CIA analyst, John
T. Whitman at SALT II
Carol Whitman's Dad--Carol
of Potter Creek's Carol and Bob--was a CIA Soviet analyst during
the Cold War. In his role
as a Soviet analyst John was a CIA representative at the SALT
II talks. This month, some of his poems and memories
Has a mouth like a bow
And a medicine bag full of samples.
If your nose has turned green
He will tell you he's seen
Simply dozens of examples.
He's got pills for the pox
In his medicine box.
And powders for after-your-binges.
But if you want shots, Why, he has lots and lots
In his little prefilled syringes.
From John T. Whitman's privately-published
memoirs--John was a CIA Soviet analyst during the Cold War.
The Cuban Missle Crisis
The Bay of Pigs invasion
in 1961 took me and my colleagues completely by surprise. As a
Soviet expert, the CIA operators of this project had scant reason
to bring me into the planning. But my fellow political analysts
who specialized in Cuban affairs were kept equally in the dark.
It was the rule in those times -- and remained the usual custom
for a long time even after the rules were changed -- not to expand
the chance of leaks by consulting analysts from the analytic side
of the Agency. Nor was it a time when potential nay-sayers were
gladly sought out. Thus we shall never know whether those analysts,
freed of operational responsibilities, would have given emphatic
warnings that little support for the invasion could be expected
from the Cuban populace or armed forces. Given the operators'
commitment to the project:, it seems unlikely that, were such
warnings given, they would have been heeded. At any rate, I knew
nothing more about the Bay of Pigs than the average newspaper
reader and nothing more thereafter, save for an early indication,
from an enraged planner, about John Kennedy's crucial perfidy
in withholding air support from the stranded exile brigade.
Not so with the Cuban missile
crisis in October of the following year, which posed entirely
analytic tasks. The first reconnaissance photos of missile bases
under construction came in on a Sunday, and I was summoned to
an urgent meeting on Monday to look at them. We were all astonished,
including myself. In fact, two of my senior colleagues, older
and more experienced, spent the entire day arguing the photo interpreters
conclusions. It seemed beyond belief that Khrushchev could hope
to ship these missiles across the Atlantic, on open decks, construct
their Cuban launch sites, and deploy them against the US Bay of
Pigs fiasco and Kennedy's willingness to endure some bullying
at their Vienna summit earlier in the year to mean that Washington
would stand by powerless.
In fact, we were right to
be astonished. Khrushchev's venture was in fact foolhardy and
ended disastrously. Within two years it had entered the category
of "hare-brained schemes" which the Soviet press used
to explain and justify his ouster.But in the heat of the moment
we could only surmise that the Soviet missile deployment be-spoke
not only an extreme aggressiveness but also a dangerous contempt
for the Americans.
That first meeting broke
up with an agreement- -with two abstentions --that strategic missile
deployments were in fact occurring in Cuba and a decision to produce
a daily report on the progress-- locations of missile-carrying
ships at sea, state of construction of their launch sites in Cuba,
indicators of the presence of nuclear warheads, operational readiness.
This report would include the most sensitive categories of intelligence
and would be restricted to members of the ExCom, an ad hoc group
of the President's most trusted advisors, set up to manage the
crisis. Upon returning to my office, I check out a faint memory.
Sure enough, I found in an editorial published some three weeks
earlier in Pravda a long diatribe about Berlin, filled with dire
threats if the West did not recognize East German sovereignty
and allow it to regulate access to West Berlin. At the very end
was a short paragraph, also couched in the blustering tones of
Soviet propaganda, demanding that the United States keep its hands
Neither the tone nor the
content of this editorial was unusual. What was odd was the mixture
of two subjects, the abrupt swerve from a routine piece on Berlin
to the topic of Cuba. It was this which had caught my eye at the
time, but when no explanation offered itself I simply dismissed
it and went on. Now its significance became clear. We had been
given, inadvertently or not, a glimpse of an overall strategy.
Since Khrushchev lacked the power and, confidence to confront
us directly in Berlin, at the heart of Europe, he meant first
to cow us in Cuba, bring new nuclear firepower to bear on the
US itself, and in these dramatically changed circumstances, force
his will upon us in Berlin as the first application of the new
correlation of forces. This may well sound arcane to many, but
it was an established method of analysis by Western Sovietologists.
The extreme secrecy practiced by Moscow forced outsiders, and
ordinary Russians as well, to search for seemingly far-fetched
clues to Soviet policy between the lines, not only in Pravda and
Izvestiya, but in many other more obscure publications as well.
Allen Dulles was able to
make a great impression on President Eisenhower in 1953 when he
reported that the name of Beriya, the secret police chief, was
missing from a long list of Politburo members who had attended
the opera; Dulles could not predict Beryia's fate, but it did
not look good for him. Within a week Pravada announced that the
traitor Beriya had been unmasked and shot.
This, of course, was a useless
tour de force; there was nothing the US could do with Dulles'
information, though it did contribute to his reputation within
Pravda's Berlin-Cuba linkage,
on the other hand, was freighted with grave policy significance,
and I cursed myself for not having seen this at the time, though
I would have been unable to convince others of anything on such
sparse evidence. Such are the frustrations of Sovietology.
A better opportunity arrived
on the second day of the crisis when Pravda gave the first Soviet
public response to Kennedy's challenge to the Soviet deployments.
The United States was excoriated for concocting a crisis, for
fabricating evidence and dragging the world to the brink of nuclear
war. Toward the end came the key: in the face of this dastardly
scheme, "The Soviet Union will not be provoked. Instead,
as always, it will fight to expose the plots of the imperialists
and struggle to preserve world peace."
"The Soviet-Union will
not be provoked." I recognized this as a time honored formula
employed when the Soviet Union, having itself provoked, found
itself over-extended and forced to draw back. It was guidance
to the Party elite and foreign Communists that a retreat would
be necessary and should be portrayed as a contribution to peace,
with Moscow's opponents branded as warmongers restrained by the
wise policy of the USSR. From that moment I never doubted that
the crisis would be contained, that Khrushchev knew he was outmatched
and would find some way to satisfy US demands.
Later that day I was named
as the CIA member of a small group of Soviet specialists, drawn
from State and the Pentagon, to provide a daily intelligence analysis
of Soviet intentions. There were five or six of us, and we all
read Pravda the same way. Our conclusion was delivered to the
ExCom by our chairman, who worked for Walt Rostow in the NSC Staff.
