Monthly Archives: October 2014

Donna

in 1968 I went to work for the Kingston Trio at the Trident when it was a jazz club…it was a happening scene..Mills Davis..Sergo Mendes and all the Jazz greats..I was a cocktail waitress..a bad coctails waitress…this was pre LSD and Tune in ..Turn on..Drop out…when that happened The Trio and Frank Werber decided to close it down and hip it up…the finished Restaurant was amazing..I was the first hired because I had previously worked there…Many beautiful women were hired…Frank of course oversaw everything but we had a manager who’s name I can’t remember now..a gentle older man that I adored…It was the “IT” place..I would be serving  people likeNeil Young as he wrote lyrics on a napkin…dealing with David Crosby and his over the top fun personality…if there was a celebrity in San Francisco they would cross the bridge to have the Trident experience…many good times..many friends..Helen stands and of course Gretchen and her homemade cookies…but Frank was my very very dear friend…loved him and he was always there for me…there were some bad times of course…cooks who were grouchy…and bartenders that were so demanding..I wasn’t a very good waitress but because I was well liked I kept my job..even during the times I needed to leave to go to Maui and other places ..I would always have a job waiting for me when I returned…it is also where Bill Cosby decided it was me that he knew he wanted and it is a horrible memory of what he did to me..I couldn’t tell anyone because he was so beloved and no one would have believed me…there were many great times with big stars with big egos and some with very big hearts..Lily Tomlin comes to mind….and of course the night we closed for the Rolling Stones..What an honor to be chosen to be there that night..with all their bad boy reputation they were total gentlemen..I left at the end of 1972 with fond memories and gratitude for my time there. Donna Motsinger  email: binkybaby78@gmail.com

Donna and her son Jeff “back in the days” when she was working at the Trident

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Deja Views…a Retrospective from Richard Lipfield

About to walk into the Trident on a Saturday evening to begin my shift… place is full…one shift ending , another beginning…..customers everywhere… rock and roll…. beautiful women…. one hour wait …sensory overload …I NEED TO FOCUS !!!!!! signing waitresses out in the cloak room..making sure everyone has shown up for their shift……adjust the music level to match the intensity of the room as it undulates…unread the log and check in with the floor manager… say hello to PIERRE….(scarey if he is not smiling )..can’t let him see my fear ………no room for mistakes….. any drunks roaming the room ?…coke heads…heroine ?…hells angels ??,…..anyone harassing the girls…. where is Ron Mxcannon.. hope he is not here to add craziness to the situation….here comes FRANK AND DIANE…need to welcome them… I know frank will notice the one thing in the room that is out of place,and he will definitely tell me about it !…. PRESSURE but that is what it takes to makes the TRIDENT what it is..one of the most exciting, fun, dynamic restaurants in the world… everyone of us is proud to be part of the event ….working harder than we have ever worked in our lives !!!smiling..buzzed..stoned…most of us keeping our balance..someone usually losing it…..I’m manager, counselor, friend and mentor…..is that a plain clothes policeman in the corner ?….the local police get us…they know!! but they, like the girls appreciate the smiles they get.. they give us space…..the room is calming down.. need to put softer music on to calm the tribe… I get to eat now….o.k. here we go… a full night of spontaneous interactions as the clientele enter our room.. in whatever condition they are in.. and with whatever attitude the choose….keep it flowing.. watch every detail as we interact and present our magic food… time to go into the office and put on the fan and smoke a joint….there that’s better.. now I fell more harmonious with the event.. oh oh..BOBBY wants me to 86 a drunk from the bar..stay neutral, be firm…DONE….need a lift.. alittle coke will help.. there now I AM ON TOP OF IT AGAIN…only a few hours to go… time for my first drink…TEQUILA SUNRISE…..relaxed but staying alert…..can never let it down.. things can happen fast… oh no… did that lady just throw the ashtray at her date ??? calm them down or walk them out…..room is starting to empty out…good…..start sending some of the staff home…the clean up crew is beginning to show up for their all night shift… here comes MILTON AND PATRICK..close the doors.. put the money away…..now the big lights come on and they destroy the illusion .. food everywhere, dirty tables, dirty floors, kitchen needs to be deconstructed and cleaned… by morning the guys have brought it back to perfection for the next shift… and here we go again… I DID THIS FOR TEN YEARS WITH THE HELP OF THE MOST DYNAMIC, CREATIVE PEOPLE ON THE PLANET !!!!! LOVE TO YOU ALL….. RICHARD  Email Richard at: RLipfield@aol.com

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Peace and Love from Gordon “Pete” Apps

2tridentnightshot2016Before there was an App for that we’ve enter the mind and memories of Gordon Peter “Pete” Apps who sends out Peace and Love to ya’ll.

“Speaking of unforgettable people: who could ever forget (I’ve tried, to no aaaaavail) mis compadres Charlie Bruscino and Larry “Bagger” Kimzey?   – and that wacky but lovable goon squad in the kitchen: Pierre, Barry Ginsberg, David Smythe, Harold Ehrman, Tom Eng, Nic(odemas), and Neil (“Uncle Wally”); and Toomey, Gordo (Ed Sanchez) kickin’ ass on the day shift – and that wacky but lovable goon squad on the floor: hostesses, bartenders, ‘spresso/juicers, table bussers, and enchantresses? – and that w-b-lovable goon squad in THE OFFICE!?!   I remember an impressive (well, I”M impressed [easily]) number of “floor” people’s names-matched-in with-faces and/or names-and-voices-matched-with-bosoms  – crucial when putting out orders through that tiny service window in the kitchen). Too, too many names to mention (Eduardo, Erik, Gary, Chris & Henry of Cosmic Popcorn, Gordy, Kenny Beckerman, Bruce Binder, Patrick Connally, Evan, Jack E. Flatt of Kid Courage , Wild Bill Pritchard, Buck, et. al.) I was fortunate to inter-be and have friendships with a number of them. And I gotta tell ya: What a cast of characters! Fellini should be rolling and rocking in his grave. If only. If only…. Kinda loved them all. Open-heartedly and com-passionately. In a perfect world I’d like to be able to see them (you, us) all again. In the next world, I cain’t hardly wait to “hey, y’all” Michael, Pierre, Lou, Frank, and Terry, and, sad thought, how many others? of us? Golden children in a golden era….

There were two ladies that I was especially fond of: Kathy Mac (Hughes-McMahon?) and Caroline Goldfish (Fishgold). Beautiful and always nice to me. Kinda friend-ly-like, when I think about it. Meant a whole lot to me. Still does. And ladies, poor me is widowed now, and available. Ready and eager to fall in love, or, at least,a deep and lasting like , again.”