Newsletter of The Cannery Row
Foundation since 1983
Celebrating 31 years of service to
update: June 7, 2014
by Michael K. Hemp
For current information on the
condition and fate of the Western Flyer—the newsletter namesake
of the Cannery Row Foundation since 1983, go to TheHistoryCompany.com for
up-to-date info and images.
Western Flyer at Port Townsend, Wasington, on May 31,
2014 Chris Chuhran photo
(Migrated from TheHistoryCompany.com)
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Major (long overdue)
newsletter update coming soon
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Saturday, May 12th, the CRF again holds Pacific Biological laboratories
(Doc's Lab) open for hourly public tours from 9 AM until the last tour
starting at 5 PM. Reservations can be made by e-mail after April 15th
at firstname.lastname@example.org. If
we have your e-mail address in our CRF e-mail data base, we will also
remind/notify you when reservations are open for this next Doc's Lab
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The next Doc's Lab tour
date after May 12th will be on Saturday, October 13th, 2012—in honor of
Harlan Watkins and the Pacific Biological Laboratory, Inc. (the "private men's club"
that has owned the Lab since it purchased it from Harlan in May, 1958).
Steinbeck Cannery Row Birthday Tours of Ed Ricketts' Lab on
Saturday, February 25th, 2012, were the most successful yet. Sold out!
Charter Board member and Treasurer of the CRF (1983), Frank Wright—now
a robust 93!—related his times in the Lab visiting Corporal Ed Ricketts
of the Presidio of Monterey (1942-1944). Frank's stories are famous for
their wit and value as a living connection with the Ed Ricketts legacy
of the Old Row. He is also one of four enduring members of the private
men's club that owned and maintained the Lab from 1958 until its
sale to the City of Monterey in 1993.
Volunteers are always welcome to join in the
honor of sharing the Lab with enlightened folks who seek to be in it.
Become one of our Lab greeters, most of whom are delightful ladies
usually dressed a la 1930s and 1940s, or guides and helpers with the
staging of the hourly tours and assisting guests through their tours of
the most exclusive club on the Coast. Let us know if you'd like to
become a "Row Rat"—the honorific CRF designation of our incredible Lab
and project volunteers.
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Cannery Row Foundation fans of John Steinbeck to a book to know about:
One of the Cannery Row
Foundation's new Board Members is nationally recognized Steinbeck
Professor Susan Shillinglaw of San Jose State University, Professor of
English and former 18 year Executive Director
of the Martha Heasely Cox Steinbeck Studies Center at SJSU. We think
you should be aware—if not already—of
her recent book:
This, too, should be on your
Cannery Row John Steinbeck book shelf.
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PRESS RELEASE ON CRF BOARD
ELECTIONS AND NEW BOARD MEMBERS
|MONTEREY—September 21, 2010
WHO: The non-profit
Cannery Row Foundation, established in 1983, recently held 2010-2011
Board of Directors elections and added three new board members. Added
to the Board are: San Jose State University's national Steinbeck
authority, Prof. Susan Shillinglaw; Monterey attorney and long-time
Cannery Row businessman with offices on Cannery Row, Mr. Gary Varga;
and Mr. Jim Levitt, Bay Area radio station owner and businessman, and
active board supporter of the San Jose State University Martha Heasley
Cox Steinbeck Studies Center.
They join Cannery Row Foundation Board Members, David Armanasco, Ted
Balestreri, James Bridges (Los Angeles), Pat Hathaway, Michael Hemp,
A.L. Scrap Lundy (Santa Barbara), Thor Rasmussen, Lou Rudolph (Charter
Board Member 1983), Art Ring (Campbell), and Mike Zimmerman.
WHAT: Re-elected as President of
the Board of Directors is Cannery Row historian Michael Hemp;
re-elected as Vice-President is historian A.L. Scrap Lundy from Santa
Barbara; and serving again as Secretary-Treasurer is Michael Zimmerman
of the Cannery Row Company.
WHEN: The Board met September 17th
WHERE: The Board Meeting was hosted at the
Cannery Row Company offices, 555 Abrego Street in Monterey.
