Category Archives: Pete Douglas, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Mir

Miramar Beach: The Tsunami Rangers Party Party

Burt and I arrived at Michael Power’s unique homestead in Miramar Beach about 2:30 in the afternoon. We missed the big kayaking event but here’s what we did see: Parked at the end of the road was this really cool … Continue reading

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Checking out the new Oceano Hotel&Spa with Pete Douglas….

At right, Pete Douglas, of Bach Dancing & Dynamite fame, contemplates the new indoor mall at Princeton-by-the-Sea (Below, an available shop, stunning conference table, and room ready to serve conference-goers.)

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Pete Cake & El Granada Power Outtage: Story by Jim Elliot

Story and photos by Jim Elliot   Hi June, Pete Douglas’ party was particularly notable, not just for the presence of the Coastside Curmudgeon himself (Photo: Pete Douglas’s image atop a festive cake)   and a few hundred fans of … Continue reading

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See Pete Douglas in My 1980 Documentary: The Mystery of Half Moon Bay

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Ah ha! How The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Got Its Name

This is how Pete Douglas explained it to me in 1979– “There was another spontaneous party going on. We were playing jazz and some of the people who visited were engineers from some of the electronic outfits down the Peninsula. … Continue reading

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1959: When the "Beat Scene" Hit Miramar Beach, Part IV

Armed with a sociology degree from UC Santa Barbara, Pete Douglas set out to create what he called “a spontaneous scene” at the Ebb Tide Cafe at Miramar Beach–(today the home of a reborn Ebb Tide Cafe and the longtime … Continue reading

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1959: When the "Beat Scene" Hit Miramar Beach, Part III

“The idea of running a little joint appealed to me because, after all, the fantasy of every former beatnik or would-be beat type was an espresso shop,” Pete Douglas recalled. “Not that I had that directly in mind–but that was … Continue reading

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I Hear From Maria Demarest, The Photographer

Photo: Playing in the flower fields of Half Moon Bay, 1970s: Maria Demarest with daughter Marika. Aloha June! It’s me…Maria. Just got back from the coast to photography Noel’s wedding (Pat and Juliet Powers’s daughter. Remember Little Marika – she’s … Continue reading

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Birth of the Ebb Tide Cafe: Interview w/Pete Douglas Part 4 (1979)

June: And so then you ran it as a cafĂ©. Pete: For about a year after I got it. I was still working for the county probation department. I worked for about four years before I was canned on a … Continue reading

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The Fantasy: Interview with Pete Douglas (1979) Part III

(At this point, Pete had moved to Menlo Park with his wife, Pat, and their daughter, Linda). June: And then you moved to the Coastside? Pete: Well, to give you a little background on that, I was going nuts in … Continue reading

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