A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing

06/21/2017 at 12:39 am (It was 1976)


Recently I was involved in doing last-minute proofs on the novel in anticipation of the August 1st publication date, and I was reminded just how many East Bay locations and specific places are either featured or referenced throughout. So, like my main character Stephen, I created a list with all of the Berkeley and Oakland landmarks, book stores, movie theaters, and restaurants that appear in the book – real places that existed in 1976 and most that still exist today.

Strolling From Northside through Campus to Telegraph Ave. and beyond:

  • LaVal’s Northside
  • UC Berkeley Campus – Sproul Hall, Strawberry Creek, the Campanile / Sather Tower, Memorial Stadium, Cheater’s Hill
  • Top Dog
  • Leopold’s Records
  • Rasputin Records
  • Mario’s La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
  • People’s Park
  • Moe’s Books
  • Comics & Comix
  • Caffe Mediterranean
  • Shakespeare & Co. Books
  • The Body Shop
  • Willard Park / Ho Chi Minh Park
  • Willard Pool
  • Emerson Elementary School
  • The Co-op


Off the Avenue and down on Shattuck and University

  • Snoopy’s Ice Cream Parlor
  • The UC Theatre
  • Hink’s Department Store
  • Edy’s Restaurant
  • Berkeley Public Library – Central Library
  • Berkeley High School
  • Barrington Hall
  • Berkeley Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Giovanni’s Restaurant
  • Hare Krishna Temple
  • Bekins Storage
  • Pay ‘n Save
  • LeConte Elementary School
  • Ashby BART Station / Weekend Flea Market
  • Headquarters Barber Shop
  • The Starry Plough
  • La Pena
  • Flint’s Bar-B-Q


Other Places of Interest in and around Berkeley:

  • Codornices Park
  • Berkeley Rose Garden
  • Indian Rock
  • Ortman’s Ice Cream Parlor
  • Mahar Books (now Pegasus Books – Solano)
  • The Oaks Theater
  • Northbrae Tunnel
  • Live Oak Park
  • Chez Panisse
  • Fat Albert’s (now Fat Apples)
  • Mr. Mopps’ Toy Store
  • Ashkenaz
  • The Rialto Theater
  • The Berkeley Marina
  • The Claremont Hotel


And Out-of-Town – Oakland and The City and Beyond:

  • The Oakland Museum
  • Jack London Square
  • Mervyn’s
  • Children’s Fairyland
  • Bay Meadows Racetrack
  • North Beach / City Lights Bookstore
  • The Fillmore (a.k.a. Majestic Hall / Fillmore Auditorium / Fillmore West)
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Fremont BART Station
  • Great America


Thanks for strolling back in time with me. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Berkeley and Oakland locations, and memories of those places from your childhood. Feel free to share them in the Comments.


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