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Wes Dodge and George Leutzinger's old Cannery Row
Informal Bio for those interested in "Photography & Friends"
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|At about age ten, in Albany, NY,
I bought a camera for about two bucks at the drugstore. It came
with a roll of film. Very soon came the problem of what to do
then. A friend showed me how to develop film and make contact
(same size) prints and my dad helped to make a closet darkroom.
He dipped a small light bulb in red paint to make a safelight. I was a
shy dorky kid and the camera became a passport of sorts. A saintly
maiden aunt whom we visited annually let me play with her
fine German Rolliecord camera, a twin lens reflex with a ground glass
screen. I became hooked on the pictures that could be framed on
it's screen. In late teens I inherited that camera and continued
to work at it.
During the late fifties I was
a Cold Warrior in Germany and fell in
with a German photographer who became my mentor. Germany was
still the out-front leader in technical photography in those days and
when I got back to the states in 1961 I realized that I had quite a leg
up when it came to small camera work. While at the Language
School in 1958, I'd met Frank Wright and David Walton and after the Air
Force I came back to help David open what was to become The Palace.
I launched myself as a
photographer a few years later, at first
shooting overflow weddings for Steve Crouch and working out of home in
Monte Vista with wife Myrna and family. In about 1963 I
took one room upstairs in the Bear Flag Building for a lab.
I was between a one-man fm radio station and Jay Chapin, the
taylor. In about 1965 I opened gallery and lab space on the
street across from Neil DeVaughn's restaurant and in 1967 or
thereabouts I took 3000 sq feet, roughly one quarter of the building,
on the second floor of the Monterey Canning Company as
lab-gallery-living space. The rent was $75.00 a month. No
water, electricity or heat. As the Row blossomed with refugees
from Haight/Ashbury, that became the place that we all remember with
such nostalgia. Soon after I left in 1970, the building itself
sold for a million bucks and the flowering of the row was over.
That few year's was also
the period when I peaked as a
photographer. One the one hand, automatic photography was
coming on strong and, on the Row, it just wasn't as much fun after the
wildly painted school busses pulled out, the hippy cafes closed and the
last of the squatters were rousted from under The Wave Street
During, roughly, a decade of
high activity as a photographer, my work
was about evenly divided between small camera portraiture in the
Monterey area and in journalistic-style illustrations for corporate
publications and advertising. The best of the portrait work was
done for love - though lots of it was commissioned - but the corporate
work kept the pot boiling and some of that was pretty good, too.
I guess that I managed to get a pretty fair sample of the artists and
writers of that time and place but there were many whom I missed.
Seeing ones work on Barbie doll boxes counts in a different way.
When it was all over, no one
was more surprised than I to find that my
whole passion for photography had just faded away as well. I
bounced around for a year or two and then, on the very last gasp of my
G.I. Bill, went to graduate school in Portland and into
psychology as therapist, later as evaluator in the criminal courts, and
still later as a builder of cruising houseboats. For nearly all
of the next twenty years I lived on boats in Olympia.
Wendy and I made our first
trip to Alaska in 1995 and were smitten from
the first. We swapped the first old wooden sailboat for a larger
old wooden sailboat and came back in 1997 to be caretakers of a remote
fishing lodge. In 2000 we swapped the big old wooden sailboat for
an even bigger old wooden power boat and came up to Tenakee
Springs. Tenakee is a very old coastal community of less than 100
people: no road, no cars, no cell phone - though we did get slow
inter-net a few years ago. I build and mess about with small
boats and I write articles about life in the bush for the Capitol City
Weekly in Juneau.
Be sure to join us for this slice of old Monterey...
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The Latest News
on the Western Flyer:
Monterey County Herald, October 10, 2013
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On behalf of the Cannery Row
Foundation, we wish to thank
those visitors to Ed Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratory on October
It was the last of
scheduled Doc's Lab Tours for 2013.
We hope to see you in January for
our first tours of 2014,
celebrating Kalisa Moore (1926-2009) "The Queen of Cannery Row."
Get on our mailing list—if you're not already—so The History Company
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Ed Rickett's Lab • Pacific Biological Laboratories
800 Cannery Row, Monterey CA
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Thanks for a great night
Aptos History Musuem
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
It was FABULOUS!
