A Cabbie in a Golden Era: featuring cabbie's original log of guests transported to Hearst Castle forward by Jane Sarber. No date. 6" x6" plastic comb bound card covers. Inscribed on the first blank page, "Hope you have fun/ with this copy, Peter/ Love/ Jane Sarber" in black ball point pen. No broken spokes on the spiral binding. Light wear on the cover and pages around the comb binding. Moderate cover edge wear. A circular old price sticker on the back cover. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages, however two pages were duplicated in publication: the page entitled 'A Cabbie in a Golden Era' and the page beginning, '...knowledge made available to him'. Otherwise, as far as I see, the book is complete without missing text. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. sIH11a
"Steve Zegar may rightfully go down in history as "The Most Famous Cab Driver in the World." The Yugoslavian immigrant who arrived in San Luis Obispo as a young man with scant knowledge of the English language and unable to write even in his own native language began his own cab business in 1917 with a 3-door Studebaker.... One early evening in 1919 while cruising the city in his newer 6-cylinder Buick cab, Zeger spotted a stranger standing on a corner, dressed in elegant cowboy attire a large suitcase beside him. The alert cabbie stopped and asked the man if he needed a ride somewhere. The stranger, introducing himself as William Randolph Hearst explained, "I run the San Francisco Examiner." Steve answered, "Ya, I run that paper too--everyday I run it down to the newsstands!" Hearst was amused and said that he had called a cab which simply failed to show up. So he asked Steve to take him to his father's home at San Simeon.... During those golden years of driving celebrities to and from the (Hearst) castle, Zegar decided to record many of his daily assignments in a work log. Since he could not write, his diary was kept possibly by his wife, Stella, or maybe by a trusted employee. He kept that little book to himself for many years... The following is a copy of the pages of that historic book in original form" - from the forward to the book.