I never knew how seriously it was taken--a common frustration
for intelligence analysts-- but when, a day or two later, the
Soviet missile ships stopped dead in the water, the meaning of
"the Soviet Union will not be provoked" became clearer.
That evening I came home,
tired and snappish, to discover that my childrens' school had
conducted an air raid drill. Carol, Stephen. and Davie had all
spent five minutes, with their classmates, crouched under their
desks. They wanted to know why. I was furious. Why should all
these children be frightened and bewildered? What sort of overreaction
was this? Didn't everyone know that Khrushchev was going to back
down, that there would he no war? It took me a while to realize
that our school administrators didn't read Pravda. But more generally,
I have never been able to shake the feeling that the Administration's
stance on the crisis was partly intended to magnify the danger
in order to heighten the President's credit in meeting and winning
it. Granted that these were rattled men, confronted initially
with a challenge that seemed both mortal and inexplicable. But
the subsequent memoir-writing of Kennedy's associates has done
little to curb this excess.
Finally, the role of Ted
Walker deserves to be memorialized. Ted was the funniest man I
ever knew, with an inexhaustible fund of down-home stories about
the eccentric inhabitants of Cepawlpa, Oklahoma, where he was
raised. Ted was assigned to the team which produced the daily
intelligence report on the status of the deployments. Each issue
contained a map of the United States, across which arcs were drawn
to indicate the range of each missile site as it became operational
in Cuba. For reference purposes, a few cities were indicated on
this map--New York, Washington, St. Louis, New Orleans. On about
the fifth day yet another arc appeared. It ran directly through
a small circle identified as Cepawlpa, Oklahoma.
Years later, Ted Walker met
a strange and sad end. He was working on the annual estimate of
Soviet military strength, a complicated and hotly contested document
which directly affected the size of the military budget that the
Pentagon would recommend. It was a grueling process; one of the
military participants regularly took a month's leave after its
completion because, as he confided to a colleague, "all that
Iying he had to do tore him up real bad." One afternoon,
during a particularly fierce argument, Ted suddenly dropped dead
of a heart attack at the table.
Sally and Suzanna had a garden
party on Sunday afternoon in January--sort of the celebration "My dinning
pavilion was featured in House Beautiful." And by mid-afternoon, Sally's pavilion and backyard
over-flowed with guests, among them movers-and-shakers of west-Berkeley
and dressed-to-the-tens Bay Area interior decorators and designers.
Champagne flowed and La Farine desserts dazzled on the dinning-room
table. But in the midst of all this sat the demure Dorothy Mitchell-Irwin,
now 91. Sally's cousin, she was down from Redlands for the party.
A Redlands native, Dorothy went to school there from kindergarten
to college, graduating from the University of Redlands in 1938.
After meeting her first husband-to-be on a Hawiian cruise they
married and shortly after moved to Honolulu. But they divorced
within a year. "I thought I was so smart, but I was so naive"
Dorothy remained in Hawaii
and got a job working for a civilian contractor to the military.
And so on December 7, 1941 she was there and remembers.
When I think of December
7th, 1941 I usually also remember the Thanksgiving before. My
boyfriend at the time, Hilbert Crosthwaite was a young Lieutenant
on the submarine, ARGONAUT. He had duty on Thanksgiving night
and invited me to join him and another officer on board for dinner.
(I don't remember what we had, but the Navy was famous for good
food.) While we were eating the teletype started clacking and
we could hear it. The other officer took the communique and read
it. The sense of the message, from Washington I think, was that
the United States had lost track of the Japanese fleet but that
it was still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
December 7 was on a Sunday.
When the telephone rang early that morning I ran downstairs to
answer it. (Later on one of our boyfriends put an extension upstairs,
but I was the one awakened and ran downstairs to answer it.) It
was a roomate's boyfriend, Warren Gardner, and he said: "The
Japs have bombed Pearl Harbor!" We had not been out with
him the night before, and anyhow he was inclined to play jokes
on us, so I said: "Stop yer kidding-and go back to bed."
"No," he said, "it's true, If you don't believe
me turn on the radio." So I did and this is what I heard
Webbley Edwards say: "And if you do not live throughout this
day, happy landings. The radio station is now going off air.`'
All the radios were off air so no enemy planes could follow the
beam into Honolulu.
Well! That got my attention.
I ran upstairs to waken my roommates and met with the same unacceptance
until out our upstairs window which overlooked the Ala Wai Canal
and the golf course beyond, we-saw a small white plane flying
low over the canal with a big red circle under the wing!
You can imagine we got dressed
in a hurry. In order to calm my nerves and keep busy I decided
to wash clothes in the kitchen sink. We did not have a washing
machine and as a rule we took our laundry to a Japanese mamasan
every week. I remember thinking: if I'm going to be a Japanese
prisoner, at least I'll have clean clothes. Later we were advised
to pack a bag and what we should put in it. We still had it at
the end of the war but we hadn't used it.
When we heard what we thought
was a bomb explode a block from our apartment we all ran out to
see what had happened and while we were gone the sink overflowed
and flooded the kitchen floor. That kept me busy too. Now I'd
have clean clothes and a clean floor.
Some Japanese bombs did fall
farther away from our apartment, but the one in question was an
anti aircraft shell which misfired from Fort de Russey's Battery
B anti aircraft Coast Defense gun. This was an Army Fort to protect
Honolulu shoreline from Diamond Head to Fort Armstrong down town.
Well fortunately that shell fell on an inter section of Aloha
Drive and Lewers Ave. It made a hole in the pavement that was
The Japanese bomb wiped out
a low income area of mostly Japanese residents and we thought
it was ironic they bombed their own people.
Now there's a beautiful hotel
for service people at Fort de Russey and a museum on the site
of Battery B, as it was called.
We kept ourselves busy all
day. Early in the afternoon one of the room mate's boyfriends
who lived in Manoa Valley came to see if we were OK. I think 3
or 4 fellows lived in the house. So we all piled in Fred Barnett's
open air convertible and he took the 3 of us home. We were driving
down Beretania Blvd. between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and
Thomas Square when we heard a terrible racket that sounded like
machtne gun fire, and we all DUCKED. A big PBY was flying overhead
and we were thankful it was OUR plane. But the noise was caused
by a flat tire. Auwe! We all piled out of the car while the tire
Those fine fellows opened
cans and fixed a tuna casserole that tasted mighty good. My two
roommates worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and one was a Home
Economist, so I'm sure we must have helped. I'm not sure where
everyone else slept, but I slept on the floor in my clothes.
