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Wheeling Through Life in P.G.


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Montoya’s Mountain

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We just wanted to thank you and Michelle Oles for the nice tribute to John Lombardo in your [Fall 2009] issue.

Being the “Leader of the Pack” in the winter 2009 issue was a great honor. I was surprised to be asked, we all were, I mean my family and I. I was glad the picture was taken in the Carmel High Gym with my basketball team and I’m pretty sure they enjoyed it as well. The article brought a lot of new faces my way, people I had seen but never really talked to. People stopped me and told me they saw my story in the magazine. This came my way my senior year and I often look back on this opportunity and smile. I have now moved on to Monterey Peninsula College and hope to do well. Thank you for putting my article on a plaque and for featuring me in your magazine; it was great.

We were casual friends with John from kidding with him at Casanova, but became close in a short period of time. We’d reminisce with him about his boyhood in Jersey City—the ‘Stanley Theatre,’ the ‘White Mana Diner,’ his home on Booraem Avenue, and ‘the Res’ (a reservoir near his house)—and other trivia and pictures I picked up on the internet about his home turf. We all had such enjoyable times, not realizing he was sick. He was not one to complain. When we returned to Carmel, we were shocked to find out he was gone. Your tribute to John was well done. It captured our feelings, and your closing quotation from Mr. Georis was especially apropos. John was a wonderful ‘mystery.’

Sincerely, Will Rudolph

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE by Richard Medel To identify this decade as an impetuous one would be an understatement. When we tally all of the financial and economic challenges that our country and local communities have experienced, there is some splendor as we enter 2010 with optimism. Our economies are in the process of being restored, and individuals are infusing life and energy back into their communities and local neighborhoods. We at 65°/57° Magazine feel there is no better way to celebrate the turn of a decade than by highlighting those individuals in our communities that not only rally groups together, but selflessly offer their time and energy to enhance the day to day lives of others. One of those tireless individuals is Rachel Lopez, an 83-year old woman who spends countless hours volunteering her time to the Monterey Peninsula chapter of Meals on Wheels. My time with Rachel was not only enjoyable but enlightening, as I listened to her commitment and her passion for others. Another is household name Gary Radnich, San Francisco’s most notable sportscaster, long known for his candid and spontaneous conversation and interview style. I have always been a devoted fan of Radnich’s radio show, but I must admit that in the few days following the 9/11 attack on our nation, Gary’s sensitivity and talk style left a lasting impression on me. Recognizing how hard- hit our nation and his viewers were by the atrocity, he used his show to console his listeners. Shortly thereafter, it became his personal mission to offer a reprieve to those that wanted to step away from the tragedy if even for an hour by offering responsible comic relief along with a bit of Gary’s signature banter. He was masterful with his self-professed assignment of brightening his listener’s lives. Therefore, it comes of no surprise that we felt it fitting to feature Gary Radnich in our first issue of 2010. Mirroring the pattern of good spirit, we are also happy to share the story of Richard Pepe, a New Jersey transplant, who has not only brought his Italian roots and obsession of food to the table, but has recently launched Pepe & Pants which donates the bulk of its proceeds to charity; Stacey Montoya, a young woman who has campaigned to recover from her own personal tragedy by using her assured energies to improve the lives of children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, in addition to giving hope to children with life-threatening illnesses; Mike Poppleton, whose artistic eye moved him from designing automobiles to creating exquisite furniture; and Tatiana Sorokko, who some will note may be the best thing that came out of Sarov, Russia since the atomic bomb. In closing, I would like to thank Denny Levett for offering us the Cypress Inn for our first magazine launch party. His warm hospitality and generosity is always appreciated by not only the magazine but by his community as well. A special thanks to everyone that assisted and attended…it was wonderful to see downtown Carmel alive and hopping. Happy New Year! °

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Pepe found a place that was in juxtaposition to where he was raised—from the hard knocks ’whatcha gotta be‘ of Hoboken to a new relaxed lifestyle. and uncles, and the same number of first cousins— you had to be tenacious to get what you wanted. It was perhaps this same tenacity that led Pepe to seek adventures far beyond the stoop-filled blocks of Hoboken and into the terra incognita of the West Coast. He was one of the few who moved away. “My family likens me to the grandparents who left their families to pursue new lives,” says Pepe.


In Pepe’s mind, California was the place to start anew. He says he wanted to find a place that was “in juxtaposition to where [he] came from—from the hard knocks ‘whatcha gotta be’ of Hoboken to a new relaxed lifestyle.” He found it in Monterey.