WHY: The Board is now
embarking on an ambitious educational agenda of Cannery Row historic,
cultural, and conservation projects which include the continuation of
the Foundation's historic memorials (Ed Ricketts, Cannery Divers) and
soon the "Queen of Cannery Row" bronze memorial for Kalisa Moore;
participation in the educational and historic support for the return of
the Western Flyer project; and helping the City of Monterey with the
funding of preservation and maintenance of Pacific Biological
Laboratories—Ed Ricketts' Lab.
WEBSITE: www.CanneryRow.org includes the on-line
Cannery Row Foundation Newsletter, the "Western Flyer."
Contact: For additional
information call Michael K. Hemp at (831) 659-2112 or e-mail at: email@example.com
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Three new CRF Board Members
are seated at today's CRF Board Meeting:
Dr. Susan Shillinglaw (San Jose
State Univeristy/Steinbeck Studies Center)
Mr. Jim Levitt (Martha Heasly
Cox Steinbeck Studies Center Advisory Board Member)
Mr. Gary Varga, Attorney with
offices on Cannery Row
Michael Hemp was re-elected as President of the Board
A. L. Scrap Lundy was re-lected as Vice President and
Michael Zimmerman was re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer
here for the complete Board Member list for 2010-2011)
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Row Foundation at the Carmel Art
"Block Party For the Arts"
10-3 on Saturday, August 21st, Camel-By-The-Sea.
(Dolores Street was
closed for the party!)
We spread the word about the Cannery
historical, art and cultural
projects; signed up new members;
and connected with other Montrerey
Peninsula non-profit organizations
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Cannery Row Birthday
Pacific Biological Lab Tours
May 15th, 2010.
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Saturday, February 27th, 2010
The Annual CRF
Cannery Row John Steinbeck Birthday
Pacific Biological Laboratories
"Doc's Lab" Public Tours
800 Cannery Row, Monterey
Another great day in the Lab with guests from as far away as Sacramento!
Special Thanks to the City of
Monterey Satff and Commissioners that
assisted the CRF in escorting guests
through areas of termite damage to
the stucture that will require
pending tenting and fumigation.
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Celebration of life for Kalisa Moore, "The Queen of
is scheduled for Wednesday evening, November 18th
at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The public is envited.
Please check back frequently for information and details
of this pubic tribute to her incredible life.
Scroll down through this newsletter to she how often and
decisively she contributed to the Cannery Row legacy.
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Moore, "The Queen of Cannery Row" is dead at 83.
|Dear Cannery Row Foundation
Board Members and all our Friends of Cannery Row,
Kalisa Moore, our beloved
"Queen of Cannery Row," is dead at 83 years old. She died after
open-heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, at 4:10 PM,
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009.
Check back for links to
media coverage and stories about the life of this incredible woman. Her
family has not announced plans for services at this time.
Cannery Row will never be
the same. But lucky are those of us who knew her.
For "America's Most Famous Street,"
Michael Hemp, President
Cannery Row Foundation
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Cannery Row Foundation presented
Ed Ricketts Cannery Row
Birthday Tours of "Doc's" Lab
Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 800 Cannery Row.
The next scheduled CRF tour of
Ed Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories
is on John Steinbeck's Birthday,
February 27th, 2010.
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AND THE NIGHT BEFORE!
WAVE STREET STUDIOS livenetworks.tv broadcast the
2009 Annual Cannery Row Ed
from Wave Street Studios, 774 Wave Street
and from the Rec Trail at the Quock Mui Tea Room and Gift Shop
Featuring musician, songwriter and
country western musician Larry
and his classic Cannery Row repertoir.
