Last weekend's Glenn Miller Orchestra concert at the California Theatre jogged some memories about the great bandleader in the 1930s and '40s.

John McDonald's wife, Ginger, said her husband is 89 but has vivid memories of dancing the night away to Miller's band in San Jose in 1942 when McDonald was going to high school in Hollister.

And Linda Carter's parents, Frank and Clara Morfin, also danced to Miller's music at both the Chicago Theatre and what's now known as the Willowbrook Ballroom in Illinois. The couple has been married 66 years, and they still love to dance together.

Those two sets of memories, by the way, were the winners of free tickets offered by the show's producers. There were plenty of others who shared their recollections, and it's too bad there weren't tickets available for all of them.

Mike Morasch wrote in with a key bit of information that I didn't know when I wrote my item last week: Miller performed at the San Jose Civic on May 26, 1941, with about 2,000 people there making memories.

HOUSE HUNTING: The Preservation Action Council of San Jose has one of its great home tours coming up this weekend. This time the subjects are a quintet of houses designed by Frank D. Wolfe and Charles McKenzie, who defined the character of residential homes in the Santa Clara Valley around the turn of the 20th century.

The homes, which haven't been on a PACSJ tour before, include lots of original woodwork and beams, built-ins and staircases. Four of them are within walking distance of each other in San Jose's Naglee Park neighborhood. The fifth is the Bogen/Bonetti House on The Alameda, which is the current headquarters of De Mattei Construction.


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The self-guided tour takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There's a kickoff fundraiser at the Bogen/Bonetti House at 6:30 p.m. Friday that includes gourmet appetizers, local wines and the opportunity to chat with restoration experts. Tour tickets are $40. Fundraiser tickets are $125 ($110 for PACSJ members) and include a tour ticket.

For more information, go to www.preservation.org.

SHARP RIDE: How great is it that we've got startup auto companies competing to produce the coolest electric car? We've already got Tesla's Roadster and Model S, but over the weekend at the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, Campbell-based Renovo Motors rolled out its snazzy coupe that was based on a classic Shelby and looked like an American dream.

It's a fast ride, but I've heard the price tag will be somewhere around $500,000. But you're saving on gas, right?

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.