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Zig Zag…the backstory

Marie, at home in Santa Barbara with two small children;  her husband John called to duty in World War II, 

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Marie Gorham began creating Zig Zag’.

At war’s end, Lieutenant Commander Gorham returned to their historic adobe home in Santa Barbara.

A third child was born; together John and Marie finished the concept book as an original work of art.


More than 60 years later their oldest daughter and her husband published ‘Zig Zag’ – dedicated in loving memory to her parents.


A story within a story…a delightful read!


original art shared courtesy of Mattinson Editions

to order Zig Zag:  email Mattinson Editions at mattinson@cox.net

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Local color…more about Zig Zag

‘Zig Zag’, written and illustrated by Marie and John Gorham…



not only a charming story for ‘children’ of every age, but a treasure illustrated with wit and flair, particularly appealing to those of us who live in and love Santa Barbara.

The Court House, Old Mission, and  El Paseo Restaurant, among other local landmarks, appear as backdrops for the adventures of Zig Zag


and his true love, Crees Cross.

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The pages are also peppered with likenesses of the Gorham children frolicking along with Zig Zag.


A great addition to any library!!!


original art shared courtesy of Mattinson Editions

To order:  email Mattinson Editions at mattinson@cox.net

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Postcard from Santa Barbara…Viva La Fiesta!!!


Depicting the annual El Desfile Historico, this scene appears in ‘Zig Zag’, a book written and illustrated over 70 years ago by Marie and John Gorham for their children.


Original art by Marie and John Gorham shared courtesy of Mattinson Editions

more to come about Zig Zag and his Santa Barbara adventures…………

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Postcard from downtown

Santa Barbara architecture and design…


…an acquired taste???

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Postcard from the Santa Barbara Riviera

90 degrees…hot and beautiful!!


Chase Palm Park…Stearns Wharf…breakwater…Santa Barbara Harbor

20 miles across the sea, Santa Cruz Island


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Tourist in my own town…part 1



Santa Barbara County Courthouse 

 a site passed many times each week…taken for granted


iconic Spanish Colonial Revival


designed by William Mooser III


completed in 1929

replacement for Greek Revival Courthouse badly damaged by 1925 earthquake










view of Queen of the Missions Santa Barbara (see post ‘The Queen and the Rose Garden – 4-19-2013 ) from the Courthouse El Mirador clock tower


freshly appreciated when seen through the eyes of a visitor!

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Connected in time and space…part 11

The Biltmore Santa Barbara………

(now the Four Seasons Biltmore)



In 1995, still quintessentially old Spanish luxe,





perched on the edge of the continent, at eye level with the Pacific.


Always de rigueur for cocktails, mixing locals and out-of-towners; offering a lounge with fireplace and seating to encourage conversation and conviviality.


On that Tuesday in late May, at the appointed time, under the chandelier hanging in the portal


through the entrance, down the steps into the lounge………..


………seated with Rosalyn, David and Hillary Hauser – a local journalist – drinks are ordered:

Rosalyn:  Virgin Mary – amended to Marguerita — Hilary:  Tequila – lots of lime — David:  Scotch and soda – amended to Scotch on the rocks — Susan:  Chardonnay – Sonoma

 In the midst of light conversation, Rosalyn abruptly turns to me, ‘I’d like to see the  pictures’, referring to my offer to bring pictures of George.  As David (dutifully) engages Hilary, Rosalyn and I peruse the pictures as she relates  (with much drama and gesturing with her petite hands) how she and George met, then fills in the months leading up to their marriage and his death so soon thereafter.

George proposed on New Year’s Eve 1963, in New York after dinner and the theatre, in Times Square as the ball dropped at midnight.’ Not feeling able to immediately give him an answer, she returned to London.  ‘He followed, took a flat around the corner from my home, pledging not to leave London until he had my answer.’  They were married in September of 1964 in London.  I put him on a plane at Heathrow in October to return to California where he was to sell his house and find one for us’……..she later saw it………a pink palace up on the hill in Pasadena’.  They were to have a pied-a-terre in New York and her home in London as well.  ‘We planned to rendezvous in New York for Thanksgiving.’  Instead she received an early morning phone call telling her that George had died the previous day, the eighth of November 1964.

As we continue to talk of George and our family, Rosalyn asks:  ‘Why don’t you come to my next concert, dahling?’  ‘I’d love to…where is it to be and when?’





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