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Michael Schwab is a graphic designer based in San Anselmo, California. His work includes poster series for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Stars Game, and Peet's Coffee.
Frank Chu (born 24 March 1960) is one of San Francisco's best-known eccentrics. His street protests against US Presidents, corporations, and a distinctive concept he calls the “12 Galaxies” have been held in San Francisco and nearby locales since at least 1995.
Chu lives in Oakland, California, and commutes daily to San Francisco where he can find the largest audience of passers-by and television news crews with whom to share his thoughts. He supports himself through a combination of state aid, sign sponsorships, and small donations from his supporters.
Little is known about Chu's life before he started protesting.
In early 1985, Chu, then 24 years old, took 11 members of his family hostage in his home in Oakland and was reported to have beaten one or more with his fists. Chu fired a .38 pistol at a police officer who came to investigate, but missed. Police cordoned off a ten-block area for three hours. Chu eventually released his hostages and surrendered to the police.
Frank Chu protests daily, or nearly daily, typically walking throughout the daytime hours in downtown San Francisco (particularly along Market Street and Montgomery Street) holding one of his signs, and occasionally
Aberjhani is an American historian, columnist, novelist, poet, and editor. Although well known for his blog articles on literature and politics, he is perhaps best known as co-author of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and author of I Made My Boy Out of Poetry. The encyclopedia won a Choice Academic Title Award in 2004.
Aberjhani grew up in Savannah, Georgia. Upon graduating from Savannah High School in 1975, he studied journalism, creative writing, and the American community at a variety of colleges: Savannah State College (now University); Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida; Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; Temple University in Philadelphia; and the New College of California in San Francisco. He completed additional studies in journalism at the Fort Benjamin Harrison School of Journalism in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He served a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska; four years in Suffolk, England; and another two years with the USAF Reserves in [[Charleston, South Carolina. He studied Equal Opportunity and Human Relations Counseling at the DEOMI Institute at Tyndale AFB, Florida.
Aberjhani, the name he assumed for publication as
Diann Blakely (born 1957 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American poet, essayist, and reviewer. Graduating with a B.A. in art history from the University of the South in 1979, she subsequently received an M.A. in literature from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1989. She has taught at Belmont University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and served as senior instructor and the first poet-in-residence at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. A Robert Frost Fellow at Bread Loaf, she was a Dakin Williams Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Her first volume of poetry, Hurricane Walk, was published under the name Diann Blakely Shoaf in 1992 and included among the St. Louis Post Dispatch's ten best verse collections of the year. Her second book, Farewell, My Lovelies, published in 2000 and influenced by "noir" shading, was listed as a Choice of the Academy of American Poets' Book Club. Her third volume, Cities of Flesh and the Dead, won Elixir Press's 7th annual publication prize after being distinguished by the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, given for a year's best manuscript-in-progress. Anthologized
Luther E. Vann was born in Savannah, Georgia, but grew up in both Savannah and New York City. As a child, he was surrounded by and studied with such artists of the Harlem Renaissance as Charles Alston. His work and life are the principle focus of the book ELEMENTAL, the Power of Illuminated Love. He has won numerous awards for his art and was the first Savannah-born African American to have an exhibit at the world famous Telfair Museum of Art Jepson Center for the Arts. He was honored in 2009 by prestigious King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation for his contributions to the cultural legacy of Savannah and the state of Georgia.
Bill Dan is a sculptor and performance artist specializing in rock balancing. He creates seemingly impossible, temporary balanced sculptures from un-worked rock and stone in public spaces near his home in San Francisco.
Dan was born in Indonesia, and worked as a warehouseman before discovering the artistic possibilities of rock along the San Francisco Bay shoreline and his emergent skill in manipulating them.
Bill was initially inspired by rock piles he had seen on the Big Island of Hawai'i, the cairns of the Inuit, and later by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.
In 2004, he was featured on San Francisco public television station KQED as one of the artists in a show entitled "Collaborations with Nature". Since then, he has been the subject of interviews and shows on TV stations in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, as well as other U.S. stations.
