Remembering the ’06 quake at Lotta’s Fountain

Preparation, celebration are watch words for earthquakes

So far, in my long life, I’ve rarely gotten up at 2 a.m. In fact, at that hour I’m more likely heading for bed after an interesting evening. Such wasn’t the case on this past April 18 however. I was up at 2, well, 2:15 to be perfectly honest, unable resist my alarm’s snooze button at that hour. By 3:20, I was waiting on the street in Sonoma to meet a dear friend. A quick change of cars and we were off on an adventure.

My Sonoma friend, Scott Sherman, qualifies as another one of those Glen Ellen honorary citizens; Scott’s just too cool to belong to Sonoma only.

Every year, Scott travels to San Francisco on the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, April 18, of course. He goes in costume, looking like a dapper gent of the era, with his white beard and jaunty bowler hat. Scott’s purpose has always been to celebrate the survival of all four of his grandparents who were San Francisco residents at the time of the great earthquake. His younger brother, Bruce Sherman, was also born on that day, though not that year, so Scott makes it a double celebration.

The last time Scott spoke to his brother, before Bruce’s untimely death, was via a television newscast, where Scott was filmed spray painting a fire hydrant out on 20th and Church streets, with a filmed “Hello to Bruce.”

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