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Fishing the Sea of Cortez off Cerralvo Island
The Year of 1957 (I was 30 years old)
What was happening in the world:
- After years of struggle, Kenya wins its freedom from Britain.
- Russia shocks the USA by launching Sputnik, the first man-made satellite.
- Egypt and Israel are at war.
What was happening in the USA:
- USA ends its occupation of Japan.
- Governor Faubus forbids racial integration in Arkansas schools. Ike sends federal troops to enforce it.
- Jimmy Hoffa is arrested by the FBI.
What was happening In California:
- A big earthquake rocks San Francisco.
- Two major deaths in Hollywood:
- Humphrey Bogart of cancer at 57
- Oliver Hardy at 65
What was happening in sports:
- In the Rose Bowl, it was Iowa 35 - Oregon State 19.
- In the World Series, it was Baltimore over the Yankees 4 games to 3.
- In the NFL championship game, it was Detroit 59 - Cleveland 14.
- NFL Player of the Year was Y.A. Tittle of San Francisco.
- The Heisman Trophy went to John Crow of Texas A&M.
- The national champions of College Football was Auburn.
- The national champions of College Basketball was North Carolina.
- The NBA champion was Boston.
What was happening at the movies:
- Best movie was Bridge on the River Kwai.
- Best actor was Alec Guiness in Bridge on the River Kwai.
- Best actress was Joanne Woodward in Three Faces of Eve.
- Other great movies were:
- 12 Angry Men (Henry Fonda)
- Funny Face (Barbara Streisand)
- God Created Women (Bridget Bardot)
- Tammie (Debbie Reynolds)
Memorable songs were:
- Tammie (Debbie Reynolds)
- Rhinestone cowboy (Glen Campbell)
- When the saints go marching in (Louis Armstrong)
What was happening in my life:
- In January, I moved from my place at 609 11th street to a boarding house called Lily Inn at 1419 P Street. It was still in the downtown area, but I wanted to have a change after living alone in an apartment for the last 2 ½ years. The group at the boarding house was mostly an older group.
- I remember one guy in particular and his name was Bill MacFarlane. He was in his late fifties. He had been in the Merchant Marine Service, but because of a shipboard injury he had been given a medical discharge. He was in poor health, and sometimes couldn't leave his room to go to the dining room. One Sunday night he was having real problems, and he asked me if I would get his prescription filled for him at the pharmacy at 28th and K Streets. The pharmacy was on the ground floor of a huge old tavern that dated back to the 1850s and the stagecoach days. He also asked me to get him a hamburger and milkshake at Harvey's Drive-in on Broadway because he couldn't make it to the dining room for dinner. I left the prescription and food with him about 9:30 PM. Next morning at breakfast, they told me the old guy had died in his sleep.
- About a month after this, I got a call from Ma telling me that Barbara had a miscarriage and lost twin babies. A couple of nights later, I went with Rich and Barbara to the Tower Record Store on Broadway - they were both feeling pretty low about their loss.
- In June, I finished my 2 year course at Sacramento City College and graduated with distinction with an AA Degree. I had done very well in my studies, and it was a good feeling to "make up" for my failure at Arts and Crafts. I remember spending time trying to copy the work of the master painters to see how close I could come to do what painters like Goya and El Greco had done. I did especially well trying to copy the great painting of the Madonna by El Greco. In 1983 - 27 years later - I saw the original of this magnificent painting at the Prado Gallery in Madrid.
- In the early summer of 1957, Tom (now 15) made his 3rd and last solo trip to Sacramento. On Saturday afternoon, we went Striper fishing at Montezuma Slough on Grizzly Island. We caught a-nice 3 lbs. Striper and they cooked it for us at the Lily Inn.
- That evening I took Tom to his 1st Rock and Mineral Show at the Turn Vereign Hall on J Street. We bought a nice split geode and each kept half of it. I still have my half.
- On Sunday, we visited Sutter's Fort where John Sutter in 1840 built the little settlement that grew into the present-day city of Sacramento. We played a noisy game of war (cards) on my bed at the Lily Inn until it was time for Tom to catch the Greyhound back to Oakland.
- In July, our family made it’s last trip to Long Beach. Things had begun to change there now, and Venetian Square was now more of a place for retired people than for vacationers. Most of the trip involved visiting Pat and Bob in San Diego.
- I remember we visited the Cabrillo Monument at the tip of Point Loma, and had an excellent overlook-view of San Diego and its bay.
- We visited Tijuana - it seemed much different now than it had back in the days of Rich and I and our straw horses. Rich wasn't with us now, it was Ma, Dad, Bet (an older sister, Tom (my younger brother), Ele (another older sister), Denage, Yvette (both Ele’s daughters) and I. (Denage was 6 and Yyette was almost 5). We also visited Balboa Park and the famous San Diego Zoo.
- Pat served her famous Chicken Pies (we all thought she made them, but found out later, they were store-bought). This was the time that Bob, Tom, Jim, and I took a trip to the San Diego marina and a fisherman gave us a huge Bonito. Bob took it home and barbecued it and Pat (my oldest sister) wasn't very happy about this.
- In the fall, I signed up for 3 art classes at Sacramento State. I had taken all the art classes at City College by now, and I was looking for ways to continue my education in Art. Unfortunately, Sacramento State didn't have anything in the Biological Illustration specialty.
