FROM THE PAST
a spring day in 1956, Wilma Cozart phoned to invite me to lunch.
As recorded music director of WQXR, the radio station of The
New York Times, I kept in close touch with record executives
and producers. But meeting with the head of Mercury's classical
division was always a special treat. Now in its fifth year, the
Living Presence recording team was still making news in Detroit,
Rochester and Minneapolis. Its Overture 1812 thundered
its way into the homes of audiophiles; balletomanes thrilled to
the first complete recordings of the original scores of Tchaikovsky's
three masterworks, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping
Beauty; and Ruffles & Flourishes was about to dazzle
visitors to the annual Audio Fair.
Wilma suggested we meet at Blair House, I assumed she was going
to bring me up to date on Mercury's recording plans. It proved
to be more than that. In the dimly lit, subdued atmosphere of
the 55th Street restaurant, she told me that David Hall was leaving
the company and the post of music director was becoming available.
Would I be interested in joining Mercury?
was located in the Times building on 43rd Street. I enjoyed being
close to the newspaper business, smelling the newsprint as I walked
through the revolving door each morning. I also enjoyed my work.
But after seven years, I realized that I wanted to do more than
make programs. As Wilma began outlining what the job of music
director entailed, my excitement mounted.
invitation came at a turning point in the history of recording.
Stereo was about to become a commercial reality. Two of the majors
had released magnetic tape recordings for the consumer market,
although RCA's binaural concept fell short of true stereo sound.
EMI's engineers were somewhat more successful: their recordings
with the Philharmonia Orchestra at least had a larger-than-mono,
full-orchestra sound to them.
Mercury had been experimenting with its own approach to stereo
and was quietly making parallel recordings in mono and stereo
under engineer C. Robert (Bob) Fine's supervision since 1954.
coffee, Wilma asked me whether I'd like to hear some of these
unreleased recordings. She didn't have to twist my arm. Together
we walked back to Mercury's offices on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue,
where Wilma introduced me to Bob Fine's "secret weapon",
a three-track half-inch magnetic tape machine, built by Ampex
to Fine's technical specifications.
system was simplicity itself: in addition to the Ampex recorder,
there were three McIntosh power amplifiers and three Altec Voice
of the Theater loudspeakers with their impressive cellular mid-
and upper- range tweeters.
sound was riveting. Although I had auditioned all the previously
released Mercury Living Presence recordings on the best available
playback equipment, I was unprepared for what hit me. The impact
was on several levels. At first, it was the sheer physical excitement
of hearing the crisp sound of the snare drum in Fennell's Ruffles
and Flourishes, captured in the resonant acoustics of the
Eastman Theatre. Then there was the marvelous enveloping glow
of the Detroit Symphony as it mounted its steady crescendo in
the climax of Wagner's Siegfried's Rhine Journey. Finally,
there was the esthetic thrill of being able to pinpoint the sound
and position of individual instruments in the orchestra.
returning to WQXR to face an afternoon of auditioning new releases
in my tiny listening booth. What a letdown! It was like finishing
a dinner prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef with a styrofoam
cup of overbrewed coffee. I phoned Wilma the next day to tell
her I'd made up my mind .
Cozart was the first woman recorf-producer of a major U.S.record
LBNL received over twenty
qualification submissions for a second location. Any of the four
from El Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany would fundamentally change
west-Berkeley. Are these four submissions simply wishful thinking?
Unless LNBL changes their
qualifications, the math and economics favor their Richmond Field
Yesterday Chamber of Commerce
members toured west-Berkeley including Potter Creek.
And yesterday at 5:17 PM
I emailed "Within the hour, a pedestrian was struck by shuttle
bus around the BART Station at the corner of Shattuck and Center
Streets. Freed from under the vehicle the person taken to the
"The Greatest Country on Earth" by Joseph E. Stiglitz at www.slate.com.
"What the United States
can learn from the tiny island nation of Mauritius."
democracy leader speaks to Berkeley crowd" reports cctimes.com.
leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging students at the University of
California, Berkeley whose families fled Myanmar to help that
Suu Kyi spoke to an audience
at a UC Berkeley auditorium on Monday over a faint telephone connection
from the Myanmar city of Yangon."
"North Berkeley standoff ends with man
killing self" Henry
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A man was found dead
from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a North Berkeley home early
today, hours after police responded to reports that he had been
armed with a gun, police said.
