John and Marie's House with Buffalo Bill's loft, 1977

John and Marie's House with Buffalo Bill's loft, 1977

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“When I first arrived at Taylor Camp I was just this young girl from Canada— very naive in a lot of ways and very innocent. I had a little orange tent and lived on the beach and gradually got to know everybody. There was this tiny shack—a surfboard storage shack—and this guy said, “You can live in the shack if you want.” And so, I had a place, I became more a part of the “in” group. I stayed in that little shack for a few months and then I met John Calagna and I ended up moving into the house that he built with Buffalo Bill’s loft attached. Bill had a separate entrance up an adjoining tree.”

 

 
“They called him Carpenter John, although he was a musician and played in the band with Bill. Well, we conceived our daughter in that house. I remember, right before we conceived her, we dreamed about her, we fantasized about her. We’d say, ‘We’re going to have a beautiful little girl, Genie Calagna.’  John would rub my belly and say, ‘Magic Genie come out, Magic Genie come out,’ and we saw how she would look, and then we had her.”— Marie Calagna