Jim Murphy is a fourth-generation San Franciscan whose family originally arrived in the city in the 1850s in covered wagons. For this episode of Storied: San Francisco, hear Jim (above, second from left, photo taken circa 1960) talk about the early days of Muni's "Man of the Month" program, life in and around Upper Noe Valley Playground, a.k.a., Day Street Park, and other San Francisco stories from the 1950s and '60s.
Jim is part of the Chance to Excel Foundation, a non-profit set up to support kids with learning differences in the arts and in sports. Contact the foundation here.
For Part 2 of Jim's podcast, he talks about his brush with little-known acts such as Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company, how he just missed getting a deferment from the Vietnam War, and what it was like to come back home from the war. He ended up going to school at California College of the Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where he was brought face-to-face with an activist, politically aware and charged Bay Area.
Jim and I recorded this podcast in September 2017 at Il Fornaio in Burlingame, California.