What is Great to Visit and Great to Leave?

Yesterday it was time for another trip to “The Rock” the term for Alcatraz Island that the children who grew up there abhor to this day. (See Chapter 18 of my book Chronicles of Old San Francisco to learn more about the juveniles who roamed the island during its famous penitentiary phase. The exhibit of…

One Good Book leads to Another: Aleta George’s new biography Ina Coolbrith – The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate

In Chapter 17 of Chronicles of Old San Francisco I set down the highlights and main story of Ina Coolbrith. As the editing of the book dragged on, this chapter was an add-on a year after I sent in the manuscript. I had a short time to research and write the book and was anxious…

Check out Books, Building and More at SF’s Main Library

It took an act of the California congress – the Rogers Act of 1878 – and the advocacy of Andrew Hallidie, inventor of the cable car, to create San Francisco’s first public library in 1879. In those days, only men were hired as librarians. Today – a few buildings and librarians (both male and female)…