As soon as I was asked to write Legendary Locals, I turned to the Encinitas cognoscenti to recommend suitable candidates. One name that came up over and over again was Fred Caldwell.“Ok, but what makes Fred such a legend?” I persisted. “What does he actually do?” The answer, with a shrug of the shoulders, was always the same, “Fred’s just Fred”. Mac W, the Cardiff Kook Webmaster, summed him up best with the words “Ol’ Fred’s been around since the earth was cooling”.
And so it would seem: self-effacing and unassuming, Fred has had his imprint on most things that matter for more years than anyone can remember, and has won innumerable awards for his creativity and input. But you have to find all that out for yourself: there are no framed certificates juggling for wall space in his Aladdin’s cave of a workspace. Fred also has a well-honed sense of civic duty and is eager to see that sanity and transparency prevail at City Hall. To that end, he’s putting his talents to work helping Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer in their November bid for election to the City council. His first piece of advice, learned from grim experience, will probably be “never chase a guy with a knife”.