Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie 100 -- October 21, 2017

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Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter, teacher, composer, arranger and beautiful human being was born 100 years ago today on 21-October-1917.  Dizzy and his friend Charlie Parker were two of the founding fathers of bebop.  Dizzy influenced everyone. 





Thursday, October 19, 2017

1961 Jaguar/Cunningham XK-E Factory Lightweight Race Car -- October 19, 2017


We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos.

The Jaguar/Cunningham XK-E Factory Lightweight Race Car was owned by American rich guy and race car builder Briggs Cunningham. It ran in the 1963 Le Mans, but dropped out early because of mechanical issues.  (051/dsc_0156)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1954 World Series -- October 17, 2017


In 1954, I would have rooted for the New York Giants, who swept the Cleveland Indians.  This year, depending how the playoffs turn out, I will probably root for the Indians.  My dad was a big fan.  He got to see Bob Feller and Satchel Paige pitch in Municipal Stadium.  Willie Mays made The Catch off of Vic Wertz during the first game at the Polo Grounds. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jumbo -- October 15, 2017

Theatrical and Circus Life by John Joseph Jennings, 1883
Jumbo was an African elephant, born in Sudan and displayed in France and Britain.  PT Barnum brought him to America in 1882 to appear in the Barnum and Bailey circus.  Jumbo was popular everywhere he went.  In 1885, Jumbo was being walked through a train yard in Toronto when he tripped and fell on his tusk, which killed him.  Shortly after, a locomotive ran him over.  Barnum had sections of him preserved so he could show them at different places. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunset at Rockaway -- October 13, 2017


We had a nice picnic dinner at Rockaway Beach and watched the sun go down through the smoke.

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Consolidated Railway -- October 13, 2017

Official Guide, 1910
The San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Consolidated Railway used the symbol of a key.  The teeth were the ferry pier and the loops of the handle represented the major routes, to Berkeley, Piedmont and Oakland.  Itlater changed its name to Key System.

The ad is from the 1910 The Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Cuba, National Railway Publication Company.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Where There is Smoke -- October 12, 2017


Big wildfires have torn through Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties since Sunday night.  Mendocino and Lake Counties also have big fires.  Santa Rosa got hit hard.  Relatives have had to evacuate.  The air in San Francisco is full of smoke.  We could smell it in Pacifica when we left the house this morning.  Kids are being kept in the classroom at recess and lunch time. 

I took the shot looking down Fremont towards the new Transbay Terminal.