Celebrating 10 Years of Marin: A Decade Fondly Remembered

A review of the stories and personalties that shaped our county from 2010 to 2020.
Marin Magazine

 

Do you remember Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial debate at Dominican University? How about when Bob Weir performed Grateful Dead songs with the Marin Symphony? If not, it’s OK — these things happened about 10 years ago. In that time we’ve published 120 issues, which is about 18,696 produced pages and 710,448,000 total pages. Given this turn of the decade, we’re going to be revisiting standout Marin Magazine–covered moments here and in more depth online. We hope you enjoy them as much as we liked recapturing these stories.

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2010

Marin Magazine

With a sigh of relief, in 2010 we saw the recession draw to a close. Although some of its effects still lingered, things began to turn around, and, in some cases, come to an end. Here at the magazine, we got in trouble with deer and “cougar enthusiasts, and wrote about sights that wouldn’t be around much longer, like plastic bags and Golden Gate Bridge toll takers. We covered the purchase of Larkspur Landing and its subsequent rebranding as Marin Country Mart, plus we connected with Marin personalities like Biz Stone, Carlos Santana, Tim Hockenberry, Michael Chabon, Hal Brown and more. We also held the presses for a 2010 gubernatorial debate.

“I have no idea — but I suspect lots of folks in Marin will be using Twitter to get real-time information about people, places and events they care about in the months and years ahead.” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on moving to Marin and the role Twitter will play in residents’ lives.

Famous Faces

Marin’s own Carlos Santana discussed his Milagro Foundation, which provides support for many Marin organizations that help children and also runs garden and nutrition programs. Santana says Grammys are nice but counts this foundation as his biggest hit.

Remembered

In December we spoke with Hal Brown, the longest-serving supervisor in Marin County, about the county, SMART, desalination and his cousin, Jerry Brown. The beloved figure died at age 66 in 2012 after a long battle with cancer. You can remember him every time you visit Hal Brown Park in Greenbrae.

Fun Facts

January

We asked local musician Tim Hockenberry about the phenomena of “cougars” in Marin — and we don’t mean the cat. He responded that there should be fewer of them and Cougargate is born.

We talked to Mohammad Faroqi about the Marin County sheriff who purchased a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at the Chevron Food Mart he manages on Seminary Drive. The sheriff received $75.7 million; store employees received a bonus.

February

An ad we ran for Specialized Bikes made an attempt at humor when it mentioned T-boning a deer at 40 mph on mountain trails. The joke fell flat for many readers and our letters box filled up.

March

Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay was the year’s One Book One Marin selection.

April

We wrote about Jim Rosenfield purchasing Larkspur Landing and renaming it Marin Country Mart.

June

We heard from Golden Gate Bridge authorities after running photographer Jay Graham’s shot of the bridge that was taken on the bridge. We learned you need to have a permit to do that for commercial purposes. Whoops.

June

In Snapshots we included a photo of Sammy Hagar and Tyler Florence at Pigs and Pinot in Healdsburg.

October

We discussed the PG&E SmartMeter controversy in our POV section.

November

We held the presses to do a story on Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial debate at Dominican University and sent the copy to the printer the next day.

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2011

It just might have been the biggest year of change at Marin Magazine since we came into existence. In the span of one year we got bigger (larger pages) and prettier (complete redesign). We were also purchased by Open Sky Media, and we launched our first-ever home tour, a new camps guide, and new offerings like an app and RSVP Hot Ticket. We experimented with cover lines and let a highway give new direction for our Editors’ Choice feature.

Did Drake Really Do It?

In this October feature by Jim Wood, we dove into the history of a 37-year-old English sea captain named Sir Francis Drake. We found that his three-year journey from England to the Pacific Ocean (and Marin) was probably more difficult than what today’s astronauts face. Did he do it? We think so.

Famous Faces

In Q&A, we sat down with a 15-time Emmy Award–winning chief investigative reporter for ABC7 News, Dan Noyes. The reporter and water-lover chose to live in Tiburon to enjoy waterfront walks with his wife at sunset or go kayaking with his boys.

Remembered

It was a “crazy moment … a leap of faith” that inspired Bernice Baeza and her partner to sign a lease with the property owners and form a community partnership to refurbish the run-down Lark Theater in Larkspur in 2004. Sadly, Baeza passed away about a year after our FYI interview, but the 1936 art deco theater she loved is still going strong.

Fun Facts

March

After noticing all the traffic our summer camps section got on our website, we decided to launch our very popular camps guide.

April

We cohosted the first-ever Marin Home Tour with Dwell magazine. Nine distinctive homes were featured.

