George Hitchcock and other area poets outside Cooperhouse, Santa Cruz, CA
The windows, left to right: Steve Levine, Victor Perera, James B. Hall, T. Mike Walker,
Peter Beagle, Robert Lundquist, Morton Marcus, Anne Steinhardt, James D. Houston.
Standing from left: William Everson, Mason Smith;
Seated from left: John Deck, Lou Matthews, Nels Hanson, George Hitchcock.
Photo by Gary Griggs
Many thanks to you all for your comfort to Marjorie and your friendship to my father.
I remember as a teenager the wonderful summers I was privileged to spend with him during the production of his plays with Interplayers and Marine Memorial. Enjoying the celebrity of being his son and getting to go backstage after performances; hanging out after the show at that bagel shop down the street. What a life he led. He was the admiration of us all.
He was a very close friend of Jean Yanko Varda. One of my fondest childhood memories is the summer sailing with Varda (I called Him 'Uncle Bart') off the back end of the Vallejo where he lived opposite Alan Watts. I remember that beautiful Latine rig Greek style fishing boat with the huge sun on the sail, that he would fill up with bohemian types and other friends and plenty of food, wine and cheese, and sail gloriously around the bay on Sundays. I was fortunate enough to get to spend a few weeks with him during various summer vacations. I prayed for him when I learned of his passing and never go through Sausalito with paying a visit to the Vallejo.
Such wonderful experiences, thanks to my father. Whatever I have from him, I love. And whatever I've missed from Him, I love too.
I'm sure that some of you already have given thought - and maybe more - to a memorial website and I encourage all efforts in this direction. To store some memories for myself I've started this blog which I invite you all to contribute to. It's simple as I'm not too sophisticated in this craft, but it might suffice for a beginning.
I'm sure I'll be writing more as the time passes, but at the moment I'm just gathering thought and digesting.
again my thanks, deepest regards and condolences for our great loss.