V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi

19 Sep 2017

SFCentric History: The San Franciscans Who Survived The Titanic

SFCentric History is a new column, by SF writer V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi, that digs in the vaults of local history and shares the sensational people, places, and things that rocked San Francisco. The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the biggest disasters in history. Many San Franciscans

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14 Sep 2017

SFCentric History: When Houdini Escaped His Way Around San Francisco

San Francisco is an old, iron safe filled with gold, glory, disaster, and secrets. SFCentric History is a new column, by SF writer V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi, that digs in the vaults of local history and shares the sensational people, places, and things that rocked San Francisco. Harry Houdini (born Erik

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05 Sep 2017

SFCentric History: The First Black Heavyweight Champ Trained in SF

Muhammed Ali. Joe Louis. Larry Holmes. Mike Tyson. George Foreman. These incredible fighters are household names and legends in the boxing world. But do you now who the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world was? The man Ali called the greatest? His name was John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, and he trained, fought, and won right here in San Francisco.

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23 Aug 2017

SF’s Legendary Fire Chief Dennis T. Sullivan Predicted the City’s Disaster

Fire Chief Dennis T. Sullivan’s cautionary words proved prophetic, as the city was thrown into a disaster which destroyed over 80% of the city and killed about 3,000 people–including Sullivan.

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15 Aug 2017

Maya Angelou, San Francisco’s First African-American Female Streetcar Conductor

By V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi The first African-American to pen a best-selling nonfiction book. The first African-American and first female to read a poem at a Presidential Inauguration. The first African-American female director. It seems that Dr. Maya Angelou was destined for a life of trailblazing firsts. Perhaps the initial, yet

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