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OCTOBER 1970 INDEPENDENT COAST OBSERVER - PAGE 5 Meeting the Neighbors on Highway 1 "Retired" to The Sea Ranch. Ha/ - After a visit with Pauline and Harry. E s t e s at their home on The Sea Ranch, we are back at the office poring over the dictionary.to find a word for what they are doing. It certainly isn't retiringt ~ll~Lwe had gone up to s e e ~lkl~re Estes to find out what a couple does to keep them- selves occupied after they retire. After two and a half hours of talking with them. touring their spacious home and seeing all the activity areas within and around it, we found ourselves ex- hausted just from trying to keep up with all the proj- ects they have planned for the next year or two: The Estes have been pre- p ari ng for their years of "retirement" by building a life of interests and accom- plishments which will con- tinue, rather than begin, now that their time is all their own. The main difference is that they are free to sched- ule their time as they wish. or not schedule it at all if they don't want to, and to do all the things they enjoy when they are ready to do them. Pauline is a musician, ~d enjoys playing her or- ..an, and now that she has ",retired" she is free to practice six hours at a time if she wants to, wi t h o u t worrying about taking time away from some more press- ing duties. And she enjoys the luxury of baking a cake "from scratch" in her beau- tiful new kitchen, instead Of hurriedly using a mix to save time. Incidentally, Pauline par- ticularly enjoys playing Bach, but also can do a bit of Ethel Smith (a quick ren- dition of Tico Tico) and pullout all the proper stops and play a schmaltzy cock- tail lounge organ when she wants to. Hi Fi Nut Harry Estes built the or- "%: -+~, gan for his wife, and being a bit of a high fi nut, has also built quite a sound sys- tem. He has his components in a built-in cabinet in the living room now, but Paul- ine told us that he has over the years used just about every piece of furniture she has to h o u s e his system. After he moved on from one piece of furniture to another (to get a better sound, or to find more room for more equipment) Pauline would retrieve the reject and re- turn it to its proper function. She told us that every cupboard and caubinet has two little holes in the back which Harry had bored to bring in the wires for his high fit (The fact that she was laughing as she told us about it is a cll]e to the re- laxed and happy relation- ship between the two.) Harry Estes's "retire- ment'J' is from his position as Manager of Economics and Scheduling with the Shell Oil Company in Hous- ton and his background and formal education is in chem- ical engineering. Electron- ics is strictly a hobby with him. But on the lower floor of their home on Crow's Nest Drive Har~ has an elec- tronics workshop, where he plans to do all sorts of things, from repairing his own TV set to building up new components for more sophisticated sound equip- ment. When he has time. As the living room of the Estes home also contains a piano, in addition to the or- gan, we be g an to realize that Pauline has more than a casual interest in music, and we discovered that she had taught music in the pub- lic schools during part of her busy career. L e a v i n g the delightful living room with its huge picture window overlooking the deck and a tree-framed view of the ocean below was a bit difficult for us, but we did want to see the rest of the house, s9 we next went in to Harry's study, with its high ceil- inged wall of books. There we found a large celestial telescope, with which the Estes and their friends can study the stars and moon! The telescope was a gift of the numerous Boy S c o u t s with whom Harry has been affiliated for the past 20 years. Harry has been in- volved in Scouting s in c e before his own son was of Cub Scout age, beginning wit h the organization o f Scout troops in a large apartment c o m p 1 e x where the Estes lived in New York City. Harry has w o r k e d as a volunteer at all levels of scouting, from scoutmaster to leadership training, and a few years ago participated in the leadership conference at the International Train- ing Center outside London, where adults and boys from all over the world come to- gether. He has kept up with many of the boys w h o m he has led through the Boy Scout program, and still hears from them a b o u t their ca- reers and marriages and their own potential scouts of the next generation. Recognition On the wall in the study are two similar framed plaques. One shows a pic- ture of Sausalito above a page of signatures of just about everyone in that town (including the fire chief) who was t her e when the Estes lived there, while it was a small town. It was presented to Pauline in recognition of the work she did with the Red Cross dur- ing the War in various ca- pacities, including b e in g chairman of the Red Cross chapter. (Next to it is a picture of the She ll installation in Houston, signed by all the engineers with whom Harry Pauline and Harry Estes take a monent out to talk her picture.) This picture was taken in a comer about "retirement" with our photographer. (Pauline of .their living room which looks out on beautiful *v~a~ looking a rot ~5"ts~P before and after w~ to0l( ........... ~views 0f:-ocean:ar~d forest: Tito's family of gourmets, made of lobster shells won a prize in the "Crustacean Division" of the Culinary show. Father, (note chef's hat) is reading out of a book "How to Prepare Crusta- ceans" while Mother and Junior stand by the table on which is a platter of crayfish. Tito's Culinary A winner in the face of possible disaster was Augustine Tito, Executive Chef of The Sea Ranch Lodge, wh os e decorated ham won a prize even though his bust was a complete. On their way to the Sen- ior Culinary Olympics at the Civic C e n t e r in San Francisco, September 15, Tito and the creations he was driving down from The Sea Ranch to enter in the international competition were forced by big city traf- fic to ~ome to a s u d d e n stop, and the handsome bust that he had carved from lard was smashed beyond repair. The decorated ham how- ever, was repairable, and Tito rebuilt it to its former glory for which it won sec- ond prize in the "Chaud Froid" category. Between 300 and 500 chefs from all over the world participated in the competition so that is es- p e c ia 11 y impressive that Tito not only won a second prize for his decorated ham, but that he also won a prize for his entry in the crusta- cean division with his fam- ily made up of lobster shells! Tito has been learning and practicing his culinary artistry for 20 years, begin- ning in Southern California at the Old Virginia Steak House. He received his decorative training u n d e r Paul Crowinshield at the Bohemian Club in San Fran- cisco, During his years of ap- prenticeship, Tito has work- ed under famous chefs all over the country, and work- ed his way up through the ranks to finally~achieve the title of Executive Chef. He came to The Sea Ranch from the exclusive Fort Douglas Golf and Country Club in Salt Lake City, where he supervised a staff of 35. Next Tito expects to be one of the eight to ten U.S. competitors " in the W o r i d Culinary Olympics in Chi- cago with three hot and three cold dishes. A typical "cold entry" would be a wedding cake, and judging from the wedding cakes we have seen a~ the Sea Ranch Lodge on occasion, he will be a formidable contender! Our ICO reporter asked Tito if he had had any for- mal training to prepare him for the artistic carving and decoration he does with food stuffs. None at all, he told us, he developed all his artistry in the kitchen. worked before his retire- m e nt. His friends thought Harry ought to have a plaque too.) And still more was to be discovered about the hobby activities of the Wstes fam- ily. On the lower level of the house is a dark-room, where Harry plans to pursue his photography interests. He tak e s beautiful color pictures, including one un- derwater shot of a star fish in a tidal pool. which we most admired, and plans to do his own color print pro- cessing - when he has time. And his "dirty workshop" which opens into the garage and outside onto the patio Home again Mrs, E d n a M. Gastrich, Pauline's mother, was in a way, c om t n g home again when she m ov e d into her own wing of the Estes house, as she was born near Westport, on the Coast north of Fort Bragg. She and her family left the area when she was just 21/2 years old, when her father went to Ven- tara County to m a n a g e a r a nc h. She tells that her grandfather, Edmund G. Mc- Martin, Used to work for Gordon's lumber mill, and drove the stage part time! The Estes first became interested in the Coast when their son, who was then at Coast and kept going until they reached The Sea Ranch, found a lot that suited them perfectly, and began to plan toward building their dream home. Architect Joseph Esher- ick designed their home to fulfill all their needs and desires, and the building was completed last April. Now that they are in res- idence, the Estes are ex- ploring the Coast, enjoying the California Native Plant Society field trips, attend- ing the Gualala Arts and all the other community events, and participating in all the activities of The Sea Ranch. Harry keeps up with the emergency operations on the area is equipped with toolsStanford Law School, sug: Citizens Band radio, which for wood working and home gested they might look he has installed in his repvirs, around for a place south of camper, and has helped Paulineis pretty well set here to consider for retire- make necessary contacts up also, with a specially merit. They drove up the Continued on page 9, eolumn3 designed work area for her sewing projects within the ~] Cleaning-Waxing-Window cleaning sunny kitchen. 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