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Posted on : 12-01-2011 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life

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Good morning familia,

Just wanted to share a few thoughts in the ongoing attempt to keep perspective of the world we live in.

The San Andreas and the Hayward fault lines are a large part of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 1989 Loma Prieta quake is still fresh in many minds and we have reminders. One knows that it will happen again but hopes that it won’t be soon.

Just days ago, California suffered one of its largest earthquakes of 2010. On January 7, a 4.1 earthquake struck in San Jose felt across the Bay Area. That quake was centered ten miles east of Seven Trees, ten miles east of Alum Rock. One year ago this April, residents across the Southland felt a nearly 7.2 earthquake striking Baja California.

One year ago today Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that left the country in ruins and laid bare it’s history and struggles.
The rebuilding process is flawed and stalled due to a variety of logistical and political reasons.

The musical and cultural connections to Haiti (via Cuba and New Orleans) show themselves in many aspects of Jazz, Latin-Jazz, 2nd line,
Mardi Gras and many other genres of popular music. Like the rest of the country the musical community here in the Bay Area held benefit concerts and events in the hope that the people of Haiti could pick themselves up and move forward to a better life.

-The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco was even more powerful than the one in Haiti, nevertheless, it only led to 3 000 deaths, Haiti lost over 200 000 lives.

Please don’t forget that the struggle continues for the Haitian people. (There was an earthquake in California this morning) Take some time to think of and send your prayers to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

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“We’re often so blind. Our demand for the credentialed so colors our perception of believeability, that we wouldn’t recognize God if he appeared within us. ”

Rabindranath Tagore
“Do not say,”it is morning,” and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”

J.R.R. Tolkein
“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.”

Hans Margolius
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hope for Haiti

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Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

In an unseasonably warm Tuesday evening in April 1906, the Grand Opera House in the heart of San Francisco swelled with the voice of Enrico Caruso. The legendary tenor was performing Don Jose in Carmen with the Conried Metropolitan Opera Company of New York, which was on a nationwide tour.

Earthquake Timeline
April 18-23, 1906

After the performance ended, the finely dressed fans headed home. Just hours later, the roof of the Grand Opera House would collapse. Shortly after 5 a.m. on April 18, a 7.8-magnitude quake, unleashed offshore, shook the city for just less than a minute.

The Great Caruso

Enrico Caruso as Don Jose in Carmen, ca. 1905.

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Enrico Caruso as Don Jose in Carmen, ca. 1905.

On the eve of the earthquake, Enrico Caruso starred as Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Opera House. Hear a 1909 recording of Caruso’s Don Jose performing “La fleur que tu m’avais jetee (Flower Song).”

Later, Caruso would be found collapsed on the ground and weeping in fear among a crowd of shocked survivors in a downtown square. He vowed never to come back to San Francisco — and he never did. Ironically, before the San Francisco earthquake, the newspapers were headlined with the recent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, close to Caruso’s hometown of Naples.

The Heroes of Telegraph Hill

For the past century, a story has made the rounds among the residents of Telegraph Hill about how the Hill was saved from the great fires of 1906. The scene was described by San Francisco writer and 1906 witness Henry Anderson Lafler.

Hear the story, read by Aaron Peskin, a resident of the Filbert Steps section of Telegraph Hill.

The earthquake resulted in fires that soon grew out of control. They raged for almost four days, burning more than 28,000 structures and leveling more than three-quarters of the city.

Today, those few days in April are remembered through grainy black-and-white images, local legends, family lore and the letters written by the survivors.

One eyewitness account by P. Barrett described it this way: “We could not get to our feet. Big buildings were crumbling as one might crush a biscuit in one’s hand. Ahead of me a great cornice crushed a man as if he were a maggot.”

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