Thursday night’s Smith Canal meeting was one of the most interesting I’ve ever attended.
In lieu of the Pledge of Allegiance, local engineer Dominick Gulli led things off by playing a video of Smokey Robinson singing the National Anthem at Game 5 of the 1986 World Series. “I love the Red Sox,” he explained, before recapping for his audience the famous Bill Buckner play.
Gulli then acknowledged that lots of people wanted to know who all was behind this “Save Dad’s Point” business. “It’s two people,” he said. “Me and my silent partner, John Galt.” Ayn Rand’s philosophy is one of his interests, Gulli says in his resume. The John Galt reference was a joke, he told me later.
“Who is this guy?” someone behind me whispered, as Gulli began quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” He would later quote MLK a second time, and Benjamin Franklin, too.
Gulli then had “role call,” going down a list of various groups and agencies that had been invited to the meeting in an ad he placed in The Record. Few agencies, evidently, had accepted the invite. “As you can see,” Gulli told the audience,” it’s a difficult task to gather support for something like this. Even a $2,500 ad in the Stockton Record doesn’t get one public official here.”
At the end of his hour-long presentation in opposition to the flood-control gate, Gulli said he would take questions — “but not about the gate.”
It was difficult to hear him. It was difficult to see his small schematics. And it was sweltering hot inside the Stockton Rod & Gun Club.
But Gulli said afterward that he thought the meeting went well.
“I tried to do what is right,” he said.