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As one is probably aware, this page was set up to make general announcements for a small, known ;-) Terminus (-; community.

Unfortunately, this is not working out because it would appear this is turning into more of an obituary page, than an alert page.

From an obituary point of view, some are aware there are missed 'friends and acquaintances' who have not been placed here.

The reason for this is because I miss them and assume some form of denial is 'at hand'.

In due process, this page will be corrected, upgraded, and a section of 'Memories Photographs.' will be added.


In Memory of George

Photograph of George Hall
Image Source: http://www.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2006/05/01/ba_hall_obit.jpg

George Hall - pioneering photographer of jet planes
Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, May 1, 2006

A memorial service will be held Saturday for George Hall, a pioneer of jet and military aircraft photography whose photos appear in dozens of books and calendars.

Mr. Hall, whose legend was such that he became a kind of guru among aircraft photographers, died April 20 following heart bypass surgery at Marin General Hospital. He was 65.

A native of Gary, Ind., he moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1963.

He joined the Army after college during the height of the Vietnam War, rising to the rank of first lieutenant and specializing in military intelligence. He received a Purple Heart after being injured in a helicopter crash in Vietnam.

Mr. Hall bought his first camera while recovering from his crash injury in the Philippines, where he began cultivating what would become a lifelong passion.

After he was discharged in 1969, he married Joanne Parrilli, who would later become a state judge on the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, but their marriage lasted only five years.

Mr. Hall received a master's degree in urban planning from UC Berkeley and worked briefly in that field, taking aerial photos from helicopters. He quickly realized that he hated the urban planning work, but loved taking photographs, according to his widow, Nicky Wolf.

He became a photographer full time, at first specializing in arty photographs taken from blimps. His photos were published in 1977 in "The Blimp Book," a series of photographs taken from the Goodyear Blimp. Some of the photos were exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution, Wolf said.

He eventually began specializing in military aircraft, and in the process pioneered techniques for photographing jet planes in midflight. He published about two dozen books and calendars with action photographs of combat and supersonic airplanes.

Among the books are "Cv: Carrier Aviation," with aircraft photos and essays, "Top Gun," an account of the Navy's tactical fighter training school, and "Strike: U.S. Naval Strike Warfare Center."

He had just finished a tribute to the F-14 called "Grumman F-14 Tomcat: Bye, Bye Baby ... !,'' which is scheduled to be published in June.

Besides his work in aviation, Mr. Hall also published two photographic books of firefighters, most notably "Working Fire," in 1982, in which he lived with and photographed members of the San Francisco Fire Department for a year. The other book, published in 1984, was about the New York Fire Department.

Mr. Hall, who had been living in San Francisco, married Wolf in 1990 and moved to Tiburon.

Those who worked with Mr. Hall called him ethical and generous. He served as a mentor to dozens of photographers and would share information and lend equipment even to potential competitors.

On April 22, he was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Aviation Photographers, but the ceremony turned into an impromptu memorial.

"George was the foremost aviation photographer in the world, period," said Tom Twomey, a former Naval and current Air Force flight development officer who was a friend of Mr. Hall's for the past 20 years. "Nobody took more photos, wrote more books, was as financially successful as he was."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sisters H. Lee Anderson from Kennebunk, Maine, and Anne Quinn of New Paltz, N.Y.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, in Tiburon.


In Memory of Rhino

Photo of Gary Rhine

Dear Friends,

Many of you have already heard the sad news...but just in case anyone is still un-aware: Our beloved Rhino is gone It is with great sorrow that we inform the readers of Rhino's Blog that Gary Rhine has passed away.

Gary died while doing something he loved - flying a small plane. The plane crashed in Lancaster, California, on January 9th at 1:40 p.m. The funeral will be in San Francisco on Sunday the 15th of January: Congregation Beth-Israel-Judea 625 Brotherhood Way San Francisco, Ca. 94132 Services will begin at 1:30.

A memorial will be held in Los Angeles at a later date. That information will also be posted here when we know more.

If you would like to contact Gary's family, then you can e-mail his wife, Irene Romero, at: imromero@kifaru.com The family thanks you for your concern. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to honor Gary by sending a contribution to one of the following two charitable organizations that Gary cared deeply about: The Friendship House 56 Julian Street San Francisco, Ca. 94103 Plenty USA PO Box 394 Summertown TN, 38483 (on the memo line, please indicate that the funds should be directed to the Rhino/Katrina Building Fund) (Photo) Rhino at his daughter Leah's wedding in October Rhino at Leah's wedding about Rhino's Blog

In Memory of Chester
Screen Shot of Chet Helms Memorial Concert - photo by Chris Nelson
Photo by Chris Nelson from Chet's Memorial Webcast

60s picture of the Family Dog
Who Passed Away Early This Morning 200506.25
We love you and will miss you Chet!

The Day Chet Helms Died
A Eulogy by Allen Cohen
Founding editor of the San Francisco Oracle
January 17, 2000

The day Chet Helms died was the day they brought old San Francisco down.

There were darkened skies and a storm about to strike. The women cried and danced in the streets while the good old boys were drinkin' whisky and rye down by the dock of the Bay.

