Roaming the AvenueBy Staff, September 1, 2002 12:18 PM
Strippers, Jazz, and Hotsy Totsy Swing: Oldtimers recall San Pablo Avenue's risque World War II era and key role in U.S. interstate highway history.
PLUS: Rosie the Riveter's Wild Side, the World's Oldest Living Bartender and other Avenue profiles.
By Michael Kai Louie
ALBANY -- George Clark was just getting into one of his favorite subjects when someone raised a hand to ask if it was all right to interrupt him to ask questions.
By Joe Rogers
ALBANY - Wes Hammond and his friends enjoy driving down a road well-traveled, even if the road is not as famous as it used to be. In some places it’s not even a road anymore.
By Roya Aziz
SAN PABLO — Bennie Bee Smith had her first birthday party two years ago at the age of 80. It was a grand affair for the octogenarian who attended school in bare feet during the Great Depression.
By Nick Wilson
EL CERRITO -- Todd Ogden has just about seen and done it all and he's not stopping. The 92 year-old Benicia resident is arguably the oldest and most colorful bartender in El Cerrito. He is a longtime local cowboy who twice failed in marriage, lost a small fortune, but retains a heart of gold, longtime friends and loyal customers say.
By Lisa White
OAKLAND -- In a modest storefront gallery in North Oakland, Arnold White depicts the beauty and pain of African-American life in technicolored acrylic paints. One painting expresses the joyous liberation of music. Another conveys the grief of urban displacement. By making strong statements about social and political issues, White's art is meant to challenge and inspire or, as he says, "to wake people up."
By Nick Wilson
BERKELEY -- It all started in 1973 with a dream of a better future. That was the year a poor black woman named Dorothy Everett (now Ellington-Turner), a divorced mother with nine young children to support, decided to try to earn more than the $2 per hour she was making as a cook.
By Lauren Gard
BERKELEY -- For Bernie Rooney, life and labor are inextricably intertwined.
"He's a real worker," says Sandy, his wife of 34 years and co-owner of Berkeley's Oak Barrel Winecraft, a San Pablo Avenue shop that has been selling supplies to home beer, wine and vinegar makers for 45 years. "It comes from his background -- he's worked since he was nine."