I heard that Jaime Escalante has died. Great man, great teacher.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The image is from a wonderful site called Cover Browser: http://www.coverbrowser.com/.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
We went to Palm Sunday mass at Good Shepherd. I took the collection. My wife and I were eucharistic ministers. I passed out palms after.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The first three disks feature his Sennett films, the surviving shorts and the restored feature His First Flame. I had seen "Saturday Afternoon" many many times, but I had seen only one or two of the others. Extras include the surviving fragment of one of his Sol Lesser shorts and some of his Sennett films which had been butchered for television presentation.
The fourth disk has a couple of his talkies, a special short he did for Roach to introduce him to exhibitors, a soundie, and home movies.
I feel I know Harry Langdon better now.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
He left hand, foot, and profile prints in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese on 05-September-1940. DSCN4142. I took this on 18-July-2009.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I was standing up at the corner taking a photo of another house and two ladies pulled up in a fancy car and the driver said "Excuse me, do you know where Nancy Pelosi's house is?" I said I didn't and they drove away. After I got what we call an "uh-oh" feeling. I wonder if they were going there to protest. Or egg the house.
It was sunny and not particularly warm.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Today is also the first day of Spring.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
On Monday, 15-March-2010, Angels Flight returned to operation. The original Angels Flight (no apostrophe) opened in 1901. Colonel J W Eddy, an old associate of Abraham Lincoln, built the line to carry passengers up to the splendid homes on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles. The fare was one cent. The two cars carried passengers without a single fatal accident until 1969, when the city redeveloped the area. The city saved the cars and other relics and promised to rebuild the line.
The new line, operated by the Angels Flight Railway Foundation, opened in 1996, about a block away from the original site. Critics charged that the new system left out some of the safety features of the old. A fatal accident in 2001, when one of the cars ran away, proved that the critics were right. The line sat in limbo for almost ten years, but the line has now been restored and the system redesigned to be safer.
I'm happy to see it back and I look forward to riding Angels Flight. Learn more about it on my Cable Car Home Page: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/index.html
Monday, March 15, 2010
It was relatively warm today.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
It was a little warmer today, and very clear. We took a drive up to Broadway and there were lots of sailboats on the bay.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This is my 600th post.
Friday, March 12, 2010
It was not as cold this morning. It started raining hard late in the morning.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
It was 38F when I got in the car this morning. 41F at the BART station.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Doctor Peter Henri Van Der Weyde wrote the series of articles which gave this blog its name. Among his many accomplishments was taking some of the first Daguerreotypes in the United States. PH's son Henry Van Der Weyde served in the Union Army during the Civil War and later emigrated to England, where he became a popular photographer and a pioneer in taking photographs with artificial light.
This article, from the December, 1898 Broadway Magazine, concerns PH's grandson, William Manley Vander Weyde (that's how he spelled the family name), who followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle.
VANDER WEYDE'S "NEWS-PHOTOGRAPHY."
By CHAUNCEY MONTGOMERY M'GOVERN.
"VANDER WEYDE? Why, who is this chap Vander Weyde, anyhow?"
This question has been asked many times by people in all parts of America who read the up-to-date illustrated daily, weekly, and monthly publications that call New York City their home. One can scarcely pick up two consecutive copies of progressive newspapers like the World and Journal, The Illustrated American, Harper's Weekly or Munsey's Magazine without seeing on one or more of the most absorbing pictures the legend, "Copyright by Vander Weyde."
These words are never found on a "slow" picture. The legend always guarantees that the subject of the picture is one in which the people have a vital interest.
The gentleman in question is William Manley Vander Weyde. No doubt, countless people will say, "That information is no information," for so extreme is the modesty of Mr. Vander Weyde that outside of a limited coterie of working journalists he has never pushed his own personality forward, although in his twelve years of continuous residence in New York City he has ably filled some of its choicest journalistic berths.
Mr. Vander Weyde's department in photography is one of his own invention. When the progressive newspapers began to devote so much attention to illustrating from photographs a year or two ago, Mr. Vander Weyde was pained to see that while the articles were of the mind-absorbing character, the photographs as a rule were of the dull, haphazard style.
Mr. Vander Weyde, being a photographer in an amateur way himself, resigned his position as a writer and struck out for the new field of "News-Photography," and his success, though constantly on the increase, was assured from the very first.
There were other reasons besides his journalistic experience why Mr. Vander Weyde's "News-Photography" should have met with its wide public approbation. From each of three celebrated ancestors he has inherited one distinct talent. His father was John J. Vander Weyde, for many years editor and proprietor of the South American Review, the best known newspaper in the republic of Uruguay. His grandfather was Prof. P. H. Vander Weyde, the eminent scientist, author and inventor, who, with Prof. John W. Draper, made at the University of the City of New York the first photograph ever made anywhere in the United States. Another ancestor is Roger Vander Weyden, the famous Dutch painter, whose works are displayed among the "Old Masters' Collection" at the Metropolitan Museum, in this city. Mr. Vander Weyde is also a nephew of Henry Vander Weyde, whose famous "Light Studio" in London has made his name known throughout all England.
Mr. Vander Weyde was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, twenty-eight years ago, and remained there until his surviving parent died when he was only ten years of age. He lived with relatives in New Orleans up to the time that he entered newspaperdom in this city in 1886. He was founder of Doings, a Brooklyn society magazine, and has since been connected with the editorial departments of the Recorder, Times, Journal, Post and World.
Friday, March 5, 2010
The Ocean Shore Railroad has been gone since 1921. The Kelly Avenue Station in Half Moon Bay has travelled more than most buildings. It started out near Kelly Avenue, closer to the coast. Some time after the railroad ceased operations in 1920 or 1921, it was moved to Kelly and Main. Around 1930, it moved again to Johnston and Miramontes Streets, behind the Community Methodist Church. A Bank of America, now serving as City Hall, replaced it at Kelly and Main. The church needed to expand, so the station moved once more in 2000 to its present location, near the Johnston House. My daughter found it amusing that a Jazzercise class was going on when we stopped to take a photo on 08-February-2010.
It was very cold today. I walked down to the Ferry Building at lunch time and took videos of ferries.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
It was raining hard when I left the house this morning. The newspaper was far from the door, in the flowerbed out front. I picked it up and tripped on the sprinkler head in the corner. During the day the weather alternated between violent rain and bright sun.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
It was raining violently when I left the house this morning.
Monday, March 1, 2010
The image comes from a wonderful resource, all issues of Flight magazine from 1909 to 2005: