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Late sixties? Early seventies? A 32 second clip of some Trident waitresses on their way to work after parking in the lot across the street from the Trident. My apologies for the poor quality. Originally a 16mm version shot to Betamax then digitalized. But thanks to Rob Lawson – Terry the bartenders brother for the clip.
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: email@example.com
Donna and her son Jeff “back in the days” when she was working at the Trident
Sausalito’s Trident was THE Place to Be! It was the archetypal fern bar, the creme de la hip Sausalito saloon that floated on sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll. The Trident was open from 1961 to 1980. Launched as a Jazz Club by the Kingston Trio, it was refurbished in 1968 by the group’s manager Frank Werber, who sought to catch the spontaneous, give peace a chance spirit of the day.
It became a mecca for rock stars,celebrities and hipsters, young and old. “It was like riding a hurrican,” says Werber, now 61 and living in Maui. “The Trident was definitely a manifestation of it’s time and a forerunner and trendsetter for multitudes of restaurants, and it’s effects are still being felt in the cool 90s.
Staffers were like family members who regarded the place as a chapel, it was a spiritual experience.” The Trident hosted impromptu concerts by Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, threw legendary parties and provided the setting for a scene from Woody Allen’s “Play It Again Sam”” It’s story attractions included platoons of attractive waitresses hired as much for their good looks as their ability to charm customers. Robin Williams, then a struggling comedian, worked there for a time as a busboy, getting the job “because of his antics,” Werber said.
Employees were hired after Trident executives reviewed Polaroid pictures of them. A prospect’s persona was also critical. Among the
Trident’s hallmarks were handcrafted wood, stained glass, art and music. Organic food laced an eclectic menu. The menu – a psychedelic work of art that now sells for $100 a print – exclaimed: “Welcome to our space. Positive energy projection is the trip.”
Located at 558 Bridgeway beneath the old Ondine’s and now the home of Horizons, the Trident was favored by Woody Allen, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Clint Eastwood, Tommy Smothers, Groucho Marx, David Crosby,StevenStills, Pink Floyd, Allan Watts, and scores of other noted customers.
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.
Happy Birthday Terry!
Teren (Umphress) Lawler
September 2, 2006 (6:52pm)
Hey! I was at the reunion and yes Robin Williams was there and, it was a lot of fun. I can’t think of the year, it was more than 20 years ago, but I will give it more thought and get back to you on it. I remember the meetings before the “official” waitress meetings when we got together at the Alta Mira for a Ramos Fizz. We worked hard, had fun, and the level of healthy irreverence was wonderful.
LuLu (Louise Wright)