I might add that we expected
the Japanese would come ashore at Waikiki.
Next morning one fellow drove
me to the Navy Recruiting office on Ala Moana Blvd . and I got
a ride to the Submarine Base Gate at Pearl Harbor. Then I started
walking to Kuahua Island (as it was called) where the Pacific
Naval Airbase office was where I worked, when a Press Photographer
picked me up and took me to the office. I'm sorry I can't remember
his name because he became a famous photographer.
The PNAB office was across
from Ford Island which actually blocks the entrance to Pearl Harbor.
The scene was horrendous - water was burning because oil from
the battleships had caught fire. They were still bringing in bodies,
both dead and alive. All of our battleships had been destroyed,
as they intended, but we still had aircraft carriers!
W. T. Owen was the manager
of the PNAB Purchasing Department where I worked. There were 8
or 10 purchasing agents buying materials needed to build the Pacific
Naval Airbases. There were 5 big engineering firms constructing
these bases. Oleta Stevens was in charge of all the girls (20
or 30?) who typed the purchase orders for Midway, Wake and Johnson
Islands. I called Oleta and she reminded me that on the 8th our
wastebaskets were filled with sand in case there was a fire when
the Japs returned. She said she urged us to work hard and fast
to accomplish as-much as possible in case it was our last chance.
She remembered that the OKLAHOMA
had capsized and by Tuesday the ship had been righted and all
the officers and crew were rescued. The
ARIZONA was never brought up from its watery grave.
The YORKTOWN aircraft carrier
was badly damaged during the Battle of Coral Sea in May of 1942,
and it was sunk during the Battle of Midway the following month.
The ENTERPRISE was badly damaged too. More about that later.
On Monday I saw a Destroyer
going out to sea that maneuvered back and forth like a car emerging
from a tight place. They'd had word the Japs were attacking Hilo
and were going out to protect the harbor.
The next day our friends
gathered to help us black out our our apartment. It stayed that
way till the end of the war.
The air raid wardens were
very demanding - not one glimmer of light was allowed to show
Naturally we were all afraid.
We really expected the Japanese to invade Oahu by walking in over
the reefs to Waikiki. Now we know they planned to start with the
Philippines and work their way across the Pacific. They made a
good start to this plan. Lucky for us they didn't know how easy
it would have been to invade Oahu.
Just before the Battle of
Midway it was very impressive to be aware of bombers flying out
from Hickam Airfield, next to Pearl Harbor, every few minutes.
We knew something Big was happening. It was the Battle of Midway.
At that Battle the Japanese lost 3,500 of their finest and best
Shortly after in June, 1942,
the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE, which had been badly damaged
in the Battle of Midway, returned to Pearl Harbor with a GREAT
hole in its side. Still, it was a magnificent sight to see this
huge ship badly crippled come back home to Pearl Harbor - the
crew and officers standing at attention on deck. It was thrilling,
and we were very proud. Until then I don't believe we'd been confident
about winning the war. But that was the beginning of the end of
what had been started for us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 194L
Although it took 3 more years of fierce fighting and a terrible
loss of life to come to a successful conclusion.
ago, my friend Takane Eshima gave me a copy of the book Day
of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor. The
author is ex-Oakland Tribune reporter/photographer, Robert B.
Stinnett. The book's thesis is that WE were sneaky about Pearl
Harbor. Although his case that FDR knowingly let Pearl Harbor
happen in order to get America into war is not fully made, it
seems clear Roosevelt finessed us into World War II.
of Enemies; the untold story of the secret American and German
collaboration to end World War II, authors Hassell and MacRae write of Roosevelt's
methods "FDR sized on information to use as a tool for power
plays among his key advisors. Richard M. Helms . . . recalled
that FDR also ignored 'intelligence that was inconvenient. . .
. Intelligence was important to [Roosevelt] . . . but he tended
to toy with it.' "
Tony Almeida's Jimi
page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
I'm told that Barnes &
Noble is closing their Shattuck Avenue store. Flanked by much
larger outlets in Emeryville and El Cerrito they're closing shop
here in a bleaker-than-not location.
4:11 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, use mask.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge shows .45 of an inch from yesterday till this AM.
"Berkeley officials seek fix for City Hall
writes Martin Snapp in our Times. "Berkeley Mayor
Tom Bates said the city may need to find a new place to hold City
Council and other government meetings after an audio malfunction
left residents unable to hear most of his State of the City Address
on community television last week. 'The sound system has been
getting worse and worse, but never anything like this,' Bates
said this week. 'We'll have to either fix it or move. We're looking
at both, really.' City Manager Phil Kamlarz said a study conducted
eight years ago estimated it would cost from $100,000 to $200,000
to fix the audio system. He said his staff has been huddling all
week with consultants including John Meyer, co-founder of Meyer
Sound, which has built audio systems for the San Francisco Symphony,
Berkeley Rep and Carnegie Hall."
So, . . . how about state-of-the-art
surround sound. Then you could play Hendrix before meetings!
One of west-Berkeley's Elders
comments on the Pacific Auction Exchange auction "It was
a dog and pony show." And, another informed source said that
it was NOT a distress-sale but the owner-developer's marketing
Steve, from Pacific Auction,
said that in Australia 90% of homes are sold thru auction. Interesting,
. . . if true.
And, after just a taste of
the "outside" real estate/development world, I'm seriously
considering a "Support Your Local Realtor/Developer"
Nick, a 900 GRAYSON chef
is also the drummer in the punk band, Sahn Maru. This March, the
band is going on tour in Europe and Nick's taking some time off.
Check out Sahn Maru here.
And 900 GRAYSON here.
The Wall Street Journal
reports that "U.S. citizens drove off three-armed muggers
that attacked their tour bus in Costa Rica. One man, 70, choked
one to death."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .65 inches from yesterday till this morning.
I'm told that Power Light
will move only their manufacturing to Richmond and that their
offices will remain in Potter Creek. I'm also told that the Richmond
facility is not yet ready.
