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Encyclopedia > Eric "Big Daddy" Nord

Eric Nord (1919 - 1989), also known as Eric “Big Daddy” Nord, was born Harry Helmuth Pastor in Krefeld, Germany to Dorothea, an American, and Carl Theodore Pastor, a German. As a child, he often accompanied his father on business trips to the United States. After his parents divorced in 1920, apparently having been influenced by Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, he joined the Hitler Youth when he was 15, but left Germany in 1938. He studied acting in Los Angeles and took the stage name of Eric Nord. In 1942 or 1943, shortly after his arrival at San Francisco, he met and married Mary Hollister with whom he had three or four children, including Carl and Eve. However, Mary left him within a few years. Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Mein Kampf (English translation: My Struggle) is the signature work of Adolf Hitler, combining elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitlers political ideology of Nazism. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Newspaper columnist Herb Caen called him the “king of the Beat generation.” He was a nightclub entrepreneur, actor, and poet. Corpulent, standing 6 feet 7 inches tall, Nord was the face of the Beat generation to San Francisco and Los Angeles newspaper readers in the late 1950s. Herbert Eugene Caen (April 3, 1916 – February 1, 1997) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist working in San Francisco. ... “Beats” redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


In June of 1958, on orders from San Francisco Mayor George Christopher to crack down on drug use and delinquency in North Beach, San Francisco police raided Nord’s Party Pad club and arrested him for operating a public dance without a license. Later that summer, on August 8, in an article titled “Schoolgirl Lost in Beatnik Land,” San Francisco Chronicle readers learned that two high school girls in Eric “Big Daddy” Nord’s production of Archy and mehitabel had disappeared after the previous night's performance. Chronicle readers learned how Nord and another man had taken the girls on a car trip. Nord, driving his Oldsmobile at the end of a beatnik procession, saying his interest in the girls was only fatherly, turned himself in at the Hall of Justice. His much-publicized trial ended in December, when he was fined $300 and given three years' probation. Said the presiding judge, “You and your friends in Beatnikland emphasize your unusual ways to give an impression that you have talent, ability and stature, when actually a person looking into you finds no talent at all." Later, the same judge overturned his own verdict. George Christopher - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Looking south-east Columbus Street (on the left), Stockton (on the right), and Green Street (not visible). ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Oldsmobile was a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... Beatnik cartoon Beatnik is a media stereotype that borrowed the most superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s to present a distorted, cartoon-like misrepresentation of the real-life people found in Jack Kerouacs autobiographical fiction. ...


Nord sometimes worked at the Co-Existence Bagel Shop (the self-described "Gateway to Beatnik Land"), a popular hangout in North Beach. (in Bagel Shop Jazz, the poet Bob Kaufman called its patrons "...shadow people...mulberry-eyed girls in black stockings, smelling vaguely of mint jelly…turtle neck angel guys...”). In 1950 Nord rented a basement in North beach where he and a growing number of young people, aspiring beatniks, hung out. He called the place the Hungry i nightclub. A few years later, Enrico Banducci took over club and it became the cradle of stand-up comedy. Bob Kaufman (April 18, 1925 – January 12, 1986), born Robert Garnell Kaufman in New Orleans, Louisiana, was an American Beat poet and surrealist inspired by jazz music. ... The hungry i was a legendary San Francisco nightclub operated in the mid-1950s and early 1960s by Enrico Banducci at 599 Jackson Street in the North Beach district. ... Enrico Banducci was the legendary North Beach San Francisco impresario who operated the hungry i nightclub and launched the careers of Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Bill Cosby, Jonathan Winters, and Barbra Streisand, as well as countless folk singers. ...


After his 1958 trial, Nord declared bankruptcy, moved to Venice in Southern California, and, putting his entrepreneurial ability to good use, started the Gas House, a café that soon became popular with Los Angeles beatniks and poets, who read their work alongside Nord. The Gas House was used as the setting for a cult monster movie called “The Hypnotic Eye” that featured Nord as a bongo-playing beatnik. The role helped to launch Nord’s brief film career. Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organizations to pay their... Venice Beach and Boardwalk Venice is a district in west Los Angeles, California, United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Monster Movie is the debut album by Krautrock Band Can. ... Look up bongo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In the mid-1960s, Nord returned to Northern California, where, in Scotts Valley, he converted a barn into a psychedelic night club that catered to hippies and was the scene of some of Ken Kesey's happenings. In the early 1970s, he operated a “cultural center” in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood. In 1972 Nord appeared as the character 'God' in a San Francisco underground photo-comic titled 'SuperJesus' now rated an underground comix classic. He moved to Los Gatos in 1975 and remained there until his death in 1989. Scotts Valley is a city located in Santa Cruz County, California. ... Singer at a modern Hippie movement in Russia A hippie (sometimes spelled hippy) is a member of a specific subculture (often described as a counterculture), that began in the United States in the 1960s, spread to other countries, and declined in the mid-1970s. ... Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and as a (counter) cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the beat generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. ... A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered as art. ... The corner of Haight and Ashbury in 2001 The Haight-Ashbury is a district of San Francisco, California, named after the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street, commonly known as The Haight or, in recent years, The Upper Haight. ... Los Gatos is a town located in Santa Clara County, California. ...


Poetry

  • As He Sees It (Lost Gatos: Free Press, 1968)

Movies

  • The Flower Thief (1960)
  • The Hypnotic Eye (1960)
  • Once Upon a Knight (1961)
  • Hungry Eye (1971)
  • Steel Arena (1973)

External links

  • Beatnik!, a Beat Scene Magazine article that includes descriptions of Nord’s run-ins with the law in 1958
  • Eric Nord at the International Movie Database
  • Eric 'Big Daddy' Nord and Julie Meredith at The Gas House in 1959

 
 

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