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clockwise from top left: courtesy of W. W. Norton and Company; courtesy of Ulf An dersen / Getty Images; Alia Malley; Courtesy of Alexis Cuarezma; Michael Zagaris; Featureflash/Shutterstock.com; Aija Lehtonen/Shutterstock.com. famous faces Who’s Who? » Berkeley and Oakland have been home to many famous folks. Here are but a few. 48 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com Movers and Shakers Sonny Barger, founder of the Hells Angels. David Brower, environmentalist and first executive director of the Sierra Club. Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields cookies. Henry J. Kaiser, founder of Kaiser Permanente. Bernard Maybeck, architect. Julia Morgan, architect. Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party. J. Robert Oppenheimer, head of the Manhattan Project. Mario Savio, Free speech icon of the 1960s. Earl Warren, Supreme Court justice. Spotlight: Meet the Michaels in the eas t b ay l i te ra r y community, a writer’s first name might be an early indicator of career success—or it’s just a bizarre coincidence that our favorites share the same one. Here’s a quick guide to the Michaels. Artists and Entertainers Daniel Clowes, comic book writer. Clint Eastwood, actor, film director. Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool), rock band. Tom Hanks, Oscar-winning actor. Jack London, author. Richard Pryor, actor, comedian. Thornton Wilder, playwright. Athletes Rickey Henderson, Hall of Fame baseball player. Bruce Lee, martial arts expert. Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame baseball player. Bill Russell, Hall of Fame basketball player. Andre Ward, world champion boxer. Michael Chabon Berkeley’s Chabon has dazzled with a range of genres and topics—from detective novels The Final Solution and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, to parenting memoir Manhood for Amateurs, to Pulitzer Prize–winning epic The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Must read: His most recent novel, Telegraph Avenue, takes place along the street that connects Berkeley and Oakland. Michael Lewis Journalist and economic expert Lewis’ breakout book, Liar’s Poker, is regarded as one of the definitive books on Wall Street in the 1980s. His 2012 Vanity Fair profile on Barack Obama featured unprecedented access to the president. Must read: We’re partial to Moneyball, Lewis’ remarkable study of the 2002 Oakland A’s team. Michael Pollan UC Berkeley journalism school professor Pollan is the go-to guy for fascinating food writing; he’s been mentioned on Time’s 100 Most Influential People lists, and his appearances on The Colbert Report have been hilarious. Must read: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual is easy to read and full of nutritious thoughts. »


The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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