Todays Pacific Auction Exchange
auction of the property immediately south of 2829 7th Street was
cancelled. The property is a lot with building-plans and city
permits for building. The minimum bid was 1.2 mil. The auctioneers
said it would cost another 2 million to build, though they didn't
seem fully familiar with the plans.
What can we learn from this?
Auctioneers from outside the immediate Bay Area are now interested
enough in Potter Creek development-property to hold an auction
here? This development market is now of sufficient interest to
be hyped for outside developers? Real estate auctions are now
more common? Nothing?
The autioneers had lunch
at 900 GRAYSON, filling 900's ten-top.
Margret Elliott forwards
us her email to Mr. Li Mandri,
"I have just faxed you
the survey of West Berkeley property owners concerning the formation
of a West Berkeley Benefit District. I own a residential property
at 1002 & 1004 Grayson. For years the City has denied us the
same services as other residential properties saying that they
cannot provide the service because we are in a commercial district.
A case in point is street sweeping. We have never had street sweeping
on a regular basis. Instead, the Public Works department historically
used Ninth Street, because it is so wide, to train the new drivers
of the street sweepers. This was accomplished by having them drive
back and forth down the street, usually at 2 a.m. This was not
done on any regular basis but only when training was needed. (At
the time I worked for the City of Berkeley, and discussed this
with the supervisor of the Streets Division, who explained the
lack of service and the noisy 2 a.m. forays to me.)
Now, because I own a residential property in a mixed use district
(it is not solely a commercial/industrial district and you should
revise the language in your documents to reflect this) I am being
asked to fund services to benefit commercial property owners.
Surely you can see how I might find this grossly unfair and you
will not be surprised when I tell you that I intend to protest
this to the Berkeley City Council."
Another quirk in our Mixed
Use Residential zoning? Another reason to rethink it?
Da Boz toots his horn!
1. Mayor Bates Outlines Vision
for Berkeley in State of the City Address
On February, I was honored to deliver my fifth State of the City
address as your mayor. In it, I talked extensively about how we
are building a truly sustainable economy and about our role in
the larger regional economy. In particular, I called for growing
the City's economy around innovative and green business, the arts,
and our unique and independent retail shops and districts. I also
outlined my agenda for implementing the bold greenhouse gas reduction
effort adopted by voters with Measure G in last November's election.
2. Berkeley Wins 2006 Accessible
As the birthplace of the disability civil rights movement, we
in Berkeley could not be more honored to win the 2006 Accessible
America Contest from the National Organization on Disability.
The award, which comes with $25,000, is truly a reflection of
the great people in our community and of our City staff that continue
to find new and innovative ways to allow everyone in our community
to fully participate in civic and cultural life. We will use this
award as an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to disability
rights and access.
3. Judge Puts a Halt to Athletic
Facility Over Seismic Concerns
A Superior Court judge issued a Preliminary Injunction blocking
the University from beginning work on their new athletic facility
next to Memorial Stadium. Judge Barbara Miller found that the
petitioners had made a "strong showing of likelihood of success
on their claims under the Alquist Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning
Act and the California Environmental Quality Act."
4.Robert Reich Discussion on Berkeley's Economy Draws Hundreds
Robert Reich led an inspiring and humorous discussion about Berkeley's
economic future late last month. The event, which I co-hosted
with Berkeley City College, focused on how Berkeley can retain
its culture and soul while still being economically competitive
in the new economy.
5. Measure G Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Initiative Up and Running
Last November, the voters gave the City a clear mandate to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by passing Measure G. Events and workshops
are being scheduled for this spring and summer as we work towards
a greenhouse gas reduction plan by the end of the year. Please
let me know if you want to be on the email list for this effort.
We have also set up a dedicated website to keep people up to date
on our efforts, announce meetings, and solicit feedback.
6. Thanks from the Alameda County Food Bank
I wanted to pass along a thank you from the Alameda County Food
Bank. According to the Food Bank, attendees at my December holiday
party donated 465 pounds of food, overfilling the four barrels
used to collect the food. This was the best year yet for donations.
Thank you to all who donated.
7. What people are saying...
"Berkeley is on the cusp of becoming a regional arts hub
and a national leader in the fight against global warming, according
to a vision outlined by Mayor Tom Bates in the annual State of
the City address Tuesday night. In a warmly received speech in
the packed City Council chambers, Bates described sweeping plans
to make the city a model of sustainability -- both economic and
environmental -- and a key player in region's future."
-- San Francisco Chronicle, February 14, 2007"
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
this week outlined an ambitious vision of Berkeley's future in
which the city will be a hub for innovative businesses, a cultural
center and a leader in the fight against global warming."
-- Berkeley Voice, February 14, 2007
4:32 PM--irritant in front
room, dry eyes, dry lips, nose runs, sneeze.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge shows .6 of an inch from yesterday till this morning.
Pete and Geralyn are doing
the KALX DJ show Sunday morning 6:00 AM till 9:00 AM. In addition
to their music you will hear Pohaku interview Keolani.
Old neighbors Bob and Paul
are in town on business for a few days. Yesterday they had breakfast
at 900 with Sally and Sarah--today with other friends.
It's real good to see them.
Our Janine Johnson emails
Hi, I think it's
high time I give you all a freebie. I am
about to record three suites I've written in the past: d minor,
major, and f# minor (whose Prelude has become so popular). I thought
it would be a nice idea to run the program as a concert beforehand,
this Saturday, Feb. 24. Let's do
the 10:30 AM format and I will bake cookies the night before.
Suite in d minor
A Little Bit Confused
Suite in D major
Suite in f# minor (for Tamara)
900 GRAYSON regular and trombone player, Mal Sharpe emails
about his Dixeland Band "Big Money in Jazz."
Thurs. Feb. 22 The Baltic in Pt. Richmond. 7:30 with guest stars
singer Michelle Jacques; Ned Boynton, guitar and Conga and
harmonica wizard Richard Mayers.
Saturday Feb. 24
The Savoy-Tivoli in San Francisco, upper Grant. Ave.
between Green and Union. 3-6. Outdoor Terrance on the street with
great people watching and nearby pizza. Great band featuring Leon
Oakley on Trumpet.
Sunday Feb 25.
