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The Trident Movie?

Trident Interior

A few years back I came up with an idea for a story, and with the help of Ed Gutekunst,  we created a tale that might work as a movie treatment for a film that reflects life back in the mid seventies in and around the Trident. The story we created is about three women coming of age … with an underlying theme about friendship, loyalty, and redemption. We’ve title it The T. The Trident’s nickname for employees “Back in the Day.”

This story is pure fiction. If you go to the “Toolbar” above and click on The Trident Movie 2018 you’ll be taken to the story.

Any thoughts, edits,  or ideas are appreciated. Send any comments to me at MDLomas@gmail.com Please note, we took the liberty to use actual names of people that worked there. Somehow that helped in the creative process.

If you have any connections with George Lucas, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppala, Alexander Payne, Sophie Coppala or any other similar luminaries that might want to make this story into a movie feel free to share this.

The present owner of the Trident says he’d be happy to close the restaurant to make this film which could be a lot of fun recreating that mid 70s; the clothes, attitudes, hair styles, cars, and so much more from that era!

Image of the Trident interior from back then …Boston ferns in abundance

Welcome to the Trident!

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The Kingston Trio’s Trident, at 558 Bridgeway in Sausalito, uniquely reflected what was going on in the late 60’s through the 70’s in the Bay Area. New York had Studio 54 San Francisco had the Trident.

David Crosby called the Trident, “Ground zero for sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll!  Robin Williams worked there as a bus boy. Janis Joplin had her own table when she came in. Clint Eastwood and Sonny Barger (head of the Hell’s Angel’s) hung out regularly at the bar together. In 1972 and 1975, after their concerts, the Rolling Stones held private parties thrown by Bill Graham.

The night the Trident closed  most of the employees had taken some sort of mind altering substance ,and marijuana was freely indulged in throughout the evening … without any incidents or trouble from the Sausalito Police who were in attendance. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many stories here.  All surprisingly true!  What a trip!

Have the times changed? Your thoughts, stories, photos, and memories are welcomed!  This site would love your help collecting photos, stories, and memories, from employees, patrons, and anyone that frequented this unique establishment/ experience from 1966 to 1980.

Email me at MDLomas@gmail.com   Thanks!

Trident Restaurant Menu

The front and backside of the Trident Menu circa late sixties /early seventies. Check out the prices. Provided by Phillippa Farrar aka “Flip” phillippa.farrar@gmail.com                       Click on images to enlarge

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Phillipa worked at the Trident in the early seventies as a hostess. Here are some excerpts from her “Hostess Notes” provided to her by the Trident management. (Some of the notes are generic, and not to unusual or surprising, and have been skipped over) Here we go:  1. Never let people wander through the room aimlessly. Tell them they must be seated or leave.  At busy times tell them about our $3 minimum.  2. You are the first impression that customers have of the Trident, so always be fresh and smiling. Don’t put any low energy trips on them. Learn to give good vibes with no effort.   3. Smile and act concerned.

Video

Woody Allen Trident Flashback

Early Cirque Du Soleil

18RobinEricHertaOne2014Not too many people know that Cirque Du Soleil began in the parking lot of the Trident back in the mid 70’s.  This also was thought to be a pyramid scheme but was simply multi-level marketing.   Very clever in its day …..  Herta, Eric, and Robin …top to bottom…

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Thanks For Dropping In….

3JimMarshallPanHandleSFGRoupsRock2014 As many of you already know the musical groups that created the “San Francisco sound” in the sixties lived in Marin County.  This photo was taken by Jim Marshall in the San Francisco Panhandle.  This photo includes the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Charlatans all of which were frequent visitors to the Trident back in the day. Tune in, turn on,  and thanks for coming by!

Steve Elvin Trident Ceiling Mural 1969

David Crosby

From an interview with David Crosby in this month’s Santa Barbara Magazine David ends the interview with a wonderful compliment about the Kingston Trio. At the time of the interview David and CS&N were playing at the Santa Barbara Bowl. David was asked, “You’re playing the Santa Barbara Bowl – which I’m sure you love and have played many times before. Do you remember the first concert you went to there?” And David replied, “The first show I saw there was the Kingston Trio and I was absolutely thrilled. I was folksy, I loved it! They were very good! I think that’s how far back it goes – my relationship with the Bowl. I consider Santa Barbara my home. I love it very much, and hope to live out my life here.”

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(Image from Santa Barbara Magazine)
Excerpt lifted from David Crosby’s “Since Then” How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It:
     “After a series of adventures, the Mayan and it’s crew sailed into San Francisco Bay and found moorings in Sausalito. David lived upon the boat and recorded his solo album “If I Could Only Remember My Name” at Wally Heider’s studio in San Francisco.  He made the Trident  (a local restaurant and bar) his personal watering hole.
      Built on pilings over the water on Sausalito’s main street (Bridgeway), it had a deck with an expansive view of all of San Francisco Bay and the most gorgeous waitresses north of the Playboy Mansion. No airbrushing and no implants.  Trident women had rings in their noses and tattoos of flowers and butterflies where you could see them, and sometimes where you couldn’t.  There was no house uniform so waitresses could wear anything from Victorian Velvet to see-through Indian gauze.  Some shaved, some didn’t.  
      The line between staff and clientele often blurred: beautiful women would hang out waiting for an interview or a job opening, and female staff would stick around after work, fraternizing with guys who could afford the tab (it was not a cheap place to eat). If sex, drugs, and rock and roll had caused a revolution, the Trident was it’s Reign of Terror!”

Blue Cheer

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Recent “comment” to this site from Eric Albronda
While producing Blue Cheer’s 4 th album in San Francisco I went to the Trident all the time . At one point a dear friend of mine Buck Sumski was hoisting Michael James Brody Heir to Oleo Margarine fortune and then recent Ed Sullivan Preformer . He loaned me his briefcase Phone . I took it to the Trident and boy did I feel like a big shot –Actually I was there that day to Meet with Nicky Hopkins , Piano Player for the stars > I wanted to produce a solo album of his which never happened because after our meeting and my explaining what a good idea it was he did it himself . At the same meeting was Jeff Beck who was lurking in the shadows. L:eave it to those Brits they never miss a trick.

Fond memories of The Trident – no that special feeling will never come back but as Ken Babbs told me when I was asking him why I felt so strongly about the time he answered by saying – If you had the spirit and you still have the spirit then it is your responsibility to share that with as many people as possible . I try to do this every day but oh what a feeling back then – I am so glad I was alive and participating in the music scene at the time. thank you everybody that added to my experience at the Trident.

 

Sam Andrew and Janis Joplin

Sam Andrew was a dear friend, and in many ways a Trident alumni. Sam and Janis visited the Trident quite often. On February 12, 2015 Sam passed away with his wife Elise at his bedside. Thoughts and prayers go out to Elise and all those many people that loved Sam. RIP mi amigo. You will be missed! This video was shot in 2010 at the Trident. This is Sam being Sam. An amazing person, and incredible guitarist! Love you Sam!