Alo alit: or ‘Greetings, hosers!’

Because my now-wife, Terry Acebo Davis, {aka TMW]}was an arts commissioner here, we got to know him well, and, subsequent to that, added nuance to our knowledge of his many murals here. For instance, in 2014, when I ran for City Council, Eric Hager, who I have known since 10th grade — he was an advertising director when I was editor in chief of the Gunn Oracle — and I posed trompe loyal-ish, as if he and I were in that garden with her (the subject, not my wife). I actually wrote to Alo, an ad rep for this paper, about creating some kind of genre-bending advertorial that would run on page 11 or cover three and be both a campaign ad and reader contest. I most certainly would have in the archive of this magic box both the photo I am recalling and the correspondence). So yes naturally I would know that the picture in today’s Post is a Greg Brown mural on Waverley Street in downtown Palo Alto,

on the north wall of the former Palo Alto Sport and Toy building (where Eric was manager for roughly 20 years). Greg, who endorsed my campaign in 2014 shortly before his death*, told me that the painting is based on a true event, or a story his aunt told of an encounter with nature in her garden.

Actually, it’s a detail of such. I don’t believe it has a title. Or I could put you in touch with Julie to confirm that point.

Mark Weiss
Palo Alto

*Peter Drekmeier, who I met at Bay Area Action in 1992, suggested to me that fall that people might doubt my story of an endorsement of a recently deceased public figure, so I brought that claim to his widow who suggested I list the endorsement of “Greg and Julie Brown”.

Hey, I would pay you $100 to run this copy with the photo of Eric, me and Greg’s late aunt.

a test for cognitive impairment might be the loss of the ability to distinguish Lady Brett Ashley from Daisy Buchanan (one: isnt’ it pretty, the other: green light; well, hemingway v. fitzgerald)

cory endorsed by grateful dead member, singer for the donnas, owner of guitar store: cory the former trombone player of the illustrious Gunn jazz orchestra. I saw him play. He’s Got The Beats

blue trees v. white stripes

nerdic: Finnish computer workers who are not scandinavians: Joni Koukku, Janne Tamminen and Hanno Hanno (not to be confused with Honus Honus of Man Man, although they both have facial hair; Honus resembles Joni more, or their mustaches do). Finnish fetish

animal liberation orchestra featuring dan lebovitz of saratoga

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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