Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago
Business Meeting: The subject for the consideration of the evening was “Better Films,”
Mrs. J. F. Johnston, Chairman of the Berkeley Better Films Committee and one of the
delegates of the Club to that Committee discussed briefly Better Pictures, Types of Work,
Elimination of Stupid Pictures, and the newspaper reports and bulletins. The physical
conditions under which pictures are produced were then discussed. Mr. E. A. Martin of
Los Angeles, the author of “America In Its Making,” told of his experience in theatrical
and the moving picture industry. His talk was interesting and enlightening about the
history and development of the film business.
Annual Dinner: The evening of October 23 brought the annual gathering of the club
around beautifully decorated dinner tables. No annual dinner has ever had so many in
number and none has shown more carefully planned preparation for the pleasure of all.
Mrs. Carlton Rose, her committee and the hostesses who presided at the tables had
combined to carry out the thoughts of “Pacific” around which the programs of the year
are being planned. For the annual dinner the Clubhouse was lavishly decorated with date
palms, fronds and many flags, lending an idea of many and widespread nations. Each
table represented a country or group of countries bordering the Pacific Ocean: the United
States, Canada, Spanish America, Russia, China, Japan, Siam, the Philippines and other
countries and islands whose shores are washed by the Pacific had lent of their wealth of
interesting art, fruits and industries to five each hostess an opportunity to make her table
festive. As far as possible those who, by birth or travel, were most interested in any
special country were seated together, and joined in stunts to entertain the party. Particular
mention may be made of the Javanese table, where the guests were all ladies and added to
their interesting decorations and costumes, charming music made upon strange Javanese
instruments lent them for the occasion. Clever entertainment was furnished by each
group, and the small tables designated North and South Poles constantly kept themselves
busy with radion messages to the delight of the listeners.
Fireside Meeting: At our October Fireside Meeting we shall have the pleasure of not only
welcoming back, but of hearing one of our own members, Mr. Wallen Maybeck, who
will share with us his “Experiences in Germany.” His message will be of great interest to
all Hillsiders as Mr. Maybeck has just returned from Germany.
Drama: The Dramatic Activities Section under the Chairmanship of Mr. and Mrs. Louis
Piccirillo will produce an original play of the Renaissance written by Mr. Piccirillo
entitled “The Divine Aretino.” Gorgeous costumes of the period will be furnished by
Mollie and Horace Ivie from their beautiful collection of period costumes. A fine cast and
a special stage setting of the Grand Canal of Venice will be featured.
Proposed By-Laws amendment: “If in its judgment the best interests of the Club will be
served by so doing, the Board of Directors may remit dues, whether past due or to
become due, of any member who in its judgment may be unable to pay such dues without
hardship and who might otherwise feel impelled to resign from the Club.”
Fireside Meeting: Mr. Garth A. Hull, Educational Programs Officer, Ames Research
Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will speak to us, with visual
aids, on the subject of “The Moon and Beyond.” This will include part Moon and Mars
exploration findings as well as plans for exploration of the planets, including “Skylab” to
be launched in 1973, and “Pioneer” now en route to Jupiter and beyond. [The Skylab
space station was occupied between May 1973 and February 1974, and burned up in the
atmosphere in July 1979. Pioneer 10 became the first spaceship to visit Jupiter (1973),
and Pioneer 11 the first to visit both Jupiter and Saturn (1974 and 1979). The Pioneer
probes are now far beyond the orbit of Pluto, though they are no longer operating.]
Mt. Lassen Tour: All the details for this fabulous three-day weekend tour were included
in the pink sheets enclosed with your year book. Please review the information on the
flyer, and even put it in your suitcase. Let’s have no delay in starting on Saturday,
October 7, promptly at 7:30am.
Annual Dinner: Delicious roast beef will be served at our 70th Annual Dinner, followed
by a delightful program arranged by Clara and Kenneth LaViolette. Please mail the
reservation form in the envelope sent with the September bulletin, along with your check
for $4.75 each.
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!