Nolte, Carl: Moscone


Carl Nolte: When I see George Moscone, I remember my in-laws saying every once in a while, “Geez, you know, I played ball with him. He was a good guy.” Which meant a lot to him, this guy. He’s old now. He was a North Beach guy. And I’d see him at a dinner or lunch and he smoked cigarettes. If you want to assess him he was always smoking all these damn cigarettes. I see him leading the city band. George could do that. I see him in that office trying to do the best he can. I see him bringing in people that, I didn’t think were so hot maybe, were going to represent the real city. George saw the real city as it really is. I mean it’s pretty dirty sometimes. It’s nasty. I seen him in Washington Square Bar & Grill at the bar talking to people. I see his cop friends say, “That’s enough, George. We’re leaving now.” Not “Mr. Mayor” and stuff. I see him as a real guy, not a saint. I see him as an effective San Francisco guy which is important to people who just got in yesterday afternoon, too. There was something that drew them to San Francisco which was something that George Moscone represented.


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

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