Category Archives: Personal history

Sculptor Douglas Tilden and a notable coincidence

Note:  Story involving the photo, below, to follow in a few days.

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Millie

I remember “Millie,” my maternal grandmother, pretty much as pictured in this family shot.  (I suspect it was taken on the Berkeley campus somewhere, but perhaps Peter will have a better memory than I on this.)  Millie, whose real name … Continue reading

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Herschel Grynszpan and David Rome: My letter of transmittal to Joe Matthews

Dear Joe: Herewith, two documents I’ve had on my bookshelves for more than 30 years – and it’s time for them to have a new home:  they, a typescript copy of Joan Redmont’s English translation of Dr. Alain Cuenot’s L’AFFAIRE GRYNSZPAN … Continue reading

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Looking at Berl’s and Brana’s Passport a Little More Closely

Note:  My post titled “Some Roizen family history” included a passport photo of my dad as an infant and his parents.  Below, I’ve taken a little closer look at the passport document as a whole.   It’s notable, first of … Continue reading

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Joseph Roizen Remembered

Note:  Continuing a little more with the family history theme, today’s post republishes the bio-sketch of Joe I presented at his memorial ceremony at San Francisco’s Dolby Theater on March 25th, 1989. Welcome and, on behalf of the Roizen family, thank … Continue reading

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Some Roizen family history

Note:  This is, for the most part, a transcription of a conversation between my father, Joe, and yours truly on March 21, 1983.   Joe was listening to a tape he’d made with his uncle, Aaron, in Rio de Janeiro.   … Continue reading

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Clouds over the Silver Valley

Clouds were holding a congress over the Silver Valley a couple of days ago.  This picture was shot on the return leg of my walk with Meistie.  Although, come to think of it, I’ve never seen Meistie, or any other … Continue reading

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Christopher Columbus, magnificent bungler

Note:  This piece was first published in the Shoshone News-Press, October 12, 2003. Columbus sailed west from Spain on four separate voyages to get his hands on the spices, treasures, and especially the gold of India, China, and Japan, which … Continue reading

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The Line of Scrimmage

Note:  Written in 1992. When I started the process of becoming a high school football “referee” a half-dozen years ago I had to put aside a fan’s perceptions and understandings of the game and take up an official’s instead. Everything … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Howard Albert

Note:  Written March 3, 2004. Howard used to sit at the end of the bar in the old Albatross pub in Berkeley — alone usually, on the short leg of the bar’s L shape.  He was old and craggy-faced twenty … Continue reading

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