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Healthy Tales: Richard!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 7, 2012

My health club is a living organic entity. Sure, the equipment and the building itself are inanimate, but the assemblage of characters within—so many people coming and going, day after day, working out, procrastinating and/or posing-- that’s the fascinating part.

I love to study human beings, because they’re slightly more interesting than the primates at the San Francisco Zoo. The gorillas are pretty predictable. They sleep half the time, and spend their limited waking hours eating, staring at you, scratching themselves and then staring some more. But on the other hand, they won’t cut... (more)

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Chuck Stevens Has Impacted This Great Game in Many Ways

By Ed Attanasio, published on Aug 10, 2012

Stevens spent 20 years playing, coaching and managing professional baseball, much of it in the Pacific Coast League, but he is best remembered as the player who delivered the first major league hit off pitching legend Satchel Paige. He is the President of the Professional Baseball Players’ Association, a group that helps former professional baseball players in need. With the St. Louis Browns, Stevens appeared in four games and went 2-for-13 (.154) with two runs and two RBI before entering World War II. He rejoined the Browns after being discharged before the 1946 season, appearing in 122 games... (more)

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Bobby Doerr Played This Great Game Right

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jul 4, 2012

Bobby Doerr played his entire 14-year baseball career for the Boston Red Sox from 1937 to 1951. The second baseman led the American League in double plays five times; in putouts and fielding percentage four times each, and in assists three times. He held the major league record for career double plays at second base (1,507) until Nellie Fox surpassed his mark in 1963, and his career fielding percentage (.980) was a major league record until Red Schoendienst broke it in 1953. Doerr also ended his career ranking fifth in career games (1,852), putouts (4,928) and total chances (10,852) at second... (more)

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Noah Knows

By Ed Attanasio, published on May 29, 2012

His name is Noah Tyler, age 55, but everyone calls him Dave. He is one of the last street musicians still left in San Francisco. I first encountered him when I was walking my dogs down by Fisherman's Wharf on the weekends. It's a nice stroll down through Aquatic Park, if you can stay clear of all the clueless tourists on bikes who seem to think people on foot are simply in the way. So, I go down to where the cable cars turn around, and I started to notice this street musician entertaining the tourists while they waited in line for a cable car to board. I was immediately impressed with Dave's... (more)

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The Art of Baseball

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 18, 2012

Opening day of baseball season millions join together to root for their home team, to watch, to listen and to experience. Partake in this great American pastime at San Francisco's George Krevsky Gallery’s Art of Baseball: 15th Annual Exhibition featuring 76 drawings, paintings, and sculptures by artists from across the country.

An all-star lineup graces this year’s show. Magical third baseman Brooks Robinson caught everything hit in his general direction during a Hall of Fame career. Babe Ruth's steely stare scared every pitcher from Boston to Chicago where he called his famous shot... (more)

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Cops Love Their Harleys!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Dec 22, 2011

Next time you get pulled over by a motorcycle policeman in any state in the country, it’s very likely the officer will be riding a Harley. The relationship between cops and H-Ds goes back more than a century. More police departments use Harleys than any other type of motorcycle and by a wide margin, because they have the power, reliability and comfort they desire. So, whether it’s a California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle policeman, or one from Alaska to Hawaii and everywhere in between, Harleys are a big part of law enforcement on the roads of North America.

The colorful history... (more)

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Create or Die!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Dec 4, 2011

“Why are you wasting all your time doing that blog?”

“Do you think you’ll ever sell any of those short stories?”

“Who’s going to buy any of those silly illustrations you draw?”

“How long have you been working on that damn screenplay?”

People who ask these questions don’t get it and they never will. It’s not about the money. Sure, cash is nice, but you can’t take it with you. I always think about what a rich person probably says on their death bed.

“Damn! I left too much on the table!”

When I exit the planet, my table will have nothing left on it, because... (more)

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The Art of the Chopper I & II

By Ed Attanasio, published on Nov 28, 2011

Note: I met Tim about two years ago. He knows his motorcycles, his ladies and his rock 'n roll--so he is a blast to hang out with. He is also a spectacular photographer and a mega-talented writer. You can find his work on artofthechopper.com

Tim Zimberoff is the author of two best-selling motorcycle books, Art of the Chopper and Art of the Chopper II. Zimberoff was born in Los Angeles and raised in Las Vegas. As proficient with a clarinet as with a camera, he succumbed to the lure of photography while studying music at the USC School of Performing Arts.

Zimberoff started his... (more)

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Hector's Big Weekend: Part I

By Ed Attanasio, published on Nov 22, 2011

In gambling terms, Hector is a mini-whale. Sure, he’s just as sick as any of them, but he has a larger wallet and isn’t afraid to risk a significant portion of his impressive bankroll on assorted card games, sporting events and whatever else can provide that adrenalin rush. One time he and another fool bet on who could eat more pieces of sushi and Hector started gagging after 90. Pretty impressive for a 5’2’’ 100-lb. guy, but he lost $10,000 when his friend ate 104 nigiri-zushi. Another time, Hector was convinced that he could run from Reno to Carson City in a business suit in the dead of winter.... (more)

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What Happened to Halloween?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 30, 2011

Back in the 1960s when I was a kid, Halloween was all about free candy and some light vandalism. We threw eggs, sprayed shaving cream and smashed a few pumpkins here and there. Back then, it was considered serious hooliganism but the stuff they do today made us look like a couple of do-gooders.

Now, Halloween consists of drunks acting stupid, fighting, destroying property, and even murder. The Halloween parade that used to take place here in the Castro in San Francisco every year was canceled a while back because every year more than a few people were either shot, beaten or in one case,... (more)

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