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CANNERY ROW

 
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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

1938 movie poster

East of Eden

East of Eden

1955 movie poster

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Playbill 2015

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

movie poster 1992

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

1940 movie poster

In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle

2017 movie poster

Viva Zapata!

Viva Zapata!

The Red Pony

The Red Pony

1949 movie poster

Lifeboat Poster

Lifeboat Poster

Of Mice and Men playbill 1940s

Of Mice and Men playbill 1940s

Musical1955-PipeDream-OriginalPoster

Musical1955-PipeDream-OriginalPoster

To a God Unknown cover

To a God Unknown cover

2012-06-14 15.56.09

2012-06-14 15.56.09

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200px-JohnSteinbeck_TheGrapesOfWrath

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Inside

200px-SweetThursday

200px-SweetThursday

travelswithcharley_cover

travelswithcharley_cover

To A God Unkown cover

To A God Unkown cover

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat

1942 book cover

Their Blood is Strong cover

Their Blood is Strong cover

The Winter of our Discontent cover

The Winter of our Discontent cover

The Red Pony cover 1945

The Red Pony cover 1945

The Pearl cover

The Pearl cover

The Long Valley cover

The Long Valley cover

The Hero with a Thousand Faces cover

The Hero with a Thousand Faces cover

Once there was a War cover

Once there was a War cover

Bombs Away cover

Bombs Away cover

Cup of Gold cover

Cup of Gold cover

East of Eden 1st edition

East of Eden 1st edition

Sweet Thursday

Sweet Thursday

By John Steinbeck

Tortilla Flat cover

Tortilla Flat cover

To A God Unkown cover

To A God Unkown cover

To a God Unknown cover

To a God Unknown cover

The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth

Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez

By John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts

Between Pacific Tides

Between Pacific Tides

By Edward F. Ricketts

In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle

By John Steinbeck

The Moon is Down

The Moon is Down

By John Stienbeck

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

by John Steinbeck

Pacific Biological Catalogue

Pacific Biological Catalogue

by Steinbeck, Ricketts and Campbell

BOOKS & MOVIES

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Pacific waves

Pacific waves

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

Lands End, Sea of Cortez

Lands End, Sea of Cortez

Monterey Peninsula

Monterey Peninsula

Golden Gate being built

Golden Gate being built

Eds Lab

Eds Lab

Inside Ed's Lab

Inside Ed's Lab

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

EXT. Ed's lab

EXT. Ed's lab

Big Sure, CA

Big Sure, CA

Pacific Redwood Grove

Pacific Redwood Grove

Pacific wave crash

Pacific wave crash

sea-otter-great-tide-pool

sea-otter-great-tide-pool

Northern California Coast

Northern California Coast

John Steinbeck in Italy

John Steinbeck in Italy

WWII

Pacific Grove during a rain storm

Pacific Grove during a rain storm

Sea of Cortez. Mexico

Sea of Cortez. Mexico

Steinbeck in Italy WWII

Steinbeck in Italy WWII

Queen Charlotte Islands

Queen Charlotte Islands

NYC 1940s

NYC 1940s

Oregon coast

Oregon coast

Puget Sound

Puget Sound

Kremlin, Moscow

Kremlin, Moscow

Mexico City

Mexico City

Light House at Pacifc Grove

Light House at Pacifc Grove

Lower Hudson 1941

Lower Hudson 1941

Kremlin

Kremlin

Cape Flattery Bay Washington

Cape Flattery Bay Washington

Big Sur California

Big Sur California

Asilomar Tide Pools

Asilomar Tide Pools

sea-otter-great-tide-pool

sea-otter-great-tide-pool

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Carmel sunset

Carmel sunset

Wing Chong Market on Cannery Row

Wing Chong Market on Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Cannery Row Street Sign

Cannery Row Street Sign

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Carmel Tide Pool

Carmel Tide Pool

Monterey Bay sunrise

Monterey Bay sunrise

LOCATIONS

 
 

HISTORICAL REFERENCE

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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

