Monthly Archives: June 2006

Blue Lady: The (In) Famous Moss Beach Ghost

In 1980 Dave Andrews (above, left), one of the owners of the Moss Beach Distillery, stood behind the bar of his restaurant overlooking the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and told me about the roadhouse’s past. The interview with Andrews was for … Continue reading

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Azevedo's Saloon: The Place To Be On The Fourth In Half Moon Bay

Note: The Place To Be More Than A 100 Years Ago… Note: In the late 1970s I was honored to be named the Grand Marshall of the 4th of July Parade in Half Moon Bay. Here’s the article: And here’s … Continue reading

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Ken LaJoie: The Coastside Cliffs Were His Beat In 1980, Part I

Geologist Ken LaJoie, the cameraman and I were standing on the cliffs near Surfer’s Beach in 1980. Surfer’s Beach is located across Highway 1 from El Granada, the town founded by the Ocean Shore Railroad. I was interviewing Lajoie as … Continue reading

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What I'm Doing

When I started blogging for the “Half Moon Bay Memories” & El Granada Observer”, I wanted to put all of the writing and research I had done on the Coastside out there. My work goes back to the 1970s, when … Continue reading

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Beneath The Tarp: "Save The Strip"?

Oh, Lordy! Is the “Build-Up-The-Strip” plan back….? Just imagine, passenger and commuter cars and work trucks on Highway 1, some of them veering off an already busy, clogged road to build a strip mall? Is this a vision for the … Continue reading

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Coastside Cat

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Moss Beach Shrink Psychoanalyzes "The Coastsider" In 1980

In 1980 I interviewed Moss Beach psychiatrist Dr. Dorothy Zietz for “The Mystery of Half Moon Bay”. Her office was located in her home, a modern redwood house overlooking the sea. Dr. Zietz arrived on the Coastside in 1959 and … Continue reading

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Summertime On The Coastside

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I'm Still Asking: Tell Me More About The Shuttle

And again I ask: I don’t understand this story: tell me more about the shuttle. Is it crossing Devil’s Slide? Going from Montara directly to Pacifica? Will we be able to see what construction crews are doing? Can we keep … Continue reading

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A Short History Of The Ocean Shore Railroad (Part III)

As told to me in 1980 by Randolph Brandt, whose father was an investor, a stockholder, in the Ocean Shore Railroad: “One night they had some kind of convention or big picnic down near Granada—anyway, the train was heading back … Continue reading

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