A San Francisco Visit
Greetings from the airport at San Francisco, where I’m just wrapping up a long weekend (a long weekend in the city, that is—not the airport).
The Alumni Association’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter invited me out here to speak to their group about the magazine and about the ongoing crisis that we Penn Staters are all going through. I did that on Friday night, and then they invited me to join them Saturday morning at a bar in the Marina/Cow Hollow neighborhood called Monaghan’s to watch the Penn State/Virginia football game. That was a cool experience; like many Penn State chapters around the country, the Bay Area Penn Staters have found a friendly bar willing to host them on football Saturdays—and, in many cases, to open at 9 a.m. for games that start at noon on the East Coast. There were about 50 Penn Staters crammed into this very small bar and, man, were they enthusiastic. They high-five like crazy after good plays, and even cheer the “It’s Your Time” commercial for Penn State when it comes on at halftime.
Big thanks to the San Francisco chapter folks for making me feel welcome, especially chapter president Sarah Roach ’06, Seth Hernandez ’06, Therese Jones ’11, Stella Kim ’06, Jay Hauser, and Mary Beth Walleisa ’11 (a former QWK Rock DJ like me!). It was also fun to see Dennis ’67 and Carol Paoletti again—I met them on the Alumni Association’s Oberammergau trip two years ago—and Lauren Hauptman ’90, who used to be editor of the Golden Gate State University alumni magazine. And Jeremy Barry ’98 gets points for showing up for the game-watching party wearing an autographed LaVar Arrington jersey. (I’m sure I’m forgetting someone.)
I had a chance to explore San Francisco—one of my favorite cities—a bit on the weekend, and to visit with my nephew and his wife, who live in the Bay Area. Then yesterday I took the BART over to Hayward, on the East Bay, to speak to a small group of alumni magazine editors in the region—people who work at places like Cal State East Bay, Sonoma State, Berkeley, and Santa Clara. The Penn Stater has kinda been the talk of the alumni magazine world these last 10 months, as we’re going through every university magazine’s worst nightmare—an institutional scandal of historic magnitude—and our colleagues at other schools have watched to see how we’ve covered it.
This morning before heading to the airport I rented a GoCar for an hour-long jaunt. Below is a photo I took from the GoCar as I was about to descend the crooked section of Lombard Street:
The GoCar experience was a hoot; I highly recommend it. Actually, I pretty much recommend all of San Francisco.
See you back in State College.
Tina Hay, editor