Tuesday morning marked the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, so a little more than usual, I’ve had Fog City on my mind.
Seems a great moment to bring up Sparkletack, one of my favorite podcasts, full of musings and mutterings from one of my favorite cities. Richard Miller, who apparently does the podcast and accompanying blog as a labor of love, does a fine job of bringing together and presenting nuggets of history from a town with richer veins than all the north California hills.
His best podcasts are those focusing on famous visitors to the city, or San Francisco’s more colorful residents. Interesting outside visits include the “left coast” adventures and writings of Robert Lewis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, and Samuel Clemens, before and after becoming Mark Twain. My favorites by far though are his profiles of Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television, and Emperor Norton, a unique figure if ever there was one.