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tracy abbott cook April 13, 2014 at 07:48 am
You know we hear horrible stories every day and I guess I get numb to alot as a protetive device,Read More I'm sure. But this one really hit me. All those kids and the adults on a mission to improve their lives or the lives of others. Made me so sad. And this couple sounds so kind and lovely. Thank you for sharing it. Although it hurts.
Cynthia Garcia April 13, 2014 at 08:45 am
My son went on a school trip to SF and is coming home today. I heard about the crash the first timeRead More it was broadcast and was worried sick. This tragedy is very heart wrenching for a parent like me and as a person. My prayers go out to those that lost their lives & their families as well as to those that were directly affected by the accident.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 13, 2014 at 08:52 am
Tracy, I'm with you. Obviously, being a journalist, there are terrible stories everyday. But thisRead More one cuts through bone. It's just horrific in every way and has ties to people up and down the state, with LA County, Riverside County and Orange County hit hard.
Mickey Rooney and Princess Samantha Kennedy. Patch file photo.
nitagregory April 9, 2014 at 08:00 am
I can only hope I make it to his age. Way before my time but what I've seen of him is amazing trulyRead More original
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 9, 2014 at 08:42 am
Unfortunately, there's trouble brewing in his family, which is feuding over where to bury the bodyRead More http://studiocity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mikey-rooneys-family-feuding-where-to-bury-the-body
Snow April 9, 2014 at 10:07 am
Wonderful. Most disgusting power play ever- squabbling over the issues of a deceased person. ThoughRead More Rooney should have had a will that specified that issue of burial. Still remembering Gregory Peck in that uniform right now...............
John V. "Jack" Foley. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District.
Patsy Morris March 25, 2014 at 02:31 pm
Subtitle says that he had a "batter with cancer". RIP.
D. Jude March 25, 2014 at 03:26 pm
karma..goes around and comes around........maybe next will be Brian D"arcy~~!!
Lisa Ohlund March 29, 2014 at 01:11 am
Mr. or Ms. D. Jude - If by karma you mean that he will have a wonderful afterlife because of the wayRead More he lived this life,then I would agree with you; Col. Foley was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman and a heckuva water man. If you mean something derisive, then you never met him, and I will pray that one day you will rest in peace.
Sid Caesar has died. He was 91. Patch file photo.
GreenInOC February 12, 2014 at 07:07 pm
If you ever get a chance to watch "Hail Sid Caesar!", it's a fantastic documentary. I'veRead More always found it fascinating that modern day comics continue to speak of Sid in awe and admiration.
Dave February 13, 2014 at 07:27 am
No question Caesar was a genius but he also had a great eye for talent, hand picking his co-stars onRead More "Show" and writers, Mel Brooks, an 18 year old Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner to name some of the most prominent. I had the great privilege and pleasure to see Mr Caesar give a two hour talk in the board room of the Screen Actor's Guild on Wilshire just east of the La Brea Tarpits about 8 years ago. Although the once tall and strapping Caesar had become shrunken and bent with age, once he was seated on the dais with moderator Joe Mantegna, you'd have thought you had been transported back to 1954 as Caesar came alive telling us of his memories working with all these great talents while tossing out some of his best bits- the foreign language imitations being as fresh and funny as they were on "Show of Shows". It was a night I won't soon forget and I am so glad I was able to see him in this small and intimate room. Rest in Peace, Sid. We won't be seeing your like again any time soon.
GreenInOC February 13, 2014 at 08:21 am
@Dave, what a treat - I wish I had been able to listen to him speak in person.
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Shawn Pearson October 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm
@Nicole Bliss Burton I think you are a bit off base. The motorcycle was slamming through a redRead More light...and met his poetic, just fate. Too bad he injured the innocent driver, who was just going about his business. NO driver expects a yay-hoo to blast through a red light.
Nicole Bliss Burton October 25, 2013 at 07:08 am
You must not be familiar with that intersection both of them ran a red light. The vehicle codeRead More clearly states that if you are waiting to make a left turn you must be behind the crosswalk. so even if the other vehicle was stuck in the middle of the intersection and was forced to turn that vehicle is at fault because it should have been waiting behind the crosswalk no matter what. if you want to play the blame game and they're both at fault he shouldnt have been speeding and she shouldn't have been in the middle of the f****** intersection. either way she is at fault. Period.
