The Year of 1933 (I was 6 years old)
What was happening in the World:
- 93% of the German voters elect Hitler Chancellor. He immediately begins his programs to exterminate the German Jews. The Pope condemns his programs.
- Albert Einstein arrives in the USA as a Jewish exile from Germany.
- Japan withdraws from the League of Nations.
- Indonesia begins its uprisings to expel the Dutch.
What was happening in the USA:
- President Roosevelt begins his major reforms to pull the country out of the depression. At his first "Fireside Chat" to the nation, he creates the NRA and ends prohibition. Immediately following this, some lunatic attempts to assassinate him.
- Congress creates the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to make jobs for the unemployed.
- The Navy launches its first aircraft carrier - the USS Ranger.
- The first drive-in theatre opens.
- The 8-hour day is becoming common in the workplace.
- Eddie Cantor is number one on radio with his Sunday night program.
- A major best seller is Lost Horizon. It would be made into a movie four years later in 1937.
What was happening in California:
- Work begins on the Golden Gate Bridge.
- A major earthquake kills 123 in Long Beach.
- Death Valley is officially declared a National Monument.
- Alcatraz becomes a federal prison.
What was happening in sports:
- In the Rose Bowl, it was USC 35 - Pittsburgh 0.
- In the World Series, the NY Giants beat Washington 4 games to 1.
- The NFL has its first championship game: Chicago Bears 23 - NY Giants 21.
What was happening at the movies:
- Best movie was It Happened One Night.
- Best Actor was Clark Gable in It Happened One Night.
- Best Actress was Claudett Colbert in It Happened One Night.
- Other great movies were:
- All Quiet on the Western Front (Lew Ayres),
- King Kong (Fay Wray),
- Frankenstein (Boris Karloff), and
- The Champ (Wallace Beery & Jackie Cooper).
Memorable Songs were:
- How Deep is the Ocean
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
- Easter Parade (Judy Garland)
What was happening in my life:
- At 6 years old, I started school at Garfield in Mrs. Bradley's 1st Grade Class (in Oakland, California). We were living on Foothill Blvd. across from San Antonio Park. We lived upstairs, and Ruth, Vasco and their daughter Gert lived downstairs. Gert was my age and in my classes at school.
- I was a pretty "green" kid, and Ma paid an older kid named Joe 25 cents per week to look after me at school.
- I remember wetting my pants and telling Eddie Rodriguez that I had spilled a glass of water on myself. I also remember a new classmate who gave a report to the class on her family's experience in a big flood they lived through back east. The family had just moved to California.
- At San Antonio Park, the Catholic kids from St. Anthony's used to try to jump us on our way home from Garfield. Later, we used to have Sunday football games here with the gang. There was one game where a big guy knocked my little brother Richard out cold.
- Grandma was a frequent visitor at our place on Foothill Blvd. She was pretty much raising Delores by now. Her mother and father (Maxine and George Berrera) were off on drinking binges most of the time.
- A major event in our life as a family was the Saturday visits to the 6th Street Market to buy the family groceries for the week. Memorable items were large cartons of homemade Cottage Cheese and Potato Salad, Ma's Salmon Salad and the huge frying pan filled with Van Camps Beans and "frank carters" (frankfurters), and "Haystacks" as a special candy treat. These were still depression days, and Dad had to feed a family of 7 growing kids on a post-office employee's salary.
- On special holidays like Easter Sunday, we would have picnics in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. This often included visits to the Aquarium and DeYoung's Museum. DeYoung's WWI Display was a favorite of both Dad and Bill. Sometimes we would end up at Ocean Beach and the Cliff House or at the Fleishhacker’s Zoo.
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Family trips to San Francisco in the early 1930s ---->
An Easter Sunday picnic in Golden Gate Park in 1933
Fleishhacker’s Zoo in San Francisco
The Ferry Building in San Francisco
Ma and Dad met here on a blind date in 1916
The Bandstand in Golden Gate Park
An extraordinary collection of photographs
Fishing Baja 2000
Fishing the Sea of Cortez off Cerralvo Island
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