Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Tom Dalzell

Tom Dalzell has lived in Berkeley since 1984.  He grew up outside Philadelphia. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 he moved to California to work with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.  He worked for the UFW legal department until 1980; during that time, he was admitted to the Bar under a long-ignored state-allowed legal apprenticeship program. Since 1981 he has worked for Local 1245 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, first as an attorney and since  2006 as the elected leader of the union. He has written extensively on slang, and since 2013 has blogged about Berkeley’s quirky material culture for his website Quirky Berkeley and for Berkeleyside. Heyday has published two volumes of Quirky Berkeley, and in April 2019 Heyday will publish his The Crying of Lot 1875-2: The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969.