By the late 1950s, WindanSea beach crowd had the reputation of being the most radical of all. FRED VAN DYKE — “Someone ought to do a psychological profile of that La Jolla group. Great guys, but totally out of control.” The most rebellious group of people I ever met,” added the legendary big wave surfer, “They were like wild animals!” Legendary big wave rider, GREG NOLL … [Read more...] about Mac Meda 1963 Article – Authorities Looking for Albert Mac Meda
. The stories of the La Jolla Girard Street house are infamous, the true life “Animal House,” that put together true life outrageous parties. David Olson, formal owner of the the Red Mountain Inn, probably said it best, "I recall the first time I was invited to Macpherson’s Girard Street house, and it sort of like the Yankee’s calling you up from the minors, now you’re … [Read more...] about La Jolla Girard Street House – Meda Clubhouse
When Kip Ives (known to his friends as Pinky) started hanging out in the Kearney Mesa Butcher Shop, he meant Joe “Smoothie” De Silva. Smoothie was a fishing legend and icon in the Portuguese community and the owner of one of the top fishing seiners that fished out of Samoa. With the common interest of fishing, drinking and pretty women, they both became very good friends, so … [Read more...] about Seal Bombs – Was It The Start Of Destruction?
Bob Rakestraw's first real job was on a Scripps Research vessel. His adopted parents had already seen an alcohol problem developing, so, since drinking was forbidden on these ships it seems the logical thing to do. The "dry out theory" so to say. However, the experience did give him the opportunity to seek other means, something that had more excitement and adventurous … [Read more...] about Bastardization of Portuguese Merda, Became Meda
Robert “Bob” Norris Rakestraw (or aka, the Meda in Mac Meda) was born a Fergurson in Nova Scotia, Canada on December 8, 1940. He was adopted by famed Scripps Oceanography Dr. Norris and Hazel Rakestraw about eight years later. Norris was the number two man at Scripps and a renowned expert on marine chemistry. He died in 1982 in Morongo Valley, where they retired. In … [Read more...] about Robert “Bob” Rakestraw – Mac Meda’s Co-Founder
Everyone knows Albert, the San Diego Zoo's famous silverback gorilla. Albert is famous for three things. 1) He was responsible for starting the gorilla population at the San Diego Zoo, which drew world-wide attention and became the star attraction with his ability to put Viagra to shame. 2) He got a restaurant named in his honor at the San Diego Zoo. 3) He was the … [Read more...] about Albert, The Silverback Gorilla, Mac Meda’s President
Occasionally, when reading surfing publications, there is a reference to the ‘Mac Meda Destruction Company’ of La Jolla, California. The writer often makes a reference to outrageous parties, drinking beer, wild women, tearing things up, surfing, and generally having a really bitchen time. The Mac Meda Destruction Company was started in the early 60’s by Jack Macpherson … [Read more...] about La Jolla Outrageous Parties, Drinking Beer and Wild Women