The name of the man was not
"Woman Seriously Injured In UC Berkeley
Shuttle Bus Accident" at
"Two female pedestrians
were injured Monday afternoon in Berkeley when one of the women
was struck in a crosswalk by a University of California shuttle
bus and the other injured herself trying to gain the bus driver's
attention, police officials said."
Reported homicide on Blake
Late yesterday afternoon
BPD confirmed a male body was found at
Blake -- between McGee and California. He is believed
to have been shot earlier in the afternoon.
our Councilman, Darryl Moore's
Berkeley High School's presentation
of the acclaimed documentary film "OUT. The Glenn Burke Story"
produced and directed by 1978 BHS grad Doug Harris is coming this
Wednesday, March 9. The event includes 6:00 pm pre-screening reception,
with film shown at 7:00 pm and discussion afterwards.
The event is a benefit for
the Berkeley High Gay-Straight Alliance, Berkeley East Bay Track
Club and Athletes United for Peace. Purchase tickets
"OUT. The Glenn Burke
Story" is a finalist for the 2011 GLAAD Award, and been submitted
for a Bay Area/Northern California Emmy Award.
Glenn Burke was a 1970 graduate
of Berkeley High School and is considered by many as one of the
greatest athletes to come out of Berkeley.
He was the first openly gay
player to compete in a major professional sport in the US.
Filmmaker Doug Harris, a
1978 graduate of Berkeley High School and Executive Director for
Athletes United for Peace will be presenting this highly acclaimed
"Guilt about the iguana creeps up 8 years
later" writes Meredith
May at sfgate.com.
"I like to think I'm
a pretty mellow traveler. Bags don't show up? Darn, have to buy
new clothes. Missed the bus? Lookie here, I have travel Scrabble!
Things are supposed to
go sideways when you're off your turf, which is why I've always
found it curious when travelers have meltdowns over things like
carry-on luggage or "stealing" one another's taxis.
But if I'm being honest,
the thing about losing your travel cool is that you don't ever
think you're that person until you are - right there in the middle
of your own, all-out personal hissy. Even more surprising is the
For me it was an iguana."
"Poetry Reading at Moe's on Wednesday" by Ken Bullock at dailyplanet.com
"Poets David Gitin and
George Mattingly will read for free at Moe's Books, 7:30 p. m.
Wednesday March 9 (849-2089; moesbooks.com ), Gitin from his new
collection The Journey Home, Poems 1962-2010, a Blue Wind Press
book, published by Mattingly in Berkeley, who has also published
other titles among Gitin's nine other books of poetry."
Berkeley PD has identified
the Blake Street homicide victim as Tobias Pemadorji Eagle,
30 years old of Berkeley. A $15,000 reward is being offered for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect
or suspects responsible with an additional $2,000 offered by Bay
Area Crime Stoppers.
Adamah farm will be located on a parcel of land at 1050 Parker
"This is good for the
Soul" emails Gene Agress, Berkeley Mills owner.
"All Hail . . . Analog?" by Francis Fukuyama at wsj.com.
"When it comes to the
quality of photos and music, the digital revolution may be failing
POSTS FROM THE
"The Minds that Listen" by Rohin Dharmakumar at forbersindia.com.
"For purists, the latest
audio technology isn't necessarily the best. They often go to
great lengths to experience the perfect sound
How do you describe a hardcore audiophile? A wee bit obsessive?
Barking mad men (they tend to be men) with money and time to burn?
Depends on where you're looking from. They will admit themselves
to being manic in their perpetual quest for ever purer sound.
. . .
Ferzaan is an old friend.
I knew him when he was doing graduate work back east and after,
when he was teaching in the Dakotas. "They are very nice
people" he said "but it's very flat and very cold."
Later, when Ferzaan, then
an executive, visited Bayer on business he would always plan a
day with me for browsing and lunch. In fact, we were one of Sea
Salt's first lunch customers.
Fezaan was a savvy trader
and since he traveled the world over on business, would have the
most gorgeous trade material. "I got these in Paris in a
little jazz shop " he once said of rare jazz records that
he offered for trade.
Before one trip here to speak
at a conference, his colleagues read my Scrambled Eggs and found
in addition to his business and scientific expertise, he loved
old records and fine music. They included that in his introduction.
Journal of Recorded Music
beauty sometimes resides in the familiar, as everyone knows, and
even more so in the long forgotten, in things once-loved but now
displaced. We have the habit of dismissal, the tendency to sweep
away the old and familiar when distracted by the new, only to
find ourselves taken as if for the first time when the tides bring
these things back to us as flotsam, now to be re-seen, re-read,
re-heard with the bemused kind of attention we pay when wondering
what all the fuss was about.
at reproductions of daguerreotypes in books, the way we usually
see them and come to be familiar with them, we typically lose
interest in the frozen faces and attitudes once we realize that
the technical circumstances enforced an unnatural discipline upon
the moment of the pictures' creation, the slow exposure requiring
a long-held stillness of the subjects when animate, landscape
and cityscape beyond the reach of the medium, for the reason that
the light tended not to cooperate in the charade as readily as
when we see the real things, perhaps encountered by chance in
a museum, we often sense another dimension, the silvery ground
setting off the lightly-etched lines with a kind of rich austerity,
the passing illusion of depth and even movement coming over the
still images as if from the hand of a ghostly puppeteer, the long-gone
light still quivering in the eye.
old records can be this way. The sounds of Jazz recorded long
ago on 78s, for example, dismissed finally as great playing imperfectly
reproduced, forced by the early technology into bottles too small
to hold all the bass and treble, forced by the short sides to
be only so long, sometimes come back to us, perhaps in early dubs
to LP, with an immediacy and warmth we had forgotten or never
noticed, indeed with qualities we had come to miss in the more
accommodating products of our own time.
Classical music too, the sound of Schnabel's piano or Lehmann's
voice can come to us with a weight and a purity that seem to carry
forward the artists' intentions with full authority and coherence.
Listening again, we often sense an unmediated directness in these
recordings long gone from our own modern things, a feeling of
still-intact reality that transcends noise levels and limitations
of frequency response.
it is only the increased distance from our time that makes these
old sounds seem all the more striking and miraculous. Or maybe
it is just that the sounds that ended up in the grooves were the
right ones, the best ones, so that what we hear is the better
for being distilled, and seems to improve with age.
Before Dwiight D Eisenhower
there was Smedley D Butler.
Smedley Darlington Butler
(July 30, 1881-- June 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Fighting
Quaker" and "Old Gimlet Eye," was a Major General
in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most
decorated Marine in U.S. history. Butler was awarded the Medal
of Honor twice during his career, one of only 19 people to be
awarded the medal twice. He was noted for his outspoken anti-interventionist
views, and his book "War Is a Racket" was one of the
first works describing the workings of the military-industrial
complex. After retiring from service, Butler became a popular
speaker at meetings organized by veterans, communists, pacifists
and church groups in the 1930s. Butler came forward in 1934 and
informed Congress that a group of wealthy industrialists had plotted
a military coup to overthrow the government of President Franklin
D. Roosevelt. For more go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler
Uncle Ronnie's history-post
The "military coup to
overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.?"
Read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot
In the book Trading
with the Enemy, author Charles Higham writes further of
the attempted American putsch.
The backers of the bizarre
conspiracy selected an . . . attorney, Gerald MacGuire, to bring
word of the plan to General Butler. MacGuire agreed Butler would
be the perfect choice. Butler had attacked the New Deal in public
MacGuire met with Butler
at the latter's house in Newton Square, Pennsylvania, and in a
hotel suite nearby. With great intensity the facist attorney delivered
the scheme to the general. Butler was horrified. Although there
were many things about Roosevelt he disliked, a coup d'etat amounted
to treason, and Butler was nothing if not loyal to the Constitution.
However, he disclosed nothing of his feelings. With masterful
composure he pretended interest and waited to hear more.
When MacGuire returned, it
was with news of more millions and extravagant plans, which included
turning America into a dictatorship with Butler as a kind of Hitler.
Once more Butler was infuriated but kept quiet. After MacGuire
left on the second occasion, the general got in touch with the
White House. He told Roosevelt of the entire plan.
Roosevelt's state of mind
can scarcely be imagined. He knew that in view of the backing
from high banking sources, this matter could not be dismissed
as some crackpot enterprise that had no chance of success. He
was well aware of the powerful forces of fascism that could easily
make America an ally of Nazism even that early, only one year
after Hitler had risen to power.