Rich Pepe was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, a stone’s throw away from Frank Sinatra, who was a family friend. Like most Italian immigrant families, the Pepe home revolved around the kitchen—a pot of fresh sauce boiling on the stove at all times, sometimes crab fetched from the Hudson River. It was there, in his grandparents’ kitchen, alight with the smell of basil and oregano, that a young, scrappy, street-savvy Pepe learned to appreciate home-cooked meals, an appreciation that he tries to instill in the customers of his various restaurants and culinary businesses. “It seemed I was more interested in food than the other kids, but I was also more hungry,” jokes Pepe. “You got a little extra if you hung around the kitchen.” In a large family—consisting of 28 aunts

Drawing on his skills as a baker that he developed in his family’s shop growing up, Pepe, then 21 years old, took a job at a Monterey bakery. And he’s been on the Peninsula ever since. Today he owns Carmel Bakery, along with two restaurants, a budding wine company, and a homemade sauce company. It’s the new sauce company that Pepe seems most excited about. Pepe & Pants, named after himself and his childhood best friend, Joey Pantoliano, is a relatively small operation and risk compared to running two restaurants—Little Napoli and Peppoli. With this new business, everything on a Pepe restaurant table will be proprietary, just like it was at his home growing up. Pepe and Pantoliano have been in business together before, but this is the first time they’re working on something that reminds them of their childhood. “We’re really excited about this, and much of the proceeds are going to charity,” says Pepe. But it’s not just the sauce-makers who are excited about the project. Even the Kennedy family has

gotten on the Pepe & Pants bandwagon. Pantoliano lives near Bobby Kennedy, and when Bobby and Mary Kennedy needed to cook for an 80-person Kennedy family reunion, they called on Pepe & Pants to help them out. Ethyl Kennedy especially loved the sauce and talked with Pepe for hours. “She is fascinated by cooking. Some of the top people in the world are just fascinated by a guy who can cook,” he boasts. It’s more than just his culinary skills that bring people to Pepe. He’s got that East Coast extroversion that we often long for on the West Coast. Pepe is magnanimous, the way that you want your Italian chef to be, singing and yelling jovially from the kitchen, walking out to greet his regular customers with a warm handshake. And he knows this about himself. “I like making friends. Sometimes you just gotta go knock on the door and say ‘hi’ and ask what do we have in common?” The answer is usually food. ° Photo Direction: Shot on Location:

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Come Hungry and Come Often Nestled among downtown Carmel’s storybook cottages, sits the town’s newest French restaurant, Le St. Tropez. With a sunny disposition akin to the French Riviera, Le St. Tropez serves as a haven for French savories and libations. Jean Hubert and his wife Mary created the restaurant to exemplify the warmth and friendliness or the Riviera. Trained in Lyon, France, Jean prepares modern and classic French fair including French-style seviche, escargot, onion soup, and table side crepe suzette flambé. Take a reprieve; unwind with a bowl of soup and a glass of wine, or come in for lunch or dinner. Don’t worry about dressing to the nines, at Le. St. Tropez they like you just the way you are: hungry.

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From Calligraphy to Conception BY Kristin A. Smith PHOTOGRAPHY BY Robert jesse

I always sketched cars as a little kid; anything that was moving I loved.

Journal. “It was only one year old and a small store so I bought it,” tells Poppleton. “From there it just kept growing.” As the store transformed, its original name no longer fit with the upscale inventory. “It came down to Poppleton’s and Dovetails. I wanted Dovetails, but the staff said Poppleton’s is better, so I said ‘okay, let’s do it.’” Poppleton trusts his employees. He humbly says that hiring excellent people is one thing he can take credit for. Poppleton has 13 people on payroll, which he says is “not bad for a Mom and Pop shop.” But it’s really just a Pop shop, as Poppleton oversees it all himself. As a child, Mike Poppleton practiced calligraphy. It was part of his Japanese heritage and the foundation for his appreciation of design that would carry him through his college years and into his professional life as a designer and retailer.


“In calligraphy, you have to consider the balance, the overall impact and aesthetics,” explains Poppleton, who sits among his expansive furniture store in Monterey. The collection that surrounds him echoes his appreciation of design—there are Italian imports, hand finished and ornately etched, as well as a collection of jaw-dropping antiques. But Poppleton’s Furnishings & Interior Design wasn’t always Poppleton’s, the eponymous shop housed on Lighthouse Avenue. Before it was Poppleton’s, the largest retailer of furniture on the Monterey Peninsula, it was Butcher Block and Barstools, a small furniture store in Capitola. Twenty-seven years ago, Poppleton acquired Butcher Block and Barstools through an ad in the Businesses For Sale section of the Wall Street

Poppleton wasn’t always a retailer. Before selling highly stylized goods, he made them. With a degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University, Poppleton pursued car styling. He had a love of cars even as a child. “I always sketched cars as a little kid; really anything that was moving, I loved,” he says. His love of cars continued into his teen years when he dreamed of being a car stylist. A summer internship program at GM made that dream a reality, and shortly after college GM hired him to work on their design team. Among his favorite tasks was converting a Cadillac Seville for the Geneva Auto Show. “We put in Rolls Royce leather and modified the interior, the exterior, and shipped it to Geneva,” exclaims Poppleton, whose voice fills with excitement as he talks about the project. While he liked the job at GM, he hated the weather and looked for a reason to move back to California. He found it in a Wall Street Journal ad, and thus Mike Poppleton the designer was replaced with Mike Poppleton the retailer.

But before there was Mike Poppleton the designer, there was Mike Poppleton the child in Washington State, and before that, Hawaii, and even before that he was a little boy named Manibou Arai (Manibou translated means to study and learn) living in Japan. Mike Poppleton acquired his current name through his stepfather, Sydney Robert Poppleton, who was in the Navy and met Mike’s mother during the war. The family took Poppleton as their surname and began a new life in the United States. Despite being given the name by his stepfather, Mike Poppleton has made a name for himself. From his teen years as the National Judo Champion of his division (his success got him a scholarship to SJSU) to his adult years as proprietor of his namesake shop, Poppleton is fully Poppleton. And his store seems to reflect all the parts of himself. There’s the gorgeous leather couches, reminiscent of his early GM days, Asian-inspired art hangs on the walls, and most notably, hand-drawn tags adorn each piece of his furniture. Poppleton sketches each piece of furniture on a small card and hand-writes a history of the product. He says he draws the tags to make it easier for him to keep track of sales, but like the calligraphy he learned as a child, the strokes perform double duty as both art and story. ° Photo Direction: Shot on Location:

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Meals on Wheels volunteer Rachel Lopez bashfully lowers her head when talking about herself, but as her story unfolds it’s clear that she has led a life of accomplishments. At 83 years old, Lopez has volunteered at Meals on Wheels for 13 years, working in the kitchen chopping food and doing prep work. It’s apparent that Lopez is well respected by the staff at Meals on Wheels. “She comes in almost every day and will do whatever you want her to do,” said Meals on Wheels Chef Barbara Rivers, who has known Lopez for seven years. “She works on the cold line or the hot line. She is very nice to work with.” Lopez was born in San Diego but was predominantly raised in Mexico City as the youngest of nine children. It was difficult being the last child. She left school in the 7th grade to work in a jewelry store and at a pharmacy owned by a relative. However, her adolescence was not without its enjoyable diversions.

Lopez’s voice was a familiar sound at church and at parties. She also participated in a school play when she was seven years old. One time, she answered an advertisement in a Mexican newspaper for a singing contest. “I was nervous when I auditioned,” Lopez admitted. The judges were wowed. She won the contest and was offered a recording and movie contract, but her older brother decided that a life in the entertainment world was not suitable for a young girl. The prize went to the person who came in second place. “I was sad when I couldn’t do the movie contract,” Lopez said. “I like performing.” On Lopez’s dresser sits a glamorous photo of her that was taken for the movies. She thoroughly enjoyed getting all dolled up. “I liked having my hair and makeup done,” said Lopez. “I got to wear pearls and flowers in my hair.” Lopez met her husband in the 1940s, was married for 40 years, and raised three children with him,

two of whom now live on the Monterey Peninsula. She was divorced in 1985 and now lives in Pacific Grove in an apartment attached to her daughter Cindy’s house. “I love it here,” Lopez said. Despite spending time in the kitchen at Meals on Wheels, in her free time Lopez takes pleasure in cooking, especially Mexican food, once a week. And word has it; she has a talent for it. Lopez just can’t sit still. The former Pilates devotee currently takes tap dancing classes at Meals on Wheels, while maintaining her strong desire to help others. “She is very nurturing and goes out of her way for people,” Cindy divulged. “She helps the underdog and gives people the benefit of the doubt. She has a strong belief that everyone is good.” Lopez suffers from Parkinson’s disease and arthritis but refuses to submit to their demands. Instead, she indulges in long walks, dines out, and even does her own grocery shopping. “She says, ‘What else can you do?’” Cindy said. “Rachel is a gentle, unassuming lady who is modest in everything that she does,” said Jean Hontalas, an Alliance on Aging volunteer and friend of Lopez’s. “She’s very proud but doesn’t take credit for all that she does.” Hontalas said that Lopez was one of the front runners for the Alliance on Aging Lifetime Achievement Award when she was putting the list of nominees together. “Rachel came to mind when she told me all she’d done with her life,” Hontalas recalled. “She is very comfortable at Meals on Wheels, and she has found something worthwhile to do. Everyone could take a lesson from her.” °



Carmel Valley Ranch One Old Ranch Road, Carmel 831-625-9500 Nestled against the northern reaches of the Santa Lucia Mountains lies the historic Carmel Valley Ranch. Currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion, Carmel Valley Ranch is blending new state-of-the-art facilities and historic ranch buildings within the beautiful and tranquil natural setting of the valley. “The goal for the design of the Ranch is to really capture the relationship between Carmel’s history, architecture, and natural beauty,” said Sal Abaunza, the resort’s new General Manager. “For example, the character of the new sports center will take inspiration from architectural details of the neighboring historic farmhouse buildings, while capitalizing on sweeping mountain views.” More than a renovation, the reinvention of Carmel Valley Ranch will include a major upgrade of all 139 guest suites, the creation of a beautiful spa, two separate resort pools with outdoor dining and natural fire pits, and a vineyard surrounded by lavender fields and an organic chef’s garden. A demonstration kitchen will anchor a naturally-lit event and meeting space, and a major expansion of the sports and fitness facilities will establish a new benchmark for family-friendly resorts. Upon completion, resort guests and club members will enjoy ample world-class tennis facilities, a Pete Dye-designed championship golf course, miles of hiking trails on property, and an outdoor yoga facility. “The Ranch will emerge as a completely new destination, where guests will have the luxury of choice and space. Some will choose to engage in a wide range of activities—some very familiar, some less familiar—while others will simply disconnect in a romantic, wooded setting,” said Abaunza.


