Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Join us as the authors of South End: Sport and Community at the Dock of the Bay bring to life one of the city's oldest institutions: the South End Rowing Club. Home to rowers, swimmers, runners and handballers, the South End--established in 1873--is as important to the city's social evolution as it is to our sporting history. The Club’s birth and growth mirrors that of the city in many ways and has influenced the broader city at several turns: not in earth-shaking ways, as the events of 1906 did, but in the subtle creation of additional recreational and social possibilities, small but real, for the people of the Bay.
Bob Barde has been a member of the South End Rowing Club since 2007. In addition to modest swimming accomplishments (Alcatraz, Golden Gate), he rows, has played handball, and for five years was a regular at Boat (repair) Night. He is an experienced historian who has written extensively on immigration history; his Immigration at the Golden Gate was published in 2008 and received laudatory reviews in numerous academic journals. For over twenty years Bob served as Deputy Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Business and Economic Research. Prior to that he was co-owner-manager of The Best of Africa art gallery (Toronto), and earlier the Educational Supervisor of documentaries on Africa (“The Africa File/Dossier Afrique”) for TVOntario in Toronto. The author has hitch-hiked across the Sahara, taken a river steamer to Timbuktu, and is a black belt in Shotokan-style karate. He now lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and sweetheart, Dawn McKenzie. Bob happily admits that only by partnering with Pat Cunneen could he have written South End: Sport and Community at the Dock of the Bay.
Pat Cunneen was raised in San Francisco and is a retired firefighter and engraver. He has been a member of the South End for nearly fifty years, indulging in all of the Club's various sports and serving on the Board of Directors. His first sports love was running, and he has been at the heart of the South End's running program since the early 1970s. Pat has also been the keeper of the Club's history: preserving precious historical material, teaching other South Enders about the Club's rich history, and enlivening Club events with his witty posters. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.