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Monday, January 11, 2010

Hail Norton! Drunken Lunatic Honored Via Drunken Lunacy.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Hail Norton! - ALL PHOTOS   |   JOE ESKENAZI
  • All photos | Joe Eskenazi
  • Hail Norton!
As we've posited before, one's take on "Emperor" Joshua Norton can serve as an window into his or her worldview. Either you laud 19th-century San Franciscans' acceptance of the busted speculator's declaration that he was the Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico as an early sign of our laudable tolerance -- or you read it as an early sign of our ability to turn a blind eye to the loud, disruptive, and mentally ill. Or, maybe you think it's all of the above.

In any event, whenever Norton's birthday rolls around, loyal members of the San Francisco-founded fraternal order E Clampus Vitus -- who regard the man as their once and future emperor -- gather at his final resting place in Colma. On Saturday, San Francisco's original drunken lunatic was honored with a day of drunken lunacy. And we've got the pictures to prove it.
 


click to enlarge He answered to 'Hagrid' -- and he wanted to show us his kazoo
  • He answered to 'Hagrid' -- and he wanted to show us his kazoo

click to enlarge The elder speaks...
  • The elder speaks...

click to enlarge Don't you hate it when someone shows up wearing the same outfit as you?
  • Don't you hate it when someone shows up wearing the same outfit as you?

click to enlarge This hat would look good -- if it were only a little taller
  • This hat would look good -- if it were only a little taller

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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