Sandy and a girlfriend had gone into a liquor store, robbed the clerk, They locked the clerk in a walk-in cooler. Sandy started feeling bad about the guy. She went back and let him out.
In the late 1980s, he moved to La Jolla with his wife Nancy, where he was interviewed by editor Judith Moore and was recruited to write for the Reader. He authored the books In Touch, and The Other Side of Eden: Life With John Steinbeck.
March 30, 1989: John Steinbeck Was My Father (interview)
Oct. 5, 1989: The Story I Always Wanted to Write But Didn't
March 7, 1991, page 5: Destiny Manifest (story of his death by Judith Moore)