Re: RARA-AVIS: Santa Barbara

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 02 May 2005

Thanks for sharing this fascinating background on the lunch group. Gault mentioned losing a real friend when Willard Temple died in the early 1980s. I didn't realize he had brought the lunch idea with him from Sarasota but it makes sense. There was a Sarasota group that included John D. MacDonald, McKinley Kantor, Joe Millard among others. It also was closed to women. It may be that Temple was a member in Sarasota and brought the concept with him to California.

Thanks again!

Richard Moore

--- In, "Dennis Lynds" <dennislynds@c...> wrote:
> > The Santa Barbara Writers Lunch---actually brought from
Sarasota, Florida,
> by Willard Temple, a slick magazine writer, in the Fifties---was
> unstructured. Held every other Wednesday in the same place---
Josie's El
> Cielito restaurant---you came, you sat in any open chair, and you
> talked, and eventually had lunch in the midst of the talking. No
> introduced you, you just took a seat and got to know those around
> Sometimes it took weeks to meet everybody, but what usually
happened is
> people left as they pleased and the remaining writers sort of
> inward and as the group became smaller you met other people. By
the time I
> arrived---1964, directly from the upper westside of Manhattan---it
was a
> large group at one point reaching 60 writers.
> ----

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