Brown, Willie: Moscone's approachability


Willie Brown: Maybe became the first person that was truly the mayor since the tales of the ’30’s when Sunny Jim was around. Moscone may have been the first person since Sunny Jim to really be a recognizable symbol of the city for everybody. And they didn’t call him Mayor Moscone. The public called him George. And for me that’s the ultimate compliment on who you are as an elected official. George didn’t hesitate to acknowledge it by sharing stories about his experience with something relevant to that person having been a playground director here in the city and having interacted with their relatives and their children. Having been a constant operative in the city as a lawyer over the years. Having been a candidate who actually rang doorbells in places like the Marina when they lost Milton Marks in the State Assembly. George really had a way. And to walk with George in any part of the city was an experience that required a lot of patience.


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

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