Monday, January 21, 2013


Here is the last of the photos I have of the city known as the Baghdad by the Bay.

This is the Conservatory in Golden Gate Park

 Lombard Street is billed as the crookedness street in the world.
I used to have a boss who lived off this street, so I had many occasions
to drive down the hill. It is a one way street.

 San Francisco City Hall. I have read that it is about 2 inches taller than the 
Capitol in Washington, D. C.

 Pier 39 is a shopper's  delight, I've been told. I have not been there.

The building at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge is Fort Point.  When California became a state 
in 1850, U.S. military officials recommended fortifications to secure his San Francisco Bay, and 
Fort Point became one of those defenses. When I looked this up, I thought this line was most interesting – – “Plans specified that the lowest tier of artillery be as close as possible to water level so cannonballs 
could ricochet across the water's surface to hit enemy ships at the water-line.”

 Here we are at Powell and Market, where the cable car is turned 
around to go back up the hill.

 The Presidio of San Francisco. The only time I was here is when I was drafted into the Army.

 The Powell Street cable car, climbing halfway to the stars.

Coit Tower is located in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The 210 foot tower is named for Lillian Coit, and was built in 1933 as her bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco. The name  "Telegraph Hill" came from a structure built on the top of the hill in the mid-1800s, which would visually signal the city with regard to the type of vessels passing through the Golden Gate.

 This is a view from Coit Tower.

 The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge at night.

 And this is the Golden Gate Bridge. It constantly needs repainting, as you can see
from that yellow stretch in the middle of the bridge.


“Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility-- a development which we should waste little time dreaming about.”
~~ Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
~~ Thomas J. Watson, 1943, Board Chairman, IBM.

“It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.”
~~ Albert Einstein's teacher to his father, 1895.

“It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister.”
~~ Margaret Thatcher, 1974.

“This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The
device is inherently of no value to us.”
 ~~ Western Union internal memo, 1876.


  1. Such a beautiful city! You're lucky to call it your own!

  2. You've never been to pier 39?! DON! You grew up in San Francisco, how...!

    Said the woman from Washington DC who used to tour the Smithsonian only when out-of-town guests showed up and wanted to go.