May

Bob Weir made musical history when he performed Grateful Dead songs with the Marin Symphony.

June

While the Musée Picasso in Paris underwent renovations, 150 major works by Pablo Picasso came to the de Young in a very rare exhibit.

July

We ran two versions of our cover, one with cover lines and one without, and asked readers to vote their preference.

August

For the year’s Editors’ Choice, we took a cue from Marin’s most important highway and gave you 101 of the county’s best.

September

Is that my Marin Magazine? Readers were treated to a complete redesign printed in a new larger format.

Fall fashion focused on “The New Femme Fatale” and is shot at the Buck Institute for Research.

October

Kevin Spacey made waves at the Curran Theatre as Richard III.

November

On 11/11/11 we joined titles like Austin Monthly and Gulfshore Life as part of Open Sky Media. The magazine is still run by the same staff and leadership.

December

Senior writer Jim Wood’s photo graced the cover of Marin Magazine.

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2012

After our big 2011, things quieted down a bit and we got down to the business of making magazines. But in Marin, things were heating up: Terrapin Crossroads, Sweetwater Music Hall and the Tamalpais Research Institute all opened, with the Fenix hot on their tracks. George Lucas considered building a Lucasfilm complex in Marin and Marin Country Mart is renovated. The Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 and we brought home a prestigious journalism award.

“It was so steep and the waves kept hitting me. It was a constant struggle to get on the rocks.” Bryan Chong, a survivor of the tragic April 14 wreck of the Low Speed Chase near the Farallon Islands, describes his experience — our two-part story would go on to win a Western Publishing Association award.

Golden, Gilded, Glitzy, Glam

Shot at the Campodonico Estate in Kentfield, our fall fashion feature was one of our boldest ever. Readers loved the looks and were ready to tackle the upcoming party season in style.

Famous Faces

In Conversation, we talked to Ross’ own Phil and Jill Lesh about life in the music business, the Grateful Dead (Phil was the band’s bassist) and building one very cool clubhouse. Luckily, everyone is welcome to enjoy Terrapin Crossroads, the Leshes’ San Rafael restaurant/venue that opened in February.

Remembered

In October, we ran a series of images from Mill Valley’s own Suki Hill. The well-known photographer got her start shooting Bob Dylan at the Berkeley Community Theater in 1965 and never looked back. Although she passed away at age 72 in 2014, her photos continue to inspire.

Fun Facts

January

Former staffer Danielle Grant had her wedding to Chris Detrick documented in our annual wedding feature.

March

San Rafael’s Albert Park became the new home of the county’s first minor league baseball team, the San Rafael Pacifics.

March

Still celebrating the 35th anniversary of the classic Frampton Comes Alive!, the ax man came to the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium.

May

We celebrated the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary with a collection of images by area photographers.

May

Art director Veronica Sooley and her mother, Julie, go to Ramekins’ cooking school for Mother’s Day and report back.

July

We interview Novato’s Dennis Bartels about his role in the massive planned move of the Exploratorium to Pier 15–17.

July

Bob Weir’s innovative Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI) opened in San Rafael.

August

We have cover lines, we have cover lines! Marin Magazine features informative headlines on the cover.

Larkspur resident Norbert Bajurin brings the America’s Cup to San Francisco Bay.

October

Gillian and Monroe Grisman made a successful documentary about the closing of the iconic Village Music record store in Mill Valley.

November

Sports Illustrated writer and San Rafael resident Austin Murphy talked about his ongoing assignment to cover the annual swimsuit issue (yes, the issue includes text).

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2013

America’s Cup fever started early in 2013, and we interviewed San Rafael’s John Kostecki on his role in the big event. In each subsequent issue we trie to demystify the event via charts, illustrations and interviews with the local sailors involved. With the help of sailing expert Stephanie Martin, we created a separate publication dedicated to the America’s Cup race and festivities. In addition, we put the spotlight on Marin’s live music scene and introduced the next generation of rock legends, talk to some impressive female ranchers, and launch our annual Marin Tastemakers feature.

“Places like Joe Wagner Field. I love that place. I drive by all the time. My kids are already rolling their eyes at ages 1 and 3 saying, ‘Not again, Dad.’ I really like running into someone I went to middle school with or driving by the old Redwood baseball field or the new track with fake grass that puts a smile on my face. I drive by and say things like, ‘Wow, they didn’t have Astroturf at schools back in my day.’ ” Gavin Newsom on why he loves living in Marin.

Green Homes

In the story “Quest for Zero,” homeowner Kiki Goshay discovered that a home’s energy performance is as critical as its construction and that sustainability can be a moving target.

