Moscone, Chris: Moscone's progressiveness


Chris Moscone: He (George Moscone) loved San Francisco. He’s a real city boy. He was exposed to all kinds of different things. And San Francisco, I think, embraced him at the right time, and it was a wonderful story. You get a single kid, his mother raised him and it was a cocky kid. He was smart and next thing you know he finds his voice, and he’s right there in the middle of Cesar Chavez and Civil Rights. I mean the times pushed him, and he responded. It gives me goosebumps because I wish I knew him differently. I wish I was there with him instead of being his kid because I didn’t know what was going on just until later. A lot of people told me and I’ve seen pictures, and I’m really proud to know that he was progressive when it meant something, and he stuck his neck out and he did stuff. He did things for Black people and Gay people and people who don’t have a lot of money, he just did ‘em. And I think that’s the way he was born and raised. I think a lot of that came from the basketball courts, I really do. Because he was out there all the time, and then law school came and it got him going. It was an exciting time back then. It was turmoil. It was a lot of crazy stuff. It was just the right time for him and he took advantage of it.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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