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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


Terry Lawson

I was only a casual background item at the old Trident. I did work there when it was Horizon’s, and my mother even worked there (around 1960) when it was called The Yacht Club (I remember her calling it “The Yacht Dock” though). Most of my memories come from dating the infamous bartender Terry Lawson.
Remembering Terry Lawson…
Can you believe that Terry Lawson would have been 60 years old this week?

I started dating Terry in 1974 when I was barely 17 years old. He used to smuggle me in to the dark corner bench seat at the far end of the bar. Sometimes I would have to sit in his old VW with his dog “Say Man” waiting for the weekly meeting to end (that was back when they still let him park on the parking deck). I remember watching Robin and Eric come out the kitchen door, cutting it up and making me laugh. Terry moved with me when I went to college in LA in 1976, then I accompanied him to Maui in 1978. We hung out with Bobby L. at The Blue Max, who even invited us to a private performance there by Stevie Nicks. Terry and I stopped living together shortly after that. But we remained friends until the end. Later on, (I think it was 1980, but those times are hazy at best) I went to work at Horizon’s as a “Hostess with the Mostess”, but didn’t last long.

18TridentTerryLawsonsGirlfriend  I used to call Mary Lawson each year on this day to wish her a Happy Birthday after Terry had passed, but now that she is gone too, I thought I would honor his memory by posting my thoughts here.

Happy Birthday Terry!


Teren (Umphress) Lawler