Fun Facts

February

We announced the upcoming installation of 25,000 white energy-efficient LED lights on the Bay Bridge, in keeping with artist Leo Villareal’s vision.

April

To celebrate the upcoming America’s Cup venue, writer Kimball Livingston extolled the virtues of the 60-by-12-mile San Francisco Bay.

May

When Jennifer Woodlief tackled the issue of teen binge drinking here in Marin, she interviewed Branson School then-headmaster Woody Price, who canceled school dances until the students came up with a solution to prevent repeats of a drinking incident that occurred earlier that year. Price would face his own troubles the next year.

June

Calin Van Paris saluted the 100th anniversary of the Mountain Play with a clever numbers roundup. Did you know 4,000 people can fit comfortably in the amphitheater?

August

We celebrated Equator Coffee’s first cafe, near Proof Lab in Mill Valley.

October

With a two-month lead time for stories, we are not usually breaking news  — but in writer Jennifer Woodlief’s “Myth or Reality” story we learned that Marin County does not, as is often reported, have the highest breast cancer rate in the country.

November

Dawn Margolis Denberg reported on the new bee-hospitality trend in her article “Honey, Honey”.

December

Have you heard this one? “Toast to the ’Tenders” introduced six favorite Marin bartenders as well as their favorite drinks and bar jokes.

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2014

In 2014 we celebrated all things Marin, especially Mount Tam: the majestic centerpiece of our county draws more than 800,000 visitors a year with its 60 miles of trails and elevation of 2,571 feet. Our coverage revealed even more of its story, including history, flora and fauna and a peek at the new Tamalpais Land Collaborative. Food was also top of mind, with a repeat of our Tastemakers feature as well as five gorgeous farmers’-market-inspired stories by Lynda Balslev — all with easy-to-follow instructions for the home chef. We revisited Novato’s Buck Institute for an inside (as in cellular level) look at what its award-winning scientists were up to. We ended the year with our traditional features on cars and bars (not to be enjoyed together, of course).

Rad Moves

The May issue got a bit of an edge thanks to Brian Gaberman’s stunning skateboarding photos in the story “Shredding Marin,” where writer Rina Neiman looked into the local history of the sport.

Local Buzz

“You have 80 percent of Marin in favor of medical marijuana, but no one wants it in their backyard,” attorney Scot Candell says in our medical marijuana story “Up In Smoke.

Fun Facts

January

“They were high-speed electric-powered trains, the first of their kind in the world, that ran through much of Marin from 1903 until 1941,” said author Fred Codoni in Looking Back.

February

Referring to the annual herring season and the Sausalito Herring Festival, we reported that 79,000 tons of the fish are estimated to have spawned in the bay in 2013.

April

Erika Heineken joined her brother as a world-champion kite surfer and as a Marin Magazine interviewee in our Currents Q&A.

June

Tim Porter revisited his 2008 tourist photo essay, now focusing exclusively on the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course we saw a lot more cellphones and even a selfie-stick or two this time.

June

We met the charming Jim Simon, flight surgeon at Gnoss Field, in On the Job. Soon after the article is published, Simon is involved in a road rage incident that almost puts him in jail, facing charges of negligence and assault.

July

Calin Van Paris revisited the controversy over the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company in “Shell Games.” The company was forced to close later that year after it was denied a U.S. Supreme Court hearing.

September

Writer Laura Hilgers delved into why Marin County has the highest vaccine-refusal rate in the Bay Area. Nearly a year later, Jon Stewart turned his satirical eye on this topic as it related to Marin.

November

Chef Todd Shoberg toasted colleagues and farmer friends as they celebrated the imminent opening of his restaurant Molina.

December

“Old, rickety, cluttered, cozy, comfy. This building is more than a century old; fortunately we have lots of ventilation,” owner Rick Adams said of the Silver Peso in “Dive Bars.”

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2015

Marin Magazine 2015

In 2015 we take a close look at floating home living in Sausalito, the stressful realities of the college admission process, and interview local moms going back to work. We continued our Tastemaker feature and were able to share some highlights of rock music photographer Bob Minkin’s colorful career. We had so much good information from the Buck Institute to report that we turned it into a series on the Science of Aging. Anne Lammott’s son and grandson graced the cover of our May issue, via an illustration by artist Ingrid Lockowandt who was the winner of our Cover Art Contest that year, the painting is titled Father and Son.

Famous Faces 

January

Ann Killion, a sports writer living in Mill Valley, shared her journey as a female correspondent in  a traditionally male dominated world.

Fun Facts 

February

We gathered the Tastemakers of 2015 in Mimi’s former dining room for a last supper reenactment, with former Picco chef Jared Rogers as Jesus. It was a hit. We are happy to report that the majority of restaurants mentioned are still thriving.   (pull photo)  

March

We talked with Isabel Allende about her new book, Ripper.

July

Tim Porter interviews Gary Scheuenstuhl a.k.a. Renaissance Man about having the only record store left in Mill Valley.

September

college admissions

Local artist Dave Urban’s illustration of college admission pressure earned us an award.

October

We highlight Marin resident and collector extraordinaire, Tony Probst of Audio Visual Integration, and look at his extensive collection that includes pieces from the HMS Bounty, Titanic memorabilia, and dinosaur poop. It’s still all on display at his office.

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2016

Marin Magazine 2016

In 2016 — San Francisco (ahem, Santa Clara) — hosted the Super Bowl and we published Diane Mina’s famous Bloody Mary recipe. We also started taking a look at the Subcultures in Marin, the first one was on Outrigger canoeing. Coincidentally the cover art contest winner that year painted a stunning scene featuring the sport. We ended our Tastemaker feature with a fun and messy photoshoot at HenryBuilt and still cringe thinking about the mess Chef Todd made by ripping open and throwing pieces of chicken. Lesson learned. In our third MVFF guide, we shine the light on Spotlight producer Blye Faust. In Destinations, former senator and father of pro surfing Fred Hemmings shares what he loves best about the island of Oahu.

Mouse Man

April

Contributor Marc Hershon interviews Bill English, the man who invented the computer mouse.

Fun Facts 

April

Associate Editor Kasia takes a look at the new trend of cushy camping a.k.a glamping.

June

We introduce Andrew Hening, San Rafael’s first ever director of Homeless planning – who is still in position and doing a great job. 

September

We published the ultimate guide to the Dipsea.

October

Mill Valley Market

Kirsten Neff talks to Doug and David Canepa about their generational family grocery business, which has been going strong since 1929. 

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2017

Marin Magazine 2017

Associate Editor Kasia Pawlowska takes a deep dive into mushrooms of Marin — and finds mushrooms are more like us than they are like plants. We realized that we were seeing many types of milk in the grocery stores and interviewed the local founders of Ripple, a pea-based milk that comes in many flavors. We started to celebrate local restaurants in our dine section with What’s Hot. 

420 Blaze It

April

Recreational marijuana became legal and writer Melanie Haiken took a look at what that meant for Californians… we still don’t know. 

Fun Facts

May

flowers

Kier Holmes and Victor Volta teamed up to create a seasonal guide on where to find Heaven in a Wildflower. 

June

Michael Shapiro wrote out Marin’s history in the Summer of Love — it started here folks!  — with the Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Festival up on Mount Tam.

August

We take a look at the Ongaros, Ghilotti and Untermann families who literally built Marin.

September

Pickleball has hit Marin County!

November

Kisten Neff talks to the dynamic duo filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto on the tenth anniversary of their beloved documentary, ˆ.

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2018

Marin Magazine 2018

We bid farewell to our Cover Art Contest with a painting by Elizabeth Geisler and started a new tradition of May being our Celebrating Women issue. Writer Laura Hilgers interviewed four local business women who owe their success to strong female friendships. To continue the water theme we take a look at the open water swimming and our Anchor Out community.

Dance, Dance

August

We talked to 98-year old Anna Halprin, pioneer of experimental dance on what keeps her going.

Fun Facts

January/February

social media

Kasia Pawlowska wrote an award-winning two part series on the power of social media has on our lives.

June

We talked to Andy Naja-Riese about his new role at the Agriculture Institute of Marin.

July

Event photographer Mo DeLong returns to her birthplace, South Korea with a camera in hand.

September

Austin Murphy takes a close look at football in Marin — will the game survive? 

Here’s Looking at Marin: 2019

Marin Magazine 2019

Seems like yesterday! 2019 was a big year for us. We won a Folio Award for Overall Editorial Excellence and received multiple honorable mentions for art and edit, as well! We think it might have something to do with our May Celebrating Women issue and July Food issue.

Famous Faces 

January

We tracked down rocker Chris Robinson to learn why he moved to Marin.

May

Big wave surfer Bianca Valenti graced our May cover. Writer Kirsten Jones Neff interviewed Valenti about her fight for equal pay in the sport.

Fun Facts

February

dna

We looked at the future of DNA. From exonerating the wrongly accused to tracing genetic ancestry or even changing how we age, the potential of DNA research is just beginning to be realized.

March

We took took a dive into the history of Samuel P. Taylor and had to commission an illustrator to create a drawing of what he looked look. 

June

Frances Reid shared her first person account of going to the first gay march in Washington DC.

 

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