Why Santa Cruz?
I was very close to a girl named Wynn from the age of 12 or 13. Her family was very interesting. Her father said they were moving to Santa Cruz because Wynn’s sister was going to UC Santa Cruz.
A good buddy of mine, Ralph Reda, said “let’s go to Haight Ashbury!” Of course I wanted to see the culture there, but Wynn’s dad said, “No, you're not going to Haight Ashbury. Come to Santa Cruz with us.” And I did. I played a lot of baseball back then but it was over for the season, so I finished high school in Santa Cruz.