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Name Grateful Dead
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Image of Oral History of Charlie Kelly - Oral History

Oral History of Charlie Kelly - Oral History

In this oral history, Marin County polymath Charlie Kelly recounts a life coterminous with the "greatest bicycle adventure of the 20th century." Born in 1945, Charlie grew up in Mill Valley and attended Tamalpais High School. After graduating from Tam, Charlie briefly attended College of Marin before enlisting in the Army, where he served for two years in the mid-1960s. When he returned to Mill Valley in 1968 he began working as a roadie for the Sons of Champlin, missing only four of their gigs in 42 years. Charlie describes how he got into Marin's bicycling subculture, making friends, racing, and building bikes with such legendary figures as Gary Fisher and Joe Breeze, and he shares the orig

Image of Oral History of Wende Cragg - Oral History

Oral History of Wende Cragg - Oral History

In this oral history, Wende Cragg recounts her life in Marin County and expresses her intense passion for mountain biking. Born in Berkeley in 1948, Wende grew up amongst seven siblings in Berkeley and Oakland. In the late 1960s at Merritt College she met her ex-husband Larry Cragg, with whom she soon moved to Mill Valley. Wende recalls hanging out at Mill Valley’s Prune Music when it was a crossroads for Bay Area musicians. She also recalls her presence at the birth of mountain biking in the early 1970s and her participation (as the first woman and, for a time, the only one among a male-dominated cohort) in the development of the sport. Wende describes her first ride out to Tamarancho, recal

Image of Oral History of Lynda Crain - Oral History

Oral History of Lynda Crain - Oral History

In this oral history, third-generation Mill Valley resident Lynda Crain recounts her family history in Mill Valley and describes her own experiences growing up in the town. Lynda relates several stories passed down to her by her mother Helen Benson, such as a local outbreak of smallpox that occurred in the 1920s and the Great Fire of 1929. She recalls the various historic homes that her parents and grandparents lived in over the course of many decades. She fondly remembers several historic Mill Valley businesses, including the Suey Kee Market, Mayer's Department Store, and Varney's Hardware. Lynda evokes some colorful characters and scenes from Mill Valley's past in her oral history, includin

Image of Oral History of Gary Fisher - Oral History

Oral History of Gary Fisher - Oral History

In this oral history, mountain bike pioneer Gary Fisher recounts his participation in the development of the sport and the industry for which Marin County has become world famous. Gary describes how he got into racing bicycles at the age of 12 while living in Burlingame. His passion for bicycles initially set him apart from his peers, he recalls, making him something of an "outcast." After two years at Burlingame High School, his family moved to Belvedere and Gary started attending Redwood High School. Gary recalls moving to Fairfax where he met and became friends with Charlie Kelly and other legends from the history of mountain biking. Gary characterizes Marin as a place of creative synergy,

Image of Oral History of Dore Coller - Oral History

Oral History of Dore Coller - Oral History

In this oral history, musician and songwriter Dore Coller recounts a life that brought him from the Hudson River Valley, where he grew up, to Mill Valley, where he found his home. Hailing from a musical and theatrical family with Eastern European-Jewish roots, Dore describes the centrality of music in his life as he was growing up. As a teenager in 1969, he came out to California for the first time on a spring break trip with his cousin's family and stayed in San Francisco where, among many other adventures, he saw The Grateful Dead perform at the Avalon Ballroom. Dore recalls driving over to Marin one day on that trip, and how he waded in the surf at Stinson Beach, looked up at Mt. Tam, and