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Tangerine ponchione January 14, 2014 at 06:32 pm
RIP Dad!!!! Thank you for being such a wonderful Man, and although you have only been gone for aRead More short time, we miss you so very much. We love you with all our HEART and I am so very proud that I had the honor to be your daughter in law and to have you for as long as I did. the honor was all mine. I wish... I just wish...... miss you DAD and I LOVE YOU!!
Alexandra Pangelina Ramirez January 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm
My deepest most heart felt sympathy for his family . You are in our thoughts and prayers . He wasRead More one of the greatest men I have ever known . He will be deeply missed . Forever in my heart Cary . My heart is with his wife linda , daughter Lisa , Marcos his son Bryan , Tangerine , Miguel , Hailey , Julianna . We have been blessed to have you all apart of our family . He will deeply be missed .
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Dave Weinstein January 13, 2014 at 06:08 pm
I knew Ron from serving with him on El Cerrito's Environmental Quality Committee, which he chairedRead More with great humor and obvious enjoyment. He'd come to the meeting with rubber chickens and make chicken sounds while we were working on an ordinance to allow for raising chickens in town. But he ran the meetings with a firm hand! A great guy with a wide range of interests and fun to be with.
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Ethan Harmer December 5, 2013 at 08:48 pm
R.I.P. Madiba. The world benefited from your wisdom and human nature.
Marilyn Leonard December 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm
The world has lost an incredible man and South Africa has lost its spiritual leader. Rest in peace,Read More Nelson.
john shots December 6, 2013 at 09:38 am
a giant among men, hamba gashle Madiba
Dorothy Coakley April 8, 2013 at 07:59 pm
Agree with Borris. Les Blank was one of a kind and I only wish his films were more widely availableRead More on DVD. I'm gonna walk to the Nat to buy some garlic in honor of Les Blank. If you have to ask, you "don't know Blank."
Gretchen Schneider April 12, 2013 at 12:53 am
Starting off in my late fifties to be a filmmaker after some radical illnesses, I decided I wouldRead More interview Les Blank as his films followed the drift of my early ethnographic interests at UCLA and my mentorship by Wayland Hand in Folklore at UCLA. (Later I was passed on to Alan Dundes at Berkeley.) In the half-light of his office and with a fedora, Les Blank appeared to my imagination in the character of John Huston. He said nary a word, but when we got to the question of whether I had a camera or not, I answered that I had a Canon XL. The comment then was -- "well, use it." 'Nuff said. Love his work and that persona. Gretchen Schneider
Gretchen Adelia Schneider April 12, 2013 at 12:54 am
Starting off in my late fifties to be a filmmaker after some radical illnesses, I decided I wouldRead More interview Les Blank as his films followed the drift of my early ethnographic interests at UCLA and my mentorship by Wayland Hand in Folklore at UCLA. (Later I was passed on to Alan Dundes at Berkeley.) In the half-light of his office and with a fedora, Les Blank appeared to my imagination in the character of John Huston. He said nary a word, but when we got to the question of whether I had a camera or not, I answered that I had a Canon XL. The comment then was -- "well, use it." 'Nuff said. Love his work and that persona. Gretchen Schneider
John Stashik January 6, 2013 at 05:41 pm
Charlie will be missed as he was a genuine nice guy. He served for many years as a director andRead More Secretary-Treasurer of the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce. A hard working, no nonsense, member of the board.
Frank Biafore December 23, 2012 at 05:27 pm
If you would like to make a donation to the American Cancer Society AND support the El Cerrito RelayRead More For Life in Roger's name please visit www.tinyurl.com/triumphovercancer . The holidays are a great time to remember those who have lost the battle with cancer as well as those currently battling it, and those lucky enough to be a survivor.
Oliver Greenlaw December 24, 2012 at 06:43 am
He was my favorite teacher. He was also a mentor and a friend. Funny and compassionate, I stillRead More perform today because of him, and I put his teachings to work. Love you, Rog...
Steven Coambs December 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm
I was not an easy student to deal with. I would often make last minute changes without hisRead More approval... He would tell me I was lucky it worked, but to never pull a stunt like that again. For all my mistakes I made in his presence, I thank him for treating me as a peer, and adult. My friendship with him bloomed after high school when I was a life guard at the pool. He was an avid swimmer. I truely appreciate all the rich conversations we had at the pool. High school would have been a real drag without the plays, theater class, the trips to Ashland, and of course Mr. Anderson. Let me say thank you now, because I doubt I ever did when I was in school. Steve Coambs
Michael O'Connor November 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Dr. Johnston did very important work in the years when science existed, before the dollar trumpedRead More reality. Thank you.
Linda Lipscomb November 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Harold was a treasured member of our community here in Kensington, and especially to the academicRead More world. The devotion of his energetic wife Mary Ella, with her positive outlook, surely contributed to his long and productive life. We will remember him with great affection.
Denise Sangster September 21, 2012 at 09:07 pm
Don was such a nice man... We lost a good one and he will be missed. Condolences to the family...
Susan Martinez September 22, 2012 at 02:00 am
My husband and I were privileged to meet Don and Betty when we purchased our Hardison-designed homeRead More 2 years ago, and fortunate to have him as a neighbor as well. Our home was one of his earliest projects and one of the few personal residences he designed, and Don and Betty even attended the walk-through when we received the keys from the previous owners --a wonderful day for us. He remembered every detail of the home, even where he got the marble for our fireplace. He was extremely helpful when we had some upgrades done to the home, and nearly all of it remains just as he designed it. Our condolences to Betty and his family.
Jane Bartke September 24, 2012 at 03:00 pm
Don will always be remembered as a true gentleman, who gave freely of himself to his family, city,Read More and community. He will be greatly missed. It was my honor to have known him for many years.
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