Shawn Pearson October 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm
You are lucky, Ms. Burton, because earlier, I challenged you to state the motor vehicle code whichRead More restricts a driver from entering the intersection before making a left turn. In your favor, the patch censor failed to publish it. Perhaps the editor knew or sympathizes with the out-of-control motorcyclist. Our prior editor would not have done that, she didn't believe in censorship. By the way, the challenge is still on. Your knowledge of the motor vehicle codes is not only ignorant, you manipulated it to make it look as if the culprit, riding the motorcycle, was not any more at fault than the faultless victim he injured. My next challenge is to the editor of this site, to publish this reply.
A very young and brave Barbara Erickson
Tim Little October 8, 2013 at 06:44 pm
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Cathy Reed, clerk at the Bay Shore Library, has passed away. Credit: Long Beach Public Library Facebook.
Mike King June 17, 2013 at 05:55 pm
We're really going to miss Cathy's helpfulness, intelligence, and gentle sense of humor. It seemedRead More like every time I'd pick up a book I'd had reserved, Cathy had already read it and had a nice comment and critique about it (and we were both huge fans of Michael Connelly). Our hearts go out to her family and friends.
Nancy Wride (Editor) June 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm
Well put, Mike. She loved books and reading, and people, which you felt when you conversed with her.Read More I think the liking people is why so many of us connected with her and walked a bit lighter out the glass doors. I hope her family reads this and knows she mattered to us.
Kate Karp June 19, 2013 at 08:45 am
Cathy did more than go the distance with me and, no doubt, everyone. We'd chat about everything andRead More joke, and yes, agree with Mike--she seems to have read every book I checked out. Going to the library has always been a pleasure to me, but Cathy's presence qualified "pleasure" with "delightful." She's left a space that no one else can fill.
Nancy Wride (Editor) April 12, 2013 at 06:54 pm
Thanks, Mike. Erin's words already were already brave and generous, but her being so close in age toRead More my Mom put them in boldface for me.
Dorothy J. Brooks April 13, 2013 at 08:42 am
Definitely, touching to read about Erin Vidovich and her journey with breast cancer. Sending myRead More heartfelt sympathies to Erin's family, friends and all those lucky to have known Erin. Reason I was very "touched" by this article, I too, was diagnosed stage 3 because of dense breasts (I had an "all clear" mammogram 4 months prior to diagnose). I have a feeling I met Erin at a pre- fashion show (I think it was her) -- we tried on clothes to wear in the fashion show. Sizes were too small for me! We did chat for a short while... Regardless (whether I met her or not), Erin is an inspiration for me, as is her husband -- Erin's story certainly did "touch" my heart/in a way I want to be touched! And to "that college professor" = Erin certainly ended up on the top of her class! I will keep Erin and her family in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for sharing Erin's story.
Dorothy J. Brooks April 13, 2013 at 09:58 am
...and...in addition to my previous e-mail comment...the "fashion show" (if I did, indeed,Read More meet Erin) needs an explanation (to those thinking breast cancer and a fashion show?) Yes, it was a fashion show for those who had breast cancer to participate in....and I did just spend (after writing my previous e-mail) the last hour reading Erin's "blogs" (never have read a "blog")....I am at a loss for words....the blogs made me smile and then weep at times....I will be keeping Erin in my thoughts for a long time....Erin has definitely touched my heart in a very special way. Dotti Brooks
Panglonymous May 4, 2013 at 03:46 am
Thanks, Watts. The Hammer Horror ref is interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmguXOPc9VIRead More There may be a tangent in that: whether one plays earnestly or theatrically with potent symbols, authentic demons may be summoned. The larger the crowd, the greater the demonic potential, it would seem. I'm just glad the Maysles captured the Altamont event. It's a fascinating document.
