Monday, October 23, 2006

We Live In Joe DiMaggio's Home Town

Martinez, California, is a smallish town that is the birth place of two hugely famous icons of American culture. The less famous, if I were to judge, is baseball Hall of Famer, "Mr. Coffee" and husband of Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio. The house where he was born is still standing, just a few blocks from downtown proper, and is marked by a plaque. I'm not sure of his extended family, but there are a couple of businesses around named after the family name, one a restaurant and the other a barber shop.

The other product of our town is the world famous cocktail known as the Martini, its name derived from Martinez. Yep, it too was born here, and yes, there is a plaque on the sidewalk in front of what used to be the bar that invented it. Also, there is the home of naturalist John Muir.

Aside from this, Martinez is just your typical non-famous place. The county seat, its downtown is busy from 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday, period. Aside from a few liquor stores and biker bars, the downtown is fairly non busy. Heck, McDonald's closes at 6pm here.

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