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This year's celebration of the Cannery Row Foundation's
John Steinbeck Cannery Row Birthday Tours of "Doc's" Lab
will be held on:
Saturday, March 7th, 2009
800 Cannery Row
Hourly Tours from 10:00 AM • Last tour begins at 4:00 PM • $15.00 per
Bring your camera! More details as Steinbeck's Birthday nears or see VIA Magazine, March-April
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On October 17, 2008, Cannery Row
Foundation Board Member and historian, A. L. "Scrap" Lundy,
premiered his groundbreaking
research on the real people and real places used by John Steinbeck
in his world-famous 1945
novel, "Cannery Row." After a Cannery Row Foundation Board Meeting
in Pacific Biological Laboratories ("Doc's" Lab), Scrap premiered his
acclaimed new book,
"Real Life on Cannery Row, Real People, Places and Events That Inspired
Published by Angel city Press, Santa Monica, Scrap gives voluminous
praise and thanks to
Gail and Thom Steinbeck for their efforts and support of its
publication. Thom Steinbeck
wrote the Foreward and Cannery Row historian, Michael Hemp, wrote the
This long awaited, thoroughly detailed research of Steinbeck's use of
people and places in
"Cannery Row" authoritatively identifies the real—and debunks the myths
the misidentifications and the misinformation rampant for so long about
what was real and fictional
of Steinbeck's work. The Steinbeck Studies Center at San Jose State
University calls it an indispensable
companion to Steinbeck's "Cannery Row."
The book is available from your
Angel City Press,
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April 18th, the Cannery Row Foundation unveiled its historic Cannery
located on the site of the E.B. Gross/Peninsula Packing Company at San
Carlos Beach Park
in Monterey. Click
for details and great photos of the completed bronze casting
by our renowned
sculptor and portrait artist, Jesse Corsaut. Jesse also created the Ed
Ricketts Memorial Bronze.
Donations are still needed to complete the project site. All donations
are tax deductible; donations
of $500.00 or more earn the donor's name, business or a memorial name
on the perpetual
bronze donor's plaque to be installed on the memorial upon completion
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The bronze casting of the helmet for
the Cannery Divers memorial is finished.
for first photos of the burnished casting at the Monterey Sculpture
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The Cannery Row Foundation again
celebrated John Steinbeck's Birthday week,
Saturday, with public tours of Pacific Biological
Laboratories ("Doc's Lab").
Long-time CRF volunteers Herb
Behrens—both Steinbeck and Ricketts
scholars and definitive authorities on Ed's Ricketts' Lab history,
accounts of its origins, Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck's period in it.
Michael Hemp assisted in providing canning era and contemporary
history as the mid-fifites home of teacher Monterey High School teacher
Harlan Watkins. Watkin's friends friends became the "Lab Group"
—a private men's club that stewarded the use and preservation of "Doc's
Their clubhouse is where the
Monterey Jazz Festival was born;
the Lab Group was the Monterey Jazz Festivals' first board of governors.
It was another day-long stream of Steinbeck, Ricketts, and Cannery Row
history fans that, as always, reveled and reveared their time inside
and out behind
Ed Ricketts historic home and marine biological laboratory.
NEXT UP IS THE STEINBECK BIRTHDAY PARTY
Wednesday, February 27th
Annual Cannery Row John Steinbeck Birthday
Party (since 1970)
American Legion Hall, 1120
Veteran's Drive, Monterey, in "Tortilla Flats"
(intersection of Jefferson and Johnson Streets above City Hall)
From 6:00 PM...
Multi-media musical entertainment by
Cannery Row’s historic troubadour, David
Baumgarten; Literary and nostalgic tales of Cannery Row; Belly Dancing
Beverages and birthday cake; and the John Steinbeck Soup Kettle.
$15.00 per person admission,
(benefits the Cannery Row Foundation). See you there!
Click here for a Google Map
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CRF 2008 Board announcement in the Monterey
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Project News Updates:
The Bill Johnk historic Cannery Row model (1943-1946) exhibit will
the Maritime Museum of Monterey before John Steinbeck's Birthday
on February 27th, 2008. Date and time will be announced here in The Western Flyer.
The historic Cannery Divers
Memorial has received all the necessary approvals from
the City of Monterey. The mold for the historic diver's helmet is at
the Monterey Foundry
and will be cast, finished and the Memorial dedicated in mid-April.
