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Fab Four's subversion to be deconstructed

  • The Beatles and their Songs -- 2 p.m. April 27 at the Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. Dulais Rhys, Ph.D., will show slides, play song clips and share the joyous, innovative, ultimately subversive music of the Beatles. "The Beatles and Their Songs: A Musical Revolution" is suitable for all ages and all levels of musical appreciation and knowledge. Call 925-931-3400, ext. 4, for more information. Free.

    Past Times

    April 7, 1950 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "New Atomic-Energy Plant May Bring Many Benefits To Wide Area"

    Following the announcement by the Atomic Energy Commission that a new atomic energy research project would be built at Livermore, it is said that the atomic device, to be built at the old Livermore Air Station 3 miles east of Livermore, is to be called a particle accelerator.

    This is supposed to be a giant electrical "paddling machine" for some kind of secret work at the new plant, and it is said to be of the same general class of machines used to advance man's knowledge of the titanic forces in the hearts of atoms.

    This, and the explanation of other devices of this nature already built, is as clear as mud to the general public, and the AEC declines to give a hint as to the use of the new device to be built at Livermore. However, it is not believed that the experiment will be anything dangerous to the population or to property.


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    It is said the project is expected to cost about $7 million. While many people of this area seem to expect a sudden boom in building projects, residential and industrial, others more conservative believe that change, with some growth here, as well as at Livermore, will be gradual.

    Headline: "Insurance Benefits May Await 65-Year-Olds"

    Edwin R. Williams, of Hayward, a field representative for the Bureau of Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, is emphasizing the importance of inquiring as to possible "Social Security" benefits in the event a worker reaches age 65, or upon a worker's death.

    Benefits may be paid, providing certain requirements are met. However an application must be filed. Delay in filing or in making an inquiry, may result in a loss of payments. The law permits benefits to be paid for only three months before the months in which an application is filed.

    Way Back Then

    At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in "Africa Screams." Also playing -- "Thieves Highway" with Lee J. Cobb and Jack Oakie.

    Groceries: Safeway. Fancy hams, 52 cents a pound; asparagus, two pounds for 23 cents; pineapple No. 2 can, two for 49 cents; and Blue Bonnet margarine, 37 cents for one pound.

    Trivia question: The 1966 Masters Tournament was the 30th Masters Tournament. Who won the green Jacket? Back Then

    Answer to last week's question: Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, winning for poetry in 1950 with "Annie Allen."

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow her on Twitter at News- ie1195.