It turns out that my first trip to The City By The Bay, in October of 1978 (depicted in the grainy photo of, from L to R, my sister Susan, Me, my brother Brian and our mother Betsy), coincided with the “birth” of Pier 39. According to a press release from Sue Muzzin with www.pier39.com, it was “visionary San Francisco businessman and developer, Warren Simmons, [who] dreamed of building an urban park along the city’s underdeveloped waterfront. [Then], on October 4, 1978, Simmons’ vision became a reality when he transformed a dilapidated cargo pier into PIER 39.” I remember being fascinated by not just the waterfront area with its eclectic collection of specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions, but the cable cars and strong aroma of seafood everywhere. In a rare display of fiscal craziness that day, my parents authorized a self-portrait of me, sketched by local charcoal artist Al Grey, that currently hangs in my home studio. Sue Muzzin elaborates on the cool history of Pier 39: “[It was] the first project built along The Embarcadero since World War II. Pier 39 paved the way for future developments beside the Bay. Four and a half decades later, The PIER has welcomed hundreds of millions of locals and visitors to the San Francisco Waterfront.” It’s now become a Young Family Tradition to visit Pier 39 at least every couple of years, with special emphasis placed on a visit to The Left-Handed Store for my unable-to-use-her-right-hand-for-anything spouse Meg Young. Happy 45th Pier 39!