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Received an email from E Clampus Vitus members, including Clamper Jerry Kazynski, concerning naming the Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton, a somewhat whimsical character of San Francisco who arrived in the city after the Gold Rush.

Losing a fortune in rice (rice?), Joshua Abraham Norton then declared himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States. He called for, among other things unthought of at the time, tolerance and freedom to African-Americans, Chinese and Native Americans. He also deemed that anyone calling the City by the Bay, “Frisco” shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and pay the Imperial Treasury $25.

I told you that to tell you this. Seems the Clampers, always promoting our history, are all afoot (scampering around) in an effort to name the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton. I think it’s a jolly-good idea.

It was the Emperor himself who, in 1872, called for the survey and construction of a great bridge linking Oakland and San Francisco via Goat Island which today is known as Yerba Buena Island. Far ahead of his time, I’m voting for the Emperor...


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