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Berkeley -- Red Baron link?

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Is there a Berkeley -- Red Baron link?

 

There are multiple bits of local lore and history that residents of Berkeley CA might find interesting, but that doesn't mean that stumbling onto one of these obscure facts from the past will provide a columnist with a topic to use online because folks in other parts of the world might not be concerned with the hundred year old social life of a UC Berkeley graduate who went on to a teaching career in Oakland.

 

Would there be a world wide audience interested in her if further investigation revealed that after Manfred von Richthofen (AKA the Red Barron) was shot down, on April 21, 1918, during World War I, a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle sought out Miss Margaret P. Hayne and asked her if she had been engaged to him?  

 

After noting that she denied that, a story in the Chronicle went on to report that "her friends believed that there was an understanding between the brilliant German aviator and the Berkeley girl."

 

She was quoted as saying "I knew him very well, that is all."   She went on to explain that she knew his mother, brothers and sisters and that " . . . a close friendship existed between myself and the family."

 

The story informed readers that Ms. Hayne had graduated from UC Berkeley in 1903, passed the bar exam, and that she had had a law office in San Francisco before beginning her teaching career in Oakland.   Was calling a woman approximately 35 years old "a girl" an early example of "spin"?  

 

On Saturday, January 14, 2012, the World's Laziest Journalist went on a topic safari to San Francisco.   At the once-a-month warehouse sale held by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, we bought two book to be read with an eye for column topics, but we had also purchased William E. Burrows' book, "Richthofen:   A True History of the Red Baron" just to read for personal pleasure.

 

That nigh, when we opened up the 1969 book from Harcourt, Brace, and World Inc., while looking for the end-paper map, we noticed that a standard 8 - by 11 sheet of paper had been folded in half and tucked behind the back flap of the dust jacket.  

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