Noe Valley Voice February 2008

Letters to the Editor

Celebration for Bob Johnson


Bob Johnson passed away on Jan. 3, 2008, in his home overlooking his beloved city. He was surrounded by his family when he passed away. He was a native of California and a resident of San Francisco for the past 95 years. He was the "Tamale in Our Midst" in your pages [November 2006 Voice], as he owned and operated Johnson's Tamale Grotto for many years. He had lived on Liberty Hill for over 60 years. Bob died as he lived, his way.

As a tribute to a wonderful life, an open house will be held in his honor on Saturday, Feb 16, from 1 to 5 pm at 400 Liberty Street, Apt. 4. Anyone who knew Bob is invited to attend. He loved Noe Valley, and we his family are so appreciative of the many kind and caring people who shared a hello and a smile with Bob on his daily outings to 24th Street.

Bob's family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Savor, the merchants of 24th Street, and Bob's Liberty Hill neighbors, who were so kind and caring through the years.

Please come, share a story, and a laugh for this wonderful man.

Chris, Cathy, Clark, and Craig Haley

Cathy Mowbray

472-205 Debi Drive

Susanville, CA 96130

An Accident Waiting to Happen


I'm writing to express my concern over the safety of pedestrians in our area. I walk to my gym on Church Street in the morning, and at least once a week I am almost run over by a driver who isn't paying attention to the crosswalks (or the pedestrians in those crosswalks). Drivers frequently go right through the intersections without stopping.

This problem isn't just occurring in the morning. One Sunday afternoon, I saw two drivers rolling through intersections--one on a cell phone, one just not paying attention. Can you imagine the consequences if even one pedestrian is hit in our neighborhood?

To Noe drivers: Please be more observant of your surroundings. Stop completely at stop signs, and look both ways at the crosswalk before you go through an intersection.

To Noe pedestrians, joggers, and dogs: Please be extraobservant and aware of the cars that share the streets with you.

Karen Halstead

27th Street

Marathoners Come of Age


Congratulations to Kay Teiber on completing yet another marathon ["No Finish Line in Sight for Noe Marathoner," December 2007/January 2008 Voice]. Very impressive! I too am a Noe Valley runner who started running in her 40s in the neighborhood, and I still run here some days. Unlike Kay, however, I haven't run a marathon, although I completed my first half-marathon last year and am planning to do another in February.

I am writing because Kay expressed a wish to run with more people of her own generation--people in their 60s and up. Well, I can help! I am a member of a running club called Dolphin South End Runners (DSE). It was founded in 1966 and is the oldest and largest running club in San Francisco. We are a group of runners of all stripes: fast, medium, slow...young, middle-aged, and not so young, including runners in their 70s.

I'd like to invite Kay or any other Noe Valley resident to try one of the weekly races in and around San Francisco (most Sundays) or one of our training runs in Golden Gate Park (every Saturday). There is no commitment required, and after a few runs, you will be able to determine if this is the place for you. I joined four years ago, after just two "visits."

If you'd like to learn more about DSE, go to Check out past race results and the photo gallery to get an idea of the diversity among our runners.

In the meantime, keep on running!

Suzana Seban

Clipper Street


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