| Jan 23, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Linda Alexander favors an underdog.
The 56-year-old Maryland author's intent is to give a fair shake to those who haven't been a staple of the public eye.
Hence, the late Jack Kelly, who died in 1992, served her well as the protagonist of her latest...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 4:42 PM
My idea of a boat is a kayak, so that is the boat I own.
As I tool around Huntington Harbour during spring and summer, I still marvel at the many yachts that dwarf my blue plastic Ocean Kayak, so I was pleased to accept an invitation to ride in the...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 2:10 PM
The bonfire fight has never been hotter (or weirder) then it is right now.
On April 12, I went to visit Assemblyman Allan Mansoor in his Costa Mesa office. I have been in touch with a number of local elected officials about the looming draconian ban...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Last Sunday will long stand out for me as a special one in this city.
It began at the wonderful Taste of Huntington Beach celebration, which supports the Children's Library. The organizers of the event were kind enough to have the winner of my annual...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:21 AM
How strange to be sitting at lunch at the site of the old Meadowlark Airport with the man whose name will be forever intertwined with it.
For years I've read about Yukio "Dick" Nerio, who purchased the airport in 1947. But it was his son Art Nerio...
| May 15, 2013
| 11:10 AM
People keep asking me whether I think the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will vote June 7 to ban beach bonfires in much of Southern California.
I've been invited to speak before several groups in the last few weeks, and the...
| May 20, 2013
| 11:30 AM
The playoffs are upon us. I'm not referring to the NBA or the NHL, though there are some terrific series taking place in those leagues. I'm talking about Little League baseball here in Huntington Beach, where, as the Jeff Pratto-led Ocean View team showed...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 2:27 PM
Beach and Edinger. Warner and Gothard. Heil and Bolsa Chica. At more and more intersections, I notice them, growing in numbers. Do you?
They are the forgotten and the fringe. The homeless and the hustlers. Some beg for money. Some just wander aimlessly....
| Feb 4, 2013
| 4:30 PM
For me, the best part about being an author is the chance to go to schools and not so much talk to kids (though I love doing that), but hear their questions.
As good or better than any interviewer that will sit down to talk with you, kids seem to cut...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The twin towers will soon stand in Huntington Beach.
With a little luck and a lot more money, this Sept. 11 will see the unveiling of a remarkable sculpture in front of City Hall. It will feature metallic, exact scale replicas of the World Trade...
| May 28, 2013
| 11:20 AM
"My father worked on the takeoff mechanism for the Wright brothers back in 1906. He was a blacksmith and when Wilbur Wright came into the shop he got right to it."
Philip Hodgetts, 93, is at least as interesting as his dad.
We're sitting in his...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Judy Collins has plenty of memories of her childhood Christmases. Her father, who ran a radio show, would bring home store employees who had given him good bargains. Fruitcakes were a staple of the family kitchen, baked early in the season and drizzled...