Photos of his art have appeared in "Coast and Ocean", the magazine of the California Coastal Commission, where he was the subject of a lengthy article, and have been used for book, magazine, and educational materials. He has been a featured presenter with the California Academy of Sciences and the Zeum exploratory space in San Francisco. A DVD
Sizan E. Souleimanov De Asies Ronaldo (Russian: Cизан Де Pоналдо; Born 11 May 1991) is a Russian football forward who will play for Al-Wahda Starting from 2011 and plays for Russia U-21. Known for his football Freestyle talents, and 2009 Football Academics Player of the year in FFA Leagues Academy. He was out from Russia's national football division since 28 December 2009 due to ACL tear and meniscus injury.
Sizan is also commonly known as Sizandinho or simply SR, sometimes he is referred as The Fox, due to his fast dribbling movements and tricky directions. Sizan is considered to be one of the best teenage Circassian player in his generation. He is a role model advertiser in Krasnodar that models for Armani.
Since Sizan came from stuttgart's academy and was a top goal scorer for 2 seasons and a key player, he was advised to the Russian team regarding his remarkable success and skills including outstanding speed. Sizan had his first debut on early 2009 and made an impressive progress. After Sizan was diagnosed with ACL tear and meniscus injury, he was out from the Russia's division until he is fully recovered.
After Sizan's return to Abu Dhabi he was advised and known to Al-Wahda's
Grimes Poznikov (c. 1946 – October 27, 2005), known as "The Human Jukebox," was a fixture of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a street performer, who would wait in a cardboard refrigerator box until a passerby offered him a donation and requested a song. He would then pop out of the box and play the requested song on a trumpet, kazoo, or one of a number of other instruments.
Poznikov, AKA 'Sergeant Grimes'created "THE AMERICAN LOBOTOMY MACHINE" Art/happening/sculpture with sound, with fellow Anti-War Artist Aristedes Philip DuVal for exhibition @ Charlotte Moorman's 9th Avant-Garde Festival October 28, 1972, aboard the Staten Island Ferry Alexander Hamilton, & 'Camp Nixon' in Miami Florida as a protest piece against Richard Nixon & the GOP during the Republican Convention in August 1972.
Poznikov was arrested several times for selling marijuana. His teeth were knocked out by police during the last arrest in the late 1980s, ending his ability to play trumpet. He later suffered from schizophrenia, began abusing drugs heavily, and ended up living on the streets. He died on October 27, 2005, of alcohol poisoning. "He was an original, creative, & funny
Stephen "Woody" LaBounty is a native San Franciscan, writer, and historian. He is the co-founder of the Western Neighborhoods Project, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the history of San Francisco's neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. In 2005, he led the effort to save and restore four earthquake shacks, temporary refugee housing used after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. He's often quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as an expert on San Francisco history, on San Francisco's "Eye on the Bay" television program, and can often be found giving tours of San Francisco neighborhoods.
The Tamale Lady (aka Virginia Ramos) is a San Francisco icon. She makes the rounds or inner Mission and SoMa bars with her Coleman cooler-on-wheels stuffed with tamales made in her home that morning by her and her children. You'll find her everywhere from Zeitgeist to the Eagle Tavern.
Reportedly born in Reidsville, Georgia, Clinton D. Powell grew up in Savannah, where he graduated from Alfred E. Beach High School and participated in the Upward Bound Program at Savannah State University. He later studied at both Tuskegee University in Alabama and again at Savannah State. He is one of he most popular spoken word artists and creative arts advocates to come out of Savannah, Georgia.
Marian and Vivian Brown (born 25 January 1927) are American identical twins and icons of San Francisco, known for the appearance in media with their signature identical bright snappy outfits with hats atop their meticulously coiffed hair. They were voted second as San Francisco's "Best Local Character" in 2000. They often eat dinner at one of the front tables at Uncle Vito's restaurant, just below the crest of Nob Hill.
