SF Chess Master and Adobe Books Patron Dead at 73

first_img 0% Tags: obituary Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Steve Brandwein had a daily routine: He would leave his spare Mission District apartment and walk downtown to the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Room near Market and Montgomery, where he had been a member for 47 years, play chess with other members or read up on the latest chess goings-on, and return to the Mission after work to visit Adobe Books.There, he would sit in a chair and read, remembers Andrew McKinley, the founder of the bookstore and Brandwein’s roommate for the past 10 years.“He visited the bookstore almost every day over the last 26 years,” he said. At both the old location on 16th Street and the new one on 24th Street, Brandwein was a regular, sitting down with a book for a few hours and occasionally engaging with customers perusing the shelves. He added an “academic heft” and his “encyclopedic memory” to the store, McKinley said, and was the most well-read person McKinley and others knew. “No one visited the store or supported the store more,” said McKinley. “People came to see him, talk to him, argue with him, and he generally aided anyone who worked there and anyone who shopped there.”center_img Brandwein died two weeks ago on December 12 of metastatic cancer that had spread to his brain and sinuses. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer a few years ago  and underwent treatment then, but decided against it the second time around. “He was ready to die,” said McKinley of the 73-year-old, who was born in 1942 and attended Boston University. At school, he played chess, debated politics and developed an affinity for socialism and communism, according to his friends. Larry Kauffman, a chess grandmaster, named Brandwein an early influence and a master at blitz chess, a fast-paced game with a lower than normal time limit. Brandwein came to San Francisco in the 1970s from Seattle, where he had moved from the East Coast and a “fairly distant” family, according to McKinley. His roommate didn’t know him then, but Paul Whitehead, a long-time member of the Mechanics’ Institute, remembers meeting Brandwein as a young 13-year-old chess player.“I sensed he was my friend right from the get-go,” said Whitehead, who is now 55. Whitehead and his brother were among the younger members of the club, but “never felt patronized” by Brandwein or others despite their renown. “Most of the people we met treated us like we were ordinary chess players without treating us like kids, even though we might have acted like kids. It was the chess board that was the important thing,” he said.Brandwein’s last professional tournament was in 1964, but he played regularly at the Chess Room and kept up with chess happenings worldwide. He even played chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, purportedly, when the two of them shared a house with other chess players on Third Street. “He knew Bobby Fischer, and there’s an anecdote about Fischer living there in that house, and Steve went over and played him, and apparently Steve did pretty well. From what I heard, he won about 20 percent of the games,” Whitehead said, a figure repeated in online chess forums. After living in the chess house, Brandwein bounced around the city and worked odd jobs, continuing his daily routine of reading books and playing chess. He started working as the chess room coordinator in 2000, and in 2005 was evicted from his place in the Lower Haight.“I immediately found it comfortable to offer him a room in my apartment,” said McKinley. Brandwein “lived like a Buddhist” and had very few possessions, able to comfortably share a one-bedroom apartment with McKinley. He also subsisted on a frugal, if unhealthy, diet.“He lived very simply and ate a regular diet of Dr. Pepper, cookies, and canned beef stew,” said McKinley. “I learned to take him for granted because he was so easygoing. There was almost never a conflict, and he allowed me to overwhelm his few minor belongings with no complaint.” Brandwein was also known for his razor sharp humor. Christine Shields, the manager at Adobe Books and a friend of Brandwein, remembers him being a laid-back presence in the store with a great sense of humour. “I’ll emphasize that he was hilarious,” she said, saying his humor was “understated but kind of outrageous, absolutely irreverant.”Whitehead related a tale in which he was invited on a televised panel to comment on the famed 1972 Fischer-Spassky match in Reykjavik, Iceland, the so-called Match of the Century that pitted the American champion against the Soviet one.When asked about a particular move of Fischer’s, Brandwein began talking politics instead, revealing his radical positions and calling out Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon for their handling of the Vietnam War.“Steve apparently turned to the camera and said something about ‘mad-dog Kissinger’ and ‘Nixon the murderer of the Vietnamese people,’” Whitehead said. The camera cut off, and Brandwein was no longer invited on television. But the host of the program, a chess master named Shelby Lyman, remembers Brandwein’s “turning our coverage into a circus” fondly, according to a letter shared by Whitehead.“The Channel 13 brass have still not recovered from that one,” Lyman wrote.But despite his renown at reading and chess — as well as his penchant for other games like Scrabble, which landed him in the well-known book about the game “Wordfreaks” — most said they just miss their friend and his daily visits. “It’s a loss for the store and for the Mission,” McKinley said. “It’s a loss for San Francisco, more than for me.”There will be a memorial for Brandwein at the Mechanics’ Institute on January 24, and a small memorial with his picture, candles, and a chessboard has been set up at Adobe Books, for those who knew him best for his reading. last_img read more

