I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  • he time was June 1962 and I was serving in the air force at Beale AFB when Barb and I were married. We rented a trailer at Rough and Ready, California, some 18 miles east of the base . We were so short of cash we couldn’t afford a television. Fortunately, one of my few personal possessions was a communications receiver I’d brought from the barracks. Since I usually worked the flightline six nights each week I set the radio to a strong all night station for Barb – KGO.

    That was how she became acquainted with the remote broadcasts from a San Francisco night club known as the Hungry i – <www.sfgate.com>. And when I returned home she always filled me in on the performances of Dick Gregory, Barbra Streisand, and many other who were destined to become stars. The Hungry i provided entertainment superior to anything television provided. Then, in 1963, the air force sent us to the West Indies.

    Puerto Rico provided a host of fine activities – Latin music, Quatros, wild fruits for the picking, temperatures as warm as the generous as our neighbors.

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    But our home located on Isabella Calla was a great a distance from Rough and Ready, too far for us to capture the nightly KGO signal. So we wore the music off a LP record playing Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.

    <https://youtu.be/r6DUwMnDxEshttps://youtu.be/r6DUwMnDxEs>

    We served our three-year tour and returned to the continent to learn that the Hungry i no longer existed and that the frequency was now occupied by a talk show host, Ira Blue.

    While Ira Blue did a fine job with his talk show, we could not complete him he the Hungry i. During our absence we’d been burglarized. However, there were many who did not share our disappointment.

    Watch “How Ira Blue’s KGO signal led fishing boats through the Golden Gate” on YouTube.

    https://youtube/EXGg8J7qH9

    (For some reason this link is broken. However, if you care to Google “Ira Blue” you can bypass it.)

    ———- Forwarded message ———
    From: Scott Laughlin <rameyfms77@gmail.com>
    Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2018, 9:15 PM
    Subject: KGO
    To: Scott Laughlin <rameyfms77@gmail.com>

    The time was June 1962 and I was serving in the air force at Beale AFB when Barb and I were married. We rented a trailer at Rough and Ready, California, some 18 miles east of the base . We were so short of cash we couldn’t afford a television. Fortunately, one of my few personal possessions was a communications receiver I’d brought from the barracks. Since I usually worked the flightline six nights each week I set the radio to a strong all night station for Barb – KGO.

    That was how she became acquainted with the remote broadcasts from a San Francisco night club known as the Hungry i – <www.sfgate.com>. And when I returned home she always filled me in on the performances of Dick Gregory, Barbra Streisand, and many other who were destined to become stars. The Hungry i provided entertainment superior to anything television provided. Then, in 1963, the air force sent us to the West Indies.

    Puerto Rico provided a host of fine activities – Latin music, Quatros, wild fruits for the picking, temperatures as warm as the generous as our neighbors.

    pic

    But our home located on Isabella Calla was a great a distance from Rough and Ready, too far for us to capture the nightly KGO signal. So we wore the music off a LP record playing Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.

    <https://youtu.be/r6DUwMnDxEshttps://youtu.be/r6DUwMnDxEs>

    We served our three-year tour and returned to the continent to learn that the Hungry i no longer existed and that the frequency was now occupied by a talk show host, Ira Blue.

    While Ira Blue did a fine job with his talk show, we could not complete him he the Hungry i. During our absence we’d been burglarized. However, there were many who did not share our disappointment.

    Watch “How Ira Blue’s KGO signal led fishing boats through the Golden Gate” on YouTube.

    https://youtube/EXGg8J7qH9

    (For some reason this link is broken. However, if you care to Google “Ira Blue” you can bypass it.)


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