Ryzack, Yvonne: First Impressions Continued


Yvonne Ryzack


Yvonne Ryzack: Well I remember him walking in with just a tremendous amount of energy. He just bounced into the room and even as a 15 year old girl, I did notice “here was a good looking fellow”, and he never talked down to us. There was nothing patronizing about his approach to us. He looked us all, it’s an expression, but he looked us all in the eye and treated us like full citizens, even though we weren’t going to have the right to vote for some time at that point. But he still treated us like we were important to the future. For a teenager who is so used to being discounted, there was nothing about George Moscone that was discounting. His enthusiasm was so contagious for what he saw for California, what he saw for the future, I couldn’t imagine not wanting to be a part of that. So right after that, he walked in to a polite applause and he left to a standing ovation, everybody went nuts, because we all saw the same thing, here is somebody who thought we were important.


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

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