HIGHLANDS INN A HYATT HOTEL & VACATION CLUB RESORT 120 HIGHLANDS DRIVE, Carmel 831-620-1234 The Highlands Inn has long been known as a destination for those who would like to feel a million miles away from their ordinary lives. Perched atop Highlands Drive

with cascading birds-eye views of the ocean surf and its dramatic capes, Highlands Inn continues to etch itself into the hearts of local vacationers and travelers alike.

configuration of the hotel, it was important to provide a cozy residential identity for the guest rooms and suites,” said Girelli.

In celebration of Highlands Inn’s luxury accommodations and unique location, the resort has made some exciting improvements, including a renovation project for its guest rooms. Beatrice Girelli is the Principal Designer of Indidesign, the luxury hospitality and high-end commercial interior designer that is heading the renovation. “Because of the size of the rooms and

Taking inspiration from the natural landscape and colors of the area, Indidesign used a palate of light taupe, steel blue accents, and rich browns highlighted with deep caramel tones. The rooms were re-conceptualized with a comfortable contemporary style. Particular attention has been given to the use of renewable, sustainable, and recyclable products. The eco-friendly choices include

STAY water efficient faucets and energy efficient lighting, as well as sustainable textiles made of fibers obtained from recycled products. The resort’s restaurants and lounge have undergone some exciting changes as well. Pascal Castiau, Assistant Food and Beverage Director at Highlands Inn, says the new menus for Pacific’s Edge and Sunset Lounge feature seasonal, local produce, and are drawing attention. “We’ve created very approachable menus. People used to think that Pacific’s Edge was only for special occasions.

If the day ends in a “Y” it’s the perfect occasion to dine here,” insisted Castiau. In addition to bringing back house favorites such as the tender 20 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye, Executive Chef Mark Ayers has included exotic choices such as succulent Monterey Bay Red Abalone with Garlic Flan and Lemon Coulis. The menu also features edible indulgences by Pastry Chef George Fritzsche, kid-friendly portions, and an extensive Under $70 wine list. Sommelier Don Mallery provides choice pairing options for dinner. For a more

casual experience, Sunset Lounge is a comfortable spot to grab a mid-afternoon or evening cocktail—perhaps Sunset Lounge’s signature Kiwi Lemon Drop—features a family-friendly menu, and offers music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Highlands Inn’s new Resort Manager, Jonathan P. Doepke, has been with Hyatt for eight years, and enjoys Highlands’ unrivaled characteristics. “This is a very unique destination. There is no resort like it, and it’s only getting better.”

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa 1 Old Golf Course Road, MONTEREY 831-372-1234 Situated on 22 acres of soaring Monterey pines, the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination hotel providing the discerning traveler with the quintessential Monterey experience. Reaching a new plateau of excellence with its $65 million renovation, the hotel has transformed the lobby, Fireplace Lounge, TusCA Ristorante, all 555 guestrooms, and introduced the new 12,000 squarefoot Accista Spa. Designed to draw connection between the indoors and outdoors, Accista Spa acquires insight from the seasonal continuum of nature and the native people’s respect for the seasonal rhythm of harvest, rest, renewal and abundance. Incorporating environmentallyconscientious design, the spa draws on renewable, sustainable, and recyclable resources. Their Signature Seasonal Scrubs gathered from the area’s seas, shore, meadow, mountains, and oak groves, demonstrates the property’s eco-conscious philosophy. The Accista Spa also features 10 spa treatment rooms, six spacious single-treatment rooms, and four couple’s spa suites. Boasting warm, natural light, a fireplace and relaxation area for two, and side-by-side massage tables, the nearly 350-square-foot couple’s suites are the only ones of their kind on the Monterey Peninsula. Complementing the experience are a spacious fullservice hair and nail salon, and men’s and women’s locker facilities that each offer custom sauna and steam rooms. Located adjacent to the spa is a 2,000 squarefoot, newly-refurbished outdoor pool and hot tub, and the recently completed 2,000 square-foot fitness facility. “The Hyatt Regency Monterey has been a proud member of the Peninsula’s business and social community for over 40 years,” said Mark Bastis, General Manager. “Our $65 million renovation signals the importance Hyatt Hotels Corporation places on the Monterey peninsula.”

Smile! It can light up a room and warm the heart. The memory of a beautiful smile lasts forever. Dr. Jeanette Kern helps people from all over the Peninsula improve the health and appearance of their teeth. Dr. Kern is an expert dentist who has completed post-doctoral training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She is a compassionate practitioner with 25 years of experience and a commitment to community service. At Dr. Kern’s office you’re treated like a VIP. To make visits especially comfortable, Dr. Kern designed a zen-inspired office space with creature comforts like paraffin hand dip and entertainment systems. New patients are welcome, and smile consultations are always complimentary. Schedule by calling (831) 372-8011 or at

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Montoya’s Mountain BY Jeanne Johnston PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEMALI ACHARYA


It was at that very moment that Montoya determined that she would make the rigorous 19,340 foot climb to say goodbye to her husband. embryonic stages of Montoya’s eight-year journey up her mountain of healing. Living in Boston, away from her family support system and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, Montoya felt angry and without closure. Her home became a revolving turnstile for five of her committed friends who scheduled visits to ensure she would never be alone.

