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“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE – First Openly Gay Celebrity!

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Lucius Beebe was probably the first gay man and major celebrity to have a publicly open relationship. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet, and bon vivant extraordinary – this extraordinary personality was world-famous and a long-time columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He loved trains and ... Read More »

CHICAGO CUBS Wintered On CATALINA ISLAND

Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s twin interests in baseball and Catalina Island – he bought Catalina in 1919 and gained a controlling interest in the Chicago Cubs in 1921 – dovetailed nicely when he made the decision to have the Cubs train on Catalina starting in 1921.  In doing ... Read More »

New Video: TRANS-ATLANTIC Accent Explained

Speaking like BETTE DAVIS, CARY GRANT or FRASIER on “FRASIER”! During the Golden Era of classic Hollywood films, when sound films were first introduced, the silent stars who made the transition to the talkies were given lessons in diction and pronunciation. WATCH THE NEW VIDEO – SPEAKING TRANS-ATLANTIC They were ... Read More »

San Francisco’s FABULOUS FOX Movie Palace!

Thirty-four years on Market Street, then destroyed by greedy developers and political hacks. Sound familiar? When the Fox Theater was built in 1929, it seemed as if there weren’t enough adjectives to describe the movie theater’s magnificence. The San Francisco Chronicle called the opening “a spectacle of such beauty and ... Read More »