Living the San Francisco Dream


Season of the Witch - 1960s and 70s in San Francisco

There's something bewitching about San Francisco. From the time I was a young girl visiting with my parents, then being a teenager and exploring the City with friends, and later a young adult renting what really was a slum (I didn't care--I had a bay window!) the City has cast its spell on me.  I am not alone.

Since before the Gold Rush days of the 1850s, San Francisco has attracted both visionaries and malcontents, people with big dreams who were not afraid to take chances and people wanting to create a new and better life for themselves.

That hasn't changed much in the 160 years since then. It was certainly apparent in the 1960s and 1970s. Who remembers the turmoil of those days? It was a time of dramatic social changes, and no where was that more evident than in San Francisco.

Season of the Witch, by David TalbotIn the best selling book, Season of the Witch, David Talbot gives us the background leading up to the turbulent 1960s and 70s and beyond, and then an in-depth study of the people and events of the day. He brings to life the politicians and musicians, poets and physicians, young run aways and army veterans of the day, preachers and police, with all the complexities we humans exhibit. People like:

  • Bill Graham - more than simply a concert promoter, a refugee from war-torn Europe
  • Herb Caen - the beloved columnist of the San Francisco Chronicle who hailed from Sacramento and dubbed himself, the "Sackamenna Kid"
  • Youth Minister Edward Beggs who left his church to minister to and assist the young people who flocked to the city
  • The politicians - Mayors Joseph Alioto, George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein, Willie Brown
  • Dan White and Charles Manson and Jim Jones - people who caused unbearable pain and horror
  • The San Francisco 49ers - and how a sports team could help the City leave the dark days behind and rise up again

For history buffs, San Francisco lovers, music fans - anyone curious about the people and times of the 1960s and 70s, pick up a copy of Season of the Witch. Let me know what you think.

(PS: After raising a family in the suburbs, I moved back to San Francisco a few years ago, and am still smitten. Once again I'm living my San Francisco dream and loving it. Let me know if I can help you find your special place in the City.)

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 16 commentsLottie Kendall • February 20 2015 05:40PM


Sounds like a good read Lottie. I may very well cast its spell over me and I might have to come visit.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 5 years ago

Come on out, Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

 Good morning Lottie. This looks to be a very interesting read. I'm so looking forward to visiting San Francisco. Maybe we'll have one of our mastermind conferences there next November.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Good morning Lottie. Thank you for sharing about "Season of Witches", will let Gail know as well.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

Sounds like "Season of The Witch" is loaded with some great information.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 5 years ago

Good morning Lottie. I love your city and trust your insights. I think I know what I will read next. Thanks.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 5 years ago

Thanks for telling us about the Season of the Witch by David Talbot. 

Have a wonderful weekend. It is snowing this morning in Maryland.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

Hi Michael Thornton - if you visit next November, carve out a bit of time for an Active Rain meet up!

I thought the book might drag, be too in depth and full of minutiae, but I found it fascinating. It's a good read, Joe Petrowsky 

Many of the topics of the book were ones I knew, Roger D. Mucci - but didn't know the background. For instance, Huckleberry House, a youth shelter, is one I support, but I had no idea how it came into existence.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Hi Sheila Anderson - it's a good read about a complex city and eras; not sugar coated, but informative.

Roy Kelley - you're a voracious reader; let me know if you choose to read this one - one of your snowy days. Keep warm and safe on the roads.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago


San Franciso is a great city . . . .  and I enjoy the experience every time I'm there.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 5 years ago

Thanks, Lou Ludwig - sending the same wishes right back to you.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago


I will pick it up and put it in my queue, I have a least a dozen or so there, why not another one.  I agree with you that SF has a special charm of its own.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 5 years ago

I have to agree with you about your observation about San Francisco Lottie! I haven't read the book but it sounds interesting! 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 5 years ago

Lottie Kendall ... Within this short post, you have highlighted San Francisco's background and history ... the highs and lows of it.  But what stood out to me even more when I read it, was YOUR personal love and pride in the City.  It impressed me greatly.  I'd surely hope to find a realtor to represent me that showed exactly this type and intensity of love for the City I wanted to buy a home in ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 5 years ago

I know, Ron & Alexandra Seigel - my book list grows faster than I can read!

I found the book very interesting, Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof and learned much more than I knew before about many of the movers and shakers of this town.

I do like this city, Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - - the people, the complexity, the incredible beauty, the access to music, lectures, museums, parks - the whole enchilada!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Hi Lottie, this would be a very interesting book to pick up.  Will put it on the list.  Thanks!

Posted by Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert (Brokers Guild Classic) over 5 years ago