In our fifth of six interviews recorded August 23, 2012, William Burg
talks about the Sacramento entertainment scene of the past century starting with speakeasies in the 1920s. He mentions
how at one time Hollywood used the River City to make films about Mississippi river boats. Sacramento was used for
economical reasons and many films were shot here in the 1920s.
Famous Hollywood stars stayed at the Ryde Hotel and other
secluded places along the river. But there was no shortage of speakeasies Downtown. Burg, who has written four books on Sacramento's past, also helps organize local events such as
Soca Home Tour 2012 and Norcal Noisefest 2012.