1940s

Golden Gate being built

Golden Gate being built

1930's

Old Row

Old Row

From "Street of the Sardine" by Eva Lothar

Cannery Row 1940s

Cannery Row 1940s

Cannery Row 1940s

Cannery Row 1940s

Monterey Canning Co

Monterey Canning Co

Cannery Row fish truck Photo by Fred Harbick

Cannery Row fish truck Photo by Fred Harbick

Sardine catch Albert Campbell circa 1940

Sardine catch Albert Campbell circa 1940

California Packing Company plant 101 Monterey George Robinson

California Packing Company plant 101 Monterey George Robinson

Pacific Biological logo

Pacific Biological logo

Ed's Lab 1928

Ed's Lab 1928

Pacific Biological burns down Nove 25th 1936

Pacific Biological burns down Nove 25th 1936

Ed's lab 1946

Ed's lab 1946

ed ricketts with bg

ed ricketts with bg

INT Eds living room at the lab 1947 photo by Ed Jr

INT Eds living room at the lab 1947 photo by Ed Jr

INT Ed's bedroom at the Lab 1947 photo by Ed Jr

INT Ed's bedroom at the Lab 1947 photo by Ed Jr

Ed's workng lab in basement. Photo by Fred Strong

Ed's workng lab in basement. Photo by Fred Strong

Alice at Lab 1940s

Alice at Lab 1940s

Lab group 1940s

Lab group 1940s

Ed working in Lab

Ed working in Lab

Ed working in his Lab

Ed working in his Lab

Ed with Ritchie at the Lab

Ed with Ritchie at the Lab

Ed with Squid

Ed with Squid

Sasha Calvin art studio 1930s Tom and Margie Morjig photo

Sasha Calvin art studio 1930s Tom and Margie Morjig photo

Gabe and the boys 1935

Gabe and the boys 1935

EXT. Wing Chong Market Photo by George Robinson

EXT. Wing Chong Market Photo by George Robinson

Wing Chong Market 1930s

Wing Chong Market 1930s

Abalone shell mound in Monterey Lewis Josselyn

Abalone shell mound in Monterey Lewis Josselyn

Western Flyer 1940s

Western Flyer 1940s

Photo credit: National Steinbeck Center Donor G Perlman

Ed, John and Carol on the Baby Flyer

Ed, John and Carol on the Baby Flyer

1939

Carol Steinbeck

Carol Steinbeck

1930's

Ed Ricketts with Tal Lovejoy

Ed Ricketts with Tal Lovejoy

1940s

John Steinbeck in Italy

John Steinbeck in Italy

1940s

John Steinbeck in WWII

John Steinbeck in WWII

Italy 1940s

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

1930s

Ed Ricketts

Ed Ricketts

Jospeh Campbell

Jospeh Campbell

1930s

Xenia Kasheveroff

Xenia Kasheveroff

photo by Edward Weston

Flora Woods

Flora Woods

Harold Otis "Gabe" Bicknell

Harold Otis "Gabe" Bicknell

Ed Ricketts collecting

Ed Ricketts collecting

1940s

Ed Ricketts

Ed Ricketts

1940s

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Carol and John and their pet duck

Carol and John and their pet duck

1930s

Ed Ricketts

Ed Ricketts

1940s

Ed Ricketts at lab

Ed Ricketts at lab

1930s

Henry Fond

Henry Fond

as Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)

Carol and John Steinbeck

Carol and John Steinbeck

1930s

Xenia Kasheveroff

Xenia Kasheveroff

1930's Photo by Edward Weston

BurgessMeredithFeb1938

BurgessMeredithFeb1938

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

1930a

Ricketts family

Ricketts family

1930s

Favorites of STEINECK & ricketts & hits of the era

MUSIC & RECORDINGS

 

MANKIND: A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

EXT. OKLAHOMA (1933)

EXT. OKLAHOMA (1933)

Car flees an oncoming Dust Storm historic reference photo

EXT. SEA OF CORTEZ (1941)

EXT. SEA OF CORTEZ (1941)

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EXT. TEXAS (1930)

EXT. TEXAS (1930)

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EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

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EXT. TEXAS (1930s)

EXT. TEXAS (1930s)

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EXT. TIDE POOLS

EXT. TIDE POOLS

Polluted tide pools (reference photo)

