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The Naughty and Notorious Tour of Mountain View Cemetery

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Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

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The Naughty and Notorious Tour

of Mountain View Cemetery

March 21, 2020 10-12

Led by docent Michael Colbruno

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland 


This is a Members only Docent-led tour of Mountain View Cemetery.


Docent Michael Colbruno will lead the CGS group on his most popular tour (formerly known as Headline Makers), including stories about the suicide of a Hall of Fame baseball player, a famous San Francisco madam, a corrupt judge, a scam artist who fascinated Mark Twain, a buried heart, a Hollywood director accused of bigamy and others who pushed the boundaries of acceptable behavior. 


Mountain View Cemetery was designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (whose other credits include New York's Central Park), Mountain View Cemetery's acreage offers spectacular vistas of the San Francisco Bay's surrounding areas. The cemetery is an impressive repository of local and state history.


Please meet in front of the administrative office and wear comfortable walking shoes.



Michael Colbruno has led other tours including Women’s History, Chinese history, Famous Political Figures, Gold Rush Era history, Artists & Architects, and Gypsy Kings & Queens. His popular blog “Lives of the Dead” includes biographies of over 350 people buried at Mountain View Cemetery.


Along with historian Dennis Evanosky, he is co-author of the book “Lives of the Dead,” which marked the 150th anniversary of Mountain View Cemetery and was published by Stellar Media. His self-published coffee table book “Mountain View Cemetery: Our Rich Asian History” is available in the cemetery office. As a photographer, he has been professionally published in the book “Street Art and the War on Terror,” published by Rebellion UK.

In his professional life, Michael is the managing partner of the Milo Group of California, a Northern California government affairs firm. 


He is also active in Civic Affairs, having been named “2010 Citizen of the Year” by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, formerly served on the Oakland Planning Commission currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Merola Opera Program. He previously served as Chair of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, founded the Corporate Council at the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and was a founding board member of the UC Theatre in Berkeley.






Pre-registration is required. Event size is limited so register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.


This is a CGS members only event, enjoy free admission.


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Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

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