| Sep 24, 2012
| 2:41 PM
There are many palm trees in Huntington Beach, but few as meaningful as the pair of graceful and slender Mexican fan palms that scrape the sky just several blocks from the ocean on Eighth Street. Like the house they sway in front of, they date back to the...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 11:22 AM
Back in 1987, there was a picture of Mende Schlendering in the newspaper — this newspaper. The occasion was her 10th birthday, celebrated with a tea on the golf course at SeaCliff Country Club. But more specifically, the reason Mende's picture was...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:50 PM
With the Olympics starting this coming week, I wanted to point out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the worst day in Olympic history.
In 1972, at the Munich games, eight Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli athletes and took nine...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 11:01 AM
I love talking to former Major League ballplayer and Angels' broadcaster Rex Hudler. "The Wonder Dog" as he is known, just always exudes so much enthusiasm and feel-good energy. He's energetic, spiritual, and seems to spend every waking moment trying to...
| 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...
| 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.