SAN FRANCISCO IS NOT FOR BOWING BEFORE HARD TIMES – NOT WHEN WE CAN RESURRECT DEAN MARTIN

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Dean Martin, just last night, welcoming David Heller, left,
and Antonio White for masterful croon at Joey & Eddie’s

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BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2009

San Francisco did not bow, either, when the October 17 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake taunted town foundation of joy par excellence.

Our little-big one of ’87 was the second body blow to hometown, what with the October 19 1987 stock market crash still an impertinent blink amidst full throttle happy times.

San Francisco’s knee was not for bowing then or now, knowing damn well that we as a people are the charm of this nation’s favorite city.

In ’87, we needed the joy of one another — it was and is our payoff for showing others how.

Real San Franciscan Bella Farrow, in trademark fashion, simply put her foot down and launched the first Hob Nob on Nob Hill Gala moving celebrants from grand hotel to grand hotel for finest bon vivant nosh, an enduring grand institution pulled off by this grande dame simply informing hotels the matter already was extant.

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True down to her bones real San Franciscan Bella Farrow,
with a real native San Franciscan heroine Joanne Hayes-White,
Chief of The San Francisco Fire Department,
radiant at Hob Nob on Nob Hill Gala.

Hordes — hordes — attended Bella’s gala, again full grip on who and what we are, real San Franciscan blue collar shoulder embraced with the swells for the sweetness of it.

Now came portion of the sky really falling on all of us, dwarfing livelihoods, stunting accustomed serenity, made vulnerable to deer-in-headlights fear.

We don’t do that, as San Francisco proved again this month, our time-tested response being to live well.

It was packed this month, packed with righteously ours smiles, pressed unselfconsciously with native body warmth equality, as San Franciscans continued rolling into Joey & Eddie’s North Beach eatery and cabaret to croon with the masters.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole leading our pack with an, ahem, up front Mae West, arching smile and eyebrow just so to plentiful gentlemen’s physique, “Ooh, I think I’m gonna like that…”

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Nate King Cole, right, dame Mae West, guydoll Antonio White

They appeared resurrected in body and voice by collective conjure.

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Dean with Sentinel Editor & Publisher Pat Murphy

Photography was captured spur-of-the moment last night by West Side Gentry Antonio White on White’s — the very best, one understands — IPhone.

White is a technology swell staining sinew routinely to deliver the very best, who arrived bushy tailed after securing only two hours night sleep perfecting a client video.

One of San Francisco’s most eligible bachelors, White came with West Side Maestro David Heller, president of the Geary Boulevard Merchants Association who began his routine day long enough to kill a youngster joining the Golden Gate Breakfast Club at 7:00 a.m.

Each deigned commraderie with this glad writer who entered the joint never in memory having once uttered the word humble.

Be there for coming resurrections. It’s what one does.

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Charlene Delaney, owner of Keller Williams San Francisco Properties,
tiptoes through the tables leading Pat Murphy

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past eleven years. Pat scribes an offbeat opinion column of the human family. Email Pat Murphy at SanFranciscoSentinel@yahoo.com.

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