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Julian Nott
is a British-born U.S. citizen who lives on the Santa Barbara
Riviera, just a water pistol squirt from Montecito. He is a
founder of the modern ballooning movement and one of its
most creative exponents. During his long and extraordinary
career he has broken 79 World Ballooning Records, and 96
British Records, including exceeding 55,000 feet in a hot air
balloon (the capsule he created for that ascent now resides
in the Smithsonian).
Professor Nott has the unusual distinction of being both a
Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics, and
a Member of the elite Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the
only pilot in the history of the Society elected for experimental
piloting of balloons. He is also the first balloonist ever to
receive the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club.
Nott has received numerous other awards including the FAI
Montgolfier Diploma, the highest international award for
ballooning, and a Rolex Award for Enterprise. For more details
please see
Hattie Beresford
is a native of the Netherlands, but received her Bachelor’s
degree and teaching credential from University of California
Santa Barbara. She taught English and American history for
Santa Barbara School District for many years, was a school
site coordinator for its GATE program, and developed a two-
period core program integrating the study of English with that
of history. She retired from teaching in 2004 and has been
actively pursuing her twin passions of historical research and
writing through her column, “The Way It Was”, for Montecito
Journal. When she is not deeply immersed in some dusty
tome, she can be found on the tennis courts, hiking trails,
or out on a kayak marveling at the dolphins. She and her
husband, former Dos Pueblos volleyball coach Mike Beresford,
are avid campers and travelers and plan to investigate “the
way it was” in Auvers-sur-Oise in May.
Judy Foreman
is originally from Chicago, where she was a history teacher,
but moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s where she
became a partner in a fashion accessories manufacturing
business. A resident of Montecito since 1988, Ms Foreman has
been a regular columnist for Montecito Journal since 1998,
writing about fitness, beauty, health, new businesses, fashion
and also doing profiles. She is a feature writer for Santa
Barbara Magazine and other local publications, an active
member in national and local non-profit organizations such
as the Montecito Union Educational Foundation, Montecito
Union Parent Teacher Association, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa
Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Santa Barbara
Historical Museum, Santa Barbara Jewish Federation (for
which she served as women’s division president), CALM, and
the Anti-Defamation League. She has three children: Julia,
Robby, and Elizabeth.
Bruce Giffin
got his start in construction in 1973 up in the wilds of
northern Idaho renovating historic log homes. Throughout
the years, he has honed his craft with a focus on fine
custom homes. He and Geoff Crane formed Giffin & Crane
General Contractors, Inc. in 1986. Bruce lives in Santa
Barbara with his wife, Kelley, and their two sons, Riley and
Kelly Mahan
has been News Editor of Montecito Journal since 2007.
Originally from Newbury Park, California, she moved to Santa
Barbara to attend UCSB where she received her degree in
Political Science. After dabbling in other fields, Kelly found
her niche in journalism while interning with a local TV station
covering local interest stories including the Santa Barbara
International Film Festival and major wildfires. Kelly has also
worked several red carpet events including the Golden
Globes, American Music Awards, and Academy of Country
Music Awards. In the mornings she can be found pursuing
another passion: teaching Pilates. Other interests include
hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and
listening (and dancing!) to country music.
Steve Thompson
has been a real estate licensee, owner of a residential real
estate brokerage company, and a residential developer
for the past 23 years; he and his wife have personally
remodeled, restyled, and/or built 28 homes in a period of
20 years.
Lindsey Eltinge
is a family, animal, and commercial photographer and
a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography. When
she is not indulging in her first love – family and animal
photography – she is busy with commercial shoots as staff
photographer at the AND Design Agency. She is married to
Lt. Evan Eltinge, a recent graduate of West Point. Lindsey
has donated her photography talents to DAWG, Rotary,
and local schools. She gives the remainder of her time to
her birds and her beloved long hair Chihuahua Beethoven.
To view her gallery visit
Guillaume Doane
is a former editor of Montecito Journal and is now a
journalist for Executive Country Reviews, an international
business intelligence agency. He is currently based out
of Istanbul, Turkey, where he is working on a report on
the country’s pharmaceutical industry to be published in
Pharmaceutical Technology. He attended local schools,
including Montecito Union and graduated from the
University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.
John Watson
is both an architect and artist, whose watercolors have
graced the pages of Montecito Journal for the past five
years. He has practiced in the greater Santa Barbara
area for over 25 years, and currently works and lives in
Thedim Fiste
has lived in Montecito for over 22 years and has written
the popular “Coming & Going” column for Montecito
Journal covering “gossip, rumor, and innuendo” since its
inception as a community newspaper. He is married with
children and insists that he “lives in a van parked down
by the river.”