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Zanuck Talking About Spielberg's Genius and Jaws

Scrolling around for Zanuck stories today, I ran across this photo of him when he was producing "Jaws," and a quirky interview 2 years ago by a reporter with the pseudonym "Quint" (coincidentally the name of the shark hunter in the movie). They were supposed to be discussing the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film "Alice," but perhaps understandably, Zanuck was more interested in discussing Jaws. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/45317

Richard Zanuck, 1934-2012

I'm just heartsick to hear of the death of Hollywood producer Dick Zanuck, who was my college roommate and best friend for several years at Stanford in the mid-'50s. We decorated our room at the Fiji house with African masks and spears and South Seas artifacts from the set lot at 20th Century Fox. We went to movies almost every night. We took a surfing trip in a Fox jeep to Baja California in 1954, and then a Fox Ford convertible on a surfing trip to Mazatlan in Spring of 1955. We partied hard, chased girls, surfed, cultivated sun tans, and weren't too serious about academic excellence.
   We both loved the beach, surfed, played volleyball, were the same size (not, um, tall) — and competitive (we actually got in a few fistfights). We'd go to a party, get semi-drunk, and take off for LA, arriving around sunrise. His family had a large house on the beach in Santa Monica, and my first experience surfing was riding a 12-foot redwood/balsa board owned by his brother-in-law Bobby Jacks at the Malibu colony. His family had a beautiful Spanish-style home in Palm Springs, built around a pool, where we'd go frequently, and John the butler would wake us up each morning with glasses of fresh orange juice from trees around the pool.
   One of our rituals was started by him when we were teenagers (60 years ago—gad!). He sent me a postcard from Hawaii showing a surfer, with the message "Ho!" (he was there and I was not). I started sending him "Ho!" postcards when I would be somewhere or doing something that would make him jealous, and he'd eventually reciprocate. In recent years I'd send him "Ho!" postcards of me skateboarding or doing well in races, and he'd call me right up.
   In recent years we'd talk about how all our friends were retired and we'd both say how we loved our work and were never going to retire. He never did. I'm so sorry to hear that he's gone.

Motorcycles From New Zealand

This was amongst a bunch of heavy duty motorcycles parked in Pt. Reyes Station a week or so ago. Turns out some 40 New Zealanders had shipped bikes to LA and were touring the west coast. The body of this one was fabricated in New Zealand.

House on 7-1/2 Acres in Oregon For Sale

Hi there. I'm a long time fan of the Shelter books. Builders of the Pacific Coast is like viewing a tangible form of my dreams. My husband, Rob Campbell, also recently reviewed the Tiny Homes book on his woodworking blog.
   This is a long shot and I apologize for the intrusion if it's unwanted, but it seems like you would know folks interested in a property like ours. We are trying to sell our coastal Oregon home. It's a pretty amazing place in a pretty amazing community. We made a website describing it and due to the unique nature of the property, are trying to sell it without a realtor since someone not familiar with the place could never really do it justice. Anyhow, if you want to take a look and share it with anyone you think might be interested, here is the webpage.…
-Xephaniah Fiddlehead Nubbinsworth http://logy.org/house

Perfect Little Marin County Farm Building

Shot this photo last night on my way back from radio interview in Santa Rosa. There are farm buildings here and there in the Marin countryside that make me happy. Like this little pump house (on the McIsaac Ranch near Tocoloma), they are perfect in their form/function practicality and grace. A (black and white) photo I shot of this same building over 40 years ago is on page 42 of Shelter (published 1973).

David Shipway's Rebuilt 23' Sailboat

Canadian master builder David Shipway was one of the featured carpenters in Builders of the Pacific Coast. Here's the latest:
"Hi Lloyd,
In between various small house projects I finally got this rebuild of a 23ft catboat finished and back in the water in time for a late summer on the Salish Sea. She was one of Bill Garden's favourite designs with a strong fibreglass hull which made the boat well worth restoring, a vintage 7hp hand-crank Volvo diesel, a cedar and fir double-berth cabin with a forward galley, a few choice bits of locust, nazareno and bronze, but more paint than varnish. A simple classic 3 ton cruiser for inside waters with a 10ft beam and a big centerboard, she can handle an insanely huge gaff sail that will get lashed on as soon as I've strung up some new lazyjacks.
 ~david shipway, cortes island"

Reclamation Road - Bug Visits Kahn Compound

Tonight Bug (Michael Deakin of Heritage Salvage in Petaluma) is interviewing me on his radio show in Santa Rosa (Calif.). KSRO 1350 AM with Jaxon and Bug, 5:30 PM tonight (July 10, 2012).

