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Graduating from the Department of Technology of Shipbuilding, he engaged himself in designed and developed yachts at Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., including "MAGICIAN", the winner ship of Quarter Ton world championship in 1978, "SUPER WITCH" in PanAm Clipper Cup in 1982, and many other cruising yachts and custom-build racing yachts. He enriched his experience at Group Fino Designing Office in France.
He set up his own office in 1982 and designed the winner ship in Kenwood Cup, "MATENROW", in addition to designing mass and custom productions for the yacht builders such as Tsuboi Yacht. Ichiro has been a member of the designing team for the Japan Challenge since its start in 1989, and was a chief designer of the team during 1991`1995.
is inscribed on the plate on the bust of George
Christopher in San Francisco City Hall.
San Francisco will never forget the dedication of a man who started off as a leading business person and then moved onto the chairman of the board of a bank, the county executive officer, and consequently to a mayor of San Francisco. Born on December 8, 1907 in Arcadia, Greek, Mr.Christopher moved to San Francisco when he was 2. He grew up in South of Market Area and had to quit school due to his fatheres illness. He attained his high school degree and Bachelorfs degree in Accountancy studying in night school, and succeeded in dairy business.
He started to involve himself in politics when he was elected as a Member of the Board of Supervisors of the state in 1945. After being re-elected in 1949, he installed as a chairman of the board, and in 1955, he won an overwhelming victory in mayor election, supported by all four newspaper companies in San Francisco in addition to the support from both the Democratic and the Republican parties. From 1959 he served his second term.
Mr.Chritopher left his footsteps in every corner of San Francisco. His dedication to the recovery of the city was great including pursuing New York Giants to move their home-ground to San Francisco. During 1956 to 1964, he constructed various skyscrapers including Japan Center, the Law Court, and Candlestick Park, now home of San Francisco Giants. They form the landscape of the present city. Mr.Christopher was never afraid to make decisions. "I believed the citizen would appreciate more to "do" even if it turned out to be wrong than to sit back" he used to say.
In 1959, Mr.Christopher gained the attention of in and out of the US entertaining one of the most powerful keyperson of the world, First Secretary Khurshchev of USSR. His political ambition was not satisfied within San Francisco. He stood for intraparty election for the lieutenant governor in Republicans party along with Richard Nickson. In 1966, he stood for Senator and for intraparty election for the governor of California State along with Ronald Reagan.
Mr.Christopher was an honest, upright gentleman, an American dream, and an efficient politician and a diplomat. "His strong will and free spirit generated the dignity and respect toward the profession." are the former mayor Mr. Frank Jordan's words.