I currently have columns running in 3 newspapers;
- Tri-Valley Herald : Looking Back
- Valley Times : Do You Remember?
- The Independent : Do You Remember?
The Articles appear in the Herald and Independent on Thursdays,
and the Times on Sundays.
They will also be found on this page each week as well.
If you've missed any please follow the links on the dates to catch up.
A fond farewell to Mister Dublin
By Barry Schrader.................................September
David Burton personified all that is good about Dublin and was the best
community booster of any person in the towns history. He was a fun-loving
and public spirited person like his counterpart in Pleasanton, Ed Kinney.
I first met Dave back in the 1970s when he was pushing for Dublin cityhoodsomething
that became a reality in 1982. I felt strongly that Dave should be the first
mayor of the new city so printed up a dummy headline on the newspaper that
said Burton Elected Dublin Mayor and presented it to him at
a Rotary meeting. That is the only honor that escaped him and I wish there
was a way to make him Honorary Mayor of Dublin, even posthumously.
At the very least there has to be a park or civic building that could be
given his name.
As you may have read in the paper or heard at his funeral last week,
Dave was a leader from an early age--an Eagle Scout, then a volunteer in
the Army Air Corps in World War II. At the young age of 21 he piloted B-24
bombers on 50 missions over Europe, bringing his crew home safe from every
flight. Assemblyman Guy Houston in paying tribute to his mentor said, Dave
was a member of the greatest generation
one of the veterans who came
back and changed America
transforming this country into a modern society
that made America what it is today
and they changed the world in the
process. He added that our generation today cant hold
a candle to what Dave and his contemporaries did for our country. They built
America in their vision.
As was repeated several times, Daves trademark one liner was Never
let a good crowd go to waste. Chamber CEO Nancy Feeley, a close friend
for 30 years, recalled how David charmed the Chamber crowds with his green
vest and white straw hat, leading them in singing ODanny Boy
every St. Patricks Day. Then at Christmas time he was decked out in
his red vest, whipping up the crowd into a holiday sing-along.
He was also often evident at a seasonal party at the home of Chuck Brydon
where my wife played the piano while Dave led the Christmas carolingwith
gusto. And I loved to hear his storieswe dont have enough good
storytellers in the generations since his time.
Dave was also a legend in the local Rotaryhe had joined the fledgling
club in 1974 when he first moved to Dublin and went on to become the only
member to hold the presidency twice. Fellow member Dennis Miller shared
his fond memories of Dave with me this week, saying he lit up the club with
his presencegiving more than almost anyone else to assure the perpetuation
of Rotary. He led a Group Study Exchange trip to India for six weeks, and
donated thousands of dollars not only on his behalf but in the names of
each of his children, grandchildren, and wife Beabecoming a multiple
Paul Harris Fellow. The club is going to have to work hard to replace the
likes of Dave Burton!
I guess I will cherish the memories most of Dave as a fun-loving and
sometimes mischievous gentleman from the good old days. He always made me
feel welcome when I visited Dublin, whether at a Chamber or a Rotary meeting.
And he was always ready to give advice on any subject. I think he was best
described as a character with character. You just cant
find the kind of beloved community advocate like Dave anymore.
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Postscript on Sunolian column: I got an email from Debbie Hernandez
this week telling me about the front page of the February 1983 issue. A
half page ad said: Debbie Petersen, will you marry me? Love, Brian.
She said yes and Brian and Debbie, now living in Livermore, have been married
for 22 years. So that issue ranks highest in significance in her life!
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The repeated history mystery about the Cub Scout Pack with its own
Drum & Bugle Corps way back in 1945 finally got some response. Lou Wittkopp
provided the information that it was Hayward Cub Pack 6 whose Cubmaster
Bill Reno decided to organize the boys into a well-trained corps. The 35
youth, including two who later moved to Livermore as adults (Lou and Charlie
Smith) where they worked at Sandia and Lawrence Lab, collected tons of newspapers
to turn in for cash. That paid for the drums and bugles and started them
on their way to parades all over South County. Lou recalls the Livermore
Rodeo Parade as the most fun because they also got to participate in the
Grand Entry to the Rodeo which meant free admission plus hot dogs and ice
cream for all.
Now lets jump forward 30 years to the formation of a Drum &
Bugle Corps in the Livermore-Amador Valley in the mid-1970s. It was a co-ed
Explorer Post formed specifically for the purpose of organizing the Tri-Valley
Royalaires, a spinoff of the Royalaires that had folded in San Leandro.
The new group lasted about two seasons, before soccer, high school band
and other competing interests spelled its demise.
The question for this week is: Can you name any of the players in that
corps? And the bonus question: Who was the Post adviser who organized the
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