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John Steinbeck wrote vividly about Monterey, its diverse people and their intertwined lives.
Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts: A Friendship Remembered
January 2002To mark the centennial of John Steinbeck's birth, the Aquarium opens a year-long special exhibit that celebrates the lives of two local icons, marine biologist Ed Ricketts and Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. The exhibit highlights their profound 18-year friendship and the collaboration that took them on a 4,000-mile journey to Mexico's Sea of Cortez. They published their discoveries, experiences and philosophical conversations in Sea of Cortez in 1941.