Etherley, Derrald: Moscone's legacy


Derrald Etherley: I would like to say that George was different, and I tried to be as openly as possible in this interview, and I can say this: George was a fighter and he loved San Francisco. He really, really gave the underdog or people who had less than the privilege of those who had. That was very, very special about him. Another area in which they don’t even consider is like February the twenty-fourth, George made that Youth Day which is my birthday. George appointed me as director of the youth programs and swore me in, and that day was declared Youth Day. I have fond memories of him, but at the same time I have to be real because this has to be used as an educational tool to young people who might be looking at this who might want to get in the political side or work in campaigns. You have to look at all sides of everything because everything is not sugarcoated. George was a great man. We all loved him, but we all have our good points and our bad points. I hope I was able to shine a light on both.


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

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