Chris Epting

Chris Epting
Author of 19 books and a Huntington Beach resident

In the Pipeline: A cultural gem in the midst of an office complex

In the Pipeline: A cultural gem in the midst of an office complex

When it comes to local historical discoveries, I had quite a surprise recently, as you'll read in a bit.

In the Pipeline: A teary rose ceremony destined for the family photo album

In the Pipeline: A teary rose ceremony destined for the family photo album

It felt like a glimpse into the future. As my 18-year-old daughter took my arm and I began to escort her, I thought maybe this is what it...

In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

The group may get smaller each year, but it's no less passionate in its enthusiasm. That's what happens when a bunch of old players and fans...

In the Pipeline: Timeless design has helped Huntington Beach library stand test of time

In the Pipeline: Timeless design has helped Huntington Beach library stand test of time

With cake, storytelling and shelves full of memories, the Huntington Beach Central Library turned 40 last week. In a day and age when some...

In the Pipeline: If kidnapping is a hoax, woe to us all

Outside the house on 19th Street there remained two news trucks and what might have been a couple of unmarked police vehicles. This was days...

In the Pipeline: Young actress stays grounded even as she soars

In the Pipeline: Young actress stays grounded even as she soars

The picture says it all. It was the moment that Hadley Miller found out she would be the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in the upcoming animated...

In the Pipeline: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stands tall as an author as well

In the Pipeline: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stands tall as an author as well

He enters the room so silently that you don't notice until he's almost right next to you. He's dressed casually in jeans, a black warm-up...

In the Pipeline: Feeding wildlife has dangerous repercussions

In the Pipeline: Feeding wildlife has dangerous repercussions

OK, I will be the bad guy. The feeding of all wild birds in Huntington Beach needs to stop. Today.

In the Pipeline: Boatyard sign painter has the precision of a true artist

In the Pipeline: Boatyard sign painter has the precision of a true artist

I saw him the other day in the middle of one of those magnificent, bright blue and yellow summery afternoons we've been enjoying. His...

In the Pipeline: Cookie baker works to spread sweet inspiration

In the Pipeline: Cookie baker works to spread sweet inspiration

As we meet outside a nondescript doorway near Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Huntington Beach, a bear of a man leads me back...

In the Pipeline: Wild creatures are not playthings

In the Pipeline: Wild creatures are not playthings

The sea lion under the Huntington Beach Pier barked and kept twisting its head around, seemingly to try to get a sense of who or what was...

In the Pipeline: Keep kids safe and meet baseball legends

In the Pipeline: Keep kids safe and meet baseball legends

Coming up on Monday is one of my favorite events of the year, the KinderVision golf tournament and banquet at SeaCliff Country Club in...

In the Pipeline: Time to rein in city's plastic bag overreach

Well, it's back. But did it ever really go away?

In the Pipeline: Locals share memories of late 'Beverly Hillbillies' star Donna Douglas

In the Pipeline: Locals share memories of late 'Beverly Hillbillies' star Donna Douglas

I never got to meet her, but it wasn't for lack of trying. When my family first moved to Huntington Beach in 1999, we were picking our...

In the Pipeline: A year filled with tumult — and good memories

In the Pipeline: A year filled with tumult — and good memories

It was quite a year in Huntington Beach. I'm not sure I can remember one quite as tumultuous.

In the Pipeline: Camel record store plays on in memories of H.B. music fans

In the Pipeline: Camel record store plays on in memories of H.B. music fans

As I have been out talking about my new book on the history of rock 'n' roll in Orange County, I've been hearing plenty of stories from...

In the Pipeline: Local surf icon helps make boat parade a rockin' good time

In the Pipeline: Local surf icon helps make boat parade a rockin' good time

I was particularly excited to receive an invitation from my friend Andrea Roberson to watch the boat parade Saturday from her father's...

In the Pipeline: Youth shelter needs our help

In the Pipeline: Youth shelter needs our help

I know many of you attended the snowflake lighting at the Light a Light of Love on Sunday evening near the pier.

In the Pipeline: Surviving WWII to grow a new life

In the Pipeline: Surviving WWII to grow a new life

Last week I wrote about Bud Guillot, an Army Air Forces veteran who had been shot down over Berlin in April 1944, was captured by the...

In the Pipeline:  A daring WWII landing, dismal prison and forced march

In the Pipeline: A daring WWII landing, dismal prison and forced march

I had a very special Veterans Day last week, having had the privilege of spending the morning with Bud Guillot. He's another of the...

In the Pipeline: Ex-manager's birthday evokes Meadowlark Airport's high-flying legacy

In the Pipeline: Ex-manager's birthday evokes Meadowlark Airport's high-flying legacy

After thanking everybody, he said, with a smile and in his small voice, "This is the last plane to leave Meadowlark Airport." Then his...