Watts May 4, 2013 at 01:17 pm
For the most part, it is theatrical, images, etc. I personally known many artists that are in theRead More metal scene and also worked with many others. Like when the whole world thought that Iron Maiden were satanists because of Number Of The Beast. I actually know one of the former drummers from Slayer. On rare occasions, it is real. I can think of a couple Swedish death metal bands that took themselves too seriously and began to believe that it was all real, but those are just the signs of a weak mind who couldn't separate the showmanship from reality. There is only one well known musician that I know who truly dances with the dark one and he is generally pretty far from metal and for the most part, his albums and performances do not reflect it.
Panglonymous May 5, 2013 at 02:51 am
"It was a throwaway statistic in an article about the heavy metal band Slayer that got JonathanRead More Pieslak thinking. During the Gulf war, he read, some 40% of the band's fan mail came from soldiers stationed in the Middle East." http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2009/sep/28/heavy-metal-music-us-army-iraq Heavy Metal Marine Combat Compilation [video] http://www.military.com/video/forces/marine-corps/marines-at-their-best/661821519001/ "What's interesting about the work is not so much which bands soldiers are drawn to, but the extraordinary terms they use to describe the power the music has over them. Some talk about tracks turning them into monsters, making them inhuman so they can do inhuman acts."
beergut February 3, 2013 at 05:04 am
I was lucky enough to meet Don about six months ago setting at the park bench in front of Seal BeachRead More Safety Center, He was so friendly and telling his story to another gentleman about his skateboarding experience. I have never met a more friendly person. Seeing him later around town and he always had a smile on his face.
Waldo's Friend February 3, 2013 at 04:41 pm
Hi beer gut , He was unforgettable . Glad you had the chance to meet him , I can see him smiling atRead More us and like to think he is with me in spirit. Thank you for the kind words, one thing about Don was his generosity of heart , he Really loved people. He suffered many hardships and like many artistic people, had times when life was difficult for him but he always had a kind heart and a smile and made me laugh..omg ... The stuff he did.. So many memories flooding back now..He will always be remembered as "The Amazing Waldo Autry"
Debra Ortiz October 2, 2013 at 11:21 am
Don, I will never forget you & your daughter will always know who her father was & what aRead More great dude you were & what a great time we had. xoxo
wayne avrashow November 8, 2012 at 11:42 am
I had the honor of observing and learning from Art when I was a deputy to two other CityRead More Councilmembers and then I practiced law with him. A charming rogue who understood human nature and motives. He loved life...he was the Original. Wayne Avrashow Way, brilliant, irrascable,
enea ostrich November 8, 2012 at 02:56 pm
He will be missed. He wasn't just the owner of Don the Beachcomber. I never knew anyone nicer,Read More unless it was family at home and good friends who greet you and make you feel at home whenever you come visit. In his later years he was content with owning this wonderful place, and although the restaurant part of it was a bit pricey, the tiki bar was what made it an icon and a place to be reckoned with in the area. I truly hope the family can keep it going but if they don't, then I hope the next owner turns it into a complete tiki bar and entertainment only center. The food is good there but deserves to be simplified and let the bar be it's guide. It is a winner right there with top drinks that anyone who has been to a tiki bar can truly appreciate. The bartenders there are super awesome and they deserve for this place to keep existing, even without Art there. The place won't be the same without him, but it could be a place to honor his memory and keep alive what he truly loved before he died--an oasis away from all the chaos in life
cheryl clark October 28, 2012 at 02:18 am
Thanks, John, for writing about this sad reminder of the waste of war.
Sciritcha October 30, 2012 at 04:40 pm
How many more lives are going to be taken??? We all need to be grateful, thankful and never forgetRead More all the heroes that have sacrificed for our freedom.
Marco September 21, 2012 at 07:45 pm
I believe everyone makes mistakes and sometimes we make the wrong choices but everyone must beRead More forgiven. Yes, sometimes it's very hard to forgive... but we must because all we're doing is hurting ourselves. Sorry to get all religious but it is written John 15:12: This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 08:25 pm
Readers, this forgiveness is extended by David Jordan's family member, and I find that quite moving.Read More Thank you for your voice on this story, Marco.
