Ryzack, Yvonne: First Impressions of Moscone


Yvonne Ryzack


Yvonne Ryzack: And our luncheon speaker was going to be George Moscone. I hadn’t really, I might have heard about him, but I didn’t know much about, about George Moscone, until that day. He walked in and spoke to us and, for me, it was a life-changing experience. Sounds a little corny, but actually it was true. He talked to us like no one has ever talked up to that point to me or to my peers. What was so astounding about it was that he never talked down to us. He came in there, and he was, I believe at the time thinking of running for Governor, like we were the most important constituency he could possibly speak to. He came in and instantaneously connected with us. Talked about things that we cared about, that were relevant to our lives, and then challenged us. He was able to talk in such a familiar way with us, like he knew us, and challenged us to stop whining about things we didn’t like, but to instead get involved, and step up to the plate, and do something. He wasn’t there promoting himself for his own campaign, he went there to challenge us. I can’t speak for anybody else in the room, but it sure got me.


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

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