In 2012 the sisters faced financial problems after Vivian required costly care after a fall. San Franciscans and charities united to help keep the sisters together.
Vivian and Marian were born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just eight minutes apart. Vivian is the elder. They grew up in Mattawan, Michigan, where they attended Mattawan High School and in 1945 graduated as co-valedictorians, giving the valedictory speech together. They went on to earn matching degrees in business education from Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo. With the intent of escaping hot summers and the long cold winter months, the Browns left Michigan for San Francisco in 1970, and found work as secretaries at separate downtown businesses.
While in Kalamazoo the twins were frequently seen on the
Westley Wallace Law (January 1, 1923 – July 29, 2002) was a civil rights leader from Savannah, Georgia. He was president of the Savannah chapter of the NAACP, where he led his community and made great strides in desegregation through nonviolent resistance from 1950 to 1976. After his time with the NAACP W. W. Law spent much of the rest of his life advocating for African-American history and culture in Savannah. To this end he established the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, the Beach Institute of African American Culture, and the Negro Heritage Trail Tour.
W. W. Law was the only son and eldest of three children born to Geneva Wallace and Westley Law. He began working at the age of ten to help his recently widowed mother while also attending school. In high school, Law joined the NAACP Youth Council and later served as the council's president while in college at Georgia State College. His college career was interrupted when he was drafted into military service in World War II. W. W. Law returned from the war and, with the help of the GI Bill,
David Johnson, also known as the World Famous Bushman, is a homeless man who has been scaring passers-by along Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco since 1980. His current act began after he tried dressing as a robot but found there were too many others doing the same thing. Johnson hides motionless behind some eucalyptus branches and waits for unsuspecting people to wander by. When they approach, he shakes the bush towards the unsuspecting tourists and startles them. Crowds gather to watch him work, often including those he has previously scared.
Crowds usually watch Johnson in front of Joe's Crab Shack, located across the street from where he usually sits, to see him entertain people.
In a "good year", Johnson claims to earn $60,000. At one point, he employed a bodyguard to protect himself against attacks by the unamused, distract his targets, and to alert him to the approach of elderly people so he could avoid scaring them.
The police have received a number of complaints about the Bushman, and Fisherman's Wharf merchants have tried to shut him down. In 2004, he was charged with four misdemeanors, but a jury cleared him. The District Attorney subsequently dropped several remaining
Herbert Eugene "Herb" Caen (1916–1997) was a San Francisco journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns and offbeat anecdotes appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years (excepting a brief defection to the San Francisco Examiner) and made his name a household word throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. A special Pulitzer Prize called him the "voice and conscience" of San Francisco.
Caen was born April 3, 1916 in Sacramento, California though he liked to point out that his parents—pool hall operator Lucien Caen and Augusta (Gross) Caen—had spent the summer nine months previous in San Francisco. After graduating high school (where he wrote a column, "Corridor Gossip") he covered sports for The Sacramento Union.
In 1936 Caen began writing a radio column for the San Francisco Chronicle. When that column was discontinued in 1938, Caen proposed a daily column on the city itself; "It's News to Me" first appeared July 5. Excepting Caen's three and one-half years in the Air Force during World War II and a 1950–1958 stint at the San Francisco Examiner, his column—eventually titled simply "Herb
Joshua Abraham Norton (c. 1819 – January 8, 1880), the self-proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself "Emperor of these United States" and subsequently "Protector of Mexico".
Born in England, Norton spent most of his early life in South Africa. He immigrated to San Francisco in 1849 after receiving a bequest of $40,000 from his father's estate. Norton initially made a living as a businessman, but he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice.
After losing a lawsuit in which he tried to void his rice contract, Norton left San Francisco. He returned a few years later, apparently mentally unbalanced, claiming to be the Emperor of the United States. Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humored by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments he frequented.
Though he was considered insane, or at least highly eccentric, the citizens of San Francisco celebrated his regal presence and his proclamations, most famously, his "order" that the United States Congress be