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Archive for April, 2007

Gambling Mecca

San Pablo used to be a kind of wide-open gambling area. It wasn’t a “town” but an unincorporated area in Contra Costa County. San Pablo Avenue running north between El Cerrito and the bottom of the old Tank Farm Hill was lined with drinking establishments and each establishment had it’s room in the back, ususlly for poker.

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International Settlement

Taken in the International Settlement in 1943. This is my mother and her first cousin. He was in the Army and waiting to be sent to the South Pacific. My mother worked as a waitress in a restaurant on 7th Street between Market and Mission. At the time, we were living on Mission in Daly City near the old Mission Bell Motel.

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Kezar Stadium

How many of you remember Kezar Stadium when the Niners Played there? You actually felt like you were sitting on top of the players. You could clearly see their faces and hear the quarterback as he counted down. The quarterback when I used to walk there from 7th and Market (lots of energy in those days) was Frankie Albert, who always jumped in the air to throw his passes. The guy was fantastic. Frankie was a Stanford grad and made at least one Hollywood movie.

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SFist and SFBG are a couple of good sites. Both are all-inclusive, but SFBG’s Politics blog is quite good. A couple of others are Fog City Journal and Beyond Chron. Very good sites.

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