Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.
—Earl Nightingale

October 19 

  • 1969 — US Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters as “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”
  • 1973 — President Richard Nixon rejected an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.

I don’t know why you are treating me like this. The only thing I have done is carry a pistol into a movie. —Lee Harvey Oswald

October 18, 1939 — Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy, is born.

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. —R. Buckminster Fuller

October 17, 1989 — The 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake shakes the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Sixty-three people were killed.

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