In 1969 I rented the second floor of 360 Kearny Street, San Francisco, from Ron Pelosi. It was only a block from his office on Montgomery Street, so once a month I walked over to his desk and paid my rent. It was an opportunity to chat for a minute. I had no idea what an important person he was in San Francisco politics and just enjoyed our brief conversations. He was on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at that time and president from 1978 to 1980.
His brother Paul Pelosi is married to Nancy Pelosi (née D’Alesandro) who is presently 3rd in line for the Presidency of the United States. It is a political family!
The unusual brief encounter occurred one morning when paying my rent; Ron asked me if he could use the front room of my rented space as a viewing stand for watching the Italian Heritage Parade on Columbus Day which would be going directly under my office window.
This is the current Google Earth photo and the windows directly above Ramen Underground are where he wanted to take his family for viewing the parade. The Bank of America building, in the background, was under construction at that time. It is a perfect place for viewing a parade.
But I had a major problem. Unbeknownst to Ron Pelosi, my friend and business partner was Bill Murray, … Madalyn Murray‘s son. He was the one who didn’t want to say prayers in school every morning. That was only a few years before his mom took that problem to the US Supreme Court and prayer was removed from the public schools.
I had many conversations with Bill, some about religion, and he wasn’t an atheist, not even an agnostic, not even a humanist. He said humanists were just atheists hiding under a better sounding name. I really liked him and enjoyed our conversations. Later he got reinvolved with his mom, and huge problems erupted for Bill.
It might have been a wonderful event having the Pelosis and Murray together in that room for an hour or two. Or hell!