| Oct 22, 2013
| 9:15 AM
Whenever I see an email from Bob Chatt, I never pause before opening because I know it will be something interesting.
I've written about Chatt before. He's the antique military collector in Huntington Beach who had his own reality show and boasts a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:05 AM
On a balmy, breezy and drizzly morning, Suzanne Messina-Cervellone walked me around Bartlett Park.
The 28-acre park, located just behind the Newland House along Coldwater Lane, is a hilly, rugged and densely overgrown oblong plot that occupies land once...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...