At the onset of World War II the U.S. Navy entered the conflict with highly developed radio technology for global overseas communication. Pioneering amateurs and scientists made critical advances working with high-frequency radio signals and produced mobile, long and short-range equipment later adapted for tactical use by the armed forces.  

Summer is almost here and it’s time for families to make plans for when school’s out. Get ready to shop, play, eat and learn in Downtown Alameda while enjoying art, music and more. The business district is full of fun things to do this summer.

A bullet pinged past the soldier’s ear as he crouched behind bushes near the frontlines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting out a horrible scream as he crumpled to the ground and died. All gave some, some gave all.

This Memorial Day, we honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice that we might be free to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” as Thomas Jefferson expressed it — or, as Tom Petty put it, to be “runnin’ down a dream.”

Legendary frogman John Wolfram will visit Alameda as part of a series of events occurring across the nation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The USS Hornet played a pivotal role in rescuing the Apollo 11 astronauts from the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down, the first person they laid eyes on was Wolfram in his inflatable raft. He had flower decals all over his wetsuit.

Strolling through Alameda’s downtown commercial district and viewing the varied architecture reveal that Downtown Alameda has long been historic, hip and worth the trip. At the time that the historic Alameda Theater was being built on Central Avenue in 1930s, Art Deco was swiftly becoming the preferred style for the new age. Confident, vibrant and electric, it was different from styles of the past and its new message fit the growing Park Street community. 
The next time you stroll the downtown district, see if you can identify the Art Deco details on these and other buildings: