P. Hiram Hogg
is a longtime San Franciscan currently living in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hogg, an attorney, is the good will ambassador who has spearheaded
the induction of several San Francisco residents into the Honorable
Order of Kentucky Colonels.
The Kentucky Colonel tradition began when that state's first governor,
Isaac Shelby, gave his son-in-law the title of colonel in charge of
the governor's staff. Similar commissions were later given to enlisted
soldiers in the War of 1812 and to Kentucky governors' guards. Today,
the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a philanthropic organization.
Among past and recent inductees from the City are entertainer Carol
Channing, COYOTE founder Margot St. James, Herb Caen's assistant Carole
Vernier, Strange de Jim, my colleague Christopher Caen, Armistead
Maupin, and this writer. While modesty reminds of the quote from Groucho
Marx, "I wouldn't belong to any group that would have me as a member,"
it is a great honor, of course.
Past inductees into the Kentucky Colonels also include President Lyndon
B. Johnson, Muhammad Ali, astronaut John Glenn, Ann-Margret, Tiger
Woods, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Hogg's credentials as a San Franciscophile are great. He proudly drives
around Louisville with his "ESS EFF" license plate on his car. Among
Hogg's souvenirs are rivets from the Golden Gate Bridge and cables
from both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, in addition to the Irving
Sinclair painting that hung for many years in the Domino Club. Hogg
attributes his recent purchase of an original 1937 Golden Gate Bridge
streetlamp to his propensity for EUI - Ebaying under the influence.
It's fitting that Strange de Jim should hold an equal or greater rank
than Col. Janis Karpinski, the demoted commander of soldiers responsible
for prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. No one was ever
seriously injured from one of Strange's famous punch lines, no matter
how torturous the pun.
Cheers to P. Hiram Hogg, who continues to love San Francisco and San
Franciscans from hills afar.
Here at home, the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA holds its annual fundraising
dinner at the City Club on Monday, May 26. A scheduled highlight at
this year's event is the YMCA's lease burning ceremony. Renters no
more, the Y recently purchased the All Hollow's School for use as
its new home. San Francisco business and community leaders including
Mayor Gavin Newsom are slated to attend.
The Bayview Hunters Point YMCA is often the only alternative for the
300-plus children it serves as an after school destination. Children
benefit from tutoring, mentoring programs, athletics, and other activities.
The dinner, the program's largest annual fundraiser, starts with "A
Taste of Sonoma," featuring special vintages from Martinelli, Rosenblum
Cellars, Old World Cellars and Pellegrini Family Vineyards. Visit
acteva.com/go/bayview for more information.
While there has been little publicity afforded it, the Presidio Officer's
Club is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime event through June 26. Run, don't
walk, to "From Above: A Robert Cameron Retrospective." The exhibit
features 58 large-scale photos - up to 12' x 6' - from the breath-taking
catalog of Cameron, the renowned aerial photographer and creator of
"Above San Francisco." For more information call the Presidio Events
Line at 561-5500 or visit www.presidio.gov.
The Women's Initiative for Self Employment's honors Eunice Azzani
with its Founders' Award at its annual gala celebrating entrepreneurial
success on June 1. The evening at the Hotel Nikko includes a cocktail
hour and dinner, along with musical entertainment and a product tradeshow
featuring unique gifts developed by graduates of the Women's Initiative.
Azzani, manager of the Korn/Ferry International recruitment firm,
has spent the past 25 years placing women and minorities into top
The Women's Initiative has selected Sheron Campbell of Oakland's World
of Braids as its Entrepreneur of the Year. Campbell moved beyond the
death of her business partner to create a thriving weaving and braiding
salon. Campbell gives back to the community by offering free weaves
to cancer patients.
Founded in 1988, the Women's Initiative provides low-income women
with programs that address the cultural, social and economic barriers
to self-sufficiency. Visit womensinitiative.org for more information.
The Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation's newest "One Night Only Benefit
Cabaret" stars Arnold McCuller. The singer makes his first appearance
at a REAF event on May 25 at the Empire Plush Room. The benefit cabaret
evenings and REAF's annual "Help is on the Way" shows have emerged
as some of San Francisco's most heart-felt and entertaining fund raising
events of the year. Visit richmondermet.org for more information.
Lastly, Holly Tyler has an eagle's eye for San Francisco cinema classics.
Tyler has alerted us to the news that "Fog Over Frisco," a rarely
seen Bette Davis/Warner Brothers contract film from 1934, airs on
Turner Movie Classics July 8. "It has lots of great outdoor locations
shots," says Tyler, "Check it out."
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