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A Musuem of Monterey "100 Stories" Interview (YouTube)
by historian Michael K. Hemp
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OF NEWS ON THE
From the Monterey County Herald
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Course in progress!
Company, in association with
Osher Institute at California State University Monterey Bay,
presents a three-class course by adjunct lecturer Michael Kenneth Hemp:
Sardine Capital of the World"
Tuesdays 10 AM to 12 PM
September 26 • October 1 • October 8
here for course information.
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WESTERN FLYER: MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD
OPINION PAGE, August 4, 2013...
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A slim but great new image book by photography teacher, Mark Narciso.
(click on image to enlarge)
Contact Mark Narciso at firstname.lastname@example.org
for info or purchase.
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The latest on the Western
Monterey County Herald.
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The Western Flyer is about
for it's deckhouse as a gawker-attraction
for a Salinas inn & restaurant.
Here's one of the last photos of her in one piece
before her execution at a Port Townsend boatyard
by Anne Shaffer of the Coastal Watershed Institute:
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MPC Continuing Education
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"WESTERN FLYER" UP AGAIN!
The Western Flyer as of June 24. Art Kendall photo
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historic "then and now"
archival images from the
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Send us your photos of
your visit to the Lab for
Cannery Row Birthday
Doc's Lab Tours
May 11, 2013
e-mail them to: email@example.com
and we may post them on this site and CanneryRow.org
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Angeles Times • February 18, 2013
A dispute over
the boat from 'Sea of Cortez'
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January 27, 2013:
Our View: The Western Flyer belongs in
the public domain
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to all of you who attended the
Lab Tours, Saturday,
honor Kalisa Moore—the "Queen of Cannery Row"
Here's a Kalisa story from the Weekly,
February 18, 2001.
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THE WESTERN FLYER
SINKS AGAIN IN ANACORTES'
SWINOMISH CHANNEL, WASHINGTON
Richard Rodriquez photo, http://bitterendblog.com/
Reported sunk overnight, January 13, 2013.
(Register above for E-mail reports
if you're not already on our contact list)
Scroll down for earlier
Western Flyer preservation news
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Ed Ricketts Lab and Frank Wright
from Carmel Magazine's
Holiday 2012 Issue:
Feature by Michael Chatfield • Photos by
Kelli Uldall • www.carmelmagazine.com
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And "Lucky" – a poem by Mary Cunningham about Frank and
There was no luck involved
Being drafted into the army
World War II in full swing
But what luck to find
Three days into it
Someone knows someone
That you need to meet
The front gates were guarded
Guns at the ready
But the three back gates
So off they went
Down to the smelly canneries
To find a gem nestled between
Factories and rocky shore
Bugermeister for 35 cents
And a bag of potato chips
Was all it took
To start a life-long friendship
Hungry minds coming together
Leaving their varied pedigrees at
To absorb all they possibly could
In conversation and stories
As classical music filled the spaces
Between their words
As the war continued on
the canneries blew their incessant
while an author recited his
specimens were brought in to be
sent out again
at every chance, they all soaked it
smells, tastes, sounds , sights and
knowing these precious moments
were all the luck they needed.
Feb. 27, 2012
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Ricketts' Lab and Frank Wright from
the San Francisco Chronicle
(Formerly a) HOT TIP:
Look for the San
Francisco Chronicle coverage of
Ed Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories
Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Featuring Carmel's own Frank
Wright, who knew Ed Ricketts during WWII
at the Presidio of Monterey (1942-1944) and later became a member of
the private men's club that bought the lab in 1958 as their clubhouse—
and sold it to he City of Monterey in 1993 to keep it in public hands.
Feature by Meredith May. Photography by Jason Henry.
Photos of photo shoot by
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Recent CARMEL and CARMEL VALLEY (& Big Sur) App Review
in at iTunes:
—10/01/12 Carlo Nino
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and Raising of the "Sea of Cortez" Vessel
Photos by Capt.
Rodriguez • 10/09/12
The Western Flyer is up!
sunken Western Flyer in the Swinomish Channel
under the Anacortes Bridge, Washington.