Personal tragedies—all things that knock individuals off their centers and interrupt life’s course—can manifest differently in each person. One may wrap themselves in a pseudo-cocoon of various emotions, while another may dive into the development of a grassroots organization to pay tribute to the loss of a loved one.


Stacey Montoya, originally from Santa Cruz and a long-time resident of the Monterey Peninsula, is a graduate of Santa Catalina Girl’s School and has lived much more than her 38 birth years. In fall of 2001, when tragedy took the life of her 36-year-old husband, whom she married just three months earlier in the Chapel at Santa Catalina, Montoya’s youthful bravado was stripped from her. The strong independent woman with an MBA in Finance, who once worked with the U.S. International Trade Commission, found herself lying in bed day after day, without focus. These were the

In March of 2002 Montoya’s devoted cheerleaders insisted that she participate in a girl’s night out to the IMAX theatre, where the feature was Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa. During the film, it was said that the locals refer to the summit of Kilimanjaro as “where the heavens meet the earth.” As these words resonated in Montoya’s mind, she turned to her friends and said “that is where I will need to go.” It was at that very moment that Montoya determined she would make the rigorous 19,340 foot climb to say goodbye to her husband. Montoya hopped from Boston to London where she worked and tried to mend, but with little success. She returned to the Monterey Peninsula in 2004 and threw herself into an 80-hour work week. Work became her life until Montoya had an epiphany. Montoya realized that lives can be called short without the courtesy of a whistle warning. She noticed that many people put their “real” lives on hold while subscribing to careers that offer prestige and larger salaries at the sacrifice of putting personal relationships on hold. This realization metamorphosed into the thought that there were young children—exposed to terminal and predisposed illnesses, abuse, and neglect—living in the world with no vote or second chance.

In the following weeks she resigned from her job. She focused on training for her trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro, and on her commitments to children’s agencies on the Monterey Peninsula such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). In January of 2007, Stacey Montoya, joined by three other seasoned climbers, made the climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. In her backpack she carried a 5-pound natural heart-shaped stone, and when she reached the summit on the 7th day she respectfully buried her “heavy heart” in the snow of Kilimanjaro. You could liken the experience to a tattoo removal, with eight years of sadness and grief finally behind her. Today Montoya resides on the Monterey Peninsula and is more committed than ever to giving a voice to children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses. She is the Monterey Area Coordinator as well as Wish Grantor for the Make a Wish Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors for CASA and is a devoted advocate for them. Additionally, she has worked with the World Harvest Ministries, and in her travels to India, Ethiopia, and Columbia she visits the cities’ orphanages. She recently completed courses in viticulture and oenology at UC Davis to pursue her secondary passion, wine-making. In June of 2008, she established her boutique winery named Chateau Bellamonte. The tag line on each label says, “Where the Heavens Meet the Earth.” °

Find Your Solid Self BY Andrea Stuart PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT JESSE

Whether a woman has entered a new phase of her life through divorce, the loss of a spouse, or because she has spent her life in a career, it’s never too late to rebuild the foundation for happiness. Savage assists women by empowering them to look past their preconceived notions and expectations and to apply different strategies to living life. Step 1: Analyze. When re-emerging in the dating scene, women often feel like wallflowers at a junior high school dance. Many women haven’t dated in years and aren’t familiar with the “rules” of dating or being a single woman. Savage says this is a time to get in touch with your younger, curious, and excited side. You can stay out late! You don’t have to check in! And, you can date multiple people simultaneously! That’s right! It’s a time for reflection, to look into the self, and learn about who you are and what you want. Savage tells

women to stop dwelling on the disappointments of the past and, instead, encourages them to ask: Who am I? What am I doing? What do I want? What are my concerns? The answers to these questions help Savage assist women in refreshing and renewing. This means discovering new activities, making new friends, taking long-put-off trips, going back to school, and more. Step 2: Brainstorm. Savage understands that the idea of something can seem easier than putting it into fruition. That’s why she coaches women on how to set up and follow through with their goals. If a woman is interested in dating again, Savage offers a road map and tools for successful dating. She helps women tackle the “what-ifs” and the “dos and don’ts” of each dating scenario, guiding them to become openminded. Though, Savage warns that many women don’t really know how to date. “We all judge ideas, ourselves, and others according to other people’s rules. I teach women to tailor their expectations based on where they are now,” said Savage. “It’s also about not taking things so seriously. It’s about having fun and exploring new possibilities.”

Step 3: Action. Dating takes practice. The best way to become more independent is by getting out there. Savage insists that women who want to date must rid themselves of previous ideas. And they must not compare any man they date with the ones before. “This step is about recognizing feelings that come up, and empowering responsibility,” Savage explained. The end result is the emergence of an independent woman who can go out by herself with confidence. “I can give tools, techniques, and teach the process, but women need to have fun, be light hearted, and loving.” said Savage. “They need to work on themselves to become what they want. It’s important to have more joyful women out there. We are nurturers. We must find our inner selves and be happy.”

