Cekkebration of Local Authors

Bio for Bio for Bertha Tyler
Bertha Tyler married into her career caring for the mammals her husband Dean taught her to love. He was a fisherman that took over a struggling Morro Bay Aquarium in 1965. She was a widow and savvy businesswoman who owned the Chat ’N Chew Restaurant in Morro Bay — where the fisherman and members of the Chamber of Commerce knew they would get hearty food and friendly customer service. They married in 1969 and for 46 years delighted tourists and locals while operating the aquarium and gift shop. In 2015 Bertha retired to care for her ailing Dean and decided she wanted to tell their story about the early days. Life Ashore With Human Parents (Central Coast Press, March 2017) is a legacy love story written by Bertha Tyler. Her 48-pages of memories with over 125 pictures from her photo album will delight children and adults. At 92 she has memorialized an era when Sam, aka Samantha, the sea lion, Suzy the neighborly harbor seal, Birdie the otter and so many other mammals enriched their lives — seventeen years before the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act required we care. Indeed, two lives well lived serving the sea life and Morro Bay.

Bio for Judy Salamacha
Judy Salamacha,  currently writes the “Then & Now” column for Simply Clear Marketing & Media, which produces 4 San Luis Obispo County newspapers and 4 magazines with online and area distribution. Formerly, she wrote the Monday column for the SLO Tribune, authored 
Colonel Baker’s Field: An American Pioneer Story (Bear State Books, 2013). In her columns, her goal has always been to share the stories behind the careers, businesses and events of Central Coast neighbors. There are always surprises when asked where we came from and how we got to today.