Rocker daze re 488

Curious. When did the President Hotel become an apartment complex?

When the band used to come to town, we’d book a few rooms to crash there after doing a show. It was kind of run-down back then but the overnight rates were cheap and there was always something to do in downtown Palo Alto.

Used to stop over at Dana Morgan’s on Bryant and occasionally run into Garcia, Crosby, and Pig Pen hanging out in the back of the store. Cassady and Kaukonen played a few gigs at the Poppycock on University after forming Hot Tuna so we’d sometimes stop over there for some fish and chips.

Got busted once for pot and was temporarily detained at the old police station on the other side of University…Bryant Street again. *L*

No cell phones back then. Just a couple of dimes to call this radical/left-wing attorney get us out. The guy drove down from Berkeley and ironically, got arrested himself on the way back for a DUI and having some windowpane on his possession. Those were the days.

Recently drove down University as I found myself in town to bury a sibling. Palo Alto has really changed. It’s too bad that people are fighting over this kind of stuff but hey…’the man’ will be the man.


David Nelson?


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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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