Nothenberg, Rudy: Moscone


Rudy Nothenberg: I began to allude to in another question, I don’t remember what it was, and that’s the perhaps understandable tendency to mythologize George and to make him into a clay figure rather than a very vibrant, wonderful human being. He had a [ ], he had a sense of humor, he had a grin, an encompassing love for the city. What was wiped out wasn’t just a mayor and some bureaucrat. What was wiped out was a wonderful, wonderful human being who loved the city, who loved everybody in it and it didn’t matter whether they agreed with him or not because in those days, believe it or not, you could disagree and disagree quite vehemently and still go out to [10] Sanchez (Street) and have a drink later on. The vibrancy that was wiped from the face of the earth was so tragic in so many ways. I did want to make the point that people need to remember this wonderful, ebullient human being who came here out of a will and a wish and a love of the city, and wanted to do something for it who got wiped away.


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

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