Magazine article Sunset

Memories of WW II

Magazine article Sunset

Memories of WW II

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RIPTIDES OF RUMOR swept the Bay Area after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. One crackled over the radio during dinner that night: "This is New York," said the announcer. "Reports from the West Coast say there are 50 Japanese planes over the Farallones. San Francisco remains calm."

World War II had arrived in the Bay Area. Now, 50 years later, memories are being revived in exhibitions starting this month.

OAKLAND: PHOTOGRAPHS

December 4 through March 1, the Oakland Museum presents two exhibitions of work by prominent Bay Area photographer Peter Stackpole. The larger exhibit, Peacetime to Wartime, includes many of his most famous photographs (such as the eerily matter-of-fact images of riveters and cable-spinners at work on the Bay Bridge high above the water) and examples of his war coverage for Life magazine.

A smaller show focuses on his assignments in Hollywood during the war years. Here you'll see Liz Taylor graduating from high school and Errol Flynn sailing his yatch Sirocco. …

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