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Single-dom. It’s not a plague. In fact, Cheryl Ann Savage, a Monterey Bay Area success and dating coach, is hitting the subject head-on, dispelling the myths of what it means to be single by working with women to help them realize their full potential as individuals.

The Worth of White BY Michelle Oles

Everyone likes to have fun, take time away from their busy schedules, and indulge in the finer things life has to offer. How much better is that leisure time when it also benefits a

worthy cause? That is the epiphany Anthony and Cameron Davi had eight years ago when they attended their first White Party in San Francisco. They already loved throwing parties for their friends; once they saw the theme of all-white attire, they felt inspired to do the same while adding a little twist of their own. The Davis decided to have people purchase tickets or make donations in order to raise money for the children’s charities of their choice. “We try and find charities that aren’t as recognized on the peninsula,” explained Cameron. “[We

want] to do something where we all have a nice time but also help out the local children,” Anthony added. The couple chooses an organization to support, and after two years pass, they choose a new one. Although it’s difficult to leave behind the bonds created, the Davis want to help as many charities as possible. They first worked with My Museum, a children’s museum with hands-on exhibits. Last year and this year focused on helping Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), which provides steady role models for children who don’t already have one.

EVENT The White Party “starts out as a cocktail party and once it gets dark, it turns into a dance party,” Anthony shared. The more reserved crowd shows up earlier, and then the party animals stay late into the night. But you can’t get in unless you’re on the invitation list. How does one secure their spot? It’s part luck, part charisma. Anthony revealed that when he’s enjoying lunch out or running errands around town, he will invite complete strangers that he encounters. If someone seems amiable or has a charming personality, he’ll tell them about the party and ask if they’d like to go. His list is up to 400 people, both local and out of town. Though attendance

is usually around 200 because of distance; some individuals send money in their place. This year’s event took place on September 11. Sponsors such as Tiffany & Co., Pacific Tweed, and Finlandia Vodka helped raise $27,000, along with the 210 people who attended the party, which took place at Anthony and Cameron’s home. Marc Russo, Executive Director for BBBS of Monterey County, divulged that “funds raised go towards the staff time to recruit and background check and train volunteers as a one-on-one mentor for children,” something

that otherwise would be difficult to do. The White Party is an opportunity for organizations such as BBBS to make themselves known in the community and to receive financial aid that would be tough to collect on their own. Money always helps, but it’s the friendships that are formed through Anthony and Cameron’s event that are truly priceless. ° For information about The White Party Pebble Beach visit

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Off-the-Cuff and In the Rough

Inside KNBR 680 Radio

BY Andrea Stuart

Tatiana Sorokko: Russia’s Most Stylish Import

BY Andrea Stuart


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Off-the-Cuff and In the Rough BY Andrea Stuart PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN THOMAS

Writhing to free itself from his lips is the sonic boom known as Gary Radnich’s voice. For years, Bay Area radio listeners have become familiarized with the vocal force that has taken over the airwaves of KNBR 680 weekday mornings. Some have developed a fondness for the anecdotes and offensive pleasantries that Gary pulls from his archive of relatable life stories. Others maintain a love-hate relationship with his foursquare broadcasts. One thing is undeniable, whether you’re a fan or a critic; he’s ubiquitous within the sports community, especially on the streets of San Francisco where passersby shout spot remarks to him. Nevertheless, Gary is simply the product of a prosaic upbringing, living off of his parents’ aphorisms and daily examples. He and Bugs Bunny are analogous: both are armed with quips and personalities deep in complexion. Gary can either send you to the moon on laughter, or leave you contemplating the arteries between his words. He’ll tackle any subject, confront nearly any situation, and he’ll do so with a sense of humor and trenchant levity that loosens your equilibrium. “Chris, listen to me,” Gary provokes a caller during a discussion about hate between Dodgers and Giants fans. “Once the game is over, what good does it do to hold onto that negativity or hate? Do you teach your kids to hate, Chris?” Punctuating the statement with a humorous


I’ll never be able to sell an autobiography. I don’t have the hardship story that many others have.

undercurrent, Gary winks before “Chris” concedes the point. The fact is there’s a little threat of truth in each of Gary’s repartees, from his seemingly innocent comments about sports, to his purposefully placed witticisms about the state of culture today. Gary is keen on what’s going on around him, and he’s not afraid to call a spade a spade. Growing up in San Jose, California as the son of laborers and entrepreneurs, Gary lived a life that might best be recapped through a collage of sports highlights. In frame one, Gary is a two-yearold swimming diaper-free in the muddy irrigation ditches of the family’s apricot and pear orchards. In frame two, nine-year-old Gary and his dad return to the orchards from a Little League game. Gary watches his dad irrigate the orchards by the car’s headlights. In frame three, 10-year-old Gary picks up a basketball, shooting hoops in the driveway for hours on end each day until his skills eventually take him to high school, then college. “I’ll never be able to sell an autobiography. I don’t have the hardship story that many others have,” Gary confesses. “I observed my parents’ hard work and devotion to the family, and just did my best to mimic it.”