On the other hand, Roosevelt
also knew that if he were to arrest the leaders of the houses
of Morgan and Du Pont, it would create an unthinkable national
crisis in the midst of a depression and perhaps another Wall Street
crash. Not for the first or last time in his career, he was aware
that there were powers greater than he in the United
"Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the
Man Who Saved America"
is book review at dailyplanet.com.
"'Pulp History' Reveals
a Corporate Plot to Overthrow American Democracy."
"Berkeley lab gets 21 proposals for second
site:At least eight communities are vying for the project" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory in the Berkeley hills has received 21 proposals from
developers around the Bay Area to create a second campus on 2-million
square feet where 800 scientists and other employees would work.
Land owners in Berkeley,
Albany, Emeryville, Oakland, Alameda, Dublin Richmond and Walnut
Creek submitted proposals."
"Berkeley considers cutting recycling non-profit"
is a video report at
"2010 Census Data for Berkeley" is at our Daily Californian.
POST FROM THE PAST
Journal of Recorded Music
German restaurant, on 14th St. in New York City was, in the late
1800s and early 1900s, a gathering place for musicians, artists,
writers and not a few business men and politicians. They gathered
for a little good food, good talk and companionship. Here the
likes of Rachmaninoff, O. Henry, Helen Traubel, Toscanini, Mack
Sennett, Lillian Gish, Theodore Roosevelt and others exchanged
ideas, socialized and ate. William Steinway and his senior staff
were regulars at the noon lunch. Gus Kahn wrote "Yes Sir,
That's My Baby" there, on a table cloth, in 1912. There,
in 1914, Victor Herbert and some friends founded "The American
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers," and J.P. Morgan
and Andrew Carnegie held dinners at Lüchow's that made culinary
history. Fritz Kreisler and his wife dined regularly at Lüchow's
and among their favorite desserts were German pancakes. Here's
LÜCHOW'S GERMAN PANCAKE
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pint milk
1/2 pound butter
Powdered cinnamon in shaker
Sugar in shaker
Juice 1 lemon
Preisselbeeren, huckleberry jam, cooked apples or chocolate sauce
Jamaica rum, kirschwasser (optional)
eggs lightly; beat in flour, salt, and sugar, then milk. Beat
five minutes in all. The batter should be thin and smooth. Melt
enough butter in a wide frying pan to coat bottom and sides. When
hot, pour in 4 to 5 tablespoons batter. Turn and slant pan to
make batter spread to form large, thin, flat pancake. Cook until
batter bubbles: turn, bake other side.
Slip onto hot plate. Makes 4 to 6 pancakes.
"Ubiquitous music" by Ben Sisario of The New York Times.
"The next frontier for
digital music is not a tablet or a smart phone, but two items
that have been part of everyday life for decades: the car and
the television set.
or years, digital music has
been confined mostly to traditional computers and phones. But
that limitation is slowly disappearing as the market shifts toward
cloud services, which stream content from remote servers, allowing
anything with an Internet connection -- like smart TVs or Blu-ray
players -- to become portals for vast libraries of entertainment.
One music streaming service,
Berkeley-based MOG, is counting on this change to draw new subscribers
and help it stand out in a crowded field. On Tuesday, the company
announced a string of deals that could introduce it to millions
of potential new customers. LG, Samsung and Vizio will incorporate
MOG into their Internet-ready televisions and other devices, and
the service will become available on Sonos, a wireless system
for managing music throughout the house. "
MOG is located in Greater Potter Creek at 7th and Parker--the
landlords, the mysterious Fnootnik Bros.
"Chicago, Berkeley aim to wipe out junk
mail:New opt-in service aims to tackle the 100 billion pieces
of unsolicited mail Americans receive each year" at businessgreen.com.
"Five US cities rolled
out programs targeting unwanted junk mail this week in an attempt
to trim landfill waste and related disposal costs."
"How To Save Dying Cities" by Witold Rybczynski at slate.com.
"They don't need light
rail, downtown stadiums, or flashy new museums. They need smart
"Golden Gate Fields inquires about proposed
lab" by Damin Esper
"Albany's Golden Gate
Fields is among the parties interested in hosting the new second
campus for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
MI Developments Inc., the owner of the racetrack, is one of 21
groups that submitted their qualifications to bid for the campus
by a March 4 deadline. The submittal of qualifications is the
first step in the bidding process."
