Friday, February 12, 2016

Joe Alioto 100 -- February 12, 2016

El Tecolote Archive

San Francisco Mayor Joe Alioto was born on 12-February-1916.  I remember when he beat Harold Dobbs and became mayor in 1968.  My relatives were proud to have the first Italian in the office since Angelo Rossi.

A lot of bad things happened while he was mayor, including the police strike, the SLA, the Zodiac killings and the Zebra murders.

Look Magazine smeared his character, accusing him of being involved with the Mafia.  Italian-American politicians didn't get much respect.

He ate at my grandfather's restaurant.

I remember he wore beautiful suits and he had a big smile.


Picture of the Week will appear tomorrow.  

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