Cuke Press --- A Brief History of Tassajara

People Involved
in Making A Brief History of Tassajara
 On Producing This Book and the Foreword for more on their roles

Marilyn McDonald (author, initial design and production of the scrapbook) was born in Glendale, California, on November 26, 1940. She went to Hartnell College in Salinas, California. From the mid-1970s to mid-1980s she was a frequent guest and student at Tassajara Zen Mt. Center in Monterey County and devoted herself to research on the history of that well-known hot springs. After that she lived with her parrot and many favorite dogs in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned her R.N. and worked as a nurse for almost two decades. She died on January 3, 2017. She is survived by all five of her children: Larry, Lee, Peter, John, and Mary. More on Marilyn McDonald

David Chadwick (foreword, editor, production, minor design) - Born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1945. Went to San Francisco in 1966, got involved with the SF Zen Center. Helped Tassajara Zen Mountain Center get up and running from 1967. Ordained as a priest by the SFZC founder, Shunryu Suzuki in 1971. Lives in Bali, Indonesia with his wife Katrinka McKay since 2013 where he continues his writing and archiving about Shunryu Suzuki and those whose paths crossed in those early years of the SFZC.  His bio page on

Lawrence Burns (editor, cover design) is son of the author, a professor of clinical and personality psychology in the Department of Psychology at Grand Valley State University, Michigan. His research interests include course design and effective teaching practices in higher education, student assessment and learning outcomes, experiential learning models, determinants of epistemological development, dialectical processes and other pedagogies of reflection. He's also the treasurer of Cuke Press.

Mark Stromberg, PhD (production, design - created the 6"x9" first draft) was the Resident Reserve Director at Hastings from 1988 to 2011. Hastings is biological field station of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley and the statewide University of California Natural Reserve System.
    Biological field stations are centers of scientific research, conservation, education, and outreach that are embedded in the environment in a location that is usually protected and that serves both the local community and the larger scientific community.     The Hastings Reserve is one of the oldest and best-studied biological field stations in California. Hastings includes nearly 2,000 acres on Finch Creek in the upper Carmel River valley. Mark recently authored an historical account * of the settlement of the upper Carmel Valley, the establishment of the reserve by the Hastings family, and the relationships the field station has developed over the decades with the local community.

    * Stromberg, Mark R. 2017. Frances Simes Hastings Natural History Reservation: The History of a Biological Field Station in Carmel Valley. Available at - see more on this book on the Tassajara History Page.


Peter Ford  (production, minor design, copy-editing) Since retiring, mostly works on websites, practices zazen, hikes, bikes and swims in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. Peter has worked for years with David Chadwick on the Cuke Archives, especially the websites and

Andrew Main (production, design, copy-editing). Andrew has professional level skills in book design and production, worked on the Whole Earth Catalogue,  has been an advisor to Cuke Archives for almost twenty years. 

Jamie Avera (adjusted photos)  Jamie has been a supporter of Cuke Archvies since shortly after first went online 1n 1998. He redesigned the early site and ran it while DC was away for a couple of weeks and twenty years later is still helping. He lives in Houston where he owns and runs Photo and Paper Art Restoration <>.

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