Monthly Archives: June 2017

CHAPTER 9 – AMONG THE REDWOODS from BACK AND FORTH by Peter Nolan Smith

Overfishing in the 1940s had closed Monterey?s canneries. Gone were the bars and people immortalized by two of John Steinbeck?s Great Depression novels and the only sign of life along Ocean View Avenue were two cats fighting over a mangled fish carcass, so I wandered away from the forlorn harbor toward the Presidio. Two young […]

Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Fifty years ago the Monterey Pop Festival was held south of San Francisco. “Three days of understanding. Even the cops grooved with us,” sang Eric Burdon of the Animals later. Many regarded the gathering of 60,000 counter-culture music fans to be the opening act of the famed Summer of Love. Check out the line-up. Friday […]

Zoe Leonard – photographer – quote

I knew Zoe Leonard as a young woman in the late 70s. She was young then. I was in my twenties. The East Village was a slum. We had fun together. She became a photographer. Well known. Political as would anyone who lost so many friends to AIDS. Zoe became an ardent lesbian. I remained […]

Steve McQueen Wanted Dead Or Alive

Steve McQueen achieved national recognition for his role as Josh Randall in the TV western WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE. The King of Cool parlayed his anti-hero persona in this series to win a lead in THE GREAT ESCAPE, which catapulted his name into the bright lights of Hollywood. His portrayal of a rebel sold well […]

Ever So Lonely

< p>On a flight back to the States in 2008 the China Airlines’ 747 stopped in Anchorage, Alaska. Two middle-aged men stood in line for passport control. They were wearing shorts and smiles. The older returnee from Paradise, an overweight teamster, said, “That was the best vacation of my life. I don’t want it to […]