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"On the Road" at UCB

Did Philip K. Dick and Jack Kerouac ever meet at this Berkeley cafe?

After the New Downtown Berkeley Launch Event was concluded on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, a reporter from KGO radio in San Francisco was walking on Adeline Street with John Caner, the Executive Director of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA), when one of the homeless people in front of John's Ice Cream challenged her to talk to him and get both sides of the story.   She declined the invitation to get a balanced picture of the situation and scampered quickly to her Mercedes Benz and drove off informing him that she had all the information she needed.

In the current issue of the East Bay Express (April 4 -- 10, 2012) on page 12 of the hardcopy edition, reporter Robert Gammon recaps the skepticism that Joe Debro faced when he criticized the deal which was utilized http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/raiders-deal-still-haunts-oakland/Content?oid=3167659 > to bring the Oakland Raiders back to Oakland from their temporary rebel encampment in the Los Angeles area.   Debro was vastly outnumbered by sports fans, journalists and politicians who heartily endorsed the efforts to lure the absent rascals back to the Bay Area.

Debro's objections seem more credible now that the city is in financial crisis mode and the football team might need to be reminded of the particulars of a loan that was instrumental in getting them to (like the prodigal son) return home because it is Debro's continued position that no payments on the loan have been made and none are scheduled to be made.   If families can live paycheck to paycheck, can't a $53.9 million dollar loan be forgotten if a team is living from season to season?

Time magazine's Reagan era White House correspondent, Doug Brew, advised reporters to take the time to listen to what people were trying to tell them and not prejudge the quality of their information based on their appearances or apparent financial status.   How (you might ask) could the World's Laziest Journalist possibly be the recipient of advice from such a highly qualified source for opinions on the art of Journalism?   We were coworkers on the staff of the weekly Santa Monica Independent Journal Newspapers in the Los Angeles area.   That brings up the question:   "How well did you get to know him?"   When he was welcomed into this columnist's humble abode in Marina del Rey, Brew expostulated:   "My God, Bob, this is a hovel!"

Could KGO's gal reporter have possibly missed a good Berkeley sidebar story in her haste to get . . . some place else?

On Tuesday afternoon, we were informed by some of the folks in People's Park that (irony alert!) the beloved guy known as "hate man" had been issued a stay-a-way order from the public park that he calls "home."  

The ten years that Mark Hawthorne (AKA Hate man) worked for the Metro Section of the New York Times were also known as "the Sixties" and we would pay good money to hear him tell his stories and just maybe get some advice on how to produce quality journalism.   Hawthorne's suggestions would probably be just as good as those provided by the fellow who worked for Time magazine.  

If UCB's school of Journalism can't get hate man to teach there, perhaps they could get Hawthorne to do one guest lecture per semester?   Hate man prefers to be outdoors and it is not unprecedented for some UCB classes to be held outside (like perhaps at People's Park?).  

How is that fair and balance act working out for Rupert Murdoch?   Maybe if we learned how to do Journalism Fox style, we could wind up driving a Mercedes Benz?   Don't they always put their best sly digs in the form of a question?

Is it true that Rupert Murdoch is trying to buy a major league baseball team and get the town fathers in Foxboro Massachusetts to build a stadium to serve as home for such an enterprise?    Could they call such a stadium "The Hen House"?

Could anyone convince the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to build a brand new football stadium on county owned land in Marina del Rey and let a football team move in for little or no rent?   Isn't Los Angeles the biggest metropolitan area without a major football team?   Shouldn't the board be happy to build a stadium and make loans that can then sit abandoned?   Where are the Brookly Dodgers Football team playing these days?

Whatever happened to the pro football teams that used to play in the Los Angeles area?

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