| May 14, 2014
| 1:21 PM
Leave a little bit of extra time. That's the thing to remember when you stop by Johnny's Saloon on Beach Boulevard to talk to Johnny for a while.
It's what I learned one recent night when I had a beer with the burly and bearded Johnny Kresimir in the...
| May 20, 2014
| 3:46 PM
Before heading off to Angel Stadium on Saturday to create new baseball memories, I spent the day enjoying baseball history thanks to a gathering of the Pacific Coast League Historical Society at Central Library in Huntington Beach.
In the first half...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:46 AM
The letter is dated 5:40 a.m. Jan. 22, 2014.
It is addressed to "Cowards!!"
And then it begins.
"This letter is for all the cowards, weasels gutless human beings who stood around and watched this beautiful, defenseless girl get beat down. You...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:13 AM
"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 played, which nobody was really doing back then, and he said he was anxious to go explain what I was talking about...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:41 PM
When I walk at the Bolsa Chica wetlands I rarely wear a watch. That's because of the fire station located across from where I park at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. There's a large sundial on the side of the building and so that's how I...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 3:27 PM
Tragedies like this catch us off guard, when we are vulnerable, leaving no time to prepare or to absorb the sickening blow.
Then the most brutal events imaginable begin to unfold. In the blur of modern technology and communication, shards of information...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 11:59 AM
So it's that time of year when kids are home and many adults take some time off from work, and in this column I like to call out a couple of nearby attractions or performances that might be a fun way to spend some time over the holidays.
| Jul 27, 2012
| 2:04 PM
It is with sadness this week that I report the closing of one of Huntington Beach's most beloved and venerable businesses, Springdale Country.
For 42 years, proprietors Harold and Karen Marcus have run a store that is just as popular with out-of-...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 10:18 PM
"A cement-covered marshmallow."
That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband Rusty, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging.
On Goldenwest Street right...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 3:13 PM
I've never seen anything like this. It's hard to fathom. So rare is the view that I don't even want to blink for fear of missing a split second. Did I really just see that?
Recently, at a signing for my new book, "Baseball in Orange County," an elderly...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 9:55 AM
There's a concert I'm looking forward to nearby in Laguna Beach this Saturday.
Thirty years ago, it was seemingly everywhere: the earnest, feathery voice of a soft-spoken Texas balladeer, Christopher Cross. The charts back then featured a galaxy of stars...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 1:27 PM
I will never forget, several years ago, when a friend directed me down to the beach adjacent to about Ninth Street to discover a vital piece of Huntington Beach history. There, embedded in the ground, are remnants of the old train tracks that supported...