "Many of our students with a 3.8 or 3.9 grade-point average have been notified they will not be admitted to UC Davis," she said. One graduating senior with a 4.0 average failed to make it into Stanford ...

    "Our only hope now is that Irvine and Riverside and perhaps UCLA still have room for some of those students who qualify for UC admittance," she said, noting that the more applications seniors file the better their chances.

    "But each of those applications cost about $20," she said. "Then there are the ACT and SAT tests, each costing about $6. A student can have a considerable amount of money invested without ever knowing which, if any, campus will accept him."

    Real Estate: Five-bedroom, three-bath home with pool -- $30,650.

    Groceries: Safeway. Grapefruit, 5 pounds for 69 cents; fryers, 23 cents a pound; and Hawaiian Punch, $1 for 1.5 gallons.

    At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. John Wayne in "Rio Lobo."

    Trivia Question: In what year did Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column first appears in newspapers?

    Answer to last week's question: On Jan 12, 1971, "All in the Family" premiered on CBS, the first TV show to feature the sound of a toilet flush.

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