BRAVE Saints produced a fine performance at Hudder

first_imgBRAVE Saints produced a fine performance at Huddersfield under difficult circumstances but ultimately succumbed to a late Leroy Cudjoe drop goal.Alex Walmsley was sent off in the first half and despite defending like their lives depended on it went down 17-16.Nathan Brown’s side asked a lot of questions when down to 12 men and had two drop goal attempts of their own.The latter was charged down and was the difference between the two sides – coming after Saints had denied one of the Giants two efforts.Saints weathered the best of what the Giants threw at them in the first half to lead 10-0.James Roby was the architect setting up one and scoring another.But once Walmsley was sent off for a tackle deemed late and high it was backs to the wall.In the second half Shaun Lunt and Cudjoe gave the Giants the lead, but Lance Hohaia dummied his way over.Mark Percival then showed maturity beyond his years with the conversion.Saints were on top at that point but couldn’t quite set up for the winning drop goal meaning all eyes are on Catalan v Castleford to decide the final league placings.Brown made two changes from the side that lost to Warrington – Gary Wheeler and Mark Percival returning to allow Paul Wellens to slot back in at fullback.Matty Dawson selected ahead of Adam Swift.Huddersfield were missing Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Scott Grix but that didn’t stop them making a solid start.A high ball into the corner caused problems and then the ball was lost right in Saints 20.Saints forced their way back into it with a couple of good clearing kicks and then Mose Masoe  and Willie Manu went close.But a penalty and an error handed the advantage back to the Giants only for Saints to come up with superb goal line defence.After soaking up all the pressure Saints hit back with a classic counterpunch.Roby got away at half back, offloaded to Turner who found Manu in space.He simply fed Mark Percival who weighed up his options before putting Makinson over in the corner.Less then a minute later Saints increased their lead – and it was another free flowing move down the centre of the field that saw Roby crash under the posts.On 27 minutes the game turned as Alex Walmsley was sent off for an apparent late tackle on Luke Robinson.The Giants were held up over the line as they pushed home their man advantage but Saints held out.Galvanised, Saints shut up shop for the next ten minutes before they were harshly penalised for offside.And they then succumbed to Jake Connor’s chip through.Saints needed to be strong, solid and brave in the second half – and certainly didn’t need to concede on their first set.But that’s what happened.Ukuma Ta’ai ripped the middle of the park to shreds and then Shaun Lunt stretched over to level matters.Connor putting his side ahead with the boot.On Huddersfield’s next attack Matty Dawson took the ball high but was clattered by Jermaine McGillvary and stretchered off.It was another blow but Saints kept on pressing and probing and almost broke through thanks to the excellent James Roby.Chances were few and far between though and ultimately they had to make one count – as when the Giants had one they did.Flanagan forcing a pass which allowed Cudjoe to collect and increase the lead.Saints hit back almost immediately when Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook broke the line after a wonderful Roby pass and Hohaia dummied his way to the line.Percival ice cool with the conversion.Saints charged down a drop goal attempt but couldn’t get near Cudjoe’s 71st minute effort.Hohaia missed with an effort of his own minutes later and then in the final stages Jordan Turner had one charged down.Saints reclaimed the ball but the referee pulled them up for offside – when it should have been play on – and the Giants celebrated.Saints now have to rely on Catalan beating Castleford on Saturday to win the League Leaders Shield.Match Summary:Giants: Tries: Connor, Lunt, CudjoeGoals: Connor (2 from 2)Drop: CudjoeSaints:Tries: Makinson, Roby, HohaiaGoals: Percival (2 from 3)Penalties: Giants: 7Saints: 3HT: 10-6FT: 16-17REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 7244Teams:Giants: 5. Aaron Murphy; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 19. Jodie Broughton; 27. Jake Connor, 7. Luke Robinson; 20. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Shaun Lunt, 23. Josh Johnson, 11. Brett Ferres, 15. Larne Patrick, 14. Michael Lawrence.Subs: 10. Craig Kopczak, 13. Chris Bailey, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai.Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 24. Gary Wheeler; 16. Kyle Amor, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Alex Walmsley.last_img read more

Your company logo will be printed on the interchan

first_imgYour company logo will be printed on the interchange cards, so each one of our 10 substitutions will showcase your business both visually as the card is displayed at the time of the change and verbally via our PA announcer with the phrase, “Saints interchange in association with ’.Substitutes will wear branded clothing on the touchline featuring your logo across the full 80 minutes and to reinforce that association with the Club we will provide two crowd facing perimeter boards in front of both dugouts. We also use the cards at every away game, so your brand will receive further exposure on our travels around Super League.This sponsorship is also in our sale, it was initially priced at £4,500 + vat and has been reduced to just £2,250 + vatWe want to work with you to help improve your sales throughout 2017 and hope we can secure your business.To book, please call our sales team on 01744 455080 or email us via sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

