April 18, 2006, 5:14 am

We got up to the sound of church bells and fire sirens sounding a 100th anniversary commemoration of the great fire and earthquake.

The City uses all occasions as an excuse for a party.

Mayor Gavin Newsom spoke of the city’s ability to celebrate the tenacity of human spirit. Then the Major interviewed all of the 100-year-old earthquake survivors on live television. Great reality TV. My favorite was the woman who talked about being raised by prostitutes after the fire… her mother and father were busy reviving the family’s bar business and the ladies “were always home” and able to look after a little girl.

USGS Earthquake Site
Earthquake preparedness site

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