Episode from KRON-TV's Decades series made in 2002 by Executive Producer Jim Swanson which uses original news footage and contemporary interviews to reflect on Bay Area history from the 1920s, including issues relating to: the advent of Prohibition in 1920 and the growth of speakeasy culture; the relationship between law enforcement and local criminals; the trial of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle; radio and movie culture; popular entertainment; the San Francisco Seals baseball team; Mayor James “Sunny Jim” Rolph; industrial relations; the San Francisco Grand Opera (founded in 1923); the blossoming of city architecture and philianthropy of Alma Spreckels; the growth of San Francisco's transportation structure and new neighborhoods; racial discrimination and economic exclusion against Asian Americans and the initial impact of the 1929 Wall Street Crash. Also features interviews with: Kenneth Rose; Keith Lummis (1905-2002); Dante Benedetti; Kevin Mullen; Sergeant Robert Fitzer; Dr. Kevin Starr; Vera Taylor; Daniel Bacon; Jerry Flamm; Professor Robert Cherny; Bernice Scharlach; Carl Nolte; Dr. Ling Chi Wang and Brenda Wong Aoki. This program was produced and directed by Joan Saffa, written by Charlie Pearson and narrated by Ed Asner. This Emmy Award winning series traced the rich history of San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the 21st Century. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.
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