January 1, 1942, "Country" Joe McDonald grew up in El Monte, Ca, At 17, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy for three years . In the early 1960s, he began busking on the Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley, Ca.
Visit Country Joe's website for his bio and more.
Jan. 3, 1892 ~ born, J. R.R. Tolkien, author of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world". .J. R.R. Tolkien
January 6, 1706 ~born, Benjamin Franklin, electrician, printer, statesman, philosopher, writer, kite-flyer. Franklin's Virtues
Jan. 6, 1832 ~ born in Strasbourg, France, artist Gustave Dore worked primarily with wood and steel engraving. In the forty year period from 1860-1900 a new Doré illustrated edition was published every eight days!
Jan. 6, 1878.~ born, Carl Sandburg in Galesburg, Illinois. American poet, historian, novelist & folklorist.
January 6, 1883 ~ born, Poet Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet) in Lebanon. "On Love"
On Jan. 8, 1880 –
Headline in the Morning Call: “Norton the First, by the grace of God Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, departed this life.
”Emperor Norton, an eccentric resident proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States & Protector of México in 1859. Although a pauper, he was fed free in San Francisco's best restaurants And all his state proclamations were published in San Francisco's newspapers. While rational reformers elsewhere failed to crack the national bank monopoly with alternate currency plans, Norton the First had his own private currency accepted throughout San Francisco.
January 12, 1876 ~ Jack London,
(born John Griffith Chaney.
Jack London was one of the most successful writer in America in the early 20th Century. His stories of men and animals against the environment, and survival against hardships were drawn mainly from his own experience. An illegitimate child, London passed his childhood in poverty in the Oakland slums. At the age of 17, he ventured to sea on a sealing ship. The turning point of his life was a thirty-day imprisonment that was so degrading it made him decide to turn to education and pursue a career in writing.source
'You look back and see how hard you worked and how poor you were, and how desperately anxious you were to succeed, and all you can remember is how happy you were." Jack London,
San Francisco Quotes
Jan. 15, 1929 ~ born, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement.
Jan. 18, 1962 ~ San Francisco Poet and artist, Susan Birkeland
was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. Susan grew up in Texas, left home to live in Austin and then followed her heart to San Francisco where she lived in the mission district and became abeloved voice among San Francisco's poetic artistic North Beach community. (Jan. 18, 1961 ~ Nov. 18 2006)
Once again I am begun
Nothing to be afraid of
We call this Friendship
true and simple
this soft shoe
Your put aside the liar' dice.
I have known friends
I had to fly around.
Let's be easy.
~ Susan Birkeland
"The Bruised Angel Almanac" (2006)
chapbook of poetry
Jan. 19, 1943 ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANIS
Any Port Arthur In A Storm @ Dave Acher
Janis living at the Goodman Building
Jan. 19, 1809 ~ born, Edgar Allan Poe in Boston, Poet, literary critic, macabre mystery writer.
Jan 23,1910 ~ born, Gypsy jazz musician, bon-vivant Django Reinhardt in Belguim.
Django Reinhardt (1910)~1953)
Jan. 23, 1756 ~ born with great rhythm Wolfgang A. Mozart
January 24 Happy Birthday, poet Daniel Yaryen, is the founder of Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts
He is a good friend and promoter of many poets and events in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and beyond.
Daniel Yaryen is also a commissioner of The Mystic Boxing Commission, a club dedicated to fighting for the striving artists of today.
Jan 25, 1948 ~ Happy Birthday. Poet Kit Kennedy born in Morristown, New Jersey.
January 28, 1941, born, druid and poet Jehanah Wedgewood, a treasured member of the San Francisco arts community, Jehanah lived in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood for 39 years, where she became a cornerstone of San Francisco's literary culture, presiding over weekly poetry readings at the Sacred Grounds Café for two decades. Jehanah. blog is full of Jehanah's poetry, images and memories created by her daughter Susana. Jehanah Wedgwood 1941 – 2010 |The Wild Hunt (about her work as druid.)