Burton, John: relation with Moscone


John Burton: He was my best friend. I would have to say that to some extent I miss him as much and even sometimes more than my two brothers because George and I hung out more than I did with my two brothers so I think that it’s equal. If it wasn’t for George Moscone I wouldn’t have passed the Bar because he read for the Bar. And I remember right before the Bar, “How are you doing?” I said, “Eh, I don’t know?” So he gave me questions, and he walked me through evidence, walked me through torts, walked me through specific performance, and I mean I can still remember – I don’t remember the specifics of performance that much, although I did then and there were two questions on it. But I remember his key to evidence, his key to torts. I mean there was no way in the world I would have passed. Then I used to be just a lonely old guy, but on Saturdays or on Sundays – I was living by myself, and my mom was overseas – I just happen by the house when they lived out in the avenues, forty-something, around dinner time, and have hamburger helper. George was good. Though, that was the one thing, like I said in the Milk movie, he had a temper. He would not take me screaming at him like that, Harvey screaming at him like that in the movie; just kinda sit there. They used to call him “The Neck” at Helen Wills because his neck would like that. He was special. Smoked too much, but what the hell? We all did.


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

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