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Brainwashed_In_Church May 29, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Computers and virtual machines can write poetry (and play chess) better than humans can anyway.Read More Poets are obsolete.
Jim B. May 29, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Andy, you are a troll and an ahole.
SA May 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Power to the People! @ Jim you should get a handle on your anger issues.
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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
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.
Brian Hamilton July 17, 2012 at 04:21 am
I'm so sorry to read about this tragic accident. Wishing comfort and peace to Mr. Veluz-Abraham'sRead More family and friends.
Scott Foster July 17, 2012 at 05:18 pm
He was a benevolent king as class president - if the rest of the world could rule the way WillisRead More ruled the Class of '88...he was, as one friend put it, "all-inclusive." There were no nerds in his eyes, no jocks, just people - he made everyone feel accepted, and that's why, even though someof us haven't seen him for a while, we greatly feel his absence now.
Lauri La Pointe July 24, 2012 at 07:09 pm
Everybody loved Willis. What a shock. My heart goes out to the Veluz-Abraham family. Thank youRead More Willis for the positive and loving way you always treated everyone. Your confidence, intelligence, humor, silliness, and inclusiveness was so appreciated. And thanks for all the rides home in the Dart. You are so missed. Love, Lauri Class of '88
Jane Bartke April 11, 2012 at 01:37 pm
Larry will be missed by the El Cerrito Community as a citizen who did his best to make the City aRead More wonderful place to live and raise a family.
Paul April 11, 2012 at 01:45 pm
Larry was indeed a great man. As others said, he was opinionated, but he was always willing toRead More listen to other points of view, and he was open to changing his mind after he further contemplated an issue. That is a valuable, and unfortunately all too rare, trait. Thank you Larry for your commitment to the community - you were a real asset to El Cerrito.
Alvin Mabuhay April 12, 2012 at 12:00 am
One admirable trait of Larry Damon was that, while serving on the City Council, he would come by andRead More pick up his council packet. Larry held the common sense opinion that he would rather have the police focus on their job rather than be his own personal mailman. A trait that I wish his colleagues would follow.
Marty April 6, 2012 at 06:23 pm
I know Bio-Rad staff help judge the district's annual science fair. The spirit of communityRead More involvement often starts at the top of a company, so for that alone Mr. Schwartz should be remembered.
Dorothy Coakley April 7, 2012 at 03:21 pm
If I remember correctly, Bio-Rad got its start in David Schwartz' El Cerrito garage. I'm thinkin'Read More "Historical Place" sign! Oh, btw, *my* Bio-Rad moment came around 1970 when a *close* family member who worked for Bio-Rad in Richmond convinced his boss that we could wash the used microscope slides and return them clean. Well...we washed 'em in dishwasher detergent (by hand) but had never used the stuff, so didn't know to rinse it off, but dried each slide with a towel. Well...nobody at Bio-Rad complained, but of the hundreds of slides we washed and returned...I'll bet quite a few skewed the results of any test they performed. Ahhhhhhhhh....youth!
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