Waller, Rich: Political dichotomy in 1974


Rich Waller: In 1974 when I landed here, the political environment was still pretty divided you might say. Everybody’s vision from around the country was that San Francisco was the flower children were all here. But when you got here you also found people still wearing white gloves and hats and fedoras. So there was this dichotomy of what San Francisco was. There was a very new San Francisco being the flower power peace activists here, and then you had this older more [stayed] type of San Francisco. So the politics was kinda like “this is really interesting.” Having come up from Chicago, I knew definitely what electoral politics was about. I knew what a precinct captain was. I knew what a ward committee was. I knew what [ ] was. I knew how you move from [ ] to become mayor, and all the politics that went on in-between. I didn’t see that readily here. There was a power structure, and a power structure that existed apparently for a long time, and then you had all these new players who were kinda biting at the bit to get in.



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

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