Archive for the ‘San Francisco Bay Area’ Category

Fake News 1941 Style

June 11, 2017


December 8, 1941, San Francisco Call-Bulletin.

In The Navy

July 30, 2016

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became openly gay person to be elected to public office in , when he won a seat on the an Francisco Board of Supervisors.

On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone was assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer. He later transferred to Naval Station, San Diego to serve as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.


Ensign Harvey Milk

 In July,Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler  USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

In certain corners of the navy, hilarity has ensued over this decision.  Here’s why:

Refueling at Sea

You can watch the entire process here.  This isn’t easy to pull off.



Radio in San Francisco in 1944

January 8, 2012

The Radio Log from the San Francisco Examiner 7 June 1944

Doggie Diner Founder Dies at 93

April 6, 2010

From Wackystuff

Al Ross, a former amateur boxer who founded the now defunct but strangely iconic Doggie Diner restaurant chain, has died.

Mr. Ross, whose ubiquitous hot dog outlets are probably more beloved in the Bay Area for their giant fiberglass dachshund heads than they were for their food, died Wednesday at a care facility in Palm Springs of complications from old age. He was 93.

Read more:  Here….

New Fisher museum plans as objectionable as the old

December 3, 2008

What is the matter with these people?

The Presidio Trust has just disclosed plans that would allow the Fisher Contemporary Art Museum to be built directly across from the Main Parade Ground. The new plans, like the original one to build the museum on the Main Parade Ground itself, already face significant opposition.

The new site is where the Presidio preschool, senior center and Herbst Exhibition Hall now stand. These facilities would all be demolished, along with the bowling facility and tennis courts.

The Fisher museumwould be sited at a higher elevation and directly overlook, unobstructed, the entire Main Parade Ground. The proposed museum would be much larger – 40 percent bigger – as the plans now call for 140,000 square feet, instead of 100,000 square feet. Under one variation, a 20,000 square-foot unit of the museum would on the Main Parade – a key objection to the original plan.

Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here.

My we suggest a large, year-end, tax exempt donation to the Presidio Historical Association, one of the organizations that is fighting to protect the intergity of the National Landmark status of the Presidio of San Francisco.


Nancy Pelosi To Weaken Park Service Oversight

July 31, 2008

When a Dem is up to the same sort of mischief that the Republicans have been doing for years, it’s only fair that it be called out.

Nancy Pelosi is up to the exact tricks that gets everybody’s pants in a twist when they see a Republican introduce legislation that benefits only one of their fat cat cronies.

Here’s what she’s doing.

Nancy Pelosi is proposing, so-called, “technical” changes to the Presidio Trust Act.

The Golden Gate National Park, the former Presidio of San Francisco, is run by in “partnership” with the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service.

Pelosi was instrumental in setting up this disaster in 1993.  She created the only National Park in the United States that has to be self-sufficient.  A really dumb idea at the time, and still a really dumb idea today.

A revision clause says that if the park was not self-supporting by 2013, the entire park would be turned back to the GSA for sale.

The mainstream press has picked up on the trivial parts of her proposed changes, such as renaming the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate National Park.

One thing that wasn’t noticed is that Pelosi proposes to eliminate the revision clause in the Presidio Trust Act.

That’s a positive and significant change.

However, it comes at a huge cost.

And one of the costs is that Pelosi wants to eliminate the authority of the National Park Service to prevent the construction of the Fisher museum in the heart of the historic Presidio.

The National Park Service’s mission, as defined in the Organic Act of 1916 is to:

“To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife there, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

While the National Park Service is all about protection of the resources in the Presidio, the Trust is all about generating revenue, but, in theory, the Trust is constrained by the oversight of the National Park Service and the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for maintaining historic properties.

So, although the Presidio is not endanger of falling into the hands of totally uncontrolled development, (Some would say the Presidio is already too developed)  the Presidio Trust does have to create enough
revenue to maintain and operate what is probably one of the most expensive National Parks in the country.

