Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tour 2017: Sacramento

The tour our group traveled from our home base in Guerneville to Sacramento. First on the agenda was the spot in Capitol Park where Squeaky pointed an unloaded gun at President Ford on September 5, 1975. The magnolia tree that Squeaky was detained under is believed to be this one according to the description in Jess Bravin's excellent book Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme. Read more about this spot here.

"I stood up and waved a gun (at Ford) for a reason", said Fromme. "I was so relieved not to have to shoot it, but, in truth, I came to get life. Not just my life but clean air, healthy water and respect for creatures and creation." Appropriately, there was a demonstration going on in the park touting among other things, environmental issues.

Next up was a barbecue at Patty and Stoner's house hosted by friend of the blog Dayna B. There were only six of us but there was enough delicious food for a small army. We took a good deal of it back to Guerneville to snack on. Thank you Dayna for your hospitality! And thank you Stoner for cleaning the bathroom!

Once we were good and full we ventured on down to P Street, where Sandra Good and Squeaky famously lived in 1975:

Lastly, we made a quick trip from 17th and P to 10th and Broadway to visit the Old Sacramento City Cemetery to see a headstone that Squeaky and Sandy posed in front of for a German magazine back in the day. Patty was easily able to locate the stone with the help of Farflung: you can see the original post here. Stoner was kind enough to recreate the scene for us and for you, dear reader:

Thank you for your attention. The tour was, in our humble opinions, a grand success.  We look forward eagerly to 2018. We hope you will decide to join us!