Harvey Milk was an important forerunner for our causes. I wish he could have lived, and enjoyed seeing the fruits of his labors these past 30 years.
Anyone remember where they were that horrible morning?
I was a Stanford undergrad (about 1/2 hour down the peninsula) and they announced it in class. Everybody was too stunned to do anything but talk about the double shooting. Most of you know that Milk's fellow supervisor (Dan White) did the shooting. White - a hot head had just quit his job (impulsive anger case) and wanted the job back. Moscone would not give him the job back, at Milk's suggestion. White shot them both in City Hall that morning.
A woman I worked with a few years later at Syntex said she was White's personal assistant and on the day of the murders, White had her pick him up and drive him to City Hall - and she said White asked her to drop him off over at the side of the building. By the time the assistant parked the car and got inside the building, the shootings had happened. It turns out White had entered through a low basement window he had left ajar the previous evening. Carrying the gun, he knew he couldn't pass the main entrance metal detector. (There you have premeditation).
White was given a very short sentence at the time - one that disgusted all of us in the Bay Area (or at least most). When White got out he had nothing to do but hang out at home while his wife worked. Nobody would have anything to do with him. One day he gave himself Capital Punishment by hooking up a hose to his car in the garage of his home.
Diane Feinstein stepped in and ran the City for two terms - carrying on Moscone & White's work and plans. She was an amazing mayor - and now senator.
Anyway - (sorry this was so long) but it gives some of the guys here who weren't even born yet - an idea of what happened that day - - 30 years ago.