The No Name Bar on Bridgeway in Sausalito. 3-7. Rare appearance
by clarinetist Jeff Sanford, the
leader of the Cartoon Orchestra. Pianist Si Perkoff will read
science-fiction novel in the corner during the breaks.
The property--a lot--immediately
south of 2829 7th Street will be sold at public auction tomorrow,
February 23rd. It is 9500 square feet and the minmum bid is $1,190,000.
For more information call Pacific Auction Exchange at 925-600-7766
or email paxbayarea.com My
understanding is that the site already has city approval for structures.
"Developer makes solar power standard:Builder
to include energy system in all new homes in Bay Area" reports Baraara E, Hernandez in our Times.
front room and in front of door, dry eyes, dry lips, use mask.
and his 1966 Chevrolet pickup
a Potter Creek wood-worker and member of the Heartwood Co-operative.
Kava has painted his 8th
and Grayson building a subdued grey with a soon-to-be elegant
Another manufacture leaves
Berkeley? Our Power Light is moving, I'm told. They're going to
Richmond and locating in the old Ford plant property, now being
to clean air unequal, study says" reports Denis Cuff in our Times. "People
of color bear an unfair burden of exposure to air pollution in
the Bay Area because they make up nearly two-thirds of the population
living within a mile of refineries, chemical plants and other
sources of toxic air contaminants, a new study reported Tuesday."
And, one paragraph is of
general interest. "Clarke [the study's author] also said
the Bay Area's air quality agency must do more to consider cumulative
pollution impacts in setting emission limits on industries."
"Green Neighbors: Winter Native Flowers:
Silk-Tassel and Leatherwood"
writes Joe Eaton in our Planet. "Along with all the
flowering plums, acacias, and magnolias, a few native trees and
shrubs are late-winter bloomers. Most, like the manzanitas and
flowering currants, are on the shrubby side. But coast or wavyleaf
silk-tassel (Garrya elliptica) is a bona fide tree up to 30 feet
high, showy in its own way, and amenable to planting as an ornamental.
There's a particularly handsome silk-tassel specimen on the University
Avenue median strip."
"Boom on horizon, analysts say: Venture
capitalists on consumer-oriented wave"
writes George Avalos of our Times. "A new posse of
fledgling Bay Area companies has appeared on the horizon and is
beginning to attract a fast-growing share of attention -- and
cash -- from venture capitalists. It's hardly time for software
and biotechnology to scoot over. Those long-established industries
still rule the roster of private companies that landed financing
from the venture industry during the final three months of 2006.
But increasingly, financiers are looking to bankroll companies
that cater to consumers, enhance an individual's online or communications
experience or are working to improve the environment or develop
alternative energy sources, data from the quarterly MoneyTree
"Home building hits decade-low point: Construction
of new houses falls 14.3 percent in January to its slowest pace
since August 1997"
reports the AP's Martin Crutsinger in our Times.
"Loan forgiven, not forgotten" reports Barbara E. Hernandez of the Times.
"Homeowners should know that although debt can be forgiven,
it's never forgotten. When a short sale, deed-in-lieu agreement
or foreclosure occurs and a residential lender loses money on
a loan, the lender will most likely file the loss with the Internal
Revenue Service, and the former homeowner may end up owing thousands
of dollars in taxable income."
"Jazz DVD a lesson in Americana" reports Chris Treadway in the Times. "The
musical career of the Heath Brothers spans the history of jazz
after World War II. Yet there was only one time that the three
brothers -- bassist Percy, saxophonist/composer/arranger Jimmy
and drummer Albert, aka "Tootie" -- were captured on
film while performing. That appearance also turned out to be their
final performance together, as Percy Heath died a few months later.
That final concert happened in Kensington, and the performance
and the story of the Heath Brothers has been captured for all
to see on a new DVD documentary titled 'Brotherly Jazz' that will
be screened at the Kensington Library on Feb. 26."
9:05 AM--irritant in front
room, dry lips, dry eyes, leave. 12:30 PM--Kimar stops before
we go to lunch at 900
GRAYSON. And, after a few minutes
in front my door rubs her eyes. "They're itching, let's get
out of here " she said. We do, and have two Tombos at 900.
Last week, the West Berkeley
Business Alliance sent out a letter proposing the creation in
West-Berkeley of a Community Benefit District--a community funded
district which would provide services above and beyond those offered
by the City of Berkeley. The Alliance's immediate concerns are
"cleanliness, beautification and maintainence of streets
and sidewalks, advocacy on land-use conflicts, and inadequate
parking." With the letter is a survey to determine the level
of west-Berkeley community support. The survey is being conducted
by their consultant, New City America. Any questions can be addressed
by New City's Marco Li Mandri (866)356-2726 or email at email@example.com
And/or, check them out at www.newcityamerica.com
(If you do not have a copy of the letter and survey, you can down-load
one from the website.)
If the survey indicates adequate
interest, a detailed plan will be developed.
In some of my earlier "Scrambled
Eggs" posts I wrote something like "If you want to find
out what the citizens want, ask 'em." These guys, in a way,
are. And if you don't think the survey deals with your issues
of concern, write 'em and tell 'em.
"Lack of jobs, accessible homes another
disability to overcome: Advocates continue push for equal opportunities"
writes Randy Myers in our Times. "In the 35 years
since the disability rights movement took root in Berkeley, changes
have swept the nation without achieving the goal of full equality.
On the plus side, federal and state buildings are more accessible,
schools are better versed in meeting special needs and perceptions
have largely changed."
3:49 PM--irritant in immediately
front of 2743/2741 8th, dry eyes, dry lips, light head.
Jeff Grey and his
Ford Rod--Jeff works at Consolidated Printing
Bob Kubik emails
This afternoon after our
morning conversation, I got to thinking about shopping on the
Internet--especially as I walked down 4th street. Defining retail
broadly as anything one might see in a store-front in a shopping
district or in a mall, I figure the chiropractors, dentists, massage
therapists, beauty parlors, barbers, yoga and dance studios, liquor
stores, grocery stores, gas stations, auto repair, bike shops,
women's clothing and shoes, gymnasiums, building supply, hardware
stores, convenience stores, restaurants and coffee shops need
not worry about internet competitors.