Gary is the child of Evelyn and Bill “Willie” Radunich (Gary dropped the “U” to preserve the name’s proper pronunciation). He credits them as his role models, having been taught more by example than by lecture. “One thing Dad did say was, ‘unless you really know a person, don’t idolize them,’” Gary says. Years ago, his father recounted a story about former Giants announcer, Lon Simmons, and how he once snubbed a young Gary after asking for Simmons’ autograph. “The irony is, I had him on my show a couple of times,” he shrugs. “But, whatever.” Gary let’s most things roll off of his back, believing that the only opinions that matter are of the people closest to him. Family customs are another key ingredient in “recipe Gary.” The Radnich’s are longtime Bay Area sports habitués. Evelyn, Willie, and the kids would head to dinner at the Fisherman’s Grotto—where Gary takes his family today—following games. Tito, one of the Grotto’s waiters, remembers Gary when he was just a sprout. “I knew Gary when he was just this high,” he says, flattening his hand at waist level. Folded into the nooks and crannies of Gary’s values are the observations that inspired him to become an “old-fashioned kinda guy.” At 89, Gary’s mother has built a life around volunteerism and still refuses to miss Gary’s shows. As for Gary’s father, up until he passed away at 86, Willie was known for trimming the trees at a convent in Los Gatos for no other reason than because he enjoyed helping. Willie was also a pragmatic man. Tending the orchards often required the assistance of farmhands. And on a few occasions, hands were caught sleeping in trees, their limbs draped over the branches like willows. One time, “Grandpa Willie” took matters into his own hands. Grasping the trunk of the tree, he shook those Sleeping Beauties to the ground. Alicia

Radnich, Gary’s wife, refers to that day as “a true Ma and Pa Kettle moment.” Just about the only thing Radnich didn’t inherit was his dad’s aptitude for craftsmanship. “Dad always said he might as well do a job himself because he’d just have to do it again anyhow,” Gary chuckles. “At home, I can fix light bulbs. I try to fix other things too. But ultimately, Alicia comes along and corrects it.” Over the decades, life has peppered small parodies of its lessons around Gary. He has reconciled these experiences and connected life philosophies to his every move—in the studio, in the home, and in his conduct—all while living an abstemious lifestyle. “My mom may be Scottish, but I don’t drink alcohol,” Gary admits. Aside from not liking the taste, Gary says that if you want to be a wise guy for a living, you have to be clear headed. “TV viewers will occasionally accuse me of being drunk when they disagree with what I say,” Gary admits. “Guess the joke is on them.” Gary has accumulated more than two decades of experience in the sports industry, including coverage of dozens of Super Bowls and World Series. He also serves as KNBR talk show host for The Gary Radnich Show, as KRON 4’s evening sportscaster and as co-host of the 2009 49ers Postgame Live with Willie Brown and Eric Davis. Regardless, he claims to lead a “neighborhood” life. “I go to work. I take the kids to school. I pick them up. We eat dinner. We go to bed. Then, do it all again the next day,” he says, matter of fact. And what’s wrong with that? He’s Gary Radnich, the indiscriminate voice of the Bay Area. He’s off-the-cuff and in the rough, but he’s also the kind of man you can take home to Mother. °








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Tatiana Sorokko: Russia’s Most Stylish Import BY Andrea Stuart PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN THOMAS You could say that the best thing to come from Sarov, Russia since the atomic bomb is Tatiana Sorokko. Having grown up in the isolated nuclear community with her parents, both scientists at the renowned Russian Federal Nuclear Center, Sorokko was practically a product of the Russian Manhattan Project. With intentions to follow in her parents’ footsteps, she planned to become a scientist and attend the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. However, destiny had a different idea for her.


Sorokko was never a typical child, not physically or otherwise. People often ask how she became so tall, to which Sorokko jests that her five-foot eleven-inch frame and her brother’s six-foot four-inch trunk are the results of radiation exposure. “We grew like nuclear mushrooms,” Sorokko says. Her accent is a seductive wash over Russian-spiced syllables. As Russia opened up to the world—Sorokko’s first concert as a teenager was Bon Jovi—she jumped outside of the box. While attending the Moscow Physics Institute, Sorokko learned that model agent Marilyn Gauthier of the eponymous Paris Model Agency was scouting new talent in Russia. Of the thousands who tried out, Sorokko was the pearl that emerged from Russia’s oyster. By March

and produced photo shoots with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Nancy Pelosi, among others, Sorokko is currently researching and writing a book about the iconic American fashion designer, James Galanos. She’s also preparing for an exhibition at the Moscow Textiles Museum dedicated to her personal style and featuring her collection of couture garments. The Exhibition is scheduled to open in Moscow in April, 2010. “Though I am obviously of Russian descent, I am one hundred percent Westerner,” Sorokko says. “My adult years were developed in the West, where I formed my values. In Russia, we speak the same language, but we don’t really speak the same language.”

of 1990, she was transplanted from the ashen pallet of the former Soviet Union—where residents often waited in lines for food and lackluster clothing—to the kaleidoscopic worlds of Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo, where luxury tickled the fingertips. Her first photo shoot was with the legendary French photographer, Guy Bourdin.


