W.W.II in San Francisco
W.W.II in San Francisco took on many different shapes and sizes. This is one of those stories.
On the morning of December 7th, 1941, a trolley exited the Twin Peaks tunnel, dragging sparks from the overhead wires. Anne Klausen disembarked and crossed three lanes of traffic against the light. A Hudson tooted and smoked to a halt, but Anne didn’t hear the complaint. She stomped along, thinking about her vigilante dad, cussing him out in silent rage. Anne entered an Art Deco building where blue neon letters read CASTRO. The marquee heralded the feature attraction, The Maltese Falcon. The images of Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, however, did little to extinguish the gnashing inside her head. Anne ordered some popcorn from a cashier, blabbing about how a father who was a regular down at Sally Rand’s strip club had no right lecturing his daughter on Catholicism and such nonsense. (more…)