Posts Tagged ‘wwii’

Take a Look at Japantown in 1942: “Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Oh wow, man. I’m not used to seeing outer Post Street from the pre-Redevelopment era.

Western Addition: Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel—Streets of San Francisco, 1942

(Then the people from SPUR came along with “ideas and action for a better city” to Urban Renewal this place with big, hulking, earthquake-unsafe buildings (“The Mall Has It All!” – that’s what the SPUR people used to say before they changed their name to hide from their legacy) and garages and that’s where we are today.)

Harlem of the West

Esquire: “For Sukiyaki complete with chopsticks, visit “Cherryland,” where only Japanese food is served.”

Introducing the “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – What It’s Like to Ride an Amphibious Vehicle on the Bay

Monday, July 14th, 2014

IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:

Taking the Kids: Quacking up and around the city by the bay

I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.

Here’s Captain John:

Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:

So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.

So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…

…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…

…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…

…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.

I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.

So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:

And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.

This was the late-starting 7:30 PM sunset cruise so things were getting darker as we made our way past AT&T Park:

You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.

This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.

Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.

Looking back at the Bay Bridge through Doris and Don Fisher’s Cupid’s Span skate park / tourist hiking platform – plenty of oohs and ahs at this point here:

Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…

…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:

These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?

And there’s your trip:

So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.

And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.

If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.

This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.

 

If the SFMTA Had Been in Charge of Fighting World War II, We Would Have Lost World War II – Fulton Street

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Together forever, in  Ignatius Heights from a few days back:

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PS: MUNI sucks. And San Francisco’s “strong Mayor” systems sucks as well. Perhaps there’s a relationship there…

PPS: Speaking of which, Mayor Ed Lee’s approval rating is now in the 40′s and MUNI’s on-time rating is down in the 50′s. Perhaps there’s a relationship there…

PPPS: An on-time rating is a fairly stupid way to keep track of MUNI, but it’s what we have so oh well.

And no one’s been lying
‘Cause we don’t lie any more

Better Know Your Local, Historic, U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers: “Rum, Vodka, Wiskey” Aboard Alameda’s USS Hornet (CV-12)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The previous U.S.S Hornet (CV-8) made it about a year before being sunk in WWII, so the Navy recycled the name for CV-12, the museum ship we have berthed in Alameda these days.

That’s your Lesson of the Day.

Now, pour yourself a drink:

Via Monica’s Dad – click to expand

What, a Family Foundation in Texas is Paying $100,000 to Study Moving the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier to SF, CA?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Apparently.

Some people think it’d be a great idea to move this WWII monster from Alameda to San Francisco, in order to get more visitors the thinking goes.

But where would we put it? 

The USS Hornet what didn’t get sunk by the Japanese Navy – click to expand

Seems like a long-shot, but who knows?

In the meantime, don’t forget about Living Ship Day, September 17th, 2011 in Alameda.

All the deets:

“USS Hornet Museum Receives $100,000 Matching Grant From Texas Foundation

KINGSLAND, Texas, Sept. 12, 2011  – The Wreyford Family Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA. The grant will assist in the museum’s relocation effort to move the USS Hornet to San Francisco.

“Our organization is proud to be a partner with the USS Hornet Museum on its relocation plans and believes that this effort will ultimately be as successful as the USS Intrepid and USS Midway are in their own communities,” said Deborah A. Wreyford, President, Wreyford Family Foundation.

For more information, contact www.WreyfordFamilyFoundation.org

The Wreyford Family Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization founded in 2009 by prominent businessman Donald M. Wreyford and his wife Annette. With keen interest in aerospace science, the organization supports The W Foundation and co-sponsors the “Navy in Space” exhibit on display during San Francisco Fleet Week.

SOURCE Wreyford Family Foundation

CONTACT: Deborah Wreyford, President, The Wreyford Family Foundation”

OMG, OMG the “Wings Over Wine Country” Airshow Near Santa Rosa Looks Awesome! Get Tickets Now for August 20-21, 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Oh man, your 2011 Pacific Coast Air Museum Air Show, Wings Over Wine Country, is going to be soooooo much better than the wine-sipping alternative, it’s not even funny.

Check the slideshow, baby! Check the FAQ too. Get your tickets here.

Via Tom Hardin – click to expand

So, take a vacay from your Sunday Punch routine and get out there – let’s hope that B25J will be on hand this year. (Don’t Mess With Texas, or Tennessee, or, well, just don’t mess with 12 machine guns when they’re all firing together.)

See you there!

All the deets:

“Here’s a sneak preview of just some of our 2011 Air Show performers:

  • 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Warbird Photo Hour
  • Radio-controlled model aircraft
  • Opening ceremony with local Police and Fire Departments commemorating the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
  • Eddie Andreini Stearman
  • Greg Colyer “Blue Angels” T-33 Shooting Star
  • Beale Air Force Base Military Flyby
  • World Class aerobatics with Aerobatic Competition winner Vicky Benzing in her beatiful Extra 300S
  • U.S.Air Force Reserve C-17 Globemaster III
    Aerial Demonstration
  • Mass WWII Warbird Flyby, featuring P-40 “Warhawks”
  • Tim Decker Pitts Special
  • Team Rocket
  • Dan Buchanan towed hang glider
  • More Warbirds – CJ-6s & T-6s
  • Greg Poe - MX-2 Aerobatics
  • U.S. Navy F/A-18 “Super Hornet” Aerial Demonstration (tentative)

Judge Vaughn Walker to Keynote UC Hastings Law School Commencement May 15 – Plus Honorary Degrees for WWII Internees

Friday, May 6th, 2011

All the deets, below:

“The Honorable Judge Vaughn Walker to Keynote UC Hastings College of the Law Commencement448 Students Eligible to Attend; Honorary Degrees for Interned Japanese-American UC Hastings Students

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2011  – The University of California Hastings College of the Law Class of 2011 Commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, California 94102.

