Alfie: I really think you should identify your source for that cannard, but at the risk of being accused of talking to myself, worse yet writing to myself (which saps more superating brain cells), I would point out that, only yesterday, a very interesting article on classic San Francisco bars by veteran newsman Carl Nolte appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle "SFgate": http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/a ... 1AJHPP.DTL
An oldtimer reader, a drunken illiterate from the look of the typos (or a cleverly demonic code?), appended this comment:
Macresarf111/15/2009 1:09:27 PM
In more modern times, there is the renowned "Toddy Besen Gimlet," served up by your namesake at The Ha-Ra Club, on Geary near Lakin. The Club dates from the Post-War, when two old middleweight boxers put their purses together to open the place, naming it by a combination of the first two letters from their respective given names. The son of one of the men still owns the business.
Whoever presented this evidence of the actual existence of Todd Baesen, there can be no doubt that the establishment looks forward to the glorious evening when our "darling girls," Memoirist Chris Welles Feder and Songbird Nellie McKay (who channels both Orson Welles and Doris Day), meet with our new Orson Welles' star, Christian McKay, for Todd Baesen Gimlets in the Ha-Ra Club's romantic setting! What beautiful music they would make.
Doubt not, Alfie, lest ye be doubted.