Sept 18th: Dr. Bruce Miller, UCSF Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Please Mark Your Calendar for Our Upcoming GGBC Speakers

SEPT 18th: Dr Bruce Miller -Research at UCSF in Neurodegenerative Diseases
SEPT 25th: Craig Harrison: Good, Better, Best!
OCT 2nd: John Martin, SFO Economic Impact Report




Specialty: Behavioral neurology

Dr. Miller holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He directs the busy UCSF dementia center where patients in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond receive comprehensive clinical evaluations. His goal is the delivery of model care to all of the patients who enter the clinical and research programs at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

Dr. Miller is a behavioral neurologist focused on dementia with special interests in brain and behavior relationships as well as the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. His work in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) emphasizes both the behavioral and emotional deficits that characterize these patients, while simultaneously noting the visual creativity that can emerge in the setting of FTD. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and an NIH-funded program project on FTD called Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. He oversees a healthy aging program supported through the Hellman Center, which includes an artist-in-residence program. In addition, he helps lead two philanthropy-funded research consortia, the Tau Consortium and the Consortium for Frontotemporal Research, focused on developing treatments for tau and progranulin disorders, respectively. Also, he has worked with the National Football League to help with the education and assessment of players related to brain health. Dr. Miller teaches extensively and runs the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. Miller has received many awards including the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology, the Raymond Adams Lecture at the American Neurological Association, the Elliot Royer Award from the San Francisco Neurological community, the UCSF Annual Faculty Research Lectureship in Clinical Science, the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award, and the Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging from the National Center for Creative Aging. He has authored The Human Frontal Lobes, The Behavioral Neurology of Dementia and over 500 other publications regarding dementia. He has been featured in Fortune magazine and the New York Times, as well as on Charlie Rose, PBS NewsHour and other media. For nearly three decades, Dr. Miller has been the scientific director for the philanthropic organization The John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that funds basic science research in Alzheimer’s disease.



Although there were no BART delays this morning, President Harvey uncharacteristically started the meeting a couple of minutes late.  Reminding the membership that first and foremost the GGBC is about having fun, President Harvey called for a moment of silence in respect for all those who died in New York City twelve years ago today.  And for Ambassador Christopher Stevens, his information officer, Sean Smith and Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods who gave their lives in service to our country in Benghazi, Libya, one year ago today.

We had six guests this morning.  Our Chairperson of the Day Patricia Fripp hosted Craig Harrison, who will be our speaker two weeks from today, Linda Burke, Renee Archer and So Yeah.  Technically, Renee and So accompanied our speaker Nicole SchapiroSo is Nicole’s cinematographer, who filmed Nicole’s entire presentation.  Hosted by Alan Garber was fellow lawyer Bob Anderson, all the way from Denver, and our final guest, hosted by Bert Hill, was prospective member Madeleine Savit.  And when I say final guest, I mean final guest.  Madeleine arrived at about 8:10AM.  Well after Tom Jacobs.  Technically, Jacobs was third to last to arrive. Not only did he beat Madeleine, he beat Christine Torrington too!     

Even with five guests, our attendance dropped to only thirty-eight total.  Thirty-two members, a meager showing for a fine presentation.

During the introduction of guests, Fripp did mention last time Linda Burke was in attendance, Fripp referenced Linda as a member of the Continental Breakfast Club, founded in 1996.  Fripp corrected herself this morning; the CBC was founded on April 18th, 1986.  When Fripp handed the microphone to Garber, she was admonished by Garber to minimize the length of her introductions.  Mike Mustacchi reminded Garber to follow his own advice. 

Mustacchi’s admonition was for naught though as Garber launched into a joke about a seventy-six year old man with erectile dysfunction.  Seems this man’s wife gives him a gift certificate to see an Indian medicine man to cure his ED.  The medicine man gives the seventy-six year old an elixir and tells the man to take a teaspoon and say 1-2-3, and he will be able to perform.  The seventy-six year old asks the medicine man; “what do I do to make it stop.  The medicine man tells him to say 1-2-3-4.  So, the old guy gets together with his wife, takes the elixir; says 1-2-3, and away we go.  Until the guy’s wife says; “what’s the 1-2-3 for?”

Chuck Mills says that wasn’t a joke, Garber got that from personal experience.

After hearing Garber’s joke, Marty Mijalski decided to only give us some food for thought.  Do headlights work if you’re driving at the speed of light?

Mustacchi also mentioned that Craig Harrison was the first winner of the Fripp Award. Which is a golden statue of Fripp.  Oscar sized, not life sized.                       

