Jim Motch regularly practiced playing the bagpipe on Ocean Beach when leaning to play the bagpipe after his mother became ill. Just beyond the anniversary of her passing, he continues to honor her each time he plays.
As a child, Mike McGill remembers gathering around the television set with his family every Sunday night at 7 pm to watch ‘The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.’ He knew from a young age that he wanted to become a marine biologist. His father would take McGill and his siblings to the local beaches to explore and fish. And his mother encouraged him to “follow your bliss.” The bliss eventually led to a staff position at the Aquarium of the Bay where he’s been working the past 20 years.
If you have the sudden urge to start dancing the salsa, mambo or merengue while walking down Market Street in downtown San Francisco, chances are you have Leonardo Perez Gonzalez to thank (or blame).
Nicknamed “Anaconda,” Gonzalez, 63, can be found cruising the sidewalks from his motorized wheelchair, navigating through the crowds while playing Latin music at full blast from a large speaker nestled on the floorboard between his feet.