Photo by Capt. Richard
Rodriguez • Bitterend Blog
The Western Flyer sank at Anacortes,
on September 24th, 2012.
flyer at mooring • August/September 2012
Here for Details
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From the Archive:
Cannery Row Fire Muster
(Brooke Elgie photo from The History
— Date being researched —
— Brooke Elgie
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"THE NADJIK PHEROMONE"
returned to the American Chemical Society
at their San
Diego conference and exhibition
March 25th - 29th, 2012. SCHB Booth 1237.
Special thanks to Dr. Joe Sabol, ACS conference coordinator,
and Jennifer Maclachlan and Jack Driscoll of
(Sandwich, MA) for their support of the
possibilities for forensic GC-MS breath analysis lie detection,
the premise of the future-tech Amazon.com 5-star novel,
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CANNERY ROW AND THE LAB
A report by Howard
Stableford of the BBC,
Dr. Steve Webster (Monterey Bay Aquarium), Dr. Susan Shillnglaw
(then Director of the Center For Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State
Katie Rodger (Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, Ed
Michael Kenneth Hemp (Cannery Row Foundation; historian), and
Frank Wright (Lab Group member and friend of Ed Ricketts).
28 minutes of highly recommended
listening before you attend the
Next Lab tours:
BIOLOGICAL LAB TOURS
in honor of Edward F. ("Doc") Ricketts (1897-1948)
on Saturday, October 13th.
is a good time to make plans to attend the annual
Cannery Row Foundation (established in the lab in 1983)
Cannery Row Ed Ricketts Birthday "Doc's Lab" tours
(9 AM til the last tour at 5:00 PM) on October 13th, 2012.
Lots more information on tour reservations will be posted on
Reservations for hourly
tours can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Doc's" Lab Men's Club member
Morgan Stock passed away
August 28th, 2012,
leaving only three members. He
interview with Michael Hemp on the
Wave Street Authors Show
of Monterey interview for its
100 Stories Project:
Michael Hemp and the making of
"SUR, Legend of The Last Otter Hunter"
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The Last Otter Hunter tells the story Cannery Row’s definitive
historian always wanted to.
By David Schmalz
Monterey County Weekly •
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Michael Kenneth Hemp moved to Monterey in 1979, it is tempting to
imagine that Doc Ricketts and John Steinbeck breathed a sigh of relief
from on high. Over the next decade, the author established himself as
the preeminent historian of the Cannery Row era, and nearly all of what
he has recorded (much of which can be considered a local, and national,
treasure) would have been lost forever without his efforts.
A writer by trade, Hemp’s interest in the piece of shoreline was piqued
while researching a dining guide. To his surprise, he found that no
major books existed about Cannery Row history outside of Steinbeck’s
“I stepped into one of the last opportunities like this in the world,”
The complete review:
MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY
for more on literary works
by Michael Kenneth Hemp.
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Steinbeck's "Cannery Row"
A Michael Hemp video interview
about Edward F. Ricketts
and Pacific Biological laboratories
for the Museum of Monterey "100
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Coverage in the Monterey
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International tale of Ed Ricketts and the Lab:
Cannery Row on the shores of the Black Sea!
"THE STORIES ARE ALWAYS BETTER"
A Bulgarian Memoir by Dr.
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to Kalisa Moore
"The Queen of Cannery Row"
Dedicated on her birthday, January 31st, 2011.
Kalisa in the Lab in
1999. MK Hemp photo.
More on Kalisa Moore, the "Queen of Cannery Row."
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A new Cannery Row short
feature on YouTube
by vacationing British filmmaker, Simon Morris
Don Bowen interviews Michael Kenneth Hemp
on "Around Town" (Saturday, August
about Cannery Row and Bombardier's Lounge WWII Big Band Jazz.
Click to listen (some
buffering; clean mp3 to be posted soon)
Thank you to Ed Ricketts researcher Robbie Behrens
for the digital file of this 1983 recording (in its entirety) of an
Michael Hemp with Joseph
(Yes, that Joseph Campbell!)
(Including a visit to Ed Ricketts' Lab,
made possible by PBL member Frank Wright.)
This is interview is also
part of the
collection of interviews by historian Michael Hemp
digitized by and for the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas.
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