Wilma Cozart

by Harold Lawrence

In 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.

When 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?

WQXR 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.

The 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.

Over 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.

The 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.

The 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.

I remember 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 .

full story here

Wilma Cozart was the first woman recorf-producer of a major U.S.record company.






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 Station.


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 hospital."





"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."



"Myanmar democracy leader speaks to Berkeley crowd"
reports cctimes.com.

"Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging students at the University of California, Berkeley whose families fled Myanmar to help that country's poor.

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 immediately released."



"Woman Seriously Injured In UC Berkeley Shuttle Bus Accident" at foxreno.com.

"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 Street.

Late yesterday afternoon BPD confirmed a male body was found at 1634 Blake -- between McGee and California. He is believed to have been shot earlier in the afternoon.


our Councilman, Darryl Moore's

"Moore News" excerpt

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 here.

"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 documentary.




"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 trigger.

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.


 The Urban Adamah farm will be located on a parcel of land at 1050 Parker Street

Penndorf photo

the parcel

"This is good for the Soul" emails Gene Agress, Berkeley Mills owner.



Kubik emails

"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 us."








"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 Engineer"


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


Great 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.

Looking 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 did people.

But 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.

Some 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.

In 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.

Maybe 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 continues with

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 speeches.

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 abclocal.com.




"2010 Census Data for Berkeley" is at our Daily Californian.










Journal of Recorded Music

Lüchow's 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 the recipe:


6 eggs
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)

Beat 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 people."



"Golden Gate Fields inquires about proposed lab" by Damin Esper at insidebayarea.com.

"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" at marketwire.com.

"13th Annual L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Recognize Five Exceptional Women Scientists Worldwide."



"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 northeastern Japan

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.

 Japan's Meteorological 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 webwire.com.

"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, . . ."



Charlie Rose "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.









Dave Kruse on his roof

with just part of their solar array

Our Kruse plumbing has been "Voted 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 scientificamerican.com.

"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 at nytimes.com. 

"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 Judy Woodruff.


"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 Staff Writer.

"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 4:30 p.m.

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 said."






Kubik emails

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.


Merryll emails

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 couple was
confronted by two male suspects who intended to rob them. During the
robbery, Celedon was shot and his fiance was punched in the face before the
suspects fled.

Celedon was a Chilean native who had moved to Berkeley to be with his
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 closely. "

A memorial was held Saturday at which Celedon' s sister, fiance, and the Consul General of Chile Rolando Ortega were present.

Again Mary writes

"Alejandra 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 and stories.
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 good stuff

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 at   kalx.berkeley.edu
    That's the Scratchy Vinyl Show with special guest Victoria Vox this Tuesday at 3:30 PM.






Peter 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. "







Bob Kubik

practicing yoga




"Berkeley building sold for $18.5 million" by George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.

"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 actual quote.


And Patrick Kennedy just got reasonable financing on a good amount for his San Francisco project.




"Japanese earthquake aftershocks" at msnbsc.com.

"A time-lapse animation of the hundreds of aftershocks to strike Japan following a massive 8.9-magnitude temblor on March 11 ."




"Convert in Berkeley - U.S.-made casual menswear" Aaron Britt at sfgate.com.

"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 high.

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 Demand.'

The Symposium will comprise of a half day of presentations and exhibits featuring the latest technology development and products and services in the Biotechnology field."





"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."







Kubik reports

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 of religion.

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, California."




"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 March 17th


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 to bearinsider.com

"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.

Go Bears!

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.








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 dailycal.org.



"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




3/9/11--7:34 PM--SERIOUS 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.

3/12/11--8:07 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning gas odor, light head, mucus membrane irritation.

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.

3/15/11--1:16 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, warey eyes, itchy skin.

3/16/11--5:49 PM-- SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse.



Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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 at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.



Markets 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 and friendly.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Crooks."


Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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