1970s: Coastside Musicians Sharon, Kevon & Karin (Photo by Peter Adams)

About the image:L-R: Sharon Zugay, Kevon Cottrell, Karin Zugay. Peter Adams says the pix was shot at a ceremony celebrating the renewal of his Mom & Dad’s marriage vows. The beautiful Zugay twins once posed in Playboy. (I gotta say, I can’t really see Kevon, Sharon and Karin in the pix…but they are there, in the background playing guitar and singing. All I can say is: Look hard!)

peteradams2Says Peter Adams: Did you know kevon cottrell –he was with sharon zugay (free & easy band) while i was with her twin karin? kevon and his wife, karen, stayed over on their way back from their annual windsurfing session in baja.

A Friend of Sharon Zugay Writes

Dear June,
I happened upon your Archive 7-06 piece
on Sharon Zugay. Thank you. Sharon is very special to me, though I was not there with her at the time of her transition. We dated in high school and met periodically through the years. Do you know if the artist, Dennis Swensen is still living in your area? His sensitive rendering of Sharon is beautiful. If you can provide me with contact info, I’d appreciate it.
I will soon visit San Mateo, for my 40th! high school reunion. I’ve lived in Denver for 30 years, but the Bay Area still feels like home. My buddies and I used to surf at the Breakwater in the 60’s. Anyway .. memories are sweet.
Sincerely, Steven Ridley

There Were Sad Times, Too…(For Peter Adams, Stained Glass Artist)


When Sharon Zugay was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the late 1970s, her many Coastside friends offered help and support—but mostly they gave their hearts.

I remember Sharon as a beautiful young woman—one of those very special young people who are like fairy dust—-

She and her twin sister, Karen, were simply stunning.

Sharon lived with other artists in an historic house (the artichoke king Dante Dianda’s home) which stood next door to the “Sun House” where jewelery and beads were sold (now

At the time there weren’t many of us on the Coastside—and I define “usâ€? as outsiders or newcomers, around college age, with similar reasons for being here. The loss of Sharon was devastating…it was as if we were one body and Sharon represented a living, vital part that we were going to have to live without…

I will never forget the “farewellâ€? disguised as a benefit concert held for Sharon at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. (As usual, Pete Douglas, was generous, turning over his Miramar “digsâ€? to the locals for what was a memorial service with the lovely lady who was soon to be mourned present.)

My last image of Sharon was of her being rolled out in a wheelchair, the Dennis Swensen painting you see in the printed notice hanging on the stage behind her.