Re: Serra and di Suervo homes - 43rd and Taraval

12/02/16 - posted by Zach


Oh wow - awesome!

What a time to leave China and arrive in San Francisco.

I wonder if they settled first in Portola/Excelsior too?

Di Suvero's father wound up working in the shipyards with Richard's dad during the war and, as Richard tells it: "At the time, the shipyards gave them a dispensation, if you would buy a tract house in the middle of nowhere. So there were sand dunes that went for about 10 square miles, with a few houses built with no blacktop roads, and my family and the di Suvero family lived in this sand dune."

I've been following something else that's a little curious: there seems to be some (rather recent) revisionism going on with regards to Richard's birth year. The Wikipedia entry for Richard Serra, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Serra, has gone back and forth between 1938 and (the more commonly attributed) 1939, with 1938 currently holding stock due to this FamilySearch.org California Birth Index listing, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2QN-2MT

Literally every publication I have on Richard Serra- from his "Writings and Interviews" to various Art Mongraphs lists his birthday as November 2, 1939. As have most of his online bios until recently - the Encyclopedia Brtiannica as example: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Richard-Serra

I wonder how such a prominent, published figure could have listed his year of birth incorrectly for so long - it seems like a relatively easy thing to verify?

Anyway, something seems afoot, with so much back and forth over the last few weeks....

Thanks, Ann ;)

Zach
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