Some professionals may be
threatened or at least have their mode of operation changed, such
as accountants, physicians, psychotherapists, lawyers, and financial
Who WILL be threatened? We
have already seen bookstores, video rentals and conventional entertainment
and education facing internet competition. What about the Big
Box retail stores and smaller furniture, TV, or art supply stores?
They will have to face definite competition.
I think where one is buying
information, the internet will win. Where one needs something
right now or is shopping for fun, the conventional store will
The real unknown is how retail
stores avoid becoming unreimbursed showrooms for internet suppliers.
It may be that someone opens a show room that displays a range
of products for a fee and then offers the lowest price from a
guaranteed internet supplier.
"Home prices, sales sliding toward cellar" writes Janis Mara in the West County Times.
"Bay Area home prices slipped last month and home sales fell
for the 24th month in a row, a real estate service reported Thursday."
"Housing woes imperil economy" writes George Avalos of our Times. "The
setbacks that continue to plague the housing market could imperil
both California and the East Bay, despite the robust revival of
the economy in the two regions, a report released on Thursday
warned. Why? In recent years, jobs related to home building have
propelled a sharply rising share of the employment growth in the
East Bay and the state, according to an analysis of data compiled
by the state's Employment Development Department."
"France's women live long lives: Life expectancy
is 84 years, second to Japan, but more and more people are living
past 100, straining the government" reports Molly Moore of the Washington Post
in our Times.
10:27 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in front of 2743/2741 8th, dry eyes, dry lips, light head, headache,
chills. "And it's a stench, too" says Marsha.
At 6:05 this morning, two
steam-like columns rose from the ground in west-Potter Creek to
form an enormous, low, cloud that hung in the air, moving slowly
toward Emeryville. How big a cloud? It looked like the fog-bank
was moving in.
L.M. Boyd 1927-2007
"Squirrels are territorial.
They cover five miles a day."
Chris Saulnier of 900 GRAYSON
"Robert Lewis reports
in our Times that "Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates this week
outlined an ambitious vision of Berkeley's future in which the
city will be a hub for innovative businesses, a cultural center
and a leader in the fight against global warming. Although the
mayor's annual State of the City speech took an optimistic view
of Berkeley's prospects, officials at Tuesday's City Council meeting
were realistic -- looking ahead to troubling budgetary issues."
The full story is here.
Planning Department update is here.
in front room, dry eyes, dry lips, light head, leave. 5:20 PM--irritant
in front room, dry eyes, dry lips, dry skin, use mask, leave.
(Sometimes the irritant is similar to battery-acid fumes [diluted
sulfuric-acid] but multiplied.)
900 GRAYSON regular, Mal Sharpe and his band, Big Money
in Jazz, play regularly at the Savoy Tivoli in North Beach and
the No Name Bar in Sausalito--3-6 PM every Saturday at the Savoy
Tivoli and 3-7 PM every Sunday at the No Name Bar. And, Thursday
February 22 at 7:30 PM they'll be at the Baltic in Point Richmond.
Hopefully, the beautiful Sandra will also be there.
"Police misconduct hearings to be kept
private, court rules"
writes Kristin Bender of our West County Times. "Police
leaders on Tuesday said a judge's decision to close public hearings
of misconduct complaints validates officers' long-standing position
that their personnel matters should not be aired in front of the
"Cacao growing ever more chichi; Gourmet
chocolate expanding its hold on the sweet tooth market"
reports Lisa Leff of our Times. "Americans' love of
chocolate has become a dark and bittersweet affair, and it took
a former vintner to make it so. John Scharffenberger and Robert
Steinberg launched the first U.S. chocolate manufacturing company
in half a century, drawing heavily on Scharffenberger's refined
palate and his past as a maker of sparkling wines. Together, they
set out to do for dark chocolate what fellow Californian Robert
Mondavi had done for wine -- demystify, democratize and domesticate
"Housing fall hurts affiliated industries:
Loan, mortgage, real estate and construction workers are getting
less work or even being let go"
reports George Avalos of our Times. "The housing sector's
ailments have begun to sap the vitality of the job market in several
East Bay industries."
7:50 AM--irritant in front
room, usual symptoms, leave. 1:14 PM-- "hot-plastic-like"
smell in warehouse front, leave. 4:32 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in front room, dry eyes, mouth burns, throat burns, use mask.
6:29 PM--"hot plastic"
smell in warehouse front.
Quote of the week by our
Carol Whitman "Time tells, bullshit smells."
Not to be confused with my
friend Nick Despotopoulos' "Money talks, bullshit walks."
On February 7th Steve Smith
and his wife, Cleo Papanikolas, had a 9 pound 11 ounce baby boy,
Niko. More CONGRATS!
Joe DeCredico, architect,
is re-doing Marvin's--now Ms. Grossman's--building at 2748 9th
Street. It will be divided into four, two-story work-condos. Plans
show an efficient division of space with a three-quarter front-rendering
showing some lightening of the building's mass.
How busy was 900 GRAYSON
today? Well, once you pushed your way past the crowd waiting to
be seated, you had to wait in line to get into the john, before
waiting for a seat at the counter.
11:56 AM--irritant in entire
warehouse, usual symptoms, leave. 6:37 PM--irritant in front room,
dry eyes, dry lips, light head, use mask.8:29 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, dy eyes, dry lips, headache.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .9 inches from Saturday AM through this morning.
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.
"EU may make hurting environment a crime:
Executive pushes law to punish offenders with prison, fines"
reports Aoife White of
the AP in the West County Times. "Companies and individuals
found responsible for environmental disasters should face criminal
charges, the European Union's executive said Friday in proposing
a measure that would punish serious offenses across the 27-nation
bloc with up to five years in prison or a $975,000 fine."
Works for me! Let Berkeley
take the lead in the US.
"L.A.'s hot (and smelly) spots; Watchdog
group hosts 'toxic tours,' featuring poor, minority areas with
reports the AP's Noaki Schwartz in our Times.
I'd be glad to give similar
tours of west-Berkeley.
AND, a virtual tour of Potter
Creek's hazardous material users can be taken here
now. There is more hazardous material use in Potter Creek
than anywhere else in Berkeley, except possibly UC.
2:07 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY
in front of 2743/2741 8th, watery and burning eyes, burning mouth,
burning throat, headache, light head, nausea. Marsha has dry eyes,
dry lips, headache, light-head, leave. (Marsha's symtoms increase
dramatically on standing in front of 2741 sliding steel-door.)
