| 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 2, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Since the New Year starts off with my 300th In The Pipeline column, I thought we'd go back to the beginning for an update.
Column No. 1 involved a mysterious landmark, a black, granite tombstone at Springdale Street and Warner Avenue, in the bushes...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 3:56 PM
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission of Skylab, the first U.S. orbital space station.
Skylab 2, as it was called, set off to repair the space station, and was led by Cmdr. Peter Conrad. As you probably remember, Conrad was...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 3:52 PM
The Huntington Beach Library will be holding its 25th Authors Festival, but this year's event will include the newly-created Surf City Kids Book Fest to keep the community's youth interested in reading.
Authors Festival co-chairs Sue Welfringer and...
| 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...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:12 PM
The La Bolsa Tile Co. The Holly Sugar Factory. The Pacific Broom Co. The Pacific Oil Cloth and Linoleum Factory. And it goes on.
These are the ghosts of Huntington Beach.
But then there are the actual physical traces scattered all over the city. The...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:27 PM
It seems like it's becoming a bittersweet ritual here in Huntington Beach. Students going back to the grade schools to wander abandoned buildings and overgrown fields to say goodbye.
Recently this paper did a story on students returning to Wardlow...
| Jul 11, 2013
So how was your Fourth of July?
For most of us, it was a classic Huntington Beach holiday. Tens of thousands of beachgoers packed the sand, cooked out, enjoyed the parade and of course gathered around many bonfires into the night.
But there was a...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Several months ago, Air Quality Management District Chairman William Burke proclaimed that he was "100% positive" he would be able to ban all fire rings in Southern California. Clearly, he underestimated the power of a little place called Huntington...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 4:03 PM
A young Huntington Beach author has just published his first book.
It's a history book that manages to uncover many unique and interesting facts of which most people may be unaware.
When the author moved to Huntington Beach at around 5 years old, he...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 3:05 PM
You could hear a pin drop on Main Street at 10 p.m. Sunday.
It was eerie, abandoned and dead just an hour or so after having the life beaten out of it.
Broken glass crunched under each step while blue-and-red police car lights pulsated at each...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 9:07 PM
Falling Into Theatre...and Finding Myself
Fithian Press; 232 pages
Actor Steve McQueen famously said, "I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."
Robert Cohen may have that spirit as well. When the...