Tiny Home in Italy

"Off the grid tiny house near Florence, Italy made mostly from discarded pallets. Photos by Rick Magley." http://tinyhouseswoon.com/

Newspapers In Big Trouble, Increasingly So

"Between operational fiascos and flailing attempts to slash costs on the fly, it’s clear that the print newspaper business, which has been fretting over a looming crisis for the last 15 years, is struggling to stay afloat. There are smart people trying to innovate, and tons of great journalism is published daily, but the financial distress is more visible by the week.
   'Most newspapers are in a place right now that they are going to have to make big cuts somewhere, and big seams are bound to show up at some point,' said Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst at the Poynter Institute.
   Some of the bigger cracks can’t be papered over by financial engineering. Hedge funds, which thought they had bought in at the bottom, are scrambling for exits that don’t exist. Many newspaper companies are hugely overburdened with debt from ill-timed purchases. And though it is far less discussed, newspapers are being clobbered by paltry returns on underfunded pension plans.…"
By David Carr, New York Times, Published: July 8, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/business/media/newspapers-are-running-out-of-time-to-adapt-to-digital-future.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

NYC launches program to test tiny 300sf apartments

Associated Press NEW YORK — New York City renters have long made a habit of sacrificing square footage to save money. Now, the government wants to help them move into even smaller spaces.
   Mayor Michael Bloomberg is inviting developers to propose ways to turn a city lot into a building filled mostly with micro-units of no more than 300 square feet.
   The pilot program could lead to a change in regulations that currently require new apartments to be at least 450 square feet.
   Bloomberg said Monday the shift will help accommodate the changing population. He says young professionals are waiting longer to start families.
   Bloomberg says a shortage of small homes is forcing people to move into illegal subdivisions. There are 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments for 1.8 million one- and two-person households.
—Copyright 2012 Associated Press http://online.wsj.com/article/AP332cf39a5fc3489186ebf49e4db0d283.html

Crabs, Eels, and Salmon

Caught 2 eels Friday, plus these nice little rock crabs (with 20'-long bamboo poke pole). Then I got a 10-lb. salmon from local fisherman (who says there are salmon up and down the coast right now—yahoo!). I smoked salmon and eels.
   Went surfing Saturday, too many people for me. That's one thing that really was good about the '50s: uncrowded waves. Think 8 feet and glassy at Steamer Lane, 4 of us out. (Oh I gotta stop this!) So I did a lot of paddling Saturday, working on shoulder(s) rehab. It's always a plus to get in the ocean, in any manner. Surfing, paddling, swimming, diving…super energy gain.

House With Boat For Sale-$65,000-On Sea Of Cortez, Baja California

"Date: 2012-07-08, 10:12AM
THIS HOUSE IS ON THE BEACH OF THE SEA OF CORTEZ OVERLOOKING 19 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS. LAUNCH YOUR BOAT FROM YOUR OWN BEACH. WINTER TEMPERATURES NICE AND WARM AT AROUND 85 DEGREES.
THIS SALE IS A TURN KEY SALE WITH ALL HOUSE HOLD FURNITURE IINCLUDED. DIRECT TV AVAILABLE AS WELL AS COMPUTER ACCESS. THIS HOUSE HAS A SHOP THAT HOUSES A 19' BAYRUNNER BOAT WITH A NEW 115HP EFI FOUR STROKE MERCURY OUTBOARD WITH A 25HP MERCURY KICKER. AS WELL AS A FORD BRONCO FOUR WHEEL DRIVE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, ALSO INCLUDED IS TWO HONDA QUADS, ALL FISHING POLES, REALS, LURES AND THE SHOP IS FULL OF EXTRA PARTS, OIL, ETC. THE COST OF THE LEASE ON THIS HOUSE IS $1000 PER YEAR.
I BUILT THIS HOUSE 15 YEARS AGO. THE HOUSE IS MODERN WITH HOT AND COLD RUNNING WATER. KITCHEN HAS MODERN APPLIANCES. A DECK SPANS THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE WITH LOUNGING FURNITURE. MORE DETAIL AND \PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. TELEPHONE 541-608-8864
Location: BAHIA DE LOS ANGLES BAJA MEXICO. http://bend.craigslist.org/reo/3126235481.html"
From Lew Lewandowski

Small Timber Frame Home in British Columbia

"Designed, built and finished entirely by M&L, 'A Wee House' is a traditionally-scribed frame made from local materials. Fashioned by the hands of Meghan's many friends and family, this carefully made home is intended to embody the notion of craftsmanship and community spirit." http://shltr.net/LHcYdH

Timber Framing in British Columbia

"Hey Lloyd,
…A couple years ago a friend and mentor of mine introduced me to your books and it totally turned my world upside down. I looked at building, sustainability both in life and in construction in a whole new way. Thank you for your documentation and sharing of ideas and images that I know has inspired many many people all over the world.
Drew Mosley
Below are some images from my time here on Vancouver island working for a local business: http://www.macdonaldandlawrence.ca/, which employs some of the best craftsmen I have ever met. I came to the Island specifically to work with this company and have found it challenging and rewarding. The owners Steve and Gord have build and restored some crazy structures, (Kinsol Trestle)."