Broken Wand

Here is a list of beloved members who have passed through this life and have touched our hearts with their own special magic both personally and professionally.  This is not a complete list, as we are currently gathering information from our files.  If you know of someone we may have missed, who was a member of S.A.M. #112 please contact us through the contact page and provide any information you have.

DrWynnMatsumura-150x150Doctor Wynn Matsumura – 1944 – Aug 27, 2001

Doctor Wynn Matsumura, member of Assembly #112 as well as some other magic clubs, was also a member of the San Francisco Reef Divers and was also an active participant in that hobby. Besides magic and scuba diving, he enjoyed a variety of other hobbies—including studying the Japanese language and participating in dance and many different sports.

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JiggsieTheClown-150x150Marion Bruce (aka Jiggsie the Clown) – ? – March 5, 2001

Marion Bruce was a member of the Ebell Society and a board member of the Zucchini Festival as well as belonging to the Oakland Women's Rowing Club, Oakland Council of the Navy League, Clown Club, and being a volunteer at the Oakland Zoo.

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LeonardMiller-150x150Leonard L. Miller- Nov 10, 1915 – October 3, 2000

Leonard Miller, was born on November 10, 1915, in San Francisco. Len and his family moved to Richmond when he was five years old. Just prior to the war, Leonard met Adeline Maier, whom he married in 1943 just before shipping off to the South Pacific.

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Stan-Riddle-150x150Stan Riddle – 1927 – Feb 12, 2000

Assembly #112 founder and first President, Stan Riddle, was born in Texas in 1927 and migrated to California in 1954. Although he was a chemist by training and worked for many years as such for Chevron, he was also a sportscaster for years at radio station KWUN and also worked for a while at television Channel 42. In fact, he was once offered a job on network radio but turned it down because he felt a long move would disrupt his family.

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JohnGoodsell-150x150John Richard Birdsell – March 20, 1919 – December 19, 1999

John Richard Birdsell, a native Californian, spent his growing up years between Napa and Long Beach in Southern California. At the age of sixteen he entered the service and spent two years in the Army. But even before he entered the service, his career in radio had already begun when he started singing out over the airwaves. He spent many years as an account executive with KKIS radio in Pittsburg, writing commercials and selling radio time.

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