Puma and PIcasso (revisited)


This is new to me: I am reprinting to top of the heap a previous post from 8 years ago, 2011, because I added a bit of content:

Nes and Aaron of Premier Boutique in Palo Alto

I have been meaning to write an old school plug for Aaron Biner’s Premier Boutique in Palo Alto, on Ramona next to Coupa Cafe and across from The Old Pro.

They have a promotion for Puma with a picture of Walt “Clyde” Frasier in the window. They also have a signed “Clyde” basketball. Partially owing to the fact that my good friend the neuropathologist Dr. Brian Moore has relocated to Springfield, Illinois, I have had a Walt Frazier jones going for a while (although, it turns out that Southern Illinois Salukis actually play in the distant Carbondale Campus and people in Springfield more likely root for the Illini of University of Illinois).

Aaron Biner and his assitant store manager Nes helped me find a pair of Clydes that make me look cool. Cool enough, as I noted in previous post “Shields and Yarn: a review of “Reality Hunger’ to crash the Picasso opening at the De Young severely under-dressed.

Nes says she also works for San Jose Giants in concessions. We agreed that the churros are top notch — something I recall from too long ago, but am relieved is still true.

(Note: I have to admit or reveal that they gave me $1o or ten percent off or so on my Puma’s. I don’t feel too bad in that it seems they had been sending various email and social media discounts and sales notifications to their prospective customers. Nes also shot a nice portrait of me in my “new shoes glee” look, using an instant camera that seems to be filling the void left by the demise of Poloroid).

edit to add, eight years and eight days later: Aaron moved his store to San Mateo. I rarely wear the black Pumas. I loved the Picasso show. Have not been back to San Jose Giants, nor had their churros again. But the big news: Aaron gifted me the autographed ball, and I added signatures by Mildred Howard, Marcus Shelby and then-mayor Sid Espinosa. I will try to swede that in.

Marcus: who is the juggler in your Black Hisory Month Big Band Piece?

These people definitely are not wearing Pumas:

PIcasso bathers not wearing shoes because I may have worn Puma black leather kicks to the DeYoung opening where I saw this piece and 100 others in 2011, ok?

back to PUMA, per se: It was founded by Rudi Dassler, brother of Adi Dasler, and first called RUDA before PUMA. And keeping with my theme or trope of seemingly unrelated info the bathers by Picasso, who are also shoeless, Smith and Carlos in their 1968 Olympic Black Power protest took off their Puma shoes on the stand, and then raised their gloved fist.

And from RUDA to PUMA to RIGO, I was just saying to Claudia Altman Siegal Goldyne that I like the RIGO tribute to John Carlos and Tommy Smith at SJSU.
ok, so I’ve added enough stuff that I am content with the update.

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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