Virginia was excited about UC
Berkeley's 150th Anniversary Celebration. As an alumni, she got to
march with her class into Haas Pavilion. As with all parades, this
one started with a whole bunch of waiting, talking, and picture
taking. It was great fun to see her do interviews because people
loved her rally committee hat and scarf.
We got class pictures taken among
other things. Then we marched in and sat down by class. While we
were waiting for the show to begin the woman on the right told me
about the time back during the Gray Davis administration when she
had realized that power is a finite resource.
The national anthem was delivered by
a woman with an opera style trained voice. Very well done.
Dana talked about learning the self
discipline to compete for and get seven Olympic medals right here
at U. C. Berkeley. She said the strength training and coaching had
made a huge difference in what she was able to accomplish.
One of the speakers that came and
went too quickly to be photographed by Virginia (She took all of
these pictures except a selfie or two.) was University
President Janet Napolitano, whose empire
started with Berkeley.
These guys provided comic relief
after the meaningful speeches.
Randy reminded us that entire rows
had been added to the periodic table of the elements by work done
at U. C. Berkeley and by her graduates among others.
Many times Oskie joined us in giving
the speakers applause for their well thought out and brief
The Chancellor traced the history of
the school all the way from the founding "Organic Act" to today
and even ten years or so into the future. Berkeley was the first
State University in California, and is now a very major
institution with 40,000 students.
The operatic singer came back and
sang about achieving "The Impossible Dream". Further proof they
expect a lot from their graduates.
Then the Berkeley Band led us in
singing "Happy Birthday, Berkeley". After it was over we had
cupcakes with blue and gold (yellow) icing.
Then Virginia mixed with some old
friends that she'd known from the campus.
I showed Virginia what I call "the free speech zone", this circle
with its curious inscription before we headed out.