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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bridge 'renamed' for Emperor Norton

The western span of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco officially is named for Willie Brown Jr., a former San Francisco mayor and speaker of the California House.

But a group of artists have put up a sign naming the bridge after the Emperor Norton, the San Francisco eccentric who proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States. The Emperor Norton is mentioned in the Illuminatus! trilogy and also elsewhere in RAW's writings.

Hat tip: John Merritt.

1 comment:

Ronald Pottol said...

Well, the time is right for this, and while they can call the sections at either end, it was Emperor Norton who ordered that a suspension bridge be built between San Francisco and Oakland, which is only recently happened.