The Broadcast Legends group announces that Roy Trumbull, a longtime El Cerrito resident and member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, has died:
Roy Howard Trumbull Nov. 28, 1939 – Nov. 25, 2013 Resident of El Cerrito Roy died peacefully 3 days shy of his 74th birthday at his home. Family surrounded him with love and life in his last days. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pat Trumbull. He is remembered as a loving father by daughter Erica Ilana Trumbull, and son David Ian Trumbull and as a loving grandfather by Loveday & Miles Harrison Trumbull and Isaac & Cedar Trumbull-Stearns. Roy was born in San Francisco to Lyman Barney Trumbull and Sue Helen Trumbull (nee Higgins) and lived most of his life in view of the Golden Gate Bridge. A broadcast engineering legend, he was honored by the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame just days before his final struggle to live a little bit longer in the shadow of a long battle with bladder cancer. As a testament to a life well lived, Roy will be remembered for the many stories he told and recorded as the Storyspieler (www.Storyspieler.net) and the folk songs he remembered and shared. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2pm, Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Center, Richarmond, CA (just off 80 at Hilltop). Please email memories and requests to be notified of the date and location to RoyTrumbullLife@comcast.net Donations in Roy’s memory may be made to the California Historical Radio Society www.californiahistoricalradio.com or Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond, Ca. or a charity of your choice.
Note the highlighted names in this article from the Dec. 10, 1949 Berkeley Daily Gazette.
The degrees of separation between Sundar Shadi, who started El Cerrito’s most beloved Christmas tradition, and the Grateful Dead, the San Francisco band that left a cult of followers as part of its legacy, is shorter than you might imagine. And earlier.
All three of Shadi’s daughters — Zilpha, Ramona and Verna — performed in concert with Phil Lesh, the future bass player of the Dead, 64 years ago this month with the Kensington School orchestra at a holiday pageant. The four were in elementary school and 9-year-old Phil (the Lesh family lived on Edgecroft Road in Kensington at the time) was then playing violin and would not meet Jerry Garcia for another 13 years. (Someone, somewhere must have a snapshot of this performance.)
You won’t find this footnote in the new documentary “Sundar Shadi’s Gifts,” but you will learn more about the man who gave a lasting gift and message to his community. You’ll also learn about the family that indulged Mr. Shadi’s passion for elaborate displays.
“Sundar Shadi’s Gifts” can now be streamed from the city’s website and will soon be available to borrow from the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., or rent at Silver Screen Video at El Cerrito Plaza. (Full disclosure: The author of this post was interviewed for the documentary.)
You can also get a copy when the display, now staged by a team of volunteers, opens from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly from Dec. 14 to Dec. 26. Or better yet, you can be part of the tradition by volunteering.
Mr. Shadi’s figures in their original location on the Arlington.
Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Phil Lesh, here performing during the band’s 2009 concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, got his musical start in Kensington. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)
Here’s young John Fogerty in what we have to assume was his first media exposure. This 1947 picture on the local page of the Berkeley Gazette has him shilling for the annual Country Fair on the playground at El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative. Lucile Fogerty, the mother of the future rock and roll legend was a strong supporter of ECPC, founded in 1940 and still in operation today. (The address of the Fogerty family home in the original caption is slightly wrong, since El Cerrito High is on the even side of the street.)
Support for co-ops was not uncommon in the Fogerty family. Robert Fogerty, father of Credence Clearwater Revival founders John and Tom, was made general manager of the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley in November 1944. According to the Berkeley Gazette item below, the senior Fogerty, who had formerly worked for the Gazette, helped found and managed the El Cerrito location of the famed Berkeley Co-op. While the item states that the store he had managed was at Colusa Circle, the 1943 telephone directory lists its address as 406 Colusa Ave., which would put it just north of Fairmount Avenue.
The dappled sky above the West County Times office at Marina Bay in Richmond was quite striking and somewhat reminiscent of … something. Something we’d seen somewhere, maybe in Berkeley a few years back.
The restored exterior with sign of the Riggers Loft.
A dilapidated warehouse building that probably shouldn’t have survived until now is the newest example of efforts in Richmond to retain and restore historically significant sites.
The Riggers Loft and Paint Shop, one of the few remaining buildings from the four Kaiser shipyards of World War II that once dominated the city’s waterfront, was an unlikely candidate for renovation, a point that was made during City Council discussions on its fate.
Wooden beams holding up the roof were rotting and the ceiling was on the verge of collapse. The original metal roll-up doors were rusting.
Today, there is new timber next to original pieces of lumber supporting the ceiling. The corrugated roll-up doors have been replaced and the outside has replications of the original art deco letters used for the building signs.
The building, located in the Port of Richmond next to the SS Red Oak Victory, was dedicated at Veterans Day ceremonies on Nov. 11 and speakers lauded its completion and addition to sites in the city’s Rosie the Riveter national park (see video below) before cutting the ribbon that dedicated the renovation.
And it appears that two more buildings at the Port of Richmond that once were part of Kaiser shipard No. 3 will be renovated.
In his remarks in the video below, port director Jim Matzorkis says negotiations are being finalized with the port’s master tenant for revitalization of the General Warehouse building and talks are underway on renovating the remaining cafeteria building on the port property.
Anita Black is presented with a plaque in honor of her late brother Bill Jackson, chief engineer emeritus of the SS Red Oak Victory. Notice the new and old timbers in the ceiling.
