HISTORY OF BROADWAY CIRCA 1940-1945
I've been approached to write a history of Oakland's Broadway during the war years. (1939 to 1945) I intend to do this as a continuing blog, eventually making it available as either a newspaper or magazine article. It will be similar to an article I've already written entitled "A Walk up Piedmont Avenue 75 Years Ago" My research so far has uncovered a 1940 map that lists every storefront, business, theater, restaurant etc. on Broadway from 4th Street to 22nd Street. I also have all the key route maps, train stations. I will be depending on my memory and the memories of all Technical High Graduates to go beyond that point. Right now my biggest problem is the lack of information on Broadway from the waterfront to 4th street. I know there was an emporium with a small restaurant at the foot of Broadway. (I have a copy of the menu). I know that there was a train that ran from San Jose to a 1st street station at Broadway at that time. So-------I need your help. PLEASE mail, phone or email any memories you have of Broadway below 4th Street, no matter how trivial, during the years 1939 to 1945.
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Richard L. Wren
IN HIS NEW CAREER AS AN AUTHOR, RICHARD DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS TALL, DARK, HANDSOME AND A LIAR. A FOURTH GENERATION CALIFORNIAN, A SAILOR, FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SUPPORTIVE DAUGHTERS, AND HUSBAND TO ONE OF THE BEST WIVES OF ALL TIME. [MORE]