| Feb 26, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Some columns just seem to strike a chord.
I can tell right away as the emails start to come in when something has truly resonated. Leave it to Meadowlark Airport to unlock so many memories from those who took to the air there, and also those who enjoyed...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 12:29 PM
I wish every street in Huntington Beach had a Gwendoline Runyard.
She passed away in January at 90, a year after her husband, Bob, but left behind a remarkable trove of memories inspired by the neighborhood where she lived.
Runyard wrote in 1955:...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 12:16 PM
There is a clue on Warner Avenue near Bolsa Chica: a small street that leads into the shopping center where Ralphs is, next to McDonald's, called Airport Circle.
Many of you may know what that means, but I'm sure there are also a lot of newcomers that...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 10:35 AM
"H.B. Champion Standards Win 3 to 2! Fastest Game of Baseball Witnessed Here! 2000 See Game! Gate receipts over $609!"
So trumpeted the local headlines one summer day in the late 1920s after a ballgame in Huntington Beach.
For many fans, baseball...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 1:31 PM
While I was driving down Bushard Street in Fountain Valley recently, just after crossing Talbert Avenue, something caught my eye near the Taco Bell parking lot — a small, square-shaped green sign fixed to a metal post.
What drew my attention were...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 2:20 PM
"The hardest things are questions about the time — about what she endured in the last eight, 12 hours. He has admitted to nothing. And that is hard because the imagination is worse than any reality — and then there is the place where she was...
| 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...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 2:56 PM
Last week, I wrote about Leroy Jauman after we visited the home on Eighth Street where he was born, the abode with those two tall, slender palm trees in front of it. His dad, Andy, planted those trees in honor of his son Leroy's birth back in 1924, and...
| 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...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 2:13 PM
One of the coldest cases on record has been solved. Call it "justice served, a la cart."
Back in May, I wrote about Mike Guidicianne, the 34-year-old Boston transplant/entrepreneur who owns and operates Orange County Slush here in Huntington Beach....
| Sep 4, 2012
| 4:24 PM
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever wrote a strong editorial in the Daily Pilot last week calling out the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for its "audacious scheme" that would "use billions of Measure M2 freeway congestion-improvement tax dollars to...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Next week, we're fortunate to have not one but two special author appearances at Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra.
At 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Martin J. Smith, editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine, will discuss and sign his new book, "The Wild Duck Chase:...