The day Chet Helms died Golden Gate Park was filled with mourners all with flowers in their hair. Big Brother played on all seven hills while Janis smiled from the clouds singing you got a piece of my heart.

The day Chet Helms died the police chief and Park and Rec had secret meetings planning to turn the Polo Fields into a golf course and the Getty family drilled for oil in the soccer fields.

The day Chet Helms Died Owsley returned and gave out real LSD and everyone remembered their last ecstatic romance at the Avalon and began to dance that perfect trance dance that merged them with the divine.

The day that Chet Helms died all the brothers and sisters got together to love each other everywhere and Dino shot his guns in the air and Bill Graham tried to charge admission at the gates of rock n' roll heaven, but Emmett Grogan gave him his good Irish boot explaining what a good thing they all had up there and it was all free, while Jerry led him away gracefully.

The day Chet Helms died they tried to bring the hippies down but they all rose as one and they were knock, knock, knockin' on San Francisco's door again chanting "the "whole world's still watchin.' There is an immortality to joy and love and peace,"and they all threw away their ball and chains ready to ride again.

But Chet didn't die

Recently somebody wrote the Chronicle saying Chet had died. So Chet decided to have a wake and a resurrection. He hired a hearse and a coffin and invited 200 people . He was driven up to the Gold Coast Restaurant in the hearse and the pall bearers were Terance Hallinan, Richard Hongisto and Wavy Gravey. The Coffin rolled into the restaurant and was opened. Chet lay there with flowers and a cellular phone on his chest. The phone rang and he rose to answer it and walked thru the toasting crowd and camera people.- Allen Cohen - Source: http://www.woodstocknation.org/chethelms.htm [click to visit]

picture of Chet Helms 12 sep 1987 - Summer of Love reunion photo by Chris Nelson

In Memory of Sarah

Sarah 1Sarah 2
Sarah 3Sarah 4
Photos James Stark

In Memory of Gypsy Boots
(Robert Bootzin)

picture of Robert Gypsy Boots Bootzin
August 19, 1914 - August 8, 2004

In Memory Of Allen

photo of Allen Cohen by C. Spangler
Allen Cohen, 27 July 2003

On Thursday, April 30, 2004, at 10:23 pm our dear friend Allen Cohen passed away. He had turned 64 on April 23.

Greetings Friends, Family, and Fellow Visionaries,

There will be a memorial for Allen Cohen Sunday, May 2nd, 2004.

Allen's family and friends will be meeting at the former SF Oracle offices on Haight Street just east of Masonic at 10:30AM. From there we will form a procession and make our way down Haight Street towards Golden Gate Park. Once in the park we will follow the path to Hippie Hill where we will share poetry, music, and remembrances of our friend and fellow visionary.

You are cordially invited to attend. Feel free to bring your friends and to pass this along to anyone who may be interested.
Summer of Love Tour - Olympia Washington 18 apr 1987 photo of Allen Cohen photo by Chris Nelson

Friends and Family:

It is with sadness that I report that our friend Allen Cohen is in the end stages of his brave fight for life.

Allen wants to express his eternal gratitude to all that have helped him during the past several months.

It was just this past October that Allen received his new liver and had seemed to make the crucial turn that would ensure many years of good health.

Unfortunately, by year-end the liver cancer that had been in remission prior to his surgery returned again finding a new home in his pelvis.

Despite six weeks of intensive radiation therapy, the tumor continued to grow and spread, leaving Allen weak and ill beyond description.

Tonight as Allen attends what will surely be his last Seder, we ask that you give a moment of silence at 7:30PM (PST).

As the world around us is engulfed in war, we want to celebrate the life of a man of peace.

Allen Cohen is a visionary warrior that has continued to fight the good fight to the very end.

We are celebrating the life of a teacher that has planted seeds of peace for generations to come.

It would be nice if we all could rally around Allen in what is now his final hours as his spirit travels into the afterlife where we will all meet again.

In love and light,

J.C. Juanis

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The Family Dog Presents
The HepCats Ball
A Benefit for Allen Cohen

of The San Francisco Oracle

Phil Lesh & The Hep Kats
Ram Dass
Don't Push The Clown
Lights by Randy Merten
Very Special Guests
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Doors Open 7:00 PM
The Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Regular tickets $35
Benefactor tickets $
(Benefactors will receive 3 limited edition posters celebrating this event.)
Advance tickets on sale: Sunday, September 28, 2003
at GAMH box office, Virtuous.com, Ticket.com outlets and GDTSTOO
Phil Lesh and The Hep Kats
Phil Lesh (bass & vocals)
Lorin Rowan (guitar & vocals)
Chris Rowan (guitar & vocals)
Martin Fiero (sax)
Barry Sless (guitar & pedal steel)
George Michalski (keyboards)
Ernest "Boom" Carter (drums)
        Don't Push The Clown
Terry Haggerty (guitar)
Bobby Vega (bass)
Prairie Prince (drums)
Ray White (guitar & vocals)

Click here for information on Allen Cohen

I can't attend but would like to contribute...


Allen Cohen Benefit Poster

About the Family Dog website

Dear friends and loyal supporters:
We applaud and appreciate your perseverance in continuing to check this site during the very long time that it has been offline. Time and circumstance now allow us to devote more attention to it, so we hope to develop this site more with information about the history of Family Dog, the Avalon Ballroom, Chet Helms, the Summer of Love, Psychedelic posters and many other matters. We also hope to direct your attention to current happenings we are involved with (such as the above) and other current events and publications related to compassion, community, civil liberties, non-violence, and stewardship of the planet.

September 23, 2003

From: David Gans [mailto:david@trufun.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 4:58 PM
To: Grateful Dead Hour List
Subject: [GDH] Benefit for Allen Cohen 10/29

What: The Family Dog Presents. A Benefit for Allen Cohen of The San Francisco Oracle who is ill with liver problems.

Who: Phil Lesh and The Hep Kats, Don't Push The Clown, Ram Dass, Plus Very Special Guests

Where: The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

When: Wednesday, October 29th 7PM

How Much: Tickets: Regular $35. Benefactor tickets will be $100.

Benefactors will receive 3 unique limited edition posters for the event.

Phil Lesh and The Hep Kats
Featuring: Phil Lesh (bass & vocals)
Lorin Rowan (guitar & vocals)
Chris Rowan (guitar & vocals)
Martin Fierro (sax)
Barry Sless (guitar & pedal steel)
George Michalski (keyboards)
Ernest "Boom" Carter (drums)

Don't Push The Clown
Featuring Terry Haggerty (guitar)
Bobby Vega (bass)
Prairie Prince (drums)
Ray White (guitar & vocals) --

David Gans - david@trufun.com or david@gdhour.com
Truth and Fun, Inc., 484 Lake Park Ave. #102, Oakland CA 94610-2730

July 20, 2003

Subject: Allen Cohen’s Liver Cancer

Dear Friends,

Allen Cohen is well known to all as the founder of the San Francisco Oracle, the legendary psychedelic newspaper published in the Haight Ashbury in the ‘60s. He is also one of the leading poets in the Bay Area. His recent anthology An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind – Poets on 9/11 won the PEN Oakland, Josephine Miles Literary Award for Outstanding Writing.

Unfortunately, Allen has been diagnosed with Liver Cancer and is undergoing a whirlwind of medical procedures aimed at preparing him for a liver transplant. Due to early diagnosis he is still healthy, but the costs of medical care are diminishing his resources.

He needs contributions now to help with his living expenses: rent, health insurance, food and bills. Some of his friends are organizing a benefit for him that will include music and speakers, tentatively set for an October date at the Great American Music Hall. There will also be an auction including but not limited to Sixties and psychedelic materials and contributions of your services. If you have auctionable materials or services contact Allen at sforacle@prodigy.net.

Tax-deductible financial contributions are being accepted by the 501c3 Foundation, Arts and Education Media Inc. Checks should be made out to Arts and Education Media Inc with Allen Cohen Fund on check’s memo line on bottom, and sent to Allen Cohen, 399 Orange St., Oakland, Ca 94610. Allen will send a signed image from the SF Oracle Facsimile Edition to each contributor.

Your contribution, attendance at the concert and contributions of auctionable items to the Allen Cohen Fund will help prolong the still creative life of an important poet and one the legendary figures of the Sixties. The money donated to Allen will reduce your contributions to George Bush Empire Building Tax Fund.

Thank you for your support, kindness and prayers.

Sincerely Yours.

Allen Cohen
399 Orange St.
Oakland CA 94610

An Eye For An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind - Poets on 9/11

On the Liberation of Iraq
The Big Black Sucking Hole

XMAS__2002 ( The Inner Child ) by Allen Cohen
Moment (s) Four poems by Alan Cohen, including "Insomnia And The Eightfold Path Through Anxious Night"
Additional Notes on the S.F. Oracle For the Haight-Ashbury in The Sixties CD-ROM By Allen Cohen
San Francisco Oracle, Human-Be-IN, History of the Haight-Ashbury
More Poems In Memoriam
by Allen Cohen


It is too complex for a poem -
the last days of peace
and the wars to follow.
It is not the puff of cloud alone
in the blue sky like a lost lamb.

It is not the eyes of the beautiful woman
watching me as I read poems at the library.
It is not dinner with friends
or a walk on the beach
dogs running through the surf.
It is not even my fragile body
fighting for its life
with the dragon within.

It is not the taste of a crisp sweet apple
or a memory of childhood
popping into the mind with a smile.

It is not watching River being born
his head appearing in this world
cutting the cord and burying
the placenta beneath an apple tree.

It is not sitting in the Cafe Reggio
with Elmer for the first time in 35 years
and throwing snowballs
in the narrow streets of Greenwich Village.

It is not the sounds of a jazz band
xylophone, sax and rhythm section
playing outside the Catalyst in Santa Cruz
on a spring day while having
breakfast with fellow poets.

It is not the first
making love with Ann
looking at her blue eyes
and cascading long silver hair
and feeling that I must have died
and gone to heaven

It is too complex for a poem -
the last days of peace
and the wars to follow.

Allen Cohen (June, 2003)

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