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Do you remember…? You may have seen these faces during your time in Berkeley, or heard their names. Don't worry-- if you can't quite put your finger on who that person was, we have a few reminders.
The Bee: A poet known on UC Berkeley’s campus who wears yellow and black.
Bishop George Berkeley: George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne, was an Anglo-Irish philosopher from the turn of the 18th century known for his theories of immaterialism and westward expansion. Noted works include An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision and A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge.
Birdhouse Guy: Michael Parayno, also known as Birdman Mike, has made over 10,000 birdhouses since 1997, taught at Berkeley City College, and founded Birdland Jazz—his decorated truck was easily recognizable, parked by North Berkeley BART or near Fourth St. In 2012, Parayno moved back to Manila.
Brad Pitt Lady: A Telegraph Ave. street vendor who sells knitted tam hats while wearing a hardhat and is known for having an affinity for Brad Pitt.
Bubble Lady: Julia Vinograd has been Berkeley’s unofficial poet laureate for over 30 years, where she is a familiar presence on Telegraph Avenue—offering poems, conversations and bubbles to passersby.
Dorsey’s Locker: An authentic Texas-style soul food restaurant, the Dorsey family opened their doors in West Oakland in 1941. In 1956 they moved to their current location on Shttuck Ave., where they also introduced a cocktail lounge featuring occasional live entertainment.
Edible Schoolyard: Chef/owner of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, and the former King Middle School principal, Neil Smith, founded the Edible Schoolyard in 1995—a teaching garden and kitchen that were integrated into the school’s curriculum.
Walter Gordon: Grandfather of storycircle participant, Jonathan Wafer, Gordon was the first African-American to earn a doctorate of law from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall law school, the first Black Berkeley police officer, one of the first two African-American All-Americans (the football team), and later became the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Greek Theater: The William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre was built in 1903—a process that destroyed the basin of Strawberry Creek. Today, the 8,500-seat amphitheater hosts concerts, graduations, speaking events, and more.
Hate Man: Mark Hawthorne, former New York Times journalist, Peace Corps volunteer, and Air Force vet, left everything behind to live in People’s Park. For the past 25 years he has been spreading his own philosophy of hate and “oppositionality.”
Phillip Musto: The 92-year-old Wells Fargo employee has been working at the Shattuck Ave. branch for over 35 years. Before that he had already spent 30 years under the Postal Service.
Naked Guy: Andrew Martinez was a former UC Berkeley student, expelled for his nudity in 1992 after the introduction of a new dress code. He then became a regular presence on Telegraph Avenue, where he frequently got into altercations with the police. He passed away in 2006.
Newbury Station: Originally a steam-train route stop on Adeline, South of Ashby, this station was annexed to Berkeley in 1891, when it became the Ashby Station. Today, Ashby BART Station sits in the same location.
Admiral Nimitz: Chester W. Nimitz was the last Fleet Admiral in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1905-1947. After moving to the Bay Area after his service, he became a UC Regent from 1948-1956, where he had been a professor of Naval Science. The I-880 freeway that connects San Jose and Oakland now bears his name.
Mr. Winer: Jordan Winer is a drama teacher at Berkeley High School and a local actor.
Pano: The Panoramic Hill is a Berkeley/Oakland neighborhood bounded by Piedmont Ave, Clark Kerr campus, and the University of California. 
La Peña: The La Peña Cultural Cente incorporated on September 11, 1974, one year after the military coup of Salvador Allende, and opened its doors in June of 1975. As a gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share cultural traditions, create and perform their work, and support and interface with diverse social movements.
Domingo Peralta: The son of Don Luis Peralta, Jose Domingo Peralta became the owner of the Berkeley portion of the Rancho San Antonio in the early 1800s. He eventually sold or lost all of his land, and in 1872 his widow and children were evicted from their home on present-day Albina St.
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