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Luncheon - West Coast Submarine Attacks During WWII

  • San Francisco Italian Athletic Club 1630 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA, 94133 United States (map)

John J. Geoghegan


John Geoghegan specializes in reporting on unusual inventions that fail in the marketplace despite their innovative nature. His articles on “white elephant technology,” a phrase he popularized to describe these inventions, have appeared in the New York Times Science Section, WIRED, Popular Science, Smithsonian Air & Space, American History, and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday magazine among other publications. 

Additionally, Mr. Geoghegan is author of Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of WWII (Crown, 2013). Operation Storm tells the true but little known story of Japan’s fleet of underwater aircraft carriers purpose-built to launch a surprise attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor. The Wall Street Journal called Operation Storm “a fascinating, meticulously researched, and deft account.” 

Mr. Geoghegan began his journalism career as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, and currently serves as a Director of The SILOE Research Institute’s Archival Division in Marin County, California. He is at work on a follow-up to Operation Storm about the U.S. Navy’s dirigible program during the 1920s and ’30s, which will be published by The History Press in 2020.


3 December, 2018

1130 - Gather and Greet
1200 - Call to Order
·       Pledge of Allegiance - CAPT Stan Ellexson
·       Grace – LCDR Art Curtis, Commandery Chaplain
·       Introduction of Flag Officers – Commandery Commander
·       Introduction of Guests - SF Companions
·       Membership Report – RADM Tom Andrews
1215 - Announcements - SF Commander and Others
·       Pearl Harbor Dinner Dec 9th at University Club – COL Al Cruz
1220 - Lunch
1300 - Guest Speaker – John J. Geoghegan
1325 - Raffle
1330 - Adjourn

Later Event: December 9
Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Dinner