Flashback: Filming of a movie, U.F.O. sightings, and misleading preseason predictions, what is next for Atascosa County?



50 years ago this week

•Seriously speaking…“The United States owes more than all the other nations on earth put together…we’ve gone as far on the debit side of the ledger as we can go and stay solvent?”, so said Chester Lauck (Radio Actor). (WRITER’S NOTES: Wonder what he would say now?)

•Here’s what you can see for 50 cents at the 1963 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, (25 cents for kids under 12): Ready to cook poultry, auction sales, commercial exhibits, Appaloosa, Quarter, Cutting horses along with other exhibits.

40 years ago this week

Motion picture scenes to be filmed here soon. Scenes from a Universal Studio motion picture “The Sugarland Express” are to be filmed in Pleasanton. The movie starring Goldie Hawn will detail a prison break at Huntsville and the resulting chase. The names of the towns have been changed to protect the innocent.

35 years ago this week

It’s all very Hush-Hush… Ho-Hum…Another U.F.O. in the area. Nobody’s talking about what a night crew at the Conquista Power Plant might have seen one night last week. Rumor is rife that several members of the crew working the graveyard shift at the plant, located on Highway 791 between Campbellton and Falls City, saw what could only be called a U.F.O…. perhaps more than one…over the plant. Reportedly appearance of the U.F.O. interfered with the plant’s operational source. This alleged sighting follows hot on the heels of recent reports of sightings in the Leming area perhaps 10 days ago. (Writer’s Notes: WOW! Just like over the Eagle Ford Play now-a-days.)

30 years ago this week

•Fun for all this Saturday night, January 29, as the Pleasanton Noon Lions Club will have their 20th Annual Wild Game Dinner at the Atascosa County Livestock Showbarn. All you can eat and drink for only $25 per couple. Entertainment will be provided by Troy Collier and the Texas Country.

•Presently being erected in Jourdanton is a new $187,650 elevated storage tank. The 200,000 gallon capacity water tower is being constructed by Universal Tank and Iron Works, Inc.

25 years ago this week

City pursues airport grant. The way airport operator, E.T. Page sees it, Pleasanton’s Municipal Airport is long overdue for an improvement grant. The Airport Board and the City of Pleasanton apparently agree. The city has hired a temporary employee, Della Staples, whose specific duty is to work on securing an improvement grant for the airport.

20 years ago this week

•Preseason predictions by the district coaches had the Pleasanton Basketball Eagles finishing next to last in the district race. After three games deep in the schedule, the coaches may be having second thoughts. After Friday’s 50-40 victory over Kenedy, the Eagles were the only undefeated team in the district at 3-0 and sitting alone at the top of the standings. Although the Eagles won by 10 against Kenedy on Friday, the game was close until the very end and only some clutch free throw shooting and timely defense by Gerald Gallegos kept the talented Rockets from pulling it out at Eagle gym.

•There were cheers and excited squeals at the Pleasanton Eagle Lanes Bowling Alley as students from the Life Skills units at Pleasanton Junior High and High Schools showed their bowling talents learned in P.E. classes taught by Robert “Doc” Williams, the school’s athletic trainer. Junior high students attending were Bryan Byrd, Julie Castillo, Daniel Clarkson, Jessica Criado, Tomas Hernandez, Cindy Pagan, Matthew Salazar and Sheldon Strong, Maria Alcoser, Richie Byrd, Moses Montoya, Debbie Oropenza and Tina Romero were there from the high school.

10 years ago this week

49th Annual Atascosa County Youth Livestock Show Results: Grand Champion Steer-Theo Rogers of Somerset FFA; Reserve Grand Champion Steer-Russell Harred of Pleasanton FFA; Grand Champion Swine-Wade Schoenfeldt of Somerset FFA; Grand Champion Rabbits-Jessica Olle of Pleasanton FFA; Grand Champion Broilers-Kelley Persyn of Pleasanton FFA; Grand Champion Lamb-Melissa Casas of Jourdanton FFA; Grand Champion Turkey Tom- Courtney Riggs of Jourdanton FFA; Grand Champion Turkey Hen-Garrett Pawelek of Jourdanton FFA; Reserve Grand Champion Lamb-Dustin Hunter of Jourdanton FFA; Reserve Grand Champion Turkey Hen- Ashley Vierling of Pleasanton FFA; Reserve Grand Champion Swine-Kirsten Cohrs of Somerset FFA; Reserve Grand Champion Broilers-Hannah Cowey of Chaparral 4-H; Reserve Grand Champion Rabbits Traci Trammell of Lytle 4-H; Reserve Grand Champion Turkey Tom-Garrett Kindla of Pleasanton FFA.

•Dane Anderson, a senior at Pleasanton High School and a member of the choir will perform with the Texas All- State Choir in San Antonio. He was chosen for the honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state.

ESTHER POKLADNIK, delves into the Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at : epokladnik@pleasantonexpress.com.



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