Quotable Del Mar: Art Olson

On facing our just desserts:

“Hopes tend toward

pies in the sky.

Facts bring them

down to Earth

So, when time lets

Fate’s hand fly

We face our just


While a graduate student at Berkeley, Art Olson created a series of 40+ postcards, each featuring a photo and a “punditty” (word play text) reflecting what his “sometimes wacky and unbounded life with an eclectic group of housemates and associated friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970s.” Olson recently assembled these 50-year-old photo postcards into a book, “Off Your Rocker,” as a memento of those times.

Art Olson, a resident of Del Mar for 30 years, is the Anderson Research Chair Professor at the Scripps Research Institute where he has worked for 43 years. His civic contributions have been wide-ranging, including the Design Review Board and advisory committees including Urban Forest Fire Safety, Historic Preservation, Ad Hoc Development Review Process, and Shores Park.