Sid Mobell all around jeweler

Tony Fenwick once introduced me to a fraternity brother calling me “an all-around jeweler” and at first I was taken aback; I thought it was some kind of coded ethnic slur. But I decided it was a variation on the Dartmouth vernacular, a variation of “stones’ or “ballsy” or somesuch, something somewhat macho and male. Maybe a “jeweler” had a lot of stones, a variety not just the size or what not. It’s kinda weird that I remember this.

Tony for example at various times played football, basketball and crew for Dartmouth, got a 48 on his LSATs and is a family man here in town and partner in a firm but not the one his dad founded, to his credit.

Anyhow, long and odd introduction to posting a short video by Antonio White about Sidney Mobell the retired famous jeweler in SF who donated some cool stuff to the Smithsonian, but news to me — and hence now in or on Plastic Alto — was also or is also a songwriter of considerable renown. Here he apparently wrote a song for Adlai Stevenson, bless them both. (Reminds me of visiting Carter Library with my dad and Scott Rafshoon and Scott singing along to a 1976 Carter campaign song….)

I found Mobell because I was writing above about Journey; there is a column in a Jewish pub that declares that Neil Schon of Journey is not a Jew. The next item is about Mobell.

I must of heard about Mobell in Herb Caen. Also, I met he and his wife one night at the SF Ballet; my parents at least for one season had seats adjacent to the Mobells.

Happy Passover to the Mobells. He did a famous Monopoly board game set; maybe he could also do a bejeweled sedar set.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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