by David Mostardi, Club Historian
Once Upon A Hillside: 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago
Social Meeting: The entertainment for the April social meeting of which Professor Whitten was chairman took the form this year of a Spanish play. Miss Ideall Purnell, a student of the University, dramatized a poem of Bret Harte’s entitled “Conception Arguello” and took the title role. Others in the cast were Mr. Porter, Dr. Morgan, Prof. Priestley, Mr. Hale, Mr. Will Smith, and Mr. Irving Whitney members of the club; Misses Helen Bolton, Kerna Maybeck, Alice Eakle, Ruth Whitney, Hermoine Wybrandi and Wentworth Green, children of club members; and Mrs. Ehlers, Mr. Juck and Miss Gertrude Whitten, students.
The play was cleverly arranged and well thought-out and gave the audience a charming picture of the early Spanish days in California. A large and enthusiastic audience enjoyed the evening, and was especially appreciative of the stage settings for which Mr. Maybeck and Mr. C. W. Whitney deserve a large part of the credit. After the usual refreshments, a social was enjoyed with dancing.
Unfortunately, there is no April 1947 bulletin in the Club archives.
Fireside Meeting: Mr. Neil Clements of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. will be the speaker of the evening, with “Laser-Holography” his topic. The speaker will show the audience an actual hologram, a three-dimensional picture that floats in mid-air. The picture is in a box, and you will feel certain that you can reach in and touch it. You open the box and there is nothing there! What you are seeing is a picture taken by a Laser beam instead of a camera. Its possibilities are fantastic—in communications, in medicine, in television. In fact, the hologram is “a solution in search of a problem.” You will find the topic fascinating, presented by a very effective speaker.
Photographic Arts Section: The Stacys will present a slide show entitled “Around South America the Freighter Way.” A few years ago they visited various ports along the west coast of South America, passed through the Strait of Magellan, continued up the east coast, then through the Panama Canal and back to San Francisco. Their pictures include many areas not seen on the usual cruise.
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!