UNC Board of Governors member UNC plan for Silent Sam cowardice

first_imgSilent Sam statue at UNC Chapel Hill (Photo: Michael Hyland/WNCN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When the UNC System Board of Governors meets later this month and discusses UNC Chapel Hill’s plan to build a new facility that would house a controversial Confederate statue, Thom Goolsby won’t support the idea.Yesterday the UNC Board of Trustees approved building a new education and history center that would house the Silent Sam statue. Protestors toppled the monument to Confederate soldiers last summer.- Advertisement – The UNC System Board of Governors must give final approval for the project. The board is expected to discuss it at its meeting Dec. 14.Goolsby, a Wilmington attorney and former state senator, who serves on the Board of Governors, took to YouTube today to call the idea for a $5 million building on the outskirts of campus “sheer cowardice.”“Neither the left nor the right is happy,” Goolsby said in the video. “If you try to be everything to everyone, you end up being nothing to anyone.”Related Article: House Democrats have plan to re-open governmentGoolsby says state law is clear that Silent Sam should have been put back in its original place on the Chapel Hill campus “within 90 days of the outside radicals tearing it down, when our police stood down and our administration did nothing.”Goolsby says UNC leaders are misinterpreting the state law that protects monuments like Silent Sam. He says an exclusion in the statute for “a threat to public safety or because of an unsafe or dangerous condition” refers to situations like building a new road or problems with the ground.“It is not outside radicals coming on your campus, destroying property,” Goolsby said. “The law is not being correctly applied here, because of whatever agenda is being pushed forward.”Goolsby said the only reason putting Silent Sam back should not have already happened is that apparently there are only two people in the country who can repair the statue, and they are not available to start work until January.last_img read more

Beach renourishment project to start soon on Pleasure Island

first_imgCarolina Beach (Photo: WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The renourishment project on Pleasure Island will be getting underway soon.According to a Facebook post by Councilman Steve Shuttleworth, a pre-construction meeting was held Wednesday at the US Army Corps of Engineer’s office for the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project.- Advertisement – Weeks Marine is the contracting company that will perform the work for both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.The town says some equipment will be on the north end of the island around the 28. Crews will be delivering the pipe sections which are stockpiled on the northern end of Freeman Park.“The cutter head dredge plant is stationed in the inlet area right up close to the shore. That dredge plant is cutting and pumping sand out of the deep hole right off the tip of Freeman Park,” Shuttleworth said. “They pump sand through the pipes and place it on the beach to be graded by bulldozers. The pipes sections will be extended down the beach as it is extended, they will cover a small section every so many yards to allow pedestrian crossing. As the sand is placed on the beach the contractor will be cordon off the active area. Access to that section of the beach will be restricted until they pass further on. The will reopen the area as the pass far enough down the beach.”Related Article: Feeling lucky? Carolina Beach hires new managerThe pipe will remain in place until all the sand is placed. The project is designed to run down to about The Atlantic towers.They have until April 30 to complete the project.last_img read more

Dinner for two McDonalds offers a candlelight meal for Valentines Day

first_img This is your chance to enjoy a Big Mac sandwich by candlelight. Crew will greet you at the door, seat you, take your order and deliver it to your table. The tables will also be decorated with candles and flowers.RELATED: Roses, candles and Valentine dinners at McDonald’s“Last year’s event was so successful in Southport we had to do it again this year” said McDonald’s Supervisor, Judy Hill. “The Manager’s and Crew really enjoyed having the opportunity to provide their customers with a special experience. It was a lot of fun for everyone.”Related Article: WPD deploy aircraft and K-9 for search of shooting suspect“We are excited once again to bring this special romantic evening to our customers”, said David Anderson, owner/operator of the Monkey Junction McDonald’s.This is the 8th annual dinner for the Southport McDonald’s and the 5th annual for the Monkey Junction location. A couple enjoys a special Valentine’s Day dinner at McDonald’s in Monkey Junction on Feb. 14, 2015. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Still need to make plans for Valentine’s Day? Some area McDonald’s are pulling out the candles and flowers to make it a special night for couples.McDonald’s of Southport and the Monkey Junction McDonald’s is hosting Valentine’s Day Candlelight Dinners on Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last month, the US Department of Defense released a report about the effects of climate change on US military installations. Tuesday morning, it was a topic of conversation at the USS Battleship North Carolina, which has its own ongoing fight against Mother Nature.The Battleship has developed a multi-million-dollar flood plan strategy called “Living with Water.”- Advertisement – “The ‘Living with Water’ is the future,” said the Battleship’s Executive Director and Retired Captain Terry Bragg. “Today, we’re dealing with taking a whopping from Hurricane Florence.”Hurricane damage to the USS Battleship North Carolina and its visitor center totals more than $2 million. Now, the Battleship is focused on effective solutions moving forward.“We’ve replaced our roof,” said Bragg. “We’ve had to replace our sewage and water line that ran underneath the water that was ripped out of place. We’re having to replace all the dry wall.”Related Article: Church holds annual Thanksgiving meal, gives out donations for Florence victimsAs the Battleship faces potential flooding impacts with high tide, flood preparedness is one of many concerns across the southeast. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says the city needs to improve hurricane preparedness and rebuild smarter.“We’ve got to do a better job with our shelters,” said Saffo. “We have got to make sure they are proof to 145 mile per hour winds. We have to make sure our roadways are raised and can get critical supplies into our community.”But, American Security Project CEO Stephen Cheney says Hurricane Florence is just one small event in a world full of events enhanced by climate change.“The Arab Spring and what went on in Syria was exacerbated dramatically by climate change and a prime example is the drought in Syria from 2006 to 2011 … worst drought in the history,” said Cheney.Democrats have criticized the Pentagon’s report on climate change’s impact on the military for not being detailed enough. Meanwhile, The White House is reportedly considering a special committee to look at climate change and security risks.last_img read more

