Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Beth Savage

Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project

Interview conducted by Kathleen Aston and produced by Jenn Hooker.
Recorded at Santa Cruz Community Television, Santa Cruz, CA on October 14, 2019.

Beth Savage worked at the old Saturn Café and experienced the quake from there; her story describes her experience there, and the tragedy of her roommate's lover, Robin Ortiz, who died in the collapse of the Coffee Roasting Company. In doing so, she gives insight into the effects on the queer community, of which she and Robin were part.

Creator: Savage, Beth; Aston, Kathleen; Hooker, Jenn
Date: 2019-10-14
  • 1980s
  • 2010s
  • Santa Cruz (County)
Rights: Permission must be obtained before using this interview in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who want to make further use of this interview should contact Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
Identifier: LH-LN-SAVAGE


Savage, Beth, Kathleen Aston, and Jenn Hooker. “Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Beth Savage.” 2019-10-14. SCPL Local History. https://history.santacruzpl.org/omeka/items/show/135870. Accessed 20 July 2024.