"L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards
Names Professor Jill Banfield, the University of California, Berkeley,
2011 Laureate for North America"
"13th Annual L'Oreal-UNESCO
For Women in Science Awards Recognize Five Exceptional Women Scientists
"Brain's Learning Ability Seems to Recharge
During Light Slumber:Those who sleep less than 6 hours a night
'shortchanging' themselves, study says" at businessweek.com.
"Your brain's ability
to learn may get recharged during the light, dreamless slumber
that accounts for up to half of your night's sleep, according
to a new study."
Japanese Broadcasting Network
[NHK] English, live
streaming earthquake coverage
"Massive quake hits
The biggest earthquake to
hit Japan since records began struck the Pacific coast of the
country's northeast. Tsunami waves are hitting a wide-ranging
area from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.
Agency says the quake struck at 2:46 PM with a magnitude of 8.8.
A tsunami surging higher than 7.3 meters struck Fukushima
Prefecture. Tsunami waves higher than 4 meters were observed in
other districts of northeastern Japan.
The Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning.
Areas that are on the alert for possible tsunami are expected
to be hit by waves up to 10 meters high.
The Agency says the quake struck at an estimated depth of 24 kilometers,
with a magnitude of 8.8. The quake is the biggest Japan has experienced
since records began about 140 years ago.
This huge quake has been followed by what are believed to
be aftershocks with a magnitude of around 7, mainly on the Pacific
coast of Japan's biggest island, Honshu.
The Agency is urging people to be on the alert for the possible
collapse of buildings and mudslides."
In a particularly informed
story, Steven Mufson of The Washington Post reports "Explosion
rocks Japanese nuclear power plant; 5 reactors in peril."
John Norheim's older daughter
was in Tokyo when the earthquake struck yesterday and his younger
daughter was in flight to Japan at the time of the quake--her
flight was rerouted. Both daughters are fine.
Friday, surges in our Marina
resulted in $50,000 damage to slips and piers.
"Creatures of the Abyss Now Open at the
Lawrence Hall of Science" at
"The Ocean contains
more than 99% of the living space on the planet, yet only 3% of
it has been explored. Almost every time scientists visit the deep
ocean they discover new species. Catch the spirit of exploration
by visiting the new exhibition at The Lawrence Hall of Science,
Creatures of the Abyss, which is now open to the public.
Creatures of the Abyss takes
visitors on a virtual journey to the most inaccessible ecosystem
on Earth the deep ocean."
"Victor Martinez, novelist and poet, dies
at 56" Meredith
May, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Poetry is the only
thing that can save the world. So said Victor Martinez, . . ."
"A look at the play 'Driving Miss Daisy'
with Boyd Gaines, Alfred Uhry, Vanessa
Redgrave and James Earl Jones" is very definitely worth watching. James
Earl Jones is a particularly observant man.
POST FROM THE PAST
Dave Kruse on his roof
with just part of their solar
Our Kruse plumbing has been
Contractor of the Year" by Contractor Magazine.
Check it out!
"Japan reports emergency at second nuclear
reactor" by Eric
Talmadge and Yuri Kageyama of the AP.
"Cooling systems failed
at another nuclear reactor on Japan's devastated coast Sunday,
hours after an explosion at a nearby unit made leaking radiation,
or even outright meltdown, the central threat to the country following
a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami."
This report is accompanied
by 168 photos of the quake and tsunami damage.
"Nuclear Experts Explain Worst-Case Scenario
at Fukushima Power Plant" at
"The type of accident
occurring now in Japan derives from a loss of offsite AC power
and then a subsequent failure of emergency power on site. Engineers
there are racing to restore AC power to prevent a core meltdown."
"Education and Women in the Labor Market"
Laura D'Andrea Tyson
"In an American workplace
reshaped by recession, globalization and automation, a college
education may no longer seem to offer a clear path to
economic success. But my experience over 35 years as a full-time
worker (with an undergraduate degree from Smith and a Ph.D. in
economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
and the experience of millions of other women in the labor force
during the same period indicate otherwise."
"Laura Bush, Melinda Gates, CARE President
on Women's Issues, U.S. Foreign Aid" is a PBS News Hour discussion moderated by
"Behind the Scenes at an Interview With
3 Powerful Women"
by Judy Woodruff.