Marco September 23, 2012 at 04:07 pm
My pleasure. Thank you all for your support. May God bless you all <3
Janet Whitcomb August 26, 2012 at 07:20 pm
I think everyone was on pins and needles the entire day. It was a relief to know Armstrong andRead More Aldrin had landed. But then the second stage of anxiety began. When Armstrong left the capsule and said his famous words, the sense of relief was palpable throughout the nation . . . perhaps the world. Still, I don't believe anyone felt 100% secure until all three men were retrieved after splashdown and, once a period of quarantine was over, allowed to become (if you'll excuse my Warner Bros. cartoon jargon) earthlings again. About a minute after Armstrong stepped out onto the moon, I went outside and stared up at it in wonderment. It was a warm night and the universe seemed especially accessible. I remember feeling only slightly jealous of those at Disneyland, who had the opportunity to watch the whole thing on a large screen set up in Tomorrowland. Some time later I remember my mom reading a magazine and quoting the quote Charles mentions. She seemed to think it a justification for not exercising! But obviously Armstrong had to have been in tip-top shape to do all that he did.
Nancy Wride (Editor) August 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm
Is this the Janet who used to write for the Press Telegram or in Long Beach?
Matt Gaffney August 27, 2012 at 02:55 pm
I was washing dishes at the Colony Kitchen with Tommy Littman. We kept ducking into the Crest Room,Read More that's where the TV was. I remember standing there looking down the bar & seeing Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Margie Oehlert, Paul's Mom, was standing in front of me. A never to be forgotten experience.
Cynthia Stava August 14, 2012 at 07:05 pm
There wasn't a kinder and more gentle man and doctor. He was with my boys from birth until theirRead More teens. I'm so sad to hear of this wonderful man's passing...he will be missed!!
Lynne Cawley August 17, 2012 at 06:20 pm
I worked for Drs. Kaplan and Widelitz in the early 90's and hold those memories dear to my heart.Read More Dr. Widelitz was more than kind--he was funny and smart and loved kids of all ages. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family and the staff of the office and to the community he so faithfully served.
Cheyenne Calderon August 21, 2012 at 02:36 am
Wow. I'm only 14, but when I was littler, my mom said that Dr. Widelitz saved my life & IRead More wouldn't be here with out him. I remember everytime I went in to get a check up, he would always make me laugh even if it wasn't my best day. He was a kind, gentle, funny man. He was 23, & 21 year old sisters pediatrician too. We will miss him. He will be greatly missed by everyone that had him in his life.
Nancy Wride (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 01:25 am
This piece about a special doctor is by a very special writer I know.
Maura Hudson August 10, 2012 at 09:43 am
Great job, Ben...you wrote a very nice story. Dr. Widelitz was my 7-year-old daughter's doctor, andRead More was her first visitor in the hospital upon birth besides family. He's held our hand through some challenging times and we sure do miss him.
Jeffrey K Seitelman August 10, 2012 at 11:51 am
Fabulous writing, Ben. Dr. Widelitz was, along with Bob Kaplan, my son's Pediatrician. A kind,Read More compassionate, professional, very bright and caring. He will be missed.
Linda Merrill July 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm
I heard Sally Ride speak at a womens conference and will never forget her sense of humor. SomeoneRead More asked did you get your brains from your father? Her response was... Must have my mother still had hers. RIP
Nancy Wride (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 01:27 am
Linda, I love that. Driving back from the East Division commander Beckman's crime meeting I heardRead More Sally on the radio, recalling how her Dad was a community college president who did not understand what her major, astrophysics, was. But when she became an astronaut, "I solved all of us his problems, because he knew what that was." Thanks for sharing that Linda.
Jim Light July 24, 2012 at 02:40 am
As part of the shuttle launch team for Sally's first flight, it was a very exciting time. We reallyRead More felt like it was history in the making. It is embarrassing to me, that our current astronauts must be launched on Russian rockets. We owe it to pioneers like Sally and to the next generation of Americans to keep the dream alive. Godspeed Sally Ride!
Marc Schroeder July 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Hey Booboo, I don't want the Nameless one getting jealous and I don't swing that way so if you needRead More to spice things up? Don't waste your time with me.
faith browning November 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm
who was her little friend that was with her when the kiddnapping happend?
R. J. Steelworth November 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm
This is why people need to vote no on 34. Keep the death penalty. Use it.