Did you ever spend time at Alcatraz I have... Confessions of a Beverly...

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Did you ever spend time at Alcatraz? I have: Confessions of a Beverly Hills Realtor Endre Barath,Jr.

Honest, I have spent time at Alcatraz.  Three times to be exact! I have been in the same Cell Block where James “Whitey” Bulger stayed. Well it is not what you think…

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The first time Diane and I went there, was on our first visit to San Francisco. I wanted to check out the “Rock” that was made famous by their infamous and hardened residents of the likes of the “Birdman of Alcatraz”. BTW if you never saw the movie it is worth looking for it, Burt Lancaster played the role of the Birdman of Alcatraz. (The movie debut was in 1962)

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The second time we went to Alcatraz, was with my parents. My dad wanted to go to Alcatraz, since he also saw the Burt Lancaster movie as well as “Escape from Alcatraz” where Clint Eastwood played one of the Escapees:  Frank Lee Morris (The movie came out in 1979 and ironically Morris and the other two inmates escaped in 1962)

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My third visit was just recently, when my friend and his wife were visiting from Ireland and he wanted to go to Alcatraz as well. Interestingly each visit had exposed us to new and interesting information.

This time around the technology has improved as well. Just to give you an idea, when we went for our first visit, we had a guided tour by the Docents of Alcatraz (some of the docents were actual prisoners who have returned to make a living giving the tours. On our second visit we had received portable cassette players and this last time we had an audio tour which we could stop and activate with a button to move at our own pace. Keep in mind these are now available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

All I could think of was the latest book I just read by Dan Brown “Origin”, i.e.: if there will be a fourth trip in the horizon for us, I anticipate it will be with Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the tour guide.

If you ever visit San Francisco and you are looking to learn a bit of history of the Penal System and the history of the US prison system and its more infamous residents who spent time on the Rock, then Alcatraz is a must visit destination for you.

Just on a side note, while you are there, please enjoy the various piers and check out the Sea Lions as well as have some great food that are conveniently close by.

Now let me leave you with a quote from one of the more famous residents of recent past:

“…Looking back, Alcatraz was pretty good. You may be surprised to find that I look back at Alcatraz with a sense of nostalgia. My life today would break most men. After 16 years on America's Most Wanted list and living a quiet life on the California coast, I'm back in a cold isolation cell and reflect often back to those years on the Rock. Even though the San Francisco was close, we always felt so far removed from everything….” (Michael Esslinger quoting Whitey Bulger)

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On a side note this picture was taken while Whitey Bulger was hiding in plain site from the FBI I , find it ironic in light of  what is going on in our current Political Investigation, since Whitey visited Alcatraz as a tourist and lived in Santa Monica, CA for almost 20 years and the FBI continued looking for him... I enjoyed reading this article with a  few pictures of him in my back yard...

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Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin  a few hours vs a few years is indeed different:)Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:17 PM #19
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Nina Hollander  wow your trip was then when the place was virtually identical to when all their infamous residents lived there.....Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:18 PM #20
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Endre, i remember watching The Birdman, it was a good movie. I hink it ould be interesting to visit such an iconic site like Alcatraz even though it may be a bit bizarre.

Jan 28, 2018 04:25 PM #21
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Sheila Anderson  it is an eye opener, every time I went I learned something new, Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:33 PM #22
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Susan Haughton  not sure which cell block you visited, they do change the routine... one thing is still there when the Hippies & Flower Children took over the Island and made some graffiti on the Water Tower and other places....Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:35 PM #23
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Patricia Feager  I am with you 100% historic places, monuments need to be preserved rather than erased otherwise we will never learn...Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:37 PM #24
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Endre I visited Alcatraz many years ago soon after it opened.  Would love to see it again to see what they have improved on the tour.

Jan 28, 2018 04:42 PM #25
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  how did you like the book? Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:54 PM #26
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Joe Pryor  indeed there are some Tourist Traps at the same time there are a couple great Restaurants there as well, one is Michelin Rated...Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:56 PM #27
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Carol Williams  I have done the Wine Country many times, these trips were more for our Family & Friends, Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:57 PM #28
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  have no fear, it is safe to go there now:) on a side note I do my share of wine drinking from Norther California:)Endre

Jan 28, 2018 04:58 PM #29
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Rebecca Gaujot  it is an eye opener to say the least of how the worst of the worst were being held in this facility, Endre

Jan 28, 2018 05:00 PM #30
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I have been to Alcatraz Endre Barath, Jr. but it was many, many years ago.  If I am ever back in the area, I will have it on my tour plan!

Jan 28, 2018 08:48 PM #31
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  if  Wayne Martin  did that I would be honored, I am sure he would have many more and better questions:)Endre

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Gloria Todor  I was thinking the same thing the last couple times we went...how hard it must have been for the family members...Endre

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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert  We were reflecting on the boat ride back...it was cloudy and threatening with rain....Endre

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Endre, so fascinating!!! As a matter-of-fact, on an NPR show called The Moth, which is a live storytelling show weekly (with a certain theme), one storyteller tells of his experience "outing" Whitey Bulger, his neighbor when the FBI calls him to get him involved in capturing him. It's compelling, funny, sad. He mentioned how nice Whitey was to him in all of those years he was his next door neighbor. And I think Whitey even forgave him, if I recall. 

If you ever listen to NPR, or want to look up podcasts of this show, it's absolutely wonderful. 

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I have only been to Alcatraz once - it was a lot of fun - I would love to go back but I think it is too much walking for my husband.... I haven't read Origin - was it good? 

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I really loved the Birdman from Alcatraz... it was a good move... so was Escape from Alcatraz... I think I may have been rooting for them to never be caught!

This was such an interesting post... thanks for sharing 

I look forward to the 4th visit!

Feb 27, 2018 12:14 AM #38
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