Jim Albright was the last person to leave Alcatraz the day it closed as a federal penitentiary. Given the choice, though, he’d go back.
The 77-year-old former prison guard started his career on The Rock and learned many things there, including how to be aware of prisoners slipping one another potential material for weapons and how to ignore the lure of prisoners’ stories. He enjoyed life on the island and the structure of his job. Read More
In less than three weeks, the first events of the America’s Cup will be coming to the San Francisco Bay, and organizers are working to make the World Series regatta event inviting to all.
Tom Ehman, vice commodore for the Golden Gate Yacht Club, said the boats will sail so close to shore, it will appear as if spectators can reach out and touch them.
“It will be something the sailing world has not seen before,” Ehman said. Read More
Oops. Apparently it had not occurred to the city and county of San Francisco that the National Park Service might not be enthusiastic about turning over control of Alcatraz Island to the America’s Cup yacht race organizers during peak tourist seasons. Read More
Long-ago inhabitants of Alcatraz wanted to escape the island, but now proposed improvements could make the former prison even more of a destination.
Restoration of buildings, a concession stand and overnight visitors could be some of the changes coming to Alcatraz under a draft management plan that would provide direction for the island for the next 20 years. Read More