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

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EXT. CANNERY

EXT. CANNERY

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EXT. SEA OF CORTEZ (1948)

EXT. SEA OF CORTEZ (1948)

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EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

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EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

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EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. SEA OF CORTEZ

EXT. SEA OF CORTEZ

Sea turtle killed by boat propeller reference photo

EXT. TEXAS (1930s)

EXT. TEXAS (1930s)

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EXT. ALAKSA

EXT. ALAKSA

reference photo Pink Salmon haul

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

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EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

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EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

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EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

Damage eelgrass bed reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

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EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

healthy tide pool reference photo

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

oil slick in tide pools reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. CALIFORNIA (1930s)

EXT. CALIFORNIA (1930s)

Migrant Mother with family in "Hooverville" camp - Dorothea Lane reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

Dying cattle in Dust Bowl historic reference photo

INT. SOUP KITCHEN (1930s)

INT. SOUP KITCHEN (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

reference photo

EXT. OKLAHOMA (1930s)

EXT. OKLAHOMA (1930s)

historic reference photo

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

reference photo

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

EXT. MIDWEST (1930s)

Women wear masks in Dust Bowl historic reference photo

EXT. PACIFIC

EXT. PACIFIC

reference photo

INT. CANNERY (1930s)

INT. CANNERY (1930s)

historic reference photo

John Steinbeck is famous for his ability to connect human stories to nature in his works - shining examples of environmental themes in Steinbeck's books include THE GRAPES OF WRATH, CANNERY ROW and SEA OF CORTEZ - all three of these books are the source materials for this series. 

Ed Ricketts has become known in the marine-science community as the "Godfather of Marine Ecology". His field collecting of the entire Pacific intertidal of North America, and his research of the decline of the sardine in the Pacific were unprecedented. 

Through the episodes of BACK ON CANNERY ROW, a story arc is unfolding alongside the main plot lines - an arc that reveals to the audience the very clear and present impact of human activity on the environment. 

Being set between 1930 and 1950, the series characters are living between the Industrial Age and the Information Age - through their stories, we explore the world with them, as they come to understand how profoundly and quickly the activity of mankind is changing life on Earth. These are the roots of the Environmentalism of the 1970's, and the scientific consensus of mankind's role in the warming of the planet. 

Cannery Row in Monterey is an industrial area of a community that lives on the bounty of the sea. Ed's lab, sandwiched between large canneries, has an unobstructed view into the workings of the seafood industry as it builds up rapidly around him and then finds itself falling apart when the populations of sardine crash due to overfishing.

 

Meanwhile, John is writing the true plights of Okies who have been forced from their once-fertile farms to migrate West to California - as the Dust Bowl decimates the entire Midwest in the largest man-made ecological disaster ever experienced. 

This story of mankind's role in overfishing the oceans and decimating the land is told throughout the series. It is a touchstone as our characters come to dire realizations about the environment through first hand experiences across all the episodes. 

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

 

A VISIUAL STORY OF OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

The BACK ON CANNERY ROW title sequence is imagined here as a visual metaphor for "All Is One" - from the most distant star-filled galaxy to the smallest plankton in the sea; everything is connected - a story told through mankind's impact on the environment. 

 

In the sequence, we experience life in the Pacific from the point of view of the sea creatures... we swim with a massive school of sardine that is lifted into nets above the surface onto a commercial fishing boat before we break free. We then push through a kelp forest as an otter or sea-lion and finally tumble into a lively and colorful tidepool to look back up at the star filled sky as a hermit crab or starfish. 

 

Each episode's title sequence follows the same order of events, but is slightly different... gradually, episode by episode, the school of sardine becomes thinner, the fishing boat's catch smaller, the kelp forest less dense, the tide pool less colorful and alive. By the later episodes there are no sardine to lift into the boat. The kelp forest is an underwater desert and the tide pool is barren and polluted.

 

The title sequence is showing a powerfully visceral story of man's deep and negative impact on the environment. 

 

Below is a title sequence for the first episode - with mood-boards as reference - followed by what a later episode's title sequence may look like in contrast. (Differences between the two sequences in BOLD)

TITLE SEQUENCE: EPISODE 1

 

EXT. DEEP SPACE - TIMELESS

Brilliant, frothy swirls of STARS and bright PLANETS.

