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The Human Be-In permit caper. How Attorney Mel Belli got a Be-In permit by claiming he was holding a birthday party in Golden Gate Park

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Literally, as I was polishing up my blog for tonight's Human Be-In,
I got a call from Michael Bowen, a key organizer with Allen Cohen of the original Human Be-In on January 14, l967.
He is now living in a house ten minutes out of Stockholm, Sweden.

Bowen had lots to say about the Be-In and the era but he noted there was one key piece of information that has not been published and remains unknown: the issue of how the hippie group got a permit to put on the event in Golden Gate Park. Read more »

Tonight: The Human Be-In 2007

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The original Human Be-In on Jan. 14, l967, was not just a giant hippy party. It had an important political purpose and political consequences and helped mobilize the youth movement against the war in Vietnam

By Bruce B. Brugmann

As a participant in Friday night's Human Be-In, the pre-40th Anniversary "Summer of Love" event on Sept. 2,
I plan to provide a bit of revolutionary poetry/journalism (my phrase) from my old friend and journalism colleague, the late Allen Cohen. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner on the classic Halloween scenario

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Halloween scenario: Drag queens vs. swat teams. Is that a baton in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

(On the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano.) Personal note to Tom: Speak up on your phone recording. We can barely make out what you are saying with your jokes. B3

Today's Ammianoliner

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City Hall code of conduct brings us the Stepford supervisors. Well, thank you for that veto. I needed that!

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano.) B3

The tale of a l3-year-old youth and his adult skipper who beat the Australians in a national championship sailing race in Alameda

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I confess here and now that I know nothing about sailing or sailing races. In fact, the only thing I know is the joke among sportswriters that the way to cover a sailing race is to station yourself at a bar, overlooking the race, and cover the action from there, because there really isn't any action that you can see from the shore. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Michael Savage and Ed Jew got married today. Instead of rice, the crowd threw tapioca.

(On the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano, Friday, Aug. l7th.)

Today's Ammianoliner

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Karl Rove can't come to the phone right now. He's on a baby seal hunt. (On Sup. Tom Ammiano's voice mail Tuesday, Aug. l4th). B3

Is Bruce Brugmann alive, or is he spinning in his grave?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Several folks pointed out to me that the San Francisco Chronicle carried a premature comment on my death, in its Aug. 9th feature "What people say about the designs (of our new towering highrise buildings)."

It quoted Michael S. McGill, the former executive director of the San Francisco Urban Planning & Research Association and former executive director of the Bay Area Forum, 64, now living in Washington, D.C. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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"Ed Jew submits ballot measure for free Wifi and tapioca." (On the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano, Aug. 6, 2007) b3