Kevon & Karen Cottrell: Karin is on my left and Sharon is on my right; you were wrong Peter Adams!

Story by Kevon Cottrell, Musician, El Granada
Email Kevon and Karen Cottrell: (kcsq@hotmail.com
Hi June, I see Peter [Adams] is a busy boy. (Saw him last Sat. at the HMB Brewery when I was playing w/ the successor to “Free & Easy”: “Blame it on the Dog”)
Just a clarification. The photo of F&E playing Peter’s Dad’s BD party is captioned incorrectly.  (“1970s: Coastside musicians….”) That is Karin on my left and Sharon on my right. (From the viewer’s prospective). Karin did not play guitar.
Love your site. So many memories. (Duh) Kevon Cottrell
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Original email from Peter Adams
     

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About the image:L-R: Sharon Zugay, Kevon Cottrell, Karin Zugay. Peter Adams says the pix was shot at a ceremony celebrating the renewal of his Mom & Dad’s marriage vows. The beautiful Zugay twins once posed in Playboy. (I gotta say, I can’t really see Kevon, Sharon and Karin in the pix…but they are there, in the background playing guitar and singing. All I can say is: Look hard!)

peteradams2Says Peter Adams: Did you know kevon cottrell –he was with sharon zugay (free & easy band) while i was with her twin karin? kevon and his wife, karen, stayed over on their way back from their annual windsurfing session in baja.

 

 

 

 

 

1970s: Coastside Musicians Sharon, Kevon & Karin (Photo by Peter Adams)

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About the image:L-R: Sharon Zugay, Kevon Cottrell, Karin Zugay. Peter Adams says the pix was shot at a ceremony celebrating the renewal of his Mom & Dad’s marriage vows. The beautiful Zugay twins once posed in Playboy. (I gotta say, I can’t really see Kevon, Sharon and Karin in the pix…but they are there, in the background playing guitar and singing. All I can say is: Look hard!)

peteradams2Says Peter Adams: Did you know kevon cottrell –he was with sharon zugay (free & easy band) while i was with her twin karin? kevon and his wife, karen, stayed over on their way back from their annual windsurfing session in baja.

Artist Peter Adams Tells an “Orville Story”

Story by Peter Adams

orville — he was singular! i am sorry he’s gone. here’s one story:
we arm wrestled at the miramar beach inn during the days of joe the bartender and his ‘secret sauce’. i won, much to the dismay of orville — he was livid and subsequent threats lasted for a few weeks. upon their dissipation, we became bar buddies again. my largest regret from that episode was that i took off my favorite ring [similar to c.g. jung’s gnostic ring] and forgot to put it back on after such an intense match — orville was a very strong lad!

…have attached a photo of me and my birthday present

RIP: BIG George Moore

Story by Sam Varela

Dear Friends,

Just to let you know, George Moore’s passing was on August 28th, one week after celebrating his 62nd Birthday (who knew?). Although it was anticipated, it was still accepted with extreme sadness. His memory is a special private place in each of our hearts. However, we all can recall with a smile that special memory that will always remain with us because of the Special person that he was. Though many have tried, none can replace the image of George and his aura and charisma. His Cowboy hat, Hawaiian shirt, BMW, Barrel Chest, Looks the lady’s loved, Pineapple treats, Surfing Legend, and his Class and Style.

There is more, of course, but we can each insert our own special time and incident. What a character, and proud father, he was!


We are currently trying to organize a gathering, to celebrate his life and will keep you informed of when it will occur. It justifies some set-up time, in order to do the quality event he has earned. We are looking at possibly, late October or early November, on a weekend, with no conflict and enough lead time to allow us all to gather together for that date. It will be good to break bread, talk and celebrate our special friend’s life. We are planning to hold the occasion in HMB, probably in Princeton by the Sea, near to Mavericks and to the harbor. Just a place that was close to his heart. (and where they will take the likes of us!)

Everyone will be notified once there is a fixed date,  and in the interim, please lite a candle and say a prayer. Be grateful he passed through our lives with the style he did. Til later George!