3:12 PM--"hot plastic-like" smell in warehouse.
Thursday was Da Boz's Sixtieth-Something
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed 1.05 inches from Thursday AM to Friday AM and .9
from Friday AM to this morning.
There is salmon-pink dust
on our HEPA carbon-fiber prefilters again. This first showed up
when the welders pulled down their yard structures--I assumed
it to be years of liberated rust-dust. Haven't seen it since,
until now. Maybe it'll disappear when Acme finishes rehabing the
former welding property.
"Mayor Tom Bates and
Councilmember Linda Maio had planned a very civil two-hour evening,
focusing on Pacific Steel Castings whose 'burnt potholder' smell
and possibly dangerous emissions have been a community concern
for more than two decades.
It was not to be" writes Judith Scherr in our Planet.
And, just a lttle
ahead of the curve in urban-air Potter Creek
Marsha in her much-used
The West County Times
reports "Entertainment studio sold for $20 million. The Saul
Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley has been purchased by San Rafael-based
Wareham Development for more than $20 million."
What it doesn't report is
that the deal was put together by our Norheim and Yost.
Zu, . . . CONGRATULATIONS
to Da Gyz, specially Steve Smith!
CONGRATULATIONS to me, too.
I broke the story last year, months and months ago.
Our Anthy was out walking
Nikos yesterday. Dressed to the tens, she put Maria Callas to
shame. And, for just a moment, Anthy brought to life Kava's vision
of an urbane, metropolitan west-Berkeley.
"It isn't easy being
green" laments Kermit the frog. But how about being a Green
Business in Alameda County? Some facts soon.
And sooner than later, some
thoughts on the New Retail in west -Berkeley. We know what The
Old Retail is--downtowns, shopping centers, and little local business
districts. But what about retail in the fully developed internet
age. Can it be more than giant internet-accessed retailers, warehoused
in the mid-West?
On January 8th I posted
900 GRAYSON regular, Miltiades Mandros is an Oakland architect
and preservationist. Recently, he helped save a vintage filling
"Junk' collector buys 1930s West Oakland
Cecily Burt of the Oakland Tribune. "James Perry of
Castaic has a serious jones for old cars, old signs and treasured
"memorabilia" that many folks would sooner label junk.
Now he's adding to his collection by spending $1 to buy - and
thousands more to dismantle and move - a vintage gas station in
West Oakland. The collection of buildings that represents the
Jack Holland Oil Co. gas station at 37th Street and Martin Luther
King Jr. Way is a throwback to a bygone era, when a gallon of
gasoline was pumped by an attendant who not only topped off the
tank but checked the oil and washed the windshield. The buildings
weren't worth anything to nonprofit developers Community Development
Corp. The pump station had been set ablaze by squatters and was
headed for the scrap heap until local preservationists, including
Oakland architect Miltiades Mandros, pressured the developer to
sell it. CDC offered the buildings for a dollar to anyone willing
to take them away. There's a niche market for the station - its
old ornate gas pumps, air meters and signs that advertise now
obsolete brands of motor oil or petrol - but it still wasn't easy
finding a taker. Two collectors let the station slip by before
Perry, who owns two semi-trailer trucks and is manager of a sod
farm, saw it advertised on the Web site http://www.oldgas.com."
Damn, Miltiades is at it
again. He's found a Bakersfield buyer for another west-Oakland
filling-station, this one at 3884 Martin Luther King.
Member supported jazz station
KCSM-FM still needs some bucks.
Thanks to each and every
one of you who
pledged your financial support during our
Winter Membership Drive.
Although we all loved our experiment in
Less Talk and More Music, we fell short of our goal.
In order to pay our bills for the next few months
and keep our Spring Drive short, we are
asking you to pledge now and help us reach our goal.
So, . . . send
"Mobile lab measures air pollution:Researchers
use specially equipped vehicle to monitor air quality, with Southern
California roads as their laboratory" reports Janet Wilson of the Los Angeles
Times in our Times. "Determined to pinpoint what
kind of pollution is swirling in the air around the region's ports,
a crew of scientists this week began cruising Southern California
streets and freeways in a one-of-a-kind mobile research lab."
Hey, send that soma-bitch
up here and park it in front of my place for a couple of months.
9:09 AM--irritant in front
room, dry lips, dry eyes, light head, leave. 4:14 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dry eyes, dry lips.
Channel 2 News reports that
Marin County will ban the sale and use of non-EPA Certified wood-stoves
in 2008. But now they'll give you $250.00 for your old one plus
a $75.00 rebate on a future building permit.
"Housing market may soon affect jobs; Analysts
worry decline in real estate could tumble into other sectors"
reports George Avalos of our Times. "The East Bay's
employment market remains the Bay Area's star performer, but the
relentless erosion of the housing market could tarnish the region's
economic luster and darken the job outlook, a new report warns."
"Study questions conventional food wisdom:
Organic may not be healthier"
writes James Temple in our Times. "Organic became
the nation's fastest growing food segment largely on claims that
it's safer and healthier than conventional fare, but according
to a new report such conclusions are premature."
Pete's Potter Creek rain-gauge
showed .55 inches from yesterday AM to this morning. All of January
we had .66 inches.
"Report details housing trends: State real
estate group finds that more residents are buying single-family
homes, zero-down loans have gained in popularity" writes Barbara E. Hernandez of the West
County Times. "The state's typical first-time home buyer
is 35, married, makes a $10,000 down payment and has a $371,600
mortgage, the California Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.
While home sales have decreased about 23 percent statewide, the
study by the trade association also showed that 5 percent more
buyers bought a single-family home in 2006 than in 2005. CAR also
reported that the median loan amount for first mortgages for all
home buyers was $415,500, the median home purchase price for repeat
buyers was $618,000 and the median home purchase price for first-time
home buyers was $450,000."
The Wall Street Journal
reports "In home-lending push, banks misjudged risk."
HSBC Holding PLC--a giant British bank-- borrowers are falling
behind on payments and HSDC is hiring more collectors. "HBSC
said its subprime mortgage problem was worse than indicated. The
capital it sets aside for all bad debits will exceed estimates
by 20% or $1.76 billion."
7:04 AM--irritant in front
room, dry eyes, dry lips. 7:34AM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse,
dry eyes, burning lips, use mask.