"MINI USA Partners With MOG to Develop
a New MINI Connected Approved App" is a press release at prnewswire.com.
"MOG and MINI USA are partnering to develop a new MINI Connected
Approved App, which could bring MOG's award-winning, on-demand
streaming music service to MINI vehicles equipped with the MINI
Connected system. "
"Cheney Cottage move a hassle in Berkeley"
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle
"The Cheney Cottage
brings Berkeley homelessness to a whole new level.
Thanks in part to complications
at the Berkeley permit center, the elegant, Swiss chalet-style
landmark was cast out of Berkeley a year ago and is now literally
split in two. The top floor is on 62nd Street in Berkeley and
the bottom half is in Albany near San Pablo Avenue and Marin Avenue."
"Missing grandmother, baby found safe after
search" AP report.
"Berkeley police called
off a search late Friday night when a grandmother and granddaughter,
who had been missing for over six hours, were found hungry but
safe, police said.
The grandmother, a 59-year-old
Chinese woman, was in Berkeley visiting her daughter, an engineer
with a high-tech company, and her 3-month-old granddaughter.
She came to her daughter's workplace, 510 Systems at 2201 Dwight
Way, on Friday to take her granddaughter for a walk at around
The grandmother, who doesn't
speak English, planned to take the baby for a walk around the
block in her stroller, acting Lieutenant Mike Dougherty said.
When she didn't return in a timely manner, the baby's mother grew
concerned and a search began.
The woman's coworkers began
the search, canvassing the area, making posters, and going door-to-door,
said Suzanna Musick, CEO of 510 Systems.
'Everyone banded together,
it was quite an effort,' Musick said.
The Berkeley police were
contacted at around 6 p.m. to help with the search, Dougherty
Japanese nuclear accident
Here is what I have been
able to glean from various reports:
1. There are 6 nuclear reactors
at the Fukushima Nuclear Power station
2. Three were shut down for
maintenance and are presumably secure
3. The other three
are in various states - all bad.
4. There have been
serious radiation exposures on site and off site.
5. Large evacuations
are in progress - like hundreds of thousands of people.
6. Two and possibly
all three reactors in trouble will be irrevocably damaged.
7. This accident is
already and will be much worse than the Three Mile Island Accident.
8. It will in no way
be as bad as the Chernobyl disaster.
Bob is not just a interested
amateur but has been trained and has much experience in the area.
Some would say that he's an expert.
a video link, Japanese
tsunami surge in Emeryville
For Ole Farts only?
"For those who do, no
explanation is needed, for those who don't no explanation is possible."
Saturday was the six month
anniversary of the homicide of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo.
Our SgtMary Kusmiss, BPD
Public Information Officer writes
"On a Sunday
morning, September 12, 2010 at about 3:41 a.m., Celedon whose
friends call "Fito" was walking home with his fiance
after having attended a
party. At the intersection of Adeline and Emerson Streets, the
confronted by two male suspects who intended to rob them. During
robbery, Celedon was shot and his fiance was punched in the face
Celedon was a Chilean native who had moved to Berkeley to be with
fiance. He was killed on his 35th birthday. His family lives in
Chile where the
National media there have followed the story of the crime very
A memorial was held Saturday
at which Celedon' s sister, fiance, and the Consul General of
Chile Rolando Ortega were present.
Again Mary writes
Celedon, sister of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo was in attendance
from Chile and shared personal feelings about the loss of her
brother and that the family is still devastated. They long for
answers. They hope to keep memory of the crime alive and asked
for the community's help in solving the homicide of their loved
one. Alejandra also shared gratitude to the City of Berkeley Police
Department for the continued work and compassion for the investigation.
Fito's fiancé was also there and shared personal emotions
The Consul General of Chile Rolando Ortega read a prepared statement
from the Government of Chile."
Berkeley Bowl Cafe will be
closed for two weeks in April--if all goes well--for remodel.
Pete Hurney emails with some
Fans of Ukulele Radio,
It's been some time since
I've broadcast a Midnight Ukulele Express show on KALX radio and
I'm still not doing one. I will however be joined this week by our
queen of ukulele pop, Victoria Vox on my regular "Scratchy
Vinyl" music show, Tuesday afternoon, March the
15th from 3:00 to 5:30 PM.
