city: san francisco

peoples temple (sf)

from jim jones, people’s temple, jonestown posted in history by pete_nice

The Peoples Temple moved to their new digs at this address in 1971, the former home of the Albert Pike Memorial Scottish Rite temple. The church purchased the building the following year for $122,500.

The group opened a branch in Los Angeles in 1972 as well. Eventually, they convinced many of the Angelinos to move to San Francisco. By 1975, Peoples Temple had abandoned their plan of making the Redwood Valley their "promised land", and instead focused on recruiting and building the congregation in the Bay Area.

Today, the location is a post office.


Note: I'm not really sure if it's People's Temple or Peoples Temple. I initially thought that the apostrophe was used to indicate that the people owned the temple (People's), but maybe since the direction of the ownership was questionable in this instance, it is without the possessive form (Peoples).

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craigslist headquarters

from internet posted in technology by pete_nice

With nearly 20 billion pages views per month, craiglist.org is the 10th most popular website in the US, and 37th most popular worldwide. With only 28 employees, the craiglist empire is headquartered at this location.

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plymell and ginsberg’s apartment

from zap comix, allen ginsberg, neal cassady posted in comic books by crabapple

After Beat generation mascot Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarty in On the Road) divorced from his wife Carolyn in 1963, he went to live with his poet buddy Allen Ginsberg and his poet/writer/drug-enthusiast roommate Charles Plymell at this address.

A hipster and experience czar from Kansas, Plymell would go on to publish the first issue of the underground Zap Comix, an early example of counter-culture underground comics. According to lore, R. Crumb's wife, Dana, sold the first issue of Zap by peddling the comic out of a baby stoller around Haight-Ashbury.

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chinese hospital

from bruce lee posted in movies by crabapple

Bruce Lee (née Lee Jun-fan) was born at the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to Lee Hoi-chuen (father) and Grace Ho (mother).

The elder Lee was a leading Cantonese opera and film actor on tour in America at the time of Bruce's birth. The family returned to Hong Kong (specifically, Kowloon) shortly after Lee was born, and within months Japan invaded Hong Kong.

Bruce Lee would return to San Francisco in 1959 at the age of eighteen.

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omni hotel

from silicon valley posted in television by pete_nice

The gang from Pied Piper get upgraded to a suite at the Omni Hotel after Erlich's public beating by a jealous husband in Season 1 of the HBO series Silicon Valley.

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