| 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...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 5:21 PM
OK, hot off the presses, grim lowlights from the new Air Quality Management District (AQMD) staff report, published Wednesday, with proposed amended rules for 444, the beach bonfire ban.
To anyone that has not quite grasped just how agenda-driven this...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:27 PM
The horses arrived in Costa Mesa this week.
As you may have heard, the Tony award-winning "War Horse," one of the most lauded stage productions in decades, is opening at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. And playing a key role in the World War I story...
| 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...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 10:35 AM
The author Michael Crichton said, "If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
And so I think he would've been impressed by the many messages I received last week in reaction to my...