Monthly Archives: October 2005

I Was In Vegas

Burt and I had to go to Las Vegas on business– the magical glittering town’s ad campaign advises “what happens here, stays here”, but, for me, it’s simply not possible to stay too long. Two nights is just perfect, I … Continue reading

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Incident at Billy Grosskurth's Hotel: Part II

Through his ties to the entertainment industry, Moss Beach hotel owner Billy Grosskurth met lots of eccentric characters but the red-haired Woodside millionaire George Whittell may have been the strangest of them all. Perhaps the men became acquainted in Oakland. … Continue reading

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Sighting: Moss Beach Distillery Ghost

In time for Halloween: –I see that Chris Fleming has perhaps caught a photographic glimmer of the famous ghost at the Moss Beach Distillery. Home of the Ghost? Moss Beach Distillery was built in the late 1920s. photo R. Guy … Continue reading

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Inside the House of Doors

Ever wondered what WAS inside the House of Doors on Highway 92? Way back when Anne Howe lived in the House of Doors–which was composed almost entirely of doors–she was going to sell antiques to the public but the idea … Continue reading

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Fresh Montara Memorabilia

Montara writer Michael Smoolker has posted fresh Montara memorabilia and copy about Franks at Take a peek.

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Heady Times At Billy Grosskurth's Hotel: Part I

Photo: Marine View Tavern By 1934 Prohibition had ended, and now that it was legal to drink booze in Half Moon Bay roadhouses, people stopped coming to the Coastside. Instead attention turned to the Bay Meadows Race Track in San … Continue reading

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10:35 AM: Drizzle Drizzle Drizzle

You know I love it!

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Charlie Nye & The Reefs: Part III

Me at Charlie Nye’s Reefs II. Photo Suzanne Meek In 1980 I interviewed Charlie Nye, whose father, also called Charlie Nye, had owned a wonderful restaurant called The Reefs in Moss Beach. It was unique, a foundation-less building with piers … Continue reading

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Ocean Shore Railroad

Working on the Ocean Shore Railroad, somewhere along the line, maybe at Devil’s Slide?

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Remembering Alves Dairy: Part III

In 1978, a few days before the famous Alves Dairy, south of Half Moon Bay, famous for its delicious chocolate milk, closed its doors forever, I had the opportunity to interview owner Ernie Alves. Ernie Alves. Ernie Alves was telling … Continue reading

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