Welcome to the 2011 Year in Review: a series of trips down memory lane where we visit the Vallejo Community Issues Examiner archives and share your favorite people, places and subjects (based on traffic to our blog site).
Is this just a popularity contest, based on ratings? Absolutely not! There's power in critical mass. But its' importance goes beyond just numbers. In a future posting, we will followup with some analysis - the storyline that we see emerging from your preferences - from your favorite articles, photos, and videos.
In this posting we share your five favorite Vallejo Community Issues Examiner slide shows.
Without further ado....(Click the titles to see the slide shows)
welcomes the SS
Solon Turman Mare
No surprise here. The accompanying article ranked second in viewer popularity (from over 110 posts). We show you the ship from different angles, poised for scrapping.
2) Film crews customize one of the mansions on Officer's Mansion Row
Another no-brainer. This summer the making of The Master captured both the resources of
and Vallejoans' imagination. The
posting took our #2 spot in the year's favorite list, and the slide show offers
a peek at some of the exterior and interiors that you will recognize when this
long-awaited movie debuts (late 2012??). Mare Island
's Naval Hospital: Then and Now Mare Island
The filming of the Master used many of
buildings. The Mare
prominently in the film and as we noted in the accompanying story, the building
itself has more than enough history to enrich a variety of film scripts. We
give you some glimpses of the Hospital (then and now) in this slide show. Naval
4) Anatomy of a Dry Dock
Ship building and ship maintenance used to drive
's economy. While many members of the Vallejo
shipyard community are long gone, the interest in this sector remains. Allied
Defense Recycling, the company that received the contracts to scrap the Solon
Turman and the Lincoln, shared these photos with us. Mare Island
5) Sturgeon Biting in
There's a very large contingent of folks in the
area who live and breathe with the tides.
And when the tides are right, you will find them in Carquinez Channel,
in the Straits, in the Vallejo Napa river and out in in search of the 'big ones'. And no
fish offers as dramatic photos as a sturgeon in the net. That's one cry heard 'round the Bay. San Pablo Bay
Source: The Examiner. By Patricia Kutza,
Community Issues Examiner. December 30, 2011 Vallejo