Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December, 2020 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- December 1, 2020


I just put the December, 2020 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Ornaments at the Christmas in San Francisco store at Pier 39 Santa delivering presents on a single-ended cable car. August, 2017.

2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: A ten year update on the 2010 Giants Victory Parade.

3. Also on the Decorated Cable Cars page: Cars decorated for Christmas 2020 despite the pandemic shutdown.

4. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit the late Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables (21st anniversary this year), and the Decorated Cable Cars page.

5. Added News item about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Ten years ago this month (December, 2010):
1. The picture of the month: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner rides a motorized cable in the Giants Victory Parade on 03-November-2010.

2. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: The 2010 Giants Victory Parade.

3. On the UK page: A new article about the London's Euston to Camden Incline, an endless cable incline which took trains from Euston Station to Camden Town

4. With Christmas coming, it's a good time to visit Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables, and the Decorated Cable Cars page.

5. Added News and Bibliography items about an attack on a cable car conductor

6. Added Bibliography item: an obituary for William Frost, retired Cable Car Division Electrical Shop Foreman

Twenty years ago this month (Fall, 2000):
1. Picture of the Quarter: Geary and Market

2. Roll out Excerpts From The Octopus page.

3. Join more webrings: Funicular, Trolley & Interurban, Tram, and International Transportation.

Coming in January: On the Chicago page: More about the Chicago City Railway

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-December-2020)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2019)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)

Bette Midler 75 -- December 1, 2020



Singer actress and comedian Bette Midler was born 75 years ago today, on 01-December-1945.I think I first heard her music on KFRC. Later, I learned about her comedy and acting. We went to see The Rose at the Metro on Union Street. When my daughter was young, we all loved Hocus Pocus.  



Monday, November 30, 2020

COVID-19, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- November 30, 2020



We are still sheltering in place at home. By late November, over 12.7 million Americans had been infected and over 260,000 had died.

At the end of November, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties moved back to Purple on the California watch list. The third wave of COVID-19 is raging through nearly every state. 

Some idiots still refuse to wear masks. Restaurants that reopened for indoor dining have had to go back to outdoor dining. In Los Angeles, they have also banned outdoor dining. 

Early in the month, Good Shepherd Church in Pacifica started to have 11am mass in the gym, livestreamed with an option to sit in our car. We have been doing that. Now that we are back in the purple, mass will be outside with a car option. 

 My wife and daughter, both teachers, are leading hybrid classes, with some students in the classroom and others on a Zoom meeting. 

My COVID-19 beard is reaching Andrew S Hallidie length. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Wild Seas Don't Annoy These Passengers -- November 29, 2020


Seattle Star, 26-November 26-1920

In 1920, a Goodyear blimp began weekend flights from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Passengers went ashore in a motorboat. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Duryea Wins the Great Motocycle Contest -- November 28, 2020


Fort Worth Gazette, 29-November-1895

On a cold, snowy Thanksgiving Day, 28-November-1895, the first automobile race in the United States, sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald, took place. The vehicles were supposed to drive from Chicago to Evanston and back. Notice that the word "automobile" does not appear in the article. 

Wins the Great Motocycle Contest
The Result May Mark the Beginning
of a New Era in Dirt-Road

Chicago Nov 28. -- The Charles Duryea gasoline motocycle finished first in the Times-Herald's contest for prizes amounting to $5000.

The contest was in every respect the most novel, the performance of the winning vehicle the most remarkable in the history of the motor vehicle contests.

Monday night Chicago was visited by a blizzard of snow and slush that buried the roads and prostrated half of the telephone and fire alarm wires in the city. Wednesday the weather moderated and when the races started the streets were twelve inches deep in snow slush and mud.

In the face of this six motocycles made the start. The Duryea of Springfield Mass.; the Morris and Salem electrocycle; the Muller motocycle of Decatur, Ill.; the R. H. Macy of New York; the De La Vergne of New York and the Sturgis electrocycle of Chicago.

Thousands witnessed the fight of these vehicles against the fifty-four miles of slush which constituted the course from Jackson park to Evanston and return.

Five of the contestants passed through Lincoln. Duryea started at 8:55 and passed the auditorium, a distance of eight miles, an hour later. He made the finish at 7:18 p. m., completing the course in ten hours and twenty-three minutes. For miles on the West Side the boulevards were almost unbroken fields of snow bank and slush.

The fight for speed honors was between Duryea, Muller and Macey. Duryea is an American Inventor and his motor is a radical departure from that of the foreign type used on the wagons of his two competitors.

The carriage with which he made the race was manufactured two years ago. Since that time Mr. Durvea has made many improvements on his motor, but was unable to complete the work on the new vehicle which he had entered for the contest. He accordingly made the run with the old motocycle. The prizes will be awarded on the showing made in the road race, and in the scientific tests which have been made under the supervision of the best experts in the country.

For ten days these tests have been in progress and have been followed with great interest from hundreds of manufacturers from all parts of the United States. These tests will prove of great value. The Paris-Bordeaux race was worthless from a scientific standpoint, but the contest just closed may result in the establishment of reliable data concerning motocycle manufacture. The Muller came in second.

Horseless Age, January, 1896

Friday, November 27, 2020

Chevrolet, The Product of Experience -- November 27, 2020


Richmond, Kentucky Daily Register, 06-November-1920

My father was a Chevy man. He would have liked the FB 20. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Bird's First Recordings As a Leader, 75 Years -- November 26, 2020



75 years ago today, on 26-November-1945, Charlie Parker, sax player, composer and music visionary, made his first recordings as a leader for Savoy Records. Charlie Parker and his friend Dizzy Gillespie were two of the founding fathers of bebop. Bird influenced everyone.

There is some debate about who was there. Bird's friend and co-conspirator, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie,  mostly played the piano. Young Miles Davis played the trumpet most of the time. 

These records became very influential.