“I was always a creative person, which was not encouraged in Russia,” Sorokko’s voice eases into a semi-whisper. “I was suspended from school many times.” In addition to being athletic—basketball and volleyball were just two high school pastimes—her urge to experiment with fashion motivated her to do things such as redesign school uniforms by shortening the skirt, adding ruffles, cutting her bangs, and perming her hair. “In the Russian language, the word for perm is the same as for chemistry: khimiya,” Sorokko explains. “After seeing me with my new hairstyle, my chemistry teacher told me that ‘chemistry belongs inside of your head, not on your head,’ then

suspended me from class.” Thus, Sorokko became a true fashion victim, suffering the teacher’s wrath for her fashion forwardness. Little did her parents know that this “phase” would turn into a fullfledged career. Sorokko says she is drawn to fashion in particular “because it allows people to express their individuality.” Curiosity is an integral part of success, according to Sorokko. She believes that crises often produce opportunities for people to become doubly inspired and apply their inspiration to everyday life. “Now may be a great time for new, creative, inspirational fashion. I do not consider myself fashionable, but am always thrilled to hear that my personal style may have inspired a particular trend in fashion.” Though Sorokko has retired from modeling, she is still very much involved in fashion and has been included multiple times in the World Best Dressed List by both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines. In addition to holding a contributing editor position with Harper’s Bazaar, having interviewed

One language she does share with her Russian ancestors is the language of food. Her Russian dill pickles, adopted from her grandmother’s recipe, have become infamous. Invited to make them before a live television audience on The Martha Stewart Show, she received praise from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck among others. When asked what makes her pickles so special Sorokko says, from behind the fallen curls of her champagne hair, “The road to a Russian soul is paved with pickles.” Cooking Russian food is her way of remembering her grandmother. Sorokko never dreamed that she’d be a California girl, describing the experience as “almost extraterrestrial.” But, having made her home in Mill Valley with husband, art dealer and real estate developer Serge Sorokko, she’s melted into the lifestyle like butter onto hot bread. ° Shot on Location: Old Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Legion of Honor

Black Sheep Design’s Expression of Gratitude BY RICHARD PEREZ-PACHECO

For the last two decades I have developed everything from toy packaging, to annual reports and national ad campaigns. But never have I plunged into an enterprise as prodigious as this. Seventeen months ago, my agency embarked on a new project to re-design the look of 65° Magazine. This occurred in concert with the birth of my son “Little Richie.” And, I must admit, I’m enjoying both rides.

Since this is the first issue of the New Year, I decided to use this opportunity to bestow special recognition upon the people who have made an impact on me throughout my involvement as Creative Director of this magazine. A hearty thank you to Denny Levett, Nancy Slade, and Amanda Levett of Cypress Inn for welcoming me to your place; you treat your guests like royalty, and your espresso martini is unlike any other. Thank you to Pino Spinoso, owner of the best Italian restaurants in the City including Belden Place. You are a true cigar aficionado and the only “Mayor of Belden Place.” Sincere thanks to JP Doepke, General Manager of Highlands Inn. My wife and I treasure the luxury accommodations and the arresting seaside views offered by your resort. I am grateful to know Stacey Montoya, an inspiring woman whose passion and emotive soul are as obvious as they are contagious. In the high fashion scene, Sean Murphy of Pacific Tweed embodies a true family man who loves a good hike. Its’ an honor to know Michael Cayen and the “Young Guns” gang, including Giuseppe Panzuto and Ryan Phinny; your charisma enlivens the peninsula.

During this issue, I was most humbled by Gary Radnich and his lovely wife, Alicia. On our way to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Grotto I learned that we hold the same core values: A belief that it is important to be different from others while remaining true to one’s self. However, it is only with the contributions of a talented crew that we are able to breathe life into the magazine. I impart special gratitude to the collective talent of 65° Magazine. Photographers Greg Harris and Christine Muro, two Brooks Institute Alumni; you capture images that complete the essence of the magazine. Michael Troutman, you are an impassioned professional. Bravo! And, I am honored to work with super model turned photographer, Kevin Thomas. Your persona speaks volumes to the excellence in your craft. Also, I thank new discoveries Hemali Acharya and Robert Jesse. Keep up the good work. Tremendous thanks goes to Editorial Director Andrea Stuart, and her committed editorial team whose stories imbue the photography with purpose. Thanks, Andrea. And, I can’t forget my dedicated and gifted designer/day trader, Leonel Calara. Thanks for performing the grunt work. Finally, I thank my wife, best friend, copy editor, business partner, and my left brain, Clarissa Perez-Pacheco. In an attempt to avoid any clichés told by husbands about their wives, I simply say, your smile is addicting, and your heart is everlasting. I love you. Little Richie, you’re the reason. Thank you to everyone. Have a great 2010!

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Carmel California quarterly lifestyle magazine. Redesigned, Photo-Direction and produced by Richard Perez-Pacheco and Black Sheep Design.