Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Aaron Peskin Returns to the Scene of the Crime, Dooming Each and Every One of Us.

Aaron Peskin

For Part 1 of this retrospective, click here to read my own mother's account of getting out of her car and running like hell when the Bay Bridge partially collapsed.

The ostensible purpose of this series is to recount longtime locals' harrowing tales of how they cheated death on Oct. 17, 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake ravaged San Francisco and the rest of Northern California.

So when we heard that local boy made good Aaron Peskin was a scant 7,613 miles away in Kathmandu, Nepal we figured his story wasn't applicable here.

And yet, we were wrong. The former Board of Supervisors president's earthquake story was shockingly San Francisco-centric for a man who spent the day in the heart of the Himalayas. 

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