Hello Marin. While our first cover image — a brilliant poppy photographed by Barbara Ries — bore some resemblance to the poppy on the front of that spring’s College of Marin catalog, readers flipping through the pages instantly recognized the difference. Marin Magazine had arrived. In these first issues, we introduced readers to Lucy Mercer’s brand-new 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley, wrote about the dawn of a new age at the Buck Institute and covered the 100-year anniversary of the Dipsea Race. In a county so rich with inspiration, we were off and running.


APRIL/MAY “I didn’t think people in Mill Valley would stay out until 11 p.m.,” says Mark Pitta, on his new Tuesday night comedy show at 142 Throckmorton.

APRIL/MAY Spotted in Snap: then-mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom at the Susan B. Komen Pink Tie Ball, and Tommy Bahama comes to Tiburon.

JUNE/JULY “I’ve been in the business for 20 years and I’ve never seen such great color choices,” declares the then-manager of Patio World, of Sunbrella’s new hot-at-the-time colorful tech fabric.

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER “I’m very short so my nose is at everyone else’s navel,” says Isabel Allende on why she doesn’t like parties, in an interview about her novel Zorro.

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER “The new de Young makes a triumphant debut,” declares our headline on a story about the museum in Golden Gate Park.

DECEMBER “You bet we’re concerned,” John Loomis, then-director of operations at Northstar, says in “Keeping It Cool,” a story about the newly implemented partnership with skigreen.org (now shrinkyourfoot.org) to combat climate change.

DECEMBER You’ll flip for this: our gift guide includes a bejeweled case for the trendy new flip phones on the market.


After much back and forth seeking the ideal image for our December issue, then-art director Trpti Todd adds some color to a sepia-toned photo and it becomes a staff and reader favorite.

“It’s a dream — to meld one of my cultures with the other. People from Marin try the food for the first time and love it, and people from Puerto Rico say it’s the best they’ve ever had. That makes me happy.”
– Sol Hernandez, on opening Sol Food on Fourth Street


Founding editor Harriot Manley interviews Robin Wright Penn on life in Marin, marriage and acting in our Dialogue department.