In the Pipeline: Campaign signs send good messages about electoral process

In the Pipeline: Campaign signs send good messages about electoral process

The election is over. And within a couple of days, the city will be rid of certain elements that to some are a scourge and to others a...

In the Pipeline: Pageant winner is serious about literacy

I'm waiting to speak with the newly crowned Miss Huntington Beach, but she is busy. Watching as she works on college applications, writing...

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

We all met Sunday morning at about 8 o'clock on the front lawn at Dwyer Middle School, where a tree is planted in memory of Robin Samsoe.

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

I did not know Robin Samsoe personally, but I certainly have gotten to know her in the past few months. After I wrote a column about what...

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

"Seahawks, please draw your attention to the front of the stadium stands, where some very special guests are joining us for homecoming...

In the Pipeline: Ex-coach makes good on a promise after life-changing injury

In the Pipeline: Ex-coach makes good on a promise after life-changing injury

Barry Waters sits in his easy chair at home. Stacks of get-well cards are piled up in various parts of his comfortable, cozy den. The...

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

In the Pipeline: 'Endless Summer' star back where his story began

He's back – a homegrown surfing legend who has spent the past several years living in Costa Rica.

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

The Ocean View Little League program continues to be one of the strongest in the state, if not the country. Its 2011 Little League World...

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

Well, the first Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival has come and gone. I wish the turnout had been stronger, but more on that later....

In the Pipeline: War still fresh for ex-flying ace

In the Pipeline: War still fresh for ex-flying ace

"They were red hot when I picked them up. Had it not been for that one little piece of metal that they hit in the plane, I probably wouldn't...

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

Outside of writing this column, I spend a lot of time working as a music journalist. As I travel to interview artists and review shows, I'...

In the Pipeline: Continue the fight for bonfires

"With the decision today of the Democrats to side with the [South Coast Air Quality Management District] in holding AB 1102, they sent the...

In the Pipeline: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

In the Pipeline: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

I never met Ella Christensen, known by many in Huntington Beach as the queen of the pier.

In the Pipeline: 97-year-old has a rich history

In the Pipeline: 97-year-old has a rich history

"They like me because I never complain. I never talk about my medication or my health or my doctors. Instead, I'll tell jokes and talk about...

In the Pipeline: 405 toll plan another government abuse

So here we go again. An unelected state government bureaucracy decides on its own to financially punish citizens without so much as a vote.

In the Pipeline: Big plans for surfing museum

In the Pipeline: Big plans for surfing museum

A couple of surfing stories today, given that the U.S. Open of Surfing will be getting underway in Huntington Beach in just days.

Emotions run deep during discussion of memorial to Robin Samsoe

I had never met Robin Samsoe's mom before last week's Huntington Beach City Council meeting.

In the Pipeline: Honoring soldiers with every step

It's after midnight, and I'm parked along Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street.

In the Pipeline: Mom faces down despair after daughter's death

In the Pipeline: Mom faces down despair after daughter's death

"I think Kelly would have said, 'Leave it alone, Mom!'"

In the Pipeline: Guitarist finds recovery in rock

In the Pipeline: Guitarist finds recovery in rock

"Most addicts and alcoholics need that stuff to believe in themselves. That's why they call it 'liquid courage,' right? But what we are...

In the Pipeline: A baseball league to remember

In the Pipeline: A baseball league to remember

Before heading off to Angel Stadium on Saturday to create new baseball memories, I spent the day enjoying baseball history thanks to a...

In the Pipeline: Barry Rillera is living rock history

In the Pipeline: Barry Rillera is living rock history

"Paul sat down next to me on the plane and asked me how I got that sound out of the guitar. I explained to him how I bent the strings when I...

In the Pipeline: The public wants its voice

I like it when City Hall is packed and public comments at the meetings take hours. Those are signs that our system is working and that...

In the Pipeline: A taste of boba done right

I think the Taste of Huntington Beach is my favorite event of the year and not just because of how full I am at the end of the day.

In the Pipeline: 'Ghost bikes' mark earthly tragedies

In the Pipeline: 'Ghost bikes' mark earthly tragedies

It started in 2003, in St. Louis, after a man named Patrick Van Der Tuin saw a bicyclist fatally struck by a car.

In the Pipeline: Tasty food truck tidbit

In the Pipeline: Tasty food truck tidbit

I recently went to the LeBard Park fields, where Seaview plays its Little League baseball games, and I had a chance to see the new marker...

In the Pipeline: Elvis sightings — for real

We all know that Elvis has left the proverbial building.

In the Pipeline: Young ambassador in her own right

In the Pipeline: Young ambassador in her own right

In honor of its Sister City program with Anjo, Japan, Huntington Beach is hosting a Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday with all kinds of...

In the Pipeline: Western star in our midst

In the Pipeline: Western star in our midst

I received a note early this week from regular column reader Ron Terranova letting me know that he enjoyed the article about Jeff Lebow...

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