The Honorable Judge Vaughn R. Walker, Retired

Vaughn R. Walker became a judge in February 1990, having been nominated by President George H. W. Bush and earlier by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate.  He was a judge for the United States District Court, Northern District of California, for the past 21 years and chief judge for the past six years until his retirement in 2011.

Walker presided over 8,000 cases, more than 250 jury and bench trials and numerous settlement conferences.  He is known for his handling of complex, high-profile cases in the fields of antitrust, copyright and patent law and in cases involving disputes over securities fraud, terrorist surveillance and same-sex marriage. These cases include his August 2010 ruling holding California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional; a 2007 multi-district series of cases challenging telecommunications carriers’ alleged cooperation with the Terrorist Surveillance Program of the Bush Administration; copyright infringement cases between Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation; and Oracle’s merger/hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, approved despite Justice Department opposition.

Honorary Degrees for Interned Japanese-American UC Hastings Students

Included in the commencement ceremony, UC Hastings will confer honorary degrees on Japanese-American students whose studies were interrupted in 1942 due to Executive Order 9066.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes and communities, sent to remote internment camps across the United States, and denied all constitutional rights. Approximately 700 students enrolled at UC Hastings and other University of California campuses were among the Japanese Americans sent to internment camps.

Those who did not return to complete their education will receive the honorary degree of  Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam (to restore justice to the groves of the academy):

–  Toshi Ando
–  Abe Megumi Fuji
–  Pearl Virginia Mayeda
–  Roy Gancho Mita
–  Kenichi Nishimoto
–  James Hiroshi Ogisaka
–  Clark Kuichi Saito (Expected to Attend)

UC Hastings also honors these students who completed their studies:

–  Victor Senjiro Abe (Class of ’42)
–  Harry Goza (Class of ’47)
–  Mamoru Sakuma (Class of ’49)

The Honorable Dennis Hayashi (Class of ’78), Superior Court Judge, County of Alameda, will give brief remarks and accept honorary degrees on behalf of students unable to attend. While serving as Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, Hayashi was a co-counsel in the renowned civil rights case Fred Korematsu v. United States. Korematsu was convicted in 1942 for failing to obey World War II Japanese American internment orders. Hayashi and the legal team successfully argued to overturn Korematsu’s conviction.

More Information

Important Commencement Notes, including tickets, graduation requirements, a “Grad Day To Do” handout, and a link to the Employment Survey is available through the UCHastings website (www.uchastings.edu) in the Student Services section.

About UC Hastings College of the Law: UC Hastings is one of the top-rated and largest law schools in the United States. Its 18,000 living graduates span the globe and are among the most respected lawyers, judges and business leaders today.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: $24 Million Worth of Art Stolen by Nazis Should Go to Owner

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide California museums that don’t give Nazi-stolen art back to the rightful owners. Even if that means that returning 500-year-old Adam and Eve will cost Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art a cool $24 mil.

Deets below.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Brown Defends Right to Seek Return of Artworks Stolen by Nazis

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Connecticut woman who seeks the return of a pair of 500-year-old paintings looted by the Nazis during World War II, kept for a time in the estate of Nazi leader Hermann Göring and purchased 40 years ago by the Norton Simon Museum of Art.

Brown’s friend of the court brief backs Marei Von Saher, who is suing the Pasadena museum over “Adam and Eve.” The two panels painted by the 16th century German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder are evocative of original sin, according to the museum’s website.

The works were confiscated by Nazi soldiers from an Amsterdam gallery owned by a relative of Von Saher’s during the war. From there, the panels were moved to Göring’s country estate near Berlin until May 1945, when they were discovered by American troops. The following year, they were returned to Amsterdam. From there, the artwork’s trail grows murkier, leading through Russia and to a sale in 1971 to the Norton Simon Museum, where the panels are on display on the main floor. The paintings were appraised last year at $24 million. A depiction similar to the “Eve” panel appears each week at the beginning of the TV show “Desperate Housewives.”

Here they are:

All the deets, after the jump.

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“She May Look Clean, But…” – an Uncomplimentary Poster from the U.S. Government

Friday, December 26th, 2008

You might have seen this one before. How wude!

This poster warned that even the perfect girl-next-door could not be trusted. In contrast to the cigarette-smoking, heavily made-up women in posters warning against exposure to prostitutes, this poster features an apparently average and conservatively dressed woman who might also pose a threat. Featured in the poster is the warning to all servicemen that “She May Look Clean–But pick-ups, good-time girls and prostitutes” could be possible carriers of infection.”

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Japanese American Experience at the Presidio: Return and Remembrance

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Aging veteran Thomas Sakamoto was honored at the Presidio Saturday for his labors during World War II and beyond. This is how it looked at the ceremony on Mason Street in front of Building 640, originally built as a 10,000 square foot aircraft hangar.

Colonel Sakamoto listens to Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine, who represents Japan in San Francisco and Northern California. “This is a history all of us must know.”  Click to expand:

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton spoke about the ongoing project to fix up the historic building. “Let’s get this done.”

The mise-en-scene:

A sign from 1942:

Read on for more details of the day.

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