Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pauley Ballroom, (Student Union Building), U.C. Berkeley, 2475 Bancroft Way,Berkeley, CA

Capacity 500
Named after Edwin Pauley, same as Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Edwin W. Pauley (1903-1981) served as United States representative to the Allied Reparations Committee from 1945-1947. In May 1946, Pauley met with Herbert Hoover to discuss the impact of food relief on Japan's ability to pay reparations. Pauley was en route to East Asia to discuss with General MacArthur the Japanese situation in light of rising tensions with the Soviet Union.
Pauley made his fortune running oil companies from the mid-1920s onward. He became involved with the Democratic Party as a fundraiser in 1930s, eventually becoming treasurer of the Democratic National Committee. In the summer of 1944, while treasurer of the DNC, Pauley was part of a group that persuaded Roosevelt to choose Truman over Henry Wallace as the vice-presidential nominee.
Shortly after becoming president, Truman appointed Pauley special representative to the Allied Reparations Committee. In this capacity, Pauley traveled to Europe and Asia to assess what reparations the defeated Axis powers could afford to pay the victors. His business acumen, coupled with his experience as petroleum coordinator for the war in Europe (one of the $1/year men), made Pauley well suited to the task.
When Truman nominated Pauley to be Undersecretary of the Navy in 1946, he was opposed by Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes. Ickes held that Pauley's ties to oil interests was a clear conflict of interest. Truman pressed ahead with the nomination, so Ickes resigned. This effectively scuttled Pauley's nomination, and led him to return to working behind the scenes in the Democratic Party.
Pauley served in Truman's 'kitchen cabinet' and advised Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He also was an ardent supporter of UCLA, both as a regent and as a financial donor.(3)
  • George Bush established an oil leasing business in Texas, the biggest client of which was Edwin Pauley, Dulles's confidant, Nixon's bagman, and a front man for CIA money laundering. Bush himself played a minor role in CIA covert operations from the early 1960s.
  • Through Pauley, Nixon recruited Bush to handle a variety of sensitive assignments.(2)

Disco ball, high-end acoustics and blonde hardwood floors.
With picturesque views from windows on three sides, including a wall of 30’ tall windows.
In 1965 as part of the "Berkeley Folk Festival" The Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe and the Fish played here. The next year the Grateful Dead joined Country Joe here.

The ASUC Building is at the back of Lower Sproul Plaza. Pauley Ballroom fills the rear half of the second floor, with the 30-foot windows. The Bear's Lair coffee shop is in the basement. The ASUC Building was built in the mid-1960s, and its basic layout remains the same today as it was then.

Pauley Ballroom is a 9000 square foot ballroom, used by the University of California for a variety of events (for internal pictures, see here; in a concert configuration, the shades would be drawn, and I'm not certain where the stage had been located). The university rates it as a capacity of 999, so probably a few more than that could be squeezed in. (1)
In 1965 as part of the "Berkeley Folk Festival" The Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe and the Fish played here.
April 21, 1966

March 4, 1967

June 27, 1973

Jerry performed here on
Grateful Dead
12/2/66 Grateful Dead
Dance Macabre
Country Joe And The Fish also performed.
Produced by the Junior Class of the University of California for the Junior class of Luillion W. Ehlert, 2901 Telegraph, Berkeley.

1/19/70 New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Benefit For Center For Educational Change
Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band opened.

6/21/70 New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Grateful Dead
I:The Frozen Logger>Casey Jones;Cumberland Blues;Easy Wind [9:37] % Mama Tried Candyman
II:Not Fade Away>Saint Stephen>Drums>Good Lovin'>Drums>Good Lovin'
Benefit for Pit River Indian Legal Defense Fund
Wavy Gravy, Stewart Brand, Osceola, Sandy Bull, The Hog Farm, Indian Pudding and Pipe, The East Bay Sharks and Fananang opened.
"Garcia mentions that the 6/21/70 Berkeley show was like how shows were back in '66; the implication being it was a crazy fun night. One attendee on recalls, "Someone had been handing out chemical and herbal delights, and Wavy Gravy was the MC... I had a REAL GOOD TIME! I remember Jerry hanging with the freaks, out on the veranda, rapping, getting high, and gettin by, till he was needed to perform."[6]
1/19/74 Merl Saunders
Think, Finders Keepers, The Harder They Come, La-La, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, How Sweet It Is
The Messiah, Intercommunal Youth Band opened. Emory Douglas is the emcee.[5]
Benefit for Community Learning Center
Matt Kelly sits in on Finders Keepers and How Sweet It Is.

Pauley Ballroom (U.C. Berkeley), Berkeley, CA
1.)^A Premier Ballroom in the Heart of UC Berkeley,
Arnold, Corry, Lost Live Dead, June 21, 1970 Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA Grateful Dead/New Riders/others, 2010-06-16
Loftus, John and Aarons, Mark, The Secret War Against the Jews, 1994
3.)^McCullough, David, Truman, pg. 293-316,
4.)^Harry S. Truman Encyclopedia, pp.272-273.
5.)^Berkeley Barb, 1974-01-18-24, pg. 22, Joseph Jupille Archive.

6.)^Light Into Ashes, comments, 2013-06-19, June 22, 1970: Garcia Interview, 2013-06-19, Grateful Dead Sources,
7.)^Nakao, Annie, 2004-10-24, Remembering When Chinatown rocked and rolled,

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