Proposed House Resolution would protect health care rights for veterans

first_imgThe Concerned Veterans for America and Representative Holly Grange hosted a rally to support the VA Mission Act on April 12, 2019. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Veterans are rallying to protect their rights. A new state House resolution pushes to make sure veterans throughout North Carolina get the health care they need.Representative Holly Grange, a veteran herself, introduced House Resolution 550.- Advertisement – Grange hosted a rally Friday along with the Concerned Veterans for America to explain how the resolution aims to protect health care for veterans.“If you take anything away from it, you’re putting lives in jeopardy,” Veteran Chaz Ivy said.Ivy says he knows firsthand how vital health care is.Related Article: Ohio governor signs ban on abortion after 1st heartbeatIn 2018, the VA Mission Act gave veterans more health care options and protected certain benefits. Ivy and other veterans want to keep things this way.“America is a country built on choice and taking responsibility for oneself and making decisions,” said John Byrnes, who is with the CVA. “We think the veterans who served our country should have the most amount of decisions possible inside their own health care.”“It’s in support of the VA Mission Act as it has been enacted into law,” Grange said. “It discourages rolling back any of the provisions.”With the act, Grange says veterans have more health care options than just the VA. They are also able to get specialty care they need.She says this resolution will help prevent Congress from taking away any of these benefits.Ivy says that in North Carolina alone, the number of veterans is growing quickly.“We earned this right to have proper health care, and I think it’s very important for us to get the treatment we need, and also for fellow veterans that have sacrificed a lot more than other veterans to get the health care they need,” Ivy said.Grange says the VA Mission Act allows veterans to get health care closer to home, instead of heaving to go all the way to a VA facility.She says the resolution has to go through a few committees first before going to the House floor.last_img read more

Volunteers clean up former railroad as first step of Rails to Trails

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of volunteers started their Saturday cleaning up the Port City. Each year, Cape Fear Realtors finds ways to serve the community for their Action Day. This year’s efforts focused on the “Rails to Trails” project in downtown Wilmington.Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s “Work on Wilmington” volunteers and realtors collaborated on the clean up effort. Volunteers picked up trash and pulled weeds along the the former railroad site extending from 3rd Street to 5th Street. This clean is the first step towards creating a new space for public recreation in the city.- Advertisement – “Trails to Rails is a very important part of our community,” Realtor Don Harris said. “Hopefully, the City Council is going to use it for walkways, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It’s an opportunity that many cities do not have.”Harris says realtors are a vibrant part of the economic development in the community. He says they are just as passionate about keeping the city clean as the people they attract to move here.last_img read more

Archbishop blesses oil during Chrism mass

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Today marks the start of the liturgical celebrations of the Easter Triduum.Currently a Chrism mass is being celebrated by the Archbishop and priests of the Archdiocese of Malta at St John’s co-Cathedral in Valletta.This mass underscores the unity willed by Jesus Christ among believers, especially those that have been entrusted to continue his mission.During the mass, priests will renew the priestly promises which they originally made during their ordination. This shows a sign of commitment to remain united with themselves and the Archbishop.Archbishop Scicluna will also bless three oils – the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and the oil of the holy chrism – which will be used in teh administration of the sacraments throughout the Archdiocese until next year’s Maundy Thursday.Live streaming services are provided by the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of Malta www.knisja.mt.WhatsApplast_img read more