According to “Rum War At Sea,” by Malcolm Willoughby, a book published by the US government (and not likely to be found on the “best seller” list) during Prohibition Half Moon Bay was the biggest supplier of illegal booze on the West Coast.
In the 1920s the Coastside was sparsely populated. While there was an abundance of isolated beaches, where the booze was landed, there was a lack of prohibition agents to arrest anyone. One reason was because the roadhouse owners had their “connections.” If an agent was headed for the Coastside to raid the Patroni House or the Miramar Beach Inn or the Moss Beach Distillery, a quick phone call alerted the owners in advance–so they could hide the bottles of whiskey in secret hiding places that had been custom-made by local carpenters.
Photo: Arnold Drapkin
“…over the years I have mentored a lot of people, and its always nice to hear from them.
My best “acquisition” was hiring a summer intern named Mary Anne Golon
and mentoring her…she is now Time’s Director of Photography.
“If you get a chance go to http://www.workshop.org/ and click on the FotoFusion tab at top. FotoFusion is a yearly week long festival of photography and digital imaging each January which I helped start 12 years ago and I continue to be its Director. I was very lucky finding the Palm Beach Photographic Centre here when I retired in 1988 and have been active with them since.
Incidentally, one of the other things I do is lecture on photography on cruise ships…a tough job but someone has to do it.”