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Emperor Norton to get His due?

December 16, 2004

I have to say, this makes my whole day—apparently the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution to name the new span of the Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton. (via MeFi)

Only fitting, since His Highness ordered it done 64 years before it was actually completed (the tube he decreed was finished 100 years afterwards).



WHEREAS, we issued our decree ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel; and to ascertain which is the best project; and whereas the said citizens have hitherto neglected to notice our said decree; and whereas we are determined our authority shall be fully respected; now, therefore, we do hereby command the arrest by the army of both the Boards of City Fathers if they persist in neglecting our decrees.

Given under our royal hand and seal at San Francisco, this 17th day of September, 1872.

“Everybody understands Mickey Mouse. Few understand Hermann Hesse. Only a handful understood Albert Einstein. And nobody understood Emperor Norton.” – Principia Discordia

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One Response to “Emperor Norton to get His due?”

  1. rimone on December 24th, 2004 4:40 am

    YAY! the Emperor Norton was way cool and i’m hoping more will learn what a nonconformist he was.

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