Re: NANFA-- aquatic collecting adventure book

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 24 Feb 2002 16:45:12 -0500

Yeah, Ed Ricketts was The Man in Monterey. The local social elite hated both
Steinbeck and Ricketts for largely the same reasons--environmental activism,
befriending winos and prostitutes, having big wild parties and being
sympathetic to various unions and other "reds". Things have changed a lot in
65 years; now Steinbeck is a tourist attraction! And Ricketts set the
standard for studying intertidal invertebrates along the Pacific coast.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>It's been quite a few years since I was in Monterey, so my memory is not
>clear on this. There was a lot of local lore about John Steinbeck for us
>and I remember reading about the biologist who was the inspiration for the
>charactor in Cannery Row and the tragic end to his life. I wonder if Ed
>is that same biologist.

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