However, what has happened is that the political power of the Trust has overwhelmed the rangers and cultural resources experts who work for the Park Service and making money has become the all important goal – often at the expense of preserving the historical landscape and resources.

Basically, if the Trust can’t see a way to make money from a structure in the Presidio, that building is left to rot.

Pelosi wants to further weaken the National Park Service’s oversight role and replace it with the Trust. This is similar to what the Bush administration tried to do by changing the National Park Service’s mission to emphasize “enjoyment” over conservation.

And, to that end, the Trust is proposing to build a hotel complex, a theater complex, and most objectionable of all, a huge contemporary art museum in the historic heart of the Presidio.

This misconceived plan has the potential of getting the area delisted as a National Landmark, because, on at least several levels, it is at odds with the Secretary of Interior’s guidelines for historic properties.

Perhaps that is what Pelosi has in mind.

To the extent that it can, the Park Service has been fighting these proposals, but they are extremely vulnerable to political pressure and ethically cannot take actions that appear to be “political” or look to
be insubordinate to their political appointee masters.

Pelosi’s actions will not only put in danger the historic status of the entire area but will also eliminate the “General Management Plan for the Presidio”, which was prepared by the NPS after exhaustive public input, and replace it with a “Presidio Trust General Management Plan.”

There is overwhelming opposition to the art museum in the Presidio, and for Pelosi to tinker with the Presidio Trust Act simply to allow the billionaire founder of the GAP to ruin the setting, the integrity and
the feel of a National Landmark is politics at it’s worst.

If anything, Pelosi should be introducing legislation that will *increase* the authority of the National Park Service and reduce the influence of the Trust.

One person’s obsession shouldn’t be allowed to ruin an entire National Park just because he has politician such as Nancy Pelosi in his pocket.

Pelosi’s bill can be found here

Meet Patrick Amiot

June 30, 2007

The nearest real town to Castle Curmudgeon is Sebastopol, a town of about 7.500 people and a place that features many artists.

One of those artists is Patrick Amiot.

Amiot lives on Florence Avenue in Sebastopol and many of his neighbors display his works in front of their houses.  Sebastopol now features one of his works at the entrance to town on Highway 12.


KSFO, “The World’s Greatest Radio Station”

January 10, 2007

It’s the 24th oldest licensed radio station in California. It was once owned by the legendary Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters. Their studios were in the Fairmont Hotel, just off the entrance to the famous Tonga Room. 

This was the radio station of Hap Harper, Al Collins, Jack Carney, Aaron Smith, Carter B. Smith, Jim Lange, Chet Casselman, Lon Simmons, Russ Hodges, and, "The World’s Greatest Disk Jockey," Don Sherwood.

Recall Sherwood and Harper’s "raid" on Stockton with the KSFO "Air Force?"  KSFO was one of the first radio stations to report traffic from an aircraft.

And who could forget those Sounds of the City station breaks?

Of course, I’m referring to "The World’s Greatest Radio Station," KSFO in San Francisco. 

Today, it’s 5,000 watts of foul mouthed, bigots.  It’s pathetic that a once great radio station has sunk to such a level and ironic that the radio station is associated with the Disney name.

Nobody should be fired.  Nobody’s job or livelihood should be threatened.  Let’s just tone down the name calling, and foul mouthed talk.  Maybe go back to some of the good old time stuff that used to make listening to KSFO fun.

And it’s even worse that the station owners have gone after the blogger who has been alerting the station’s advertisers about the kind of material that KSFO is broadcasting.  Read more about this dismal story here from the Daily Kos.

Secret Bunker Command Post

December 10, 2006

From deep inside a secret bunker somewhere north of the Golden Gate Bridge comes this picture. The question is who or what is MARS?  Who are these clandestine underground warriors? Where did they come from?  Where are they now?  And who is Cpt. Blue?

Door leading into switchboard room


Escape From Alcatraz

December 17, 2005


The Blue Angel’s Fat Albert & Alcatraz