Skip to comments.California Governor's Mansion has a black cat mystery to solve
Posted on 04/28/2012 8:22:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The tour guides at the old Governor's Mansion in Sacramento are trying to solve a mystery, one that involves a black cat.
One of the guides, John Casey, is the grandson of former Gov. Pat Brown, the last governor to live in the Victorian mansion at 16th and H streets, and therefore the nephew of the current governor, Jerry Brown.
Casey was given the black ceramic cat by his aunt, former Treasurer Kathleen Brown, with a story that Pat Brown used it to denote whether his conversations with reporters at the mansion were on or off the record. If the cat was sitting on a hall table, so goes the legend, reporters knew the conversations were off the record, but if it was missing, everything was for attribution.
But if anyone knows the real story, he or she can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on this item.
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Nothing you tell a reporter is off the record. Even ceramic cats know that.
That’s just way too many Browns to be healthy for any state.
...and therefore the nephew of the current governor, Jerry Brown.Accident with a contraceptive in a time machine? ;')
Why a BLACK cat? Why not a tabby cat or a tiger cat? RACISTS!!!/s;)
I thought Jerry Brown sold it last time he was governor.
Kind of reminds me of the Bates Motel;)
Actually, that creepy house was not the motel, but where Norman Bates lived;)
Considering the Browns lived there, it is probably more scary.
When I attended a GOP convention at Sacramento in the mid-1990's with some friends, we stayed at a motel that's almost next door to the old governor's mansion. An acquaintance told me that she had stayed there and liked it. It was also within walking distance to the convention. But when we checked in, we quickly learned that it was essentially a welfare motel, and the experience was like spending a couple nights in the Bates Motel. Turned out that my friend who recommended it had previously stayed there in 1971.
I think it’s kinda pretty.
It appears to have all the trim done in pale gold paint. I could imagine worse. Purple?