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Suzanne Cohn laid down a firm condition for talking about the table art that she and her husband, Norman, collect: 'You must experience it first.
Here, Mr and Mrs Cohn had created five tables glittering with glass, metalwork and ceramics, each themed to 'a different sensibility', as Mrs Cohn put it.
'I'd say it began some 40 years ago', remembers Mr Cohn. 'Love of food and table settings give us the opportunity to share with friends.' His wife daborates: 'The two work together.
We use the pieces for breakfast every day; they are part of our lives', Mrs Cohn says, as if stating the obvious, which her husband qualifies: 'We decided early on we didn't want to live in a museum.
At that moment, Cohn was stranded at the evacuation center at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, because his car had a burst radiator.
The friend was able to get Cohn and his car back to Alameda, and the winemaker was able to return to Santa Rosa by 4 p.m.
Cohn was able to do punchdowns once per day for the next few days, but he didn't linger long because of the smoke.
Cohn figures he wasn't able to use 13 tons of grapes due to excessive smoke or because the fires made harvest impossible.
The early 1930s found Cohn doing something familiar to many Americans during the Great Depression: roaming the country, looking for work.
By the end of the decade, Cohn had the reputation as the area's premier tailor for country wear, and he opened Nudie's of Hollywood on the corner of Vineland and Victory in North Hollywood.
Working for "The King of Cowboys" made Cohn famous, but when musician Lefty Frizzell approached him in 1957 to create something that would help him stand out on bills featuring larger acts, Cohn inadvertently crafted his own legacy as a designer by spelling out Frizzell's initials in blue rhinestones.
Nathan Turk, also a Jewish immigrant tailor who specialized in western wear, put rhinestones on many of his creations after Cohn did, but there's no evidence of the practice that predates Cohn.