by David Mostardi, Club Historian
Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago
Business Meeting, March 5
Architectural influence: Mrs. Foulds reported that the action of the Hillside Club was too
late, as the plans had been completed for the Pacific School of Religion’s buildings along
certain lines of design on account of a certain provision of money. She further called
attention to the ideals of the Hillside in building of the future, and suggested that it was
entirely proper for the Hillside Club to take such steps. Mr. Bradley spoke of the Hillside
Club Suggestions having been acceptable to those building homes. Mr. Clark brought up
the matter of the business block being built at [the northwest corner of] Euclid and Hearst
and inquired into the placing of the building. The building above the [Codornices]
reservoir, with its proximity to the water, was discussed.
Honoring the Maybecks: A procession consisting of Mrs. Green, who walked to the
piano, Mr. Underhill escorting Mrs. Maybeck, and Mrs. Todd leading Mr. Maybeck,
went to the stage. Mr. Todd read a resolution in which it was disclosed that on action of
the Club, Mr. and Mrs. Maybeck had been elected to honorary membership. Mrs. Culp
gave a tribute to both of these new honorary members for their work in the Club.
Slide show: The evening’s program came to a close with an illustrated travelogue on
Hawaii given by Mr. Hall of Crabtree’s Travel Bureau.
Fireside Meeting: Our speaker for the evening will be one of our own members,
Professor Lester C. Uren. His subject will be “The Future Sources of Oil Supply and their
Political Implications.” [Lester C. Uren (1888-1960) was an author, researcher, and
educator at the University of California for more than 40 years. He wrote the first
petroleum-engineering textbook in 1924 and founded the first curriculum for petroleum
engineering in 1915. The Lester C. Uren Award was established in by the Society of
Petroleum Engineers in 1963, and recognizes distinguished achievement in the
technology of petroleum engineering by a member who made the contribution before age
Spring Extravaganza: We present “Kamaralzeman,” a new edition of one of the first
Hillside Extravaganzas written and produced just twenty years ago. There will be two
acts and fifteen musical numbers. The show is a somewhat free adaptation of an old
Arabian Nights story, entitled “The Love Affairs of Kamaralzeman and Badoura.”
Civic Affairs Section: We present two matters of local importance. Dr. Thomas L.
Nelson, Superintendent of Schools, will speak on “The Local. School Problem.” The
second topic will be “The City of Berkeley’s Tax Situation,” presented by Professor
Malcolm M. Davisson of the University of California, and a member of the City of
Berkeley Tax Commission.
Fireside Meeting: The Dramatic Activities Section will reprise four operettas from the
1950s and 60s: “Land o’ Gold, or Sierra Stars,” “The Twins of Wen Chu,” “Capers in
Capri,” and “The Loves of Lucinda.”
Photographic Arts Section: Armchair travelers will experience an unusual double-bill
slide show featuring travelogues of West and South Africa, and of Greece and the
Aegean Islands. The curtain raiser is Myrtle McLaren’s “Timbuktu to Cape Town,” with
some added shots of Victoria Falls and East African wild animals, a partial record of
Myrtle’s 67-day tour in 1971. The nightcap will be Kay and Fred Dempster’s “Greece,
Past and Present,” which will take us to the noble ruins of Athens, Delphia, Corinth,
Rhodes, Crete, Ephesus, and Delos, the beauty of which is matched by the timeless
beauty of countryside, mountains, and sea.
The Club’s archive of printed monthly newsletters ended with the May 1994 issue. If you
know of a source for any newsletters between 1994 and the Club’s renaissance in the
early 2000s, your historian would love to hear about it!