Check back for
specific date and times of the public dedication and unveiling
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CANNERY ROW FOUNDATION BOARD
January 18, 2008 at the Monterey Bay Inn, Cannery Row
Highlights of the First CRF Board Meeting in our 25th Anniversary Year:
The Officers of the CRF Board elected are,
• Canney Row
historian, Michael Hemp, to President
Cannery Divers Memorial
• Abalone and Hard-Hat Diving Historian, Scrap Lundy, to Vice-President
• Our stalwart Treasurer, Mike Zimmerman to Secretary-Treasurer
• Kalisa Moore, "The Queen of Cannery Row" to Past President
• with Charter Board Member (1983), Lou Rudolph returning to the Board!
, Scrap Lundy
and Sylvia Fraley, Co-Chairs
The Bill Johnk Historic Cannery Row Model
(1943-1946) on loan
to the CRF for exhibit at the Maritime Museum of Monterey
and other possible Monterey venues for up to two years.
Its creator, Board Member, Bill Johnk, presented the project in detail.
The CRF has selected the Monterey Maritime Museum as the site
for this incredible exhibit and welcomes their association with the
Cannery Row Foundation in this spectacular public exhibition.
Stay tuned for more details...
We're going to be MAKING
CRF Board Director of Education, Art Ring; (then) Vice-President,
and Ed. Ricketts, Jr.—at the Oakland Museum of California on
January 10th, to view and arrange the exhibit loan to the CRF.
CANNERY ROW FOUNDATION BOARD
The Cannery Row Foundation Board of
Directors met on Friday, June 22nd,
at the Monterey Bay Inn, 32 Cannery Row (site of the Enterprise Packing
The Foundation wishes to thank the management of the Monterey Bay Inn
for another outstanding meeting location to conduct the Foundation's
(The next quarterly Board Meeting will convene in August, 2007)
The meeting dealt with normal operating business but spent it focus on
the Cannery Row Foundation's newest historic project for Cannery Row:
a tribute to the bravery of the hard-hat Cannery Divers upon which the
operation of the canning industry depended. Click here for a brief summary of
the crucial role of the Cannery Divers in Monterey canning industry.
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KALISA MOORE, "THE QUEEN OF
CLOSES HER FAMOUS "LA IDA CAFE" OF
CANNERY ROW FAME, CELEBRATING
NEARLY FIFTY YEARS
OF SERVICE TO THE LITERARY AND
OF "AMERICA'S MOST FAMOUS STREET."
As reported in The Monterey County Herald
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 (John Steinbeck's birthday)
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PHOTOS SOON OF BILL JOHNK'S
"STEINBECK CORE OF CANNER ROW"
HISTORIC SCALE MODEL FOR THE
MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA IN OAKLAND.
THE HOVDEN CANNERY TO THE LONE STAR CAFE
SCROLL DOWN THE WESTERN FLYER FOR PICTURES OF
THE HOVDEN PORTION IN PROGRESS, EXHIBITED AT THE
GREAT CANERY ROW REUNION 2005. SPONSORED BY
CANNERY ROW BUSINESSMAN, MR. ROD RIGGS.
(His Wax Museum Book—a history of
Monterey and Cannery Row)
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IN THE ADOBES"
On December the evenings of December 8th and 9th, from 6-9
Cannery Row Foundation will again hold open the historic Lara-Soto
the late 1944 home of John Seinbeck, in which he completed Cannery Row
and began writing The Pearl.
Holiday traditions and Monterey history merge in “Christmas in the
to be presented by California State Parks in association with the
Old Monterey Preservation Society on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday Dec. 9
from 5 - 9 p.m.
Hosts and Hostesses dressed in period costume will welcome
visitors to nearly twenty participating
adobes clustered in a five-block area. All are within walking distance
for the self-guided tour
Monterey’s historic buildings lit by luminaria, candle-light and
enhanced with period Christmas
decorations, musical entertainment and refreshments.
Free parking is available at selected locations with your
Tickets may be purchased in advance at
Cooper Museum Store
on the corner of Polk and Munras
For more information
about “Christmas in the Adobes,”
please call California State Parks at
831.647.6226 or 831.649.7118.
Information and tickets can be obltained from the Monterey
History and Art Association
HOVDEN CANNING FILM ON THE
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM SITE
here to see canning lines on Old Cannery Row.