Victoria will DJ the
show with me, and besides choosing the play-list with
me, hopefully it shouldn't be too hard to talk her into
playing some of her own music live.
Miss Vox is on a West
Coast tour and will be playing at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on
Wednesday, March 16th along with the Boulder Acoustic Society.
It is an all ages, wheelchair accessible show and tickets
are only $10.00!
For those of you unable to tune
into 90.7 FM on their radio set, KALX can be streamed live
That's the Scratchy Vinyl Show with special guest Victoria
Vox this Tuesday at 3:30 PM.
POST FROM THE PAST
Hurney at work in his Potter Creek instrument shop
"Japanese plant races to contain meltdowns
after two blasts; third reactor loses cooling capacity" at washingtonpost.com.
Christiane Amanpour's over-flight
of northeast Japan gives a balanced view of the devastation, contrasting
the coastal havoc with the relative minor inland-damage.
"Flying Over Japan Earthquake Destruction."
"PG&E Works on SmartMeter Opt-Out Plan"
by Kelsey Clark, Daily
Cal Staff Writer.
"Although the California
Public Utilities Commission announced its decision to direct PG&E
to create an opt-out option for SmartMeter installation Thursday,
some Berkeley residents and other PG&E customers - who have
been pushing for a moratorium on meter installation - are apprehensive
about the details of the proposal. "
"Berkeley building sold for $18.5 million"
by George Avalos, Oakland
"A century-old Berkeley
building next to the university has been bought by East Coast
investors who want to make the retail and residential complex
more green, realty executives said Monday.
The El Granada at Sather
Gate building, at the southeast corner of Bancroft Way and Telegraph
Avenue, was bought in January for $18.5 million by RSGF Granada
Building, an affiliate of New York City-based Jonathan Rose Co."
Also, I'm told that the downtown
property of B of A is for sale. "It's in play" was the
And Patrick Kennedy just
got reasonable financing on a good amount for his San Francisco
"Japanese earthquake aftershocks"
"A time-lapse animation
of the hundreds of aftershocks to strike Japan following a massive
8.9-magnitude temblor on March 11 ."
in Berkeley - U.S.-made casual menswear" Aaron Britt
"When most clothing store owners talk about values, they're
either trying to convince you that their prices are scoop-it-up-now
low or explain precisely why their prices are once-you-see-the-level-of-craftsmanship-you'll-understand
But for Randy Brewer, an
old hand at Bay Area boutiques, values are simple. And at his
year-old shop Convert on trendy Fourth Street in Berkeley, they
run toward organic materials and American manufacturing."
"Northern California Chapter of the AAICHE
to Hold Annual Symposium:a Look Into the Future of Bio-Factories" at pr.com.
"The Northern California
chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)
will be holding its 49th Annual Symposium on April 14th, 2011
beginning at 1:00 P.M. at HS Lordships in Berkeley, California.
This year's theme will be, 'A look into the future of bio-factories
- Exploring Technical and Manufacturing Innovations to Meet Increasing
The Symposium will comprise
of a half day of presentations and exhibits featuring the latest
technology development and products and services in the Biotechnology
"Amazon fighting hard on state sales-tax
issue" at sfgate.com.
Is it that these Berkeley
firefighters have misplaced their truck?
Hardly, walking between sights,
they're part of a cadet class looking at building construction
in Potter Creek.
Of Kubik's yesterday-yoga-photo,
a regular reader emails "Almost didn't recognize him without
his cap and glasses."
POST FROM THE PAST
David Orth, retired BFD Vice
Chief was behind the purchase of 3 pumpers and miles of hose in
containers plus the engines to load and transport them.
These allow the department to pump from the bay, lakes or even
swimming pools in case of emergency.
He is pictured in front of
one of the trucks.
These have been stationed
at 10th and Pardee, but are moving to a new facility in the area
of our West-Berkeley BPD sub-station.
"Japanese look to ancient traditions for
strength" by Cathy
Lynn Grossman at usatoday.com.
"Experts on Japanese
culture say they'll find it in the critical, comforting rituals
They will rely on centuries-old
traditions of a distinctive Buddhist culture and the ancient Shinto
beliefs of their earliest people."
"Berkeley Nucleonics [of San Rafael] sends
Personal Radiation Detectors to Japan" is a press release at prweb.com.