Surreal. Silent. Still. The core of existence.

Then, each star begins to FLOAT loosely -- like particles --

REVEAL: We are actually under --

-- THE PACIFIC OCEAN

PHOSPHORESCENT PLANKTON and GLOWING JELLYFISH ride currents up towards the surface.

Distant WHALES CALL.

Clouds of silvery SARDINE swarm toward the faint, solitary LIGHT of a SARDINE BOAT - a tiny sun against the blue-black sea that seems as boundless as the universe.

-- NETTING

lifts us with thousands of sardine towards:

-- THE LIGHTED BOAT.

We break the surface - sound rushes in: MEN yell, WINCHES howl.

We slip the netting and fall back to:

-- THE PACIFIC

where a LIGHTHOUSE BEAM cuts through a WAVE that buries us into:

-- A KELP FOREST

 

 

that is teeming with life. POUNDING SURF SPRAYS as we tumble over rocks and into:

-- A BUBBLING TIDE POOL

 

where we are surrounded by bright SEA ANEMONES and colorful SEASTARS, scuttling CRABS and sleek EELS all alive and dead and reproducing and killing in

this tiny world.

-- ANGLE - UP FROM TIDEPOOL:

The STAR-FILLED SKY is eclipsed by a MAN'S SILHOUETTE.

-- MACRO CLOSE ON:

The MAN'S HAND thrusts into the water - tiny air-pockets stay attached to his fingers that quickly gather up a SEA HARE - clouds of MAGENTA INK fill the frame.

TITLE SEQUENCE

Below is a title sequence a later episode's title sequence may look like -  after the progression of the seasons worth of title sequences: 

TITLE SEQUENCE: EPISODE 12

 

EXT. DEEP SPACE - TIMELESS

Brilliant, frothy swirls of STARS and bright PLANETS. Surreal. Silent. Still. The core of existence.

Then, each star begins to dim into: darkness.

REVEAL: We are actually under --

-- THE PACIFIC OCEAN

A lone SEA LION searches the deep for food - a tiny creature against the blue-black sea that seems as boundless as the universe.

Silence. 

Clouds of EMPTY NETTING are dragged toward the faint, solitary LIGHT of a SARDINE BOAT.

We break the surface to the rhythmic hum of the empty boat's engine comes into focus. 

We slip the netting and fall back to:

-- THE PACIFIC

where a LIGHTHOUSE BEAM cuts through a WAVE that buries us into:

-- A KELP FOREST

 

 

that has died off.

 

POUNDING SURF SPRAYS as we tumble with DEBRIS over rocks and into:

-- A SILENT TIDE POOL

 

where we are surrounded by bright PLASTIC and colorful SWIRLS OF OIL, shells of CRABS and a few remaining discolored SEA STARS are 

all dying off.

-- ANGLE - UP FROM TIDEPOOL:

The STAR-FILLED SKY is eclipsed by a FLOATING TRASH, DEAD FISH and a SHEEN OF OIL. 

-- MACRO CLOSE ON:

The MAN'S GLOVED HAND thrusts into the water - tiny swirls of oil stay attached to his fingers that quickly gather up a SEA HARE lying dead on the rocks.

 

RESEARCH

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • "Sea of Cortez"  by John Steinbeck and Edward F.  Ricketts (1941)

RESEARCH | LINKS

RESEARCH | BOOKS

  • "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage" by Susan Shillinglaw (2013)
  • "Breaking Through: Essays, Journals & Travelogues of Ed Ricketts"  editor Katharine A. Rodger (2006)
  • "John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts: the Shaping of a Novelist" by Richard Astro (1973) 
  • "Renaissance Man of Cannery Row:  by  Katharine A. Rodger (2003)
  • "Steinbeck: The Man and His Work: by Richard Astro and Tetsumaro Hayashi (1971)
  • "Outer Shores" by Joel W. Hedgpeth (1978)
  • "Outer Shores 2: Breaking Through" by Joel W. Hedgpeth (1979)
  • "Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab: The Emergence of Environmentalism" by Michael J. Lannoo" (2014)
  • "John Steinbeck, Writer" by Jackson J. Benson (1980)
  • "Sweet Thursday" by John Steinbeck (1954)
  • "Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck (1935) 
  • "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck (1939)
  • "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck (1937)
  • "Harvest Gypsies" by John Steinbeck (1936)
  • "A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living" edited by Diane K. Osbon (1995)
  • "A Hero With A Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell (1949)
  • "The World of Sex" by Henry Miller (1940) 
  • "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller (1934)
  • "John Steinbeck: A Good Companion" by Carlton Sheffield (2002)
  • "Beyond Boundaries" edited by Susan Shillinglaw, Kevin Hearle (2002)
 