Steinbeck's Birthday Lab Tours were held on Saturday, February
Hourly Lab tours started at 10:00 am with the last tour at 4:00 pm.
There was a tremendous public response to the tours, with all but one
full capacity. The next tours of the Lab will be held on Saturday, May
to celebrate Ed Ricketts' Birthday on May 14th. CHECK BACK for
more details on The Western Flyer.
PHOTO SUMMARY OF THE CANNERY ROW
REUNION 2005. CLICK HERE.
An international affair with some
astounding revelations. That's how the
events and exhibits at the Great Cannery Row reunion can be described.
The all-day program began with the return of Prof. Richard Astro,
Philadelphia. It was Dr. Astro's keynote speech in 1983 that opened the
Great Cannery Row Reunion where the Cannery Row Foundation began its
as the research, education and preservation organization for Monterey's
Monterey musician, businessman and community leader,
at the first Great Cannery Row Reunion in
1983—returns for a special
appearance with his trio to make the
Reunion complete with
the "Music of Monterey and
His group played the early
Cannery Row Reunions from
1983 though 1987
at the Monterey Conference Center,
the Outrigger on Cannery Row
and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Join us in a tribute to Mike Marotta!
has become an event
The Great Cannery Row Reunion 2005.
The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum,
700 Cannery Row, has become a
Co-sponsor of the Bill Johnk
historic Hovden cannery exhibit at the
Reunion. Their sponsorship donation
has made it possible to confirm
the presentation of this
unbelievable re-creation of the mid-1940s
of the "King of Cannery
Row"—Norwegian, Knut Hovden. The entire
board and volunteer staff of the
Cannery Row Foundation wishes to
express our sincerest thanks to Mr.
Rod Riggs for making it possible
for this crucial centerpiece of this
Reunion to make its only Monterey
appearance before its delivery and
permanent exposition at
the Museum of California in Oakland
later this year.
of Monterey Wax Museum
presents the saga of Monterey
from its Rumsien and Eselen Native Americans to Monterey's (brief)
claim as "Sardine Capital of the World" and the real-life fictional
of John Seinbeck's 1945 novel, "Cannery Row."
The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum
Monterey, CA 93940 •
King Oscar brand Norwegian Sardines
will be at the Reunion!
President of King Oscar USA, Mr. Robert Montano, will lead his company's
participatonin the celebration by provding a Norwgian sardine tasting
those attending the event. King Oscar
brand Norwegian Sardines will also
be providing free tea-towels (also suitable as golf towels, we're told)
The Sons (and Daughters) of Norway
will be assisting in serving the tasting
of Norway's Atlantic cousins of our
own Monterey sardines.
The "Sons of Norway" met at the May
residence in Carmel-By-The-Sea
last Saturday—with CRF board members
Michael Hemp and Thor Rasmussen
invited to make a presentation on
the Reunion. The group has decided to
become one of the volunteer
organizations who will be assisting the
production of the Great Cannery Row
Our warmest thanks to all of the
members of this regional Norwegian
club for their interest and support.
Many will wear traditional
attire while assisting the
Foundation with registration and hospitality.
Special Hotel rates can be found at our "Reunion Hotel Rates" page.
A list of activities
presentations at the
Great Cannery Row Reunion 2005
will be posted very soon on a
separate section of this site,
with links from our
and "The Western
Special Hotel and Inn rates
Directions and Information
Museum of Monterey
Cannery Row Foundation in
celebration of the
"GREAT CANNERY ROW REUNION" 2005
with free admission to all attendees
of the Reunion
on October 8th and 9th.
Maritime Museum historian, Tim
Thomas, will join the
Reunion agenda with a
"I Wanted to be
a Baseball Player:
and the Japanese
Dr. Richard Astro
be the Keynote Speaker
(Prof. Astro was the
keynote speaker at the first
GREAT CANNERY ROW
REUNION in May 1983;
opened by Congressman Leon Panetta)
More confirmations are coming in from international
fishing and canning museums planning attendance.
