A Sad Day in Paradise (Ted Adams)

In the 1950s when I arrived in Santa Barbara, there was much that was different but a great deal that is still the same today even though the population has quadrupled since then. It was a sleepy coastal California town that had begun to stretch and grow with the postwar boom but maintained the charm of the Spanish Colonial history that was long cultivated, and reflected in the architectural style of the rebuild following the destruction caused by the earthquake of 1925. … Madam Gana Walska still reigned over her Lotusland as did the Ravenscrofts and the Armours in the neighborhood as well as Camp Jolly Roger and Westmont College, with the Mountain Drive Bohemian Community thrown in for spice; all within a quarter of a mile of one another. What fun! more

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