Category Archives: Skyline

1970s: The Worm Farm, Skyline, Portola Institute & Where Is My 8 Foot Square Hollow Mahogany Pyramid?

Does anyone know what happened to Richard’s 8-Foot Square Hollow Mahogany Pyramid? Last seen at the famous “Worm Farm” in San Greogrio. From far-off Chicago, Richard Ledford says: Hi June, You have assembled one of the more special websites that … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part XI (Conclusion)

(Photo: Jim Wickett, John’s son–posing on the Skyline property, about 1980). John Wickett’s son, Jim, wasn’t kidding when he told his dad it was time for a change on the Skyline property. “Things have gone too far here,” he said. … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part IX

As the “illegal” handmade houses on John Wickett’s land attracted the attention of the local press, reporters made the difficult trek to the 4,400-acre Skyline property. Besides Kendall Whiting’s famous five-story- tall treehouse, reached by a rustic “outdoor elevator”, the … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part VIII

(Recap: A number of seriously creative handmade houses dotted John Wickett’s scenic 4,400-acre Skyline property in the 1960s. They were tucked away, difficult to find, usually by invitation only– reached by hiking on crooked dirt paths, muddy in the spring– … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part VII

In 1979 John Wickett explained me me that “They [his guests, the members of the Floating Lotus Opera Co.] were hoping I’d just gone away and whenever I’d be on the property, walking around near them, someone would get me … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part VI

[Recap: In the 1960s the colorful members of the aptly named Floating Lotus Opera Company were happily living on John Wickett's 4,400-acre Skyline property. Meanwhile, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office was hounding Wickett because of neighbor's complaints about … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part V

…And the members of the Floating Lotus Opera Company moved to John Wickett’s spectacular property on Skyline, on the mountain, close enough to kiss the sky with faraway views of the glittery Pacific Ocean. They lived in old huts that … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part IV

Over time John Wickett got to know the individual members of the Floating Lotus Opera troupe and they got to know him. He told them he owned thousands of acres on Skyline “…in particular I had this 70-acre meadow surrounded … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part III

John Wickett fired the caretakers but then he made– what would be for most people– a very unusual decision: He told people to go up to his Skyline property “and take whatever they wanted.” They were just “things”–and their monetary … Continue reading

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"Skyline" in the 1960s: Part II

(See my Part I, on the previous page) After purchasing the Skyline acreage, John Wickett told me he did some “intense logging, which I since regret. It spoiled lots of beauty but opened up lots of views and many roads, … Continue reading

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