RE: NANFA-- aquatic collecting adventure book

Jay DeLong (
Sun, 24 Feb 2002 15:05:10 -0800

> 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

When they tried to charter a boat for their expedition, none of the locals
would help them. Steinbeck was also labeled as a Communist sympathizer for
when he wrote The Grapes of Wrath. People can be silly and fearful. Come
to think about it, I guess not everything has changed since then!

I remember seeing "Steinbeck" place names and business names in Monterey,
like Steinbeck Jewelers, etc. The old Cannery Row made famous by Steinbeck
is now the location of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The area is rather
touristy. Dunno if the winos and hookers still call it home...

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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