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tracy abbott cook April 13, 2014 at 07:48 am
You know we hear horrible stories every day and I guess I get numb to alot as a protetive device,Read More I'm sure. But this one really hit me. All those kids and the adults on a mission to improve their lives or the lives of others. Made me so sad. And this couple sounds so kind and lovely. Thank you for sharing it. Although it hurts.
Cynthia Garcia April 13, 2014 at 08:45 am
My son went on a school trip to SF and is coming home today. I heard about the crash the first timeRead More it was broadcast and was worried sick. This tragedy is very heart wrenching for a parent like me and as a person. My prayers go out to those that lost their lives & their families as well as to those that were directly affected by the accident.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 13, 2014 at 08:52 am
Tracy, I'm with you. Obviously, being a journalist, there are terrible stories everyday. But thisRead More one cuts through bone. It's just horrific in every way and has ties to people up and down the state, with LA County, Riverside County and Orange County hit hard.
Mickey Rooney and Princess Samantha Kennedy. Patch file photo.
nitagregory April 9, 2014 at 08:00 am
I can only hope I make it to his age. Way before my time but what I've seen of him is amazing trulyRead More original
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 9, 2014 at 08:42 am
Unfortunately, there's trouble brewing in his family, which is feuding over where to bury the bodyRead More http://studiocity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mikey-rooneys-family-feuding-where-to-bury-the-body
Snow April 9, 2014 at 10:07 am
Wonderful. Most disgusting power play ever- squabbling over the issues of a deceased person. ThoughRead More Rooney should have had a will that specified that issue of burial. Still remembering Gregory Peck in that uniform right now...............
John V. "Jack" Foley. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District.
Patsy Morris March 25, 2014 at 02:31 pm
Subtitle says that he had a "batter with cancer". RIP.
D. Jude March 25, 2014 at 03:26 pm
karma..goes around and comes around........maybe next will be Brian D"arcy~~!!
Lisa Ohlund March 29, 2014 at 01:11 am
Mr. or Ms. D. Jude - If by karma you mean that he will have a wonderful afterlife because of the wayRead More he lived this life,then I would agree with you; Col. Foley was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman and a heckuva water man. If you mean something derisive, then you never met him, and I will pray that one day you will rest in peace.
Sid Caesar has died. He was 91. Patch file photo.
GreenInOC February 12, 2014 at 07:07 pm
If you ever get a chance to watch "Hail Sid Caesar!", it's a fantastic documentary. I'veRead More always found it fascinating that modern day comics continue to speak of Sid in