11:14 AM--irritant in front
room, dry lips, dry eyes, light head, use mask. 1:14 PM--irritant
in front room. 3:14 PM--irritant in warehouse, dry lips, dry eyes,
Pete and Julie's next "Alternate
Tunings" KALX program is about the tympani. It will be broadcast
on Wednesday, February 21st between 9:00 and 9:30 AM.
Pete is also the KALX DJ
on February 9th and 16th in the eaaaarly morning--3:30 AM t0 6:00
"Black Oak not yet on sale rack: Independent
bookstore posted notice to gauge interest in buying store, but
is not shutting doors" reports
Martin Snapp in the West County Times.
In the news-paper version
of this story there's a photo of Don, and Bob Brown, the kindly
old book seller. I worked with Bob at Moe's Books and Records
in the '70s and '80s. One night, when Bob was walking home from
the Co-op with a bag of groceries he was held up at gun point.
When confronted by the punk who threw out something-like "Your
money or or life!" Bob threw back something-like "Fuck
off! The guy shot Bob in the stomach and so Bob spent some time
in Herrick. I still clearly remember him lying in the hospital
bed, wired-up and looking really pale. We talked and I handed
him some Mozart Lps as a get well present, hoping he would.
Moe's version was different.
He said Bob just wouldn't give the guy his groceries.
"Firm gets tapped for People's Park fix:
Cal selects MKThink to think up a more family-friendly concept
for now-unsavory parcel"
writes Kristin Bender in the Times. "Hoping to bring
all types of people back to People's Park, UC Berkeley has selected
a San Francisco firm to help guide the future of the problematic
"Affordable housing failures spur action:
Lawsuit against Pleasanton over lack of low-income units spotlights
push to make cities meet state mandates" writes Meera Pal in our Times.
"The Green Machines:Chevron unit produces
reports George Avalos of our Times. "An oil industry
stalwart is betting it can become more green and cuddly."
The Wall Street Journal
reports that "few home buyers chose to pay up for green features."
When KB Homes in Pleasanton offered eco-friendly wood for an extra
$3000 on a $700,000 home, few buyers were interested, and a Colorado
firm says few home-owners are interested in their $25,000 solar
panels--it has installed just three kits in six years.
"France leads charge on global warming:
Many nations -- but not U.S. -- agree to join environmental forum" write Angela Charlton and Seth Borenstein of
the AP in our Times. "Forty-five nations answered France's
call Saturday for a new environmental body to slow inevitable
global warming and protect the planet, perhaps with policing powers
to punish violators."
The Wall Street Journal
also reports that U.S. vacant home sales are at their highest
rate in four decades--2.7%. Economists believe that this is the
result of speculation and that speculators may soon start cutting
"Spare the Air nights may get chilly :
Board urges targeted ban on wood burning" reports Denis Cuff of the West County Times.
" Bay Area residents who were asked not to use fireplaces
on bad air nights this winter could be required to snuff out their
wood fires under a new mandatory ban proposed by air quality regulators.
The stronger rule would mean that the wood fires in fireplaces
and stoves would be banned on Spare the Air nights in the nine
Bay Area counties. Southern California also is considering a ban,
and one is already enforced in the San Joaquin Valley. The rub
is that violators are most likely to be turned in by neighbors.
Air regulators anticipate criticism from those who feel government
should butt out of people's burning habits. But failing to rein
in smoke would leave the public to breath unhealthy air, regulators
said. 'When your activity in the home is poisoning the air in
your neighborhood for a long distance around, that's when the
air district says, "Enough is enough,"' said Mark Ross,
chairman of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board
and a Martinez city councilman."
On 1/5/07, after neighbors
commented on heavy wood smoke in the air on Spare the Air nights
in Potter Creek, I posted
"More than you need
to know about wood burnng stoves including new clean-stoves, how
to burn clean with old stoves, etc is here.
The EPA's "Clean Burning
Wood Stoves and Fireplaces Program" is here.
new wood stoves burn cleaner."
"Modern wood stoves
burn much more cleanly than older ones and are more efficient
in producing heat. New stoves will reburn the smoke and cut the
amount of tar and gas going out of the chimney by 90 per cent.
They will also eliminate creosote build-up. Creosote is the flammable
substance that wood smoke deposits inside a chimney" and
more about alternate heating is here.
Check out "We can help
you to burn wood better" at
Read about combustion pollutants
And, check out the EPA's
to Indoor Air Quality."
A new stink in the Creek
1:23 PM--air filled with
a slight odor, like wooden pencils being sharpened--mixture of
wood and graphite, mostly graphite.
Today is the 38th
I spent two hours yesterday afternoon as extras
in a photo-shoot at 900
GRAYSON. Mark Compton Studios of
Berkeley were the photographers--very professional. Compton and
staff are putting together a photo-library of small businesses
for VISA's print and Internet ad-campaigns. All-told about thirty
people were there, real customers, real servers, real photographers,
real owners AND a faux chef and faux customers. 900's menu was
served with drinks. Wine, flowed, "bulbs" flashed, and
actors posed--all while we were being served. And a good time
was had. So when you see a VISA ad, look for the 900 setting
and some familiar faces.
Mark Compton Studios of Berkeley
also does work for Cameron and Claudia's The BARK.
I received this email yesterday--underlining
While surfing the virtual world of collectible motorcycles, I
happened across your pages. Interesting application of that word;
pages. . . . .
I did recognize your name however. Perhaps from the Mullis book-
which I lent out last year to who knows whom.
You appear to have quite a collection of machines. . . . .
And perhaps you would add me to your emailing list?
I've never seen Potter Creek, but it seems suited for a daytime
television show. I confess to not having taken the time to
inform myself of the recreational activities of my mailman or
Hmm, I am in fact mentioned
in Kary's "Dancing
Naked in the Mine Field." Kary, a Noble Prize winner
in chemistry, was also the Buttercup night manager.
"Black Oak Books strives to stay open,
but the times, they are a-changing" writes Heidi Benson in the Chronicle.
Columnist and national treasure,
Molly Ivins has died. Invins described herself "as a left-wing,
aging Bohemian journalist who never made a shrewd career move,
never dressed for success, never got married and wasn't even a
lesbian, which at least would be interesting."
BUSTED! Com'on Gavin, cheez.
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