Today’s excuses; from me for your editor Antonio White.  Yesterday, while visiting Jaclyn Carpenter at Ideal Restoration, Antonio thought it would be nice to go out and buy Jaclyn’s crew bagels.  When Antonio came out of the bagel shop, the rear window of his car was smashed, the rear seats were pushed down and the contents of Antonio’s trunk were gone.  Laptop, i-Pad, i-Phone, and all Antonio’s video equipment.  Probably about a $15K loss.  Also a victim of a car smash and grab yesterday; Cathy ScharetgCathy’s car was in the parking lot of the Walgreen’s at Castro and Jersey Streets.  Cathy’s loss, two i-Phones.  Cathy didn’t say if she followed Rich Corriea’s advice and went up to the Carl’s Jr. at 7th & Market to buy her phones back.

Today’s excuses not related to or as a result of crimes:  Even though his attendance has been spotty of late, Mike Hanlon has a legitimate excuse for missing this morning’s meeting.  Requested by Rickey Wilson, as Mike and She Who Must Be Obeyed are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary.  Rickey also needs an excuse for the next two weeks for himself.  Rickey is heading first to Washington DC to place his Mom’s ashes next to his Dad at Arlington National Cemetery, and then off to South Carolina to watch his Godson play football.

Reg Young excused Jim Simpson for this morning and he also needs an excuse for himself for next week too.  Reg is going to Puerto Vallarta to continue his search for fine dining and good jazz.  While Reg is there, he’s going to celebrate his birthday too.

Also needing an excuse for next week; Steve Shain who is heading for Seattle to attend his “unintelligible” high school reunion.

As predicted last week, Marin Carpool #1 did not operate at all this week.  John Cribbs is in Utah, Jill Hoffman is in trial and Roy Wonder is MIA.  But, Marin Carpool #2 (Les Andersen and John McKnight) and Marin Carpool #3 (Chuck Mills and Bill Buchanan) were at full strength.

Speaking of Les Andersen, we have a very favorable banana report this morning.  A full, giant platter of bananas was first out on the buffet.  So, Les and Arlan Kertz were ecstatic.  Speaking of Arlan; your third quarter estimates are due Monday.

Member that has not quite returned; Stan EllexsonSidney Mobell says Stan is back from his cruise, but needs one more week off.

Member that has returned; Doug WilkinsDoug’s self-introduction; “remember me?”

Member that looked like a celebrity fleeing the paparazzi; sunglass wearing Janet Von DoeppJanet wasn’t fleeing the  paparazzi; she’s just recovering from her most recent eye surgery.  Janet’s vision was good enough to see a coyote on her way to breakfast though.  Then again, it may have just been a big dog.  

Although his time is running out, Mike Mattis is still campaigning to rename the Bay Bridge the Emperor Norton Bridge.  Mike did point out that Emperor Norton proposed the building of a suspension bridge across the Bay in March of 1872.  That was before Willie Brown was even born.  A couple of years anyway.  Emperor Norton reminds me of my old friend Felix DeBarbieri, who like Emperor Norton may have been crazy, but not at all stupid.

Speaking of old friends of Felix DeBarbieri, Joel Panzer reports he ran into former member, and my sponsor into the GGBC, Gene DeMartini (aka Broccoli Zucchini famous Italian test pilot and astronaut).  Gene is still having a lot of problems with his back that has greatly reduced his mobility, but Gene conveyed his best wishes to all the membership.

In last week’s column, I wondered why Bert Hill wasn’t at breakfast and speculated Bert was riding his bike across the new Bay Bridge.  That’s wasn’t the case.  Bert was driving his Grandson to school.  Bert did ask Joel Panzer to excuse him, but Joel forgot.  Of course, after buying a car specifically to drive his Grandson to school, the SFUSD has transferred Bert’s Grandson back to his neighborhood school.  That didn’t end Bert’s story though, as Bert told us about his recent road trip to far northern California, and then proceeded to give us the history of the state of Jefferson.  Rickey Wilson repeatedly said 1-2-3-4 (see Garber’s joke above), but it didn’t work.  Bert’s story was so long even our guests were grumbling.

After Bert finally relinquished the microphone, President Harvey reminded the membership to keep our comments short, as to not cut into our speaker’s time.  Terry Cowhey, said he was glad that President Harvey advised the membership to speed things up.  Then Terry commenced to deliver his weekly speech about the pratfalls of dealing with City’s PUC. 

Remember what I said last week; don’t complain about the quality of this column, because I’m like Herb Caen.  Your column is only as good as your sources, and Herb’s pool of sources was a lot bigger and a lot more clever than mine.  

A couple of questions posed by John Mathers to the membership.  How many of you are watching the America’s Cup?  How many of you cared that Ellison cheated?  Not too many hands raised for either.    

