Well Kept Secret……..#62 (the 50’s)


Gary was accompanying Oakland Gibson Branch Librarian, Ruth Salo and her husband Ed, a physicist at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley,  known as the Rad Lab.   The three on a mission,  along with other members of the Science Fiction enclave known as  The Elves Gnomes ‘and Little Men’s’ Science Fiction Chowder and Marching Society.  Their embodiment included authors Rog Phillips, Pole and Karen Andersen, as well as the  founding editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, Anthony Boucher,  along with other like minded members.  This celebrated concave who constituted the concert of the Little Men’s’ science fiction alliance, convened on a regular basis after closing time at the Garden library on the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.


On this occasion the three science fiction prevaricators were traveling to the preeminent San Francisco Twentieth Century Fox’s  Theater on Market Street to participate in an invitation only Screening,  along with other relative groups and individuals who had receive invitations from the producers and studio executives at Twentieth Century Fox.  The invitation was to attend A  cinematography preview,  a before release screening of a science fiction film entitled.  The Fly



Gary found that crossing on the upper deck of  the Bay Bridge to San Francisco always provided a better scenic view, the automobile traffic delegated to the top deck, and commercial traffic charged to the lower deck of the span.   Off to the right one could distinguish the reaches of Alcatraz,  the foreboding enclave for the malefactors of conviction, the harden criminals.  Soon approaching was Yerba Buena with its endowed man-made land fill known as Treasure Island,  once designated as the future home of the romanticized China  Clipper, but the navy thru necessity during world war two established a beachhead, and a military invasion, the military occupational Force securing the island for national purposes.


Continuing on,  the Bay Bridge denizens within the trafficking would have no difficulties identifying their present location once having traversed this approach to the populated citadel of San Francisco.   All who arrived on this commanding Bridge were greeted by a recognizable  fragrance,  but most not knowing the aromatic bouquet was the product produced by Hills Brothers Coffee, a redolent San Francisco welcome,  its domain domiciled on Harrison Street and the Embarcadero below the bridge.  On this day, Hills Brothers again proclaiming a San Francisco welcoming.


Once arriving and seated, Gary taking notice that there was a rather diminutive number in Attendance,  A twentieth century fox representative walking on stage welcoming the group, and announcing that upon the film’s conclusion, pencils and forms would be distributed for their participation in a critique of the viewing.  The large screen presentation beginning,  a good-natured Gary noting to Ruth Salo that something-was missing, she turned with a quizzical expression, the youth adding,  Popcorn.  Wondering if she appreciated his humor.  With the movies conclusion,  Gary questioning if his opinion would really be of any consequence, the movies premise somewhat of a Reach.




The plot having the scientist disassembling himself, transported,  then reassembled, only to find there was a fly Joining him during the process, discovering during reassembly they had interchanged body parts.   Apparently someone thought there was a message in the script, and the casting was questionable.   Gary found that he could associate Vincent Price in his role as it somewhat resembled his character in The House of Wax.   There were many Science Fiction movies  deserving merit,  War of the World’s, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer’s,  When Worlds Collide,   these stories having been penned and then skillfully adapted to the Screen.


This was his thinking when he and those in attendance were asked to submit a critique of the movie.   Setting aside a commentary of the plot and acting, but acknowledging the special effects,  writing something promising, abridging a concordance of criticism.  Gary acknowledging the San Francisco journey was time well Invested, his association with this group sharing like-minded interest, and his acquaintance with inspiring authors amplified a sense of self esteem.   His perception  would never be something he could relate to peers,  most would lack the understanding of the Uniqueness of association with these Individuals,  their ability to Condense Emotion and promote the derivative of the Living Equation by the means of the written word.


The assembly culminating,  Their mandate accomplished, the coolness of the fog that is San Francisco  enveloping the three travelers as they maneuvered to the bay bridge  on-ramp.   Gary having noticed the traffic signal on Bryant Street wasn’t the every-day elevated signal light with the familiar red, amber and green lens’s for designating the stop and go of  traffic.   This traffic authority was a relic of the past, a fixed vertical street mounted stance, small in stature,  sounding a loud bell,  an arresting arm would appear with either the Word Stop or Go posted in large letters, and red and green lights for after dark,  a remaining  wonderment waiting to be replaced.


Continuing onto the approach, the now thickening fog, giving off a mystique that emulated  a scene from a motion picture, and the forlorn echo of Fog Horns on the bay moaning added to the Chasm.    Gary having always delineated San Francisco with an aura of Contingency,  it was a city that heighten one’s senses,  It’s Alive,  you feel its pulse,  you can smell its exhalation, an entity able to nestle you in its fog enshrouded bosom at night, and release you for motivation to a sunlit sky in the Day.   Gary often wonder if he was alone in his perception of San Francisco,  or just maybe, it was another Well-Kept Secret.

One Response to “Well Kept Secret……..#62 (the 50’s)”

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