  • "Parallel Expeditions: Charles Darwin and the Art of John Steinbeck" by Brian E Railsback (1995)
  • "Conversations with John Steinbeck" edited by Thomas Fensch (1988)
  • "Obscene in the Extreme" by Rick Wartzman (2008)
  • "With Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez" by Sparky Enea (1991)
  • "Of Men and their Making" edited by  Susan Shillinglaw,  Jackson J. Benson (2003)
  • "The History of John Steinbeck's Old Ocean View Avenue" by Michael Hemp (2009)
  • "A History of Steinbeck's Cannery Row" by Tom Mangelsdorf (1986)
  • "Steinbeck Remembered: Interviews with friends of John Steinbeck" by Audry Lynch (2000)
  • "John Steinbeck, The California Years" by Brian St. Pierre (1983) 
  • "John Steinbeck" by Jay Parini (1995) 
  • "A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia" by Brian Railsback and Michael J. Meyer (2006)
  • "Where the Heart Beats: John Cage and the Inner Life of Artists" by Kay Larson (2012)
  • "The Long Valley" by John Steinbeck (1938) 
  • "A Fire in the Mind" by Stephen Larsen (1991)
  • "Steinbeck: A Life in Letters" edited by Elaine Steinbeck, Robert Wallsten (1989)
  • "Working Days: The Journals of the Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck (1939)
  • "John Steinbeck: Up Close" by Milton Meltzer (2008)
  • "Steinbeck's Typewriter" by Robert DeMott (1996)
  • "John Steinbeck: An Introduction and Interpretation" by Joseph Fontenrose (1964)
  • "The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman" 
  • "Inside Cannery Row" by Bruce Ariss (1988) 
  • "Remembrances" by Nan Ricketts (1990)
  • "The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers" 
  • "Steinbeck and the Environment" by Susan Beegel, Susan Shillinglaw and Wesley Tiffney (1995)

RESEARCH | DOCUMENTARIES

  • "Street of the Sardine" Dir. Eva Lothar (1970) 
  • "Grapes of Wrath: We Shall Overcome" Dir. P.J. Palmer (2015) 
  • "For Ed Ricketts" Dir. P.J. Palmer (2018) 

ADVISORS | SCHOLARS & HISTORIANS

  • Dr. Susan Shillinglaw, San Jose State University
  • Dr. William Gilly, Stanford University 
  • Dr. Milton Heifetz, MD
  • Herb & Robbie Behrens, Historians 
  • Michael Hemp, The History Company
  • Pat Hathaway, Pacific Views
  • Dennis Copeland, City of Monterey 
  • Don Kohrs, Stanford University Hopkins Library 

ADVISORS | FOUNDATIONS, UNIVERSITIES & LIBRARIES

  • The National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA
  • McIntosh & Otis, New York, NY
  • Ecotrust Canada, Vancouver, BC
  • Hopkins Marine Library, Stanford University, Monterey, CA
  • The Western Flyer Foundation, Port Townsend, WA​​
  • The History Company, Monterey CA
  • City of Monterey Museums, Pacific Biological Laboratories
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
  • Monterey Jazz Festival

ADVISORS | FRIENDS & FAMILY

  • Ed Ricketts Jr, Mill Valley CA
  • Nancy Ricketts, Sitka, AK
  • Cornelia Ricketts, Las Vegas, NV
  • Waverly Kaffaga, Los Angeles, CA
  • Milt & Betsy Heifetz, Tahoe, CA
  • Frank Wright, Carmel CA

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