Video of the dedication of the Riggers Loft includes remarks by the port director on plans to renovate two other former shipyard buildings:
This view shows the SS Red Oak Victory at left, the Riggers Loft at center and the General Warehouse at right.
A closer view of the General Warehouse.
The long-vacant building that was once a cafeteria for higher up personnel at the Kaiser shipyard.
Maintenance delays between North Berkeley, El Cerrito Plaza on Nov. 10
We are conducting track maintenance between North Berkeley and El Cerrito Plaza stations on Sunday, November 10 which may affect your travel. From 9 am to 3 pm you may experience 10 to 15 minute delays.
We appreciate your patience as we work to keep providing you with the high level of service you rely upon.
You can get BART Service Advisories (BSAs) on your phone. To sign up for BSAs, please visit us on the web at www.bart.gov/advisories. You may also call 511 to get up-to-date service information.
No attempt is made to pretty-up this 1943 ad for Spam. The beans are caked to the side of the bowl and the slices are kind of plopped in. You have to admire the honesty and this could have been how dinner looked on home front tables at times.
When it comes to Span, one generation’s processed meat is another generation’s junk email.
Spam was invented/created/discovered in 1937, but truly became a household name during World War II, when cuts from the butcher were a luxury and luncheon meats were an alternative for providing that protein the family craved without cutting into the ration points. Besides becoming a staple in the lunch buckets home front war workers, Spam could be in the ration kits of soldiers and support personnel around the world. It remains a familiar presence on menus in Hawaii to this day.
It was the golden age for pork pieces repurposed into a loaf and shaped to fit into a rectangular can that requires a key to open and Spam wasn’t the only contender in the field challenging for the crown. Besides Spam, the entries (alphabetically) included Mor from Wilson & Co. Meats, Prem from the Swift Premium Family of fine foods, and Treet, the horse Armour Star had in the race. All were shipped to our fighting forces overseas during the war and tins were doubtless traded for with the locals for needed commodities.
With the public having acquired a taste for the product, all four continued to market heavily after the war. It may have been one of the “mystery meat” entrees in your school cafeteria.
Mor is gone, from what we can find; Treet carries on under Pinnacle Foods; owner of Armour Star; the Prem brand carries on as well, but Spam is the clear winner, name associations and all.
Col. Sanders wasn’t as big about chicken in 1943, apparently.
A July 1941 ad for Prem shows a couple unaware they will soon be eating the product regulary.
Armour Star went low-budget with this 1945 black and white ad, but knew its audience. It appeared in Family Circle, at the time a free magazine available in chain groceries.
North Berkeley and Albany (and the southern part of El Cerrito) still did not have direct dialing in 1939, and it looked like they would have to wait until 1940 for it.
Pacific Telephone & Telegraph received a permit from Berkeley to construct a $100,500 exchange (prefix) building at Solano and Ventura avenues that would provide the first dial service to the area, as the Oakland Tribune reported on New Year’s Eve of 1939 (above). The ornate brick building, still standing today and now carrying the AT&T logo (the historic name of Pacific Telephone’s parent company), is one of the more overlooked structures on Solano, even though it is at a prominent corner. You may recognize it from the Google Street View at this link.
The (52) LAndscape telephone exchange is still used in Albany, North Berkeley and El Cerrito and the post office across the street at 1831 Solano is called the Landscape Station.
So why is part of El Cerrito included in the exchange? When PT&T was wiring its network early in the century, the southern part of El Cerrito was connected out of Berkeley, the northern part out of Richmond. As a result, well into the 1940s, the southern part of the city could call Berkeley and Oakland with no added charge, while the northern part had to pay toll fees. The phone company, through its many changes of ownership in the last 30 years, still continues this division by distributing Oakland telephone directories to the southern half of El Cerrito and West County (Richmond) directories to the northern half.
By 1943, cities from Oakland through Richmond had dial service and new seven-digit phone numbers. (Cities in less populated central Contra Costa kept six-digit phone numbers into the 1950s.)
Those who wonder what telephone exchanges are can learn about them at this link.
PT&T explains service areas, exchanges and toll charges in its 1943 directory.
Pacific Telephone explains to customers how to properly use dial telephone service.
The following notice was sent out today by the Albany Community Development Department:
Notice of Public Hearing of the
City of Albany Planning & Zoning Commission
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 pm
Location of Meeting: City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue
Applicant: Oppidan Development (retail)
Belmont Village (senior housing)
Subject of Meeting: 1075-1095 Monroe St/1100 San Pablo Ave
UC Village Mixed Use Development
The 6.3-acre project site in University Village is located to the northwest and
southwest of the Monroe Street/San Pablo Avenue intersection. The proposed
project includes a 27,500 sq. ft. grocery store, 18,000 sq. ft. of retail space, and
a 175-unit senior housing project. Action may be taken on applications for
tentative parcel map and design review.
The following announcement was issued by the dental office of Linh Cao-Chan in El Cerrito:
It’s that time of year again- Halloween, and the huge amount of candy our kids bring
home from trick or treat! Our dental office is sponsoring our 3rd annual Halloween
Candy Buy Back on Wednesday November 6 at 3:30-5:30 pm. We’ll buy back UNOPENED candy
from your kids for $1/pound, and donate proceeds to Operation Gratitude, and they’ll
ship the candy to troops stationed overseas. So convince your kids to trade in the
sweets for some cash, and hopefully spare the cavities!
When: Wednesday November 6th at 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Linh Cao-Chan DDS
10110 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530