With All the Best To You,
Sam
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From Peter Adams:
oh no — another old friend gone.  here’s a photo of george [at the bar of course!] with beard
during the installation of my stained glass.

Peter Adams Remembers Bryant Wollman

i was sorry to her about bryant [wollman]. he and i had reconnected a few months ago, and i was looking forward to him meeting my family during his trip down to san diego. we were good friends during the old hmb post office days…
[Peter Adams and his family.]

Peter also says:

june,
bryant sent me this.
“regarding my health, i’ve got a few years before the tumors make themselves known.  am blessed and living every day ‘carpe diem’ style!  thanks for asking.”
(Photo of Bryant just a few months ago)

1970s: Sam Varela Remembers the Galway Bay Inn

In the 1970s a fun place to go to for Sunday brunch was the Galway Bay Inn in Moss Beach. The owner himself, Michael Murphy, was often there, serving the customers.

Do you remember the restaurant?

I wish I’d kept the napkins with the four leaf clover logo. The Galway Bay Inn overlooked the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve; we’d get a seat by the windows; it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Do you know where it was?

In the early 1970s the low key Galway Bay Inn became the upbeat Moss Beach Distillery when several young, high energy guys bought the historic prohibition roadhouse, among them Dave Andrews and Sam Varela.

(Photo: I believe both Dave Andrews & Sam Varela are standing outside the Distillery; sorry the image is so small.)

Dave and Sam were personable and easy going; they soon had a big loyal following. Such a special, loyal following that every year there is a reunion in Princeton-by-the-Sea.

Here’s what Sam Varela, former owner of the Moss Beach Distillery remembers:

Back in the very late 60’s a drunken Irishman by the name of Michael Murphy, who worked for the Telephone Company, spent so much time drinking in Dominics in HMB, that one day he woke up there, and decided that since it cost him so much to hang out there, he might as well buy the place.

So he did, but not having much money, and being a real tight—– Irishman, he converted it to an Irish restaurant by simply adding an O to the name thus creating O’Dominics. Do you remember ?

After a few years in the business, he sold the O’, and worked out a deal for Vic Torres’ place with Pearl [Torres], a restaurant which was located over a cove that reminded Murphy of Galway Bay ( beats me ). Thus was born the Galway Bay Inn an Irish restaurant.

In early 1973, I was diving for Abs near Flat Rock, right below “Weebies” (Sp ?) place, which I think is where “Goofus, the duck” lived. This is a Sunday about noon; I didn’t live on the Coastside then, so not too familiar with where I was. I was thirsty from diving, and wanted a beer, looked at the building , couldn’t figure what it was, so checked it out, and by golly there was a Bar in there, but not one customer in the whole place.

To make a long story short, 9 months later I was behind the Bar and “Goofus” was in my ice bin behind the Bar with two of my friends, Jerry and Mark, cracking up.

October of 1973 the Moss Beach Distillery was born, as was the world famous “Tamale Jerry enterprise.” As well as a classic Streaker with a very cold butt ! God those were fun times ! The “Still” today is geared for Tourists, not locals and lacks the Color of the early days. There are too many memories to list but I know you can recount many, I did spend time with Fannie and Frank Torres at their home close to the Still and enjoyed their stories. (Photo below: Fanny & Frank Torres; behind them the “lost” painting of Frank Torres wearing suit & tie, with Devil’s Slide in the background, courtesy Millie Muller.)

Does anybody know who “Goofus the duck” was? And what about the Tamale Jerry enterprise? I know Sam is referring to photographer Jerry Koontz,

(Photo: Jerry Koontz & Doug St. Denis in the 1970s.)
and I do remember Jerry selling homemade tamales from a cart.

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Sam? Are you there? Peter Adams remembers the good times. He and his wife send you a big hug.

After & Before: We hear from stainglass craftsman Peter Adams….

Peter Adams: After (left) & Before (right)
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peter adams wrote:
bruce pine, richard english, bryant wollman, joanne [i did all their windows], joni [hi joni!] — all these friends from the past, wow!

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(Photo: Peter Adams’ stained glass window at the Harbor Bar, Ketch Joanne. Peter (at right) with friend Edwin Booth.)