- I took a course in the history of modern art and for the first time learned about the famous painters of the past. I was especially impressed by the Spanish painters (Goya and El Greco), and the painters of the French Impressionists (Renoir, Degas, and Toulouse Lautrec). For the 1st time, my interest in art began to move away from the mere "photographic" image. (I got an "A").
- I also took a class in Printmaking with a Mr. Bohr, and for the 1st time got into making lithograph prints on a stone and engraved prints from a copper plate. I did very well at it and got another "A". One of my engravings of Dad was published in the Sacramento Bee and put on exhibit in the Prints Room of the State Library.
- Doing grease-pencil sketches on a lithograph stone, I produced a 5-color-overlay of a GI and a Korean orphan).
- I also did my most involved Serigraph to date – a 24-color-overlay of Yvette as a 5-year-old. I had already done slikscreening in the Air Force and at Cardinal-Inks. The 24-color job was different than my previous work in that it involved making grease-pencil sketches on silk, then covering the screen with a glue-base wash, then using turpentine to wash out the grease-pencil to produce a "stencil". It was very interesting.
- My 3rd class at Sacramento State was in Advanced Drawing with a guy named Tarmo Pasto. He was famous in art circles and he liked my work because he saw it as "plastic". According to him, anything that was "plastic" in art was good. I got another "A".
- At Thanksgiving, when I was home at Damuth (Oakland, CA), Hank, Tom, Mannie, and I went on an all-day fishing trip to Sherman Lake in the Delta to fish for Striped Bass. Ma only let Tom go after we all lied about not going out in a boat. Actually, we spent the entire day in a boat. It was cold weather fishing in November, but I caught a huge 16-lbS. Striper. It was my first "big" fish, and I was amazed at how powerful a big fish is when he is fighting for his life. We were using sardines for bait - a very smelly affair, and guess what Mannie had brought for lunch - a sardine sandwich. None of us could stand to watch him eat it. (I was 30 and Tom was 15).
- At Christmas I had to ride the train home to Oakland because the Greyhound was on strike. The depot was way down in West Oakland, and in the dark on a Friday night I hiked all the way through West Oakland to the bus stop at Broadway and MacArthur Blvd. Oakland's newest supermarket, Andrew Williams, was across from the bus stop in those days. I didn't think about it at the time, but it was a very dangerous thing to do in the dark - hike through the blackest part of West Oakland.
- Just before Christmas in Sacramento, I got my last moving violation ticket (now 36 years ago) for slipping through a stop sign without making a complete stop. I’ll probably get another one tomorrow.
- By the end of 1957, I was feeling the need to leave Sacramento. I had exhausted all local schooling in the kind of art that would help me become a biological illustrator, and I was not satisfied with my present job as a permanent thing. Bill Offenbach had left to go to school at the Art Center in Los Angeles, and he wrote that it was a great place. I had "found" myself in many ways during my last 3 ½ years in Sacramento, but now I thought I needed more - even though I still wasn't sure what that more was. My big problem was that Art Center was an expensive school, and I didn't have the cost.
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Lily Inn Boarding House in Sacramento
In January 1957, I moved into this boarding house on P Street. I had lived in an apartment by myself for 2 1/2 years and wanted a change in life style.
Sacramento on a rainy, winter day
Graduation - Sacramento Junior College (Sacramento City College)
In June, I graduated with distinction after two years of trying to improve my art skills and was eager to continue this effort.
Sutter's Fort - Early Sacramento
My younger brother Tom and I went here during his visit. It was built in 1840 by John Sutter, and his tiny settlement grew into the present day city of Sacramento.
Striped Bass from Montezuma Slough
After a visit to Sutter's Fort, we went fishing at Montezuma Slough on Grizzly Island and caught this 3-pounder. They cooked it for us back at the boarding house. In my opinion, the Stiper is one of the prettiest fishes.
Sunset at Montezuma Slough
We saw a nice sunset from Grizzly island - it was a very nice experience.
Uncle Boob (Bob) with my nieces
After several decades of family vacations to Long Beach (from Oakland, CA), this was our last trip. We always stayed at the Venetian Square.
Cabrillo Monument at Point Loma
It has a magnificent view of San Diego Bay.
We always made a trip across the border to look at the tourist "junk".
Courtyard Pool in Balboa Park
It was once part of an exposition - the 1915 - 1916 Panama-California Exposition. The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal.
A G.I. and a Korean Orphan
I made this in a Print Making class - it is a 5-overlay lithograph print on a lithograph stone.
Cathedral on K Street
This print of my Cathedral in Sacramento was made from an engraved copper plate.
My niece at age 5
This is a 24 color serigraph print. It was my most ambitious effort in silk-screening.
Engraved Print of Dad
It was put on display at the State library and was given a write-up in the local newspaper.
November sunset over Lake Sherman
It had been a clear, cold November day in the Delta. I caught my first big fish - it was a 16-lbs striper. I was amazed at the strength of a fish that size. It was a great day of fishing.
View of Mt. Diablo from Lake Sherman
On my Thanksgiving weekend visit to Oakland, Hank, Mannie, Tom, and I went on a one-day fishing trip to Sherman Lake in the Delta. We were after big stripers, and Tom was allowed to go only after we lied to Ma about not going out in a boat.
Hank and Tina
Hank was 34 and I was 30.
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