J.J. Panzer did not have a  word of the day.  Maybe it was because the 49ers beat the Packers for the third straight time and now J.J. can lord that over his wife Michelle’s family, who are rabid Packer fans from Wisconsin.  My Brother-in-Law B.J. is also a rabid Packer’s fan, who in light of my needling, de-friended me on FaceBook.  Those Packer fans just don’t have a sense of humor.

Ken Brown announced that L. L. Brown Jewelers is going out of business.  So, come on down if you’re looking for a good deal or need something nice for an upcoming special occasion.  Christmas is only 104 days away.  Ken also explained when he brought his sponsee, Marty Fleisher into the GGBC, it was because Ken had often heard the membership say “we need more lawyers”.  Ken didn’t realize we were joking.  Had Ken known we were joking, he never would have proposed Marty for membership.   Hey Ken, don’t apologize, the Board voted Marty in.  Of course, with only four lawyers on the Board, they had to convince one non-lawyer to vote in favor of Marty’s membership.    

Looking forward to tomorrow’s auction of rare City Directories is Tom Jacobs, collector of same.  Collector is Tom’s term.  His Mother said Tom’s a hoarder.  In my business we have a saying; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Ray Siotto was looking downcast this morning.  His idol, Calvin Coolidge “Cal” Worthington passed away early this week.  Cal was a car dealer extraordinaire here on the West Coast and pioneered the use of TV advertising featuring his dog Spot.  If you remember those ads, you’ll also remember that Spot was never a dog.  

With Mike Hanlon and Yvonne celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary, President Harvey took over the birthday duties.  Why not Mike’s customary replacement Reg Young?  With President Harvey doing the honors the club could extend proper birthday wishes to Reg, who, as mentioned previously will be celebrating his birthday in Puerto Vallarta.  We did miss one birthday though, on Friday, John McKnight.  Hopefully Mike returns next week to recognize John and give John a chance to wear one of the hats and be serenaded.      

Knuckleheads of the week:  Isadore Hall (D-Compton), and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the authors of the resolution to rename the west side of the Bay Bridge after Willie Brown. I’ll also add 68 members of the State Assembly and 24 additional members of the State Senate.  The legislature’s own rules prohibit the naming of roadways after persons who are still alive, or without input from the local citizenry. Both rules were violated in this case.  My State Senator, Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) voted against the resolution saying that he didn't think Sacramento lawmakers should be making decisions about bridge namings.  So, Jerry is not a Knucklehead.  I never thought I’d ever be in agreement with Aaron Peskin, Matt Gonzalez and Quentin Kopp all at the same time.  I’m also in agreement with Mike Mattis; Emperor Norton yes, Willie Brown no.                   





PROSPECTIVE MEMBER:  Madeleine Savit Non Profit Executive. Sponsor: Bert Hill



Join us at the Marines’ Memorial Club on Wednesday, 25 September at 5:30 pm for an interesting evening when Secretary George P. Shultz will introduce Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, 30th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) as the speaker for the George P. Shultz Lecture Series. 

The Question and Answer part of the program will be moderated by General Tony Zinni USMC (Ret.). It promises to be a very fascinating evening

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World News echoes Thomas Jefferson's prophecy:  "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."  He added, "What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion?"  

Our "American Civil War" ended 148 years ago. That leaves only about 500 days to our next shot at Jefferson's benchmark.

Lifespans of nations can be shorter than their founders' lives.  Sparks from the  "Torch of Liberty" prove more eternal. 

The "End" of The United States of America could have come with the “Cuban Missile Crisis."  That was 50 years ago.  "Rogue Nations," Terrorist "dirty bombs," and even nuclear power plant meltdowns, are at least 'a bit' less universally threatening. 

How about Vitality of our Personal Liberty?  Smart Phones on the Worldwide Web promised a "New Renaissance" of globally accessible thought and expression.  NSA versions of George Orwell's "1984" have not extinguished that.  "World Record" prison rates of our own people are at least now questioned by the U.S. Attorney General. 

Could our now fully One Quarter-Millenium-Old "Body Politic" just be suffering some "Senior" changes?  "Citizen Farmers" fighting for Liberty at our national birth long ago faded to only a fraction of a single percent.  Could we now be adjusting to a new "Heart?"

The true Vitality of Liberty in our United States can no more be reckoned in years than we can say so for ourselves.  Better to ask, "How do YOU FEEL about the future?"  Better still, "To what do our young aspire?"  I see hope there, and at least "Hope for Hope" in all of our "Modern World."  

Let us all hope today's terrible bloodshed in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and throughout what was once the "Ancient World," will foster some new "Forest of Liberty?"*

*("Harvey's Heresy" is not endorsed by any political party)