USA – San Francisco
14 April 2003
||Harry Levine, accountant from St Johns Wood, and Hazel Shander,
nursing sister and Spanish teacher
||Hovering above Golden Gate Bridge
||Go up a saucer, Lee, to hear about a 50s model. The Strauss
spanner is only finger-length – déjà vu? 1
||Sausalito – on model of Golden Gate Bridge in Bay Delta Model
||Hovering over Bay Bridge
||Where the Athletics play ball, meet ‘The Sea Wolf’ writer.
Near DC’s river there’s light relief so find your bearings.
||Oakland – in compass room of lightship ‘Relief’
||Downtown your pier is XXX, so find a Randy panda to lead you
to Barney McGrew’s workplace. Ahoy there, whatta pistol!
||San Francisco – on water jet of fire boat
||Take a charter float to the Rock. De-embark and (lookout!)
vociferate Charlie the Bird’s jazz style, but be on your guard.
||Alcatraz – with former guard Frank Heeney
||Find your way up. Inside, take a flight then the B206 where
a tax exile and ‘second hand furniture salesman’ did time.
||Alcatraz – on bars of cell B206
||The contestants won the treasure with 20 seconds to spare
||As usual, the cameraman was Guy Littlemore and the sound recordist
was Simon Burles, but the helicopter was flown by local pilot Andrew (instead
of Keith Thompson).
||The helicopter heads for Sauselito (saucer, Lee, to). The
Bay Delta Model Building contains a huge, 1950s-built model of the San Francisco
Bay area. Joseph Strauss designed the Golden Gate Bridge (Strauss spanner) which
we saw earlier (deja vu).
||Jack London, author of ‘The Sea Wolf’, grew up in Oakland.
The presidential yacht of Franklin D Roosevelt, ‘Potomac’ (DC’s river) is moored
there, and nearby is the lightship ‘Relief’ (light relief), where the clue is
in the compass room (find your bearings). [Officially WLV 605, ‘Relief’ is a
relief ship which took place of the main ship. It is one of the few remaining
floating lighthouses left].
||Suzi lands near the San Francisco end of Bay Bridge and finds
a police car (panda) waiting. “Excuse me, are you Randy?” she asks the police
officer inside. “Yes I am,” he says, and drives her along The Embarcadero to
where the fire boat is moored at pier 30 (XXX). [‘Barney McGrew’ was a fireman
in the children’s TV programme ‘Trumpton’].
||Suzi takes the ferry (charter float) to Alcatraz Island (The
Rock) where she finds former guard Frank Heaney near the lookout tower. His
nickname among inmates was ‘Beebop’ (jazz musician Charlie Parker’s style) which
was the latest musical style at the time he joined. When Suzi says “beebop and
swing” to him, he gives her the clue.
||Guy and Simon climb aboard a pickup truck, but Suzi has to
run/walk up the long hill to the cell block at the top of The Rock. Gangster
Al Capone, whose business card read ‘second hand furniture salesman’, served
time for tax evasion in cell B206.
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