Saturday, August 22, 2015
I won't be posting much. I'm back in the pros, writing a twice monthly history column called "The Rear View Mirror." Cute, uh? It appears every other Monday in the San Mateo Daily Journal. I've written seven columns so far and loving it.
I started with a piece on the Mystery Barge that was once Redwood City's best kept secret. Actually it was the CIA's secret. Turned out the barge was part of an operation designed to recover the code books from a Soviet submarine that went down in the Pacific. The latest is on the last Indian in San Mateo County. Should be interesting considering the controversy about the canonization of Junipero Serra, the founder of the California missions.
I try to tie the past to the present. All the publicity about the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition gave me the opportunity to write about San Mateo County's connection to the expo, which included Van's Restaurant in Belmont that was once part of the Japanese exhibit.
The column is on line. Just go to San Mateo Daily Journal, click archives and put in "rear view mirror." BTW: the column ends with the reminder that, as it says on rear view mirrors - "objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear."
This may very well be the last posting. Everything I predicted in "Philip's Code" has come true, mainly that America's idea of communicating is to yell the loudest.