US Navy Post Graduate School
We moved to Norfolk VA in 1961, and Bob flew anti-submarine planes off of carriers at various location in the Atlantic. By the end of 1963 we had two young daughters.
Then he was sent to California. We were in the Monterey area for the only time Bob had a duty station on the west coast becaise he got an appointment to the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School. Admissions is very selective and is restricted to military officers and civilians that work for the Department of Defense.
The school is still active and 176 students graduated in March 2006. Although it is not a tourist attraction, it was one of the main facts of life for us between 1964 and 1966. The building pictured is the old Del Monte hotel
http://www.nps.navy.mil/nps/admin.htm We had a wonderful time visiting local attractions, and traveling throughout nearby California.
Unfortunately the Vietnam war was heating up around this time, and the powers that be decided to take most of the pilots (of which Bob was one), pull them from their studies and send them back to the fleet.
Bob was flying anti-submarine planes, and there wasn't much call for that in Vietnam, but that didn't make any difference.
So our next stop was Key West.
Famous Names in Monterey
As I drive & walk around Monterey I often see street names that make me wonder who these people were...important enough to get a street named after them, they must be important enough for me to learn about, right?
Fremont Blvd in Monterey and Seaside. Named for John C. Fremont who first arrived in Monterey in 1846, was named the first military governor of California, was one of California's first senators, and failed in a bid for President of the United States.
Sloat Ave near NPS in Monterey. US Navy Commodore John D. Sloat arrived in Monterey in 1846 and claimed California for the United States.
Alvarado St is Monterey's Main St. It is named after Juan Bautista Alvarado who was born in Monterey and served as a controversial governor of Mexican California.
Don Dahvee Lane & Don Dahvee Park are located near the Del Monte Shopping Center between Highway 1 and Munras Ave. I was surprised to find these areas are named for local land baron and businessman David Jacks...the local Mexicans used this name for him. David St, Jack's Peak, & Jack's Park are also named after Jacks.
Ord St & Fort Ord. General Edward Otho Cresap Ord was a lieutenant in 1847 when he arrived in Monterey (with William Tecumseh Sherman & Henry Halleck) and built the fort that became the Presidio of Monterey.
Major Sherman Lane...I think is named after General William Tecumseh Sherman who spent a few years in Monterey as an army Lt and Captain. As far as I can tell, he was never a major while here!
Larkin St. Thomas O. Larkin was the US consulate to Mexican California before California became part of the US.
Abrego St. Don Jose Abrego, a Mexican merchant who came to Monterey in 1834.
Cannery Row. Though the general area was always known as Cannery Row, the street name was changed from Ocean View Blvd to Cannery Row due to the fame of John Steinbeck's novel. I think Pearl St was also named after a novel Steinbeck wrote while living in Monterey.
Victorian Homes along the Rocky Coast
As they say in the real estate game: Location, Location, Location. Hard to top the Monterey Coast for location. The coastline in this part of town is parklike with generous sidewalks along the coastline and easy access to the rocky outcroppings to get closer to the comorants and other wildlife.
Monterey Peninsula Artists
Ever heard of Monterey Peninsula Artists? Probably not, but your favorite singer certainly has. They are an agency for a bunch of singers of all genres, headquartered on 509 Hartnell Street in Monterey, next to the post office. They represent Toby Keith, Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith, KD Lang, Lyle Lovett, The Black Crowes and about 100 other singers and bands. Kind of cool.
Though they were recently purchased by Paradigm, they continue to have a headquarters in Monterey, along with locations in Nashville, Las Angeles, and New York. Paradigm is a little more diverse than Monterey Peninsula Artists, covering television, literature, and other arts, most famous for representing the TV shows 24, Desperate Housewives, and Rescue Me.
Check out their website... http://www.montereypeninsulaartists.com/ or call them at (831)375-4889 if you want to book the Doobie Brothers for your barmitzvah.
Monterey Peninsula Artists is located in the old Gabriel de la Torre adobe. Built around 1832 by Don Jose de la Torre, the Mexican government's chief administrator of Monterey. One of the oldest buildings in town, it was used as a Federal Court under Mexican rule and continued as a court after American possession in 1846.
The Osio Cinemas is one of those small, local theaters that every town should have, but most just can't stay in business. The Osio creates its niche by showing a variety of independent films, foreign films, and a few Hollywood blockbusters. They are also the friendliest theater around, giving numerous student, military, and senior citizen discounts, and they have no ticket sellers behind bulletproof glass with a funny speaker. With their discounts, most tickets are about $6.50 some two or three dollars cheaper than the big Wal-Mart movie complexes. The Osio has just six screens, but all are modern with comfy seats and good sound and lighting.
We saw "Mongol," the Russian-made epic about Ghengis Khan at this theater in July 2008. This is a great movie entirely in Mongolian with English subtitles that is not showing anywhere else around Monterey.
The theater is named after the nearby Osio-Rodriguez Adobe, and it was completed in 1999. It was part of the Custom House Urban Renewal Project that started in 1994.