"As news crews from
NBC News head to Japan to report on the difficult situation following
last weeks earthquake and tsunami, they will be equipped with
state-of-the-art radiation detection devices from Berkeley Nucleonics,
a manufacturer of nuclear detection systems in California."
"New California Solar Testing Labs Open"
with their Berkeley lab
inext to the old Flint Ink site reports earthtechling.com.
"PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)
is opening two new testing facilities in Berkeley and Davis, California
which the company claims will offer the industry's most advanced
and accurate PV performance and reliability evaluations to date.
The exclusive, long-term deal with Photovoltaics for Utility Scale
Applications (PV-USA) opens up five of the site's 90 acres for
PVEL's independent PV measurement operations. In addition to the
new space at PV-USA's solar farm, PVEL also scored laboratory
and office space right next to 11,000 square feet of outdoor yard
space formerly occupied by the iconic Flint Ink factory in Berekely,
"Eichengreen on the End of Dollar Dominance"
with video at wsj.com.
·"Barry Eichengreen, an economist at the University
of California, Berkeley, and author of 'Exorbitant Privilege:
The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the International Monetary
System,' fielded questions from The Wall Street Journal's David
Wessel earlier this week."
it still being
Specially to our Potter Creek
Irish, . . . Marsha, Pete, and Sarah.
And, of course, our Darryl
O'Moore and Tom O'Bates.
our Dave Kruse sends a link
"New Sports Bar Opening on Telegraph!
It was announced on tonight's
basketball post-game show that the old Blake's location will reopen
(city of Berkeley willing - my input) in late Summer as Pappy's
Grill & Sports Bar with multi-level fun and, hopefully, a
patio in the back, which will host the radio post-game show.
Here is the website, which
is bare bones at this point, but the owner promised that it would
be fleshed out as details emerge. This is great news for Bear
fans who have seen some pre-game eating/drinking locations close
or deteriorate over the past few years.
Nice guys finish lunch.
Douglas Kenney (1947-1980)"
Then check out pappysontelegraph.com.
our Bob Kubik send a video
link to davidlebovitz.com.
"david lebowitz, living
the sweet life in Paris
'A Visit to Patrick Roger Chocolate' "
With recent delays, the Berkeley
Bowl cafe remodel now looks like May.
POSTS FROM THE
our Kruse's solar array
with Acme's, bleacher-like,
in the background
In a story set in Potter
Creek, Sam Whiting, Chronicle Staff Writer reports "A
star climbs the walls in Berkeley.
"A pair of roommates walks into the Berkeley Ironworks climbing
gym on a Friday afternoon to shake off a weeks' worth of classes.
They walk down to the end, where people won't be watching, harness
up, rope up, chalk up and look at each other to see who will lead
the first pitch.
The tiny one with the tinier voice decides to take it and peels
off her lavender hoodie. She reaches up to take a handhold and
the muscles ripple from her biceps to her shoulder and down her
back. Anyone looking will immediately know this compact 5-footer
is not here for a birthday party or a corporate bonding event.
If you watch big-wall videos or have seen the book 'Girl on the
Rocks,' you'll recognize that back as belonging to Katie Brown,
who Rock & Ice magazine called 'the Best Female Climber of
the Millenium (sic), according to the book's back cover."
"Bayer HealthCare Job Cuts Unlikely to
Be Reversed" at
"Report says green economy producing jobs,
but urges work quality improvement" is a press release at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"To achieve the state's
energy efficiency goals and provide better career opportunities
for Californians, the state should modify its clean energy programs
and its extensive but fragmented training and education programs,
according to a report led by researchers at the University of
California, Berkeley, released Thursday."
after 3/18 here
FROM MY LOG
irritant in front room, burning dirty dry air, watery eyes, burning
throat, Marsha cough attack, overrides HEPA filters. 8:50 PM--similar.
Daily, off-and on recently, similar.
3/10/11--7:05 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane
irritation, light head, nausea, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator.
irritant in front room, burning gas odor, light head, mucus membrane
3/13/11 and 3/14/11--off
and on, VERY SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse, with prolonged
exposure, burning eyes, throat, chest, blurred vision.
in front room, dry dirty air, warey eyes, itchy skin.
3/16/11--5:49 PM-- SERIOUS
irritant in front of warehouse.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
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