THE GREAT CANNERY ROW REUNION OF
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 2005
AT THE MONTEREY CONFERENCE CENTER
STEINBECK FORUM AND CONCOURSE (3RD
The Reunion Agenda includes:
Steinbeck Scholar (and CRF Board
Member) Art Ring
on "Steinbeck at Stanford with
Historian Robert Enea (Sparky
Enea's Nephew and grandson of
Monterey fishing pioneer, Orozio
on "The Moon Is Down on the Sea of
A delegaton from Stavanger,
"Sardine Capital of the World" and
their National Fisheries Museums
Bill Johnk's historic scale model
trilogy: the Lab, the Wing Chong
and the nearly completed Hovden of
the mid-1940s. [see below]
John Steinbeck bronze bust by
sculptor Jesse Corsaut
on exhibit in the Monterey
Cannery Row 1957-1958 Photo
from the Robert Lewis Collection
The Cannery Row Wall of Fame
with names of old Cannery Row's
workers and residents
(make sure your relatives are on
Cannery Worker Round-table
discussions of life and work
on the Old Row—with public
question and answer periods
"Cannery Row Bookstore"
Books • Memorabilia • Labels •
And Much More To Be Announced!
JUST IN! Photos of Bill Johnk's
Cannery Row model project
for the Museum of California.
Cannery Row had a chance to acquire this magnificant
project but couldn't muster the
backing to accomplish it. Instead, it's on it way to Oakland's
"Museum of California"— an
excellent but distant home for this fabulous, incredibly accurate
scale model of the mid-1940s
Hovden Cannery. More information to follow, but here's a look at
IT'S FIRST PUBLIC
EXHIBIT (STILL IN
CONSTRUCTION) AT THE CANNERY ROW
CANNERY ROW REUNI
The exhibit has been
possible by a co-sponsorship donation
by the Sprit of Monterey Wax Museum! (09/22/05)
If you or your company would like to co-sponsor this exhibit at the
Reunion, please contact:
Michael K. Hemp • (831) 659-2112 • firstname.lastname@example.org
For real true-believer types
here's a website Bill sent along that
accesses the Monterey Bay Aquarium
historical documentation requirement for its development. A lot of
great new and deatiled info on the
sardine industry, its mechanization, and its archival record. A truly
fabulous resource for historical
research and documentation of the Old Row's flagship cannery, the
Bill has provided this amazing Internet photo
resource for the
You can thank Bill Johnk, Cannery Row Foundation board member, and
project creator, for this
priceless look at the Old Row, now in it's second decade of
City of Monterey seeking to preserve the Wing Chong Market and
(Kalisa's) La Ida Cafe.
Historic preservation bond money is becoming
available from the State of
California, specifically directed for historic acquistions such
as the venerable Wing Chong and La Ida Cafe
of Steinbeck's 1945 "Cannery Row" fame. The process
is highly comptetive against other state-wide projects
but it is hoped that the muliti-culutral industrial history of
Cannery Row, with its world-famous Steinbeck
literary legacy, will secure the several million dollars
necessary to acquire these icons of Monterey history and
Steinbeck literature. The CRF has been instrumental in the
progress of this project.
CRF hosts California Writers at Ed Rickletts' PBL
On Sunday, August 29th, CRF Historian, Michael
Hemp, will host writers from the East of Eden Writers
Conference (held in Salinas by the California Writers Club) at Ed
Ricketts’ Pacific Biological Laboratories,
800 Cannery Row. Tours of the Lab and the “Steinbeck
Neighborhood” of Cannery Row gives writers the
real material and factual basis for writing about Cannery Row,
where bad journalism passed for history for
decades after Steinbeck’s classic (but barely fictional) account
of life in the neighborhood surrounding Ed
John Steinbeck Birthday Celebrated on Cannery Row
The Cannery Row Foundation's 2004 celebration of
John Seinbeck's Birthday featured hourly tours of Edward
F. Ricketts Pacific Biological Laboratories—or "Doc's Lab" as it is
widely referred to. These popular CRF docent
hosted tours are virtually the only public opportunities all year to
get inside the famous Cannery Row landmark
made famous by Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck. Herb Behrens, stalwart
of the CRF staff, and historian Michael
Hemp conducted the tours which ran on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until
the last tour at 4:00 p.m. The tours, as
usual, were very well attended by the Ricketts and Steinbeck fans from
all over the Monterey Peninsula and far
The evening fare was, as usual, hosted by the "Queen
of Cannery Row"—Kalsia Moore—at her La Ida Cafe
(the same location in "Cannery Row" but now truly a cafe, not the
bordello John Seinbeck made famous. Cannery
Row historian Michael Hemp presented a slide-lecture of old Ocean View
Avenue using photos from the renowned
Pat Hathaway Collection of California Views and began the
conversational phase of Kalisa's annual tribute to
John. The La Ida soon roared to the conversations of the crowded
upstairs party room, the soundof flute and
guitar from the entertainment, and yes, bellydancing. Another great
time was had by the astute Ricketts and
Steinbeck and Kalisa fans who make this annual party a "must."
Passing of a great friend of Cannery Row
Sadly, the highly honored Cannery Row photographer, Robert
Lewis—one of the CRF's most treasured
personalities—passed away in Annapolis, Maryland, on February 23rd. The
young Robert Lewis, living upstairs
in the former madam's quarters of the bordello in the Marina Apartments
(across from the Ocean View Hotel
—now the Spindrift Inn—and known for decades for it's false claim as
"The Bear Flag Building") took over 600
black and white photographs of Ocean View Avenue in 1957 and 1958. The
result is a legacy of images of Cannery
Row at its nadir—at "rock bottom."
The History Company and Robert Lewis created the
annual gallery exhibit at the Monterey Maritime Museum,
which was on exhibit from December 2000 through March 2001. Photos
chosen by an exclusive jury totaled 109
large-format 11 X 14 or 16 X 20 mounted black and white photos: the
largest juried one-man exhibit in Monterey
art history. The University of California Monterey Bay created a
website to present student oral histories derived
from people identified in Lewis' photos. The mounted exhibit photos
were donated to the Cannery Row Foundation
to exhibit Lewis' crucial mid-fifies view of "America's Most
Famous Street." No other collection rivals this one,
composed of Ocean View Avenue's people and places at a time when no one
expected Cannery Row to rise from its
ashes to become the major destination on California's Central Coast.
The poignant black and whites have been
compared to those of Dorothea Lang's of the Oakie migration made famous
by John Seinbeck.
The Cannery Row Company generously proivided vacant lease space for
exhibit of the portion of the
Lewis Collecton donated to the Cannery Row Foundation by Robert Lewis
and Michael Hemp.
Robert genuinely loved Cannery Row and was proud to
have had a part in its history. His record of the Row
in his day has enriched us all. A "small collection" of two dozen of
Robert Lewis photos from The History Company
Collection can be viewed on the walls inside the Starbucks Coffee
located at 711 Cannery Row—in the warehouse
of the Monterey Canning Company at Cannery Row and Prescott Avenue.
Samples of this exhibit
are on this website.
Robert will be missed around the La Ida Cafe and by
his Cannery Row friends. His photos will one day be
published by The History Company—a project pending for some time before
his untimely death from his chemo
treatment for an improving struggle with cancer. Be sure to see his
photos when you're on Cannery Row.
The Queen's Plea
Kalsia Moore, the "Queen of Cannery Row"—and
President of the Cannery Row Foundation Board of
Directors—has made a public plea for help in saving the La Ida
Cafe (where she has done business for 47 years!)
and the famous Wing Chong Market (also of John Seinbeck's "Cannery
Row"). Their acquistion and preservation
by the City of Monterey is now being explored, much like the City's
ownership of "Doc's Lab"—the Pacific
Biological laboratories of Ed Ricketts.
The Queen is not concerned about her own survival
but that of the last two remaining icons of the real
character of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Meetings are now underway to
hopefully result in the acquisition
of these treasured landmarks in Cannery Row history and John Seinbeck's
world-famous fiction and their
preservation into the future as "living museums" of the Old Row,
accessable to the public.
Contact the Cannery Row Foundation at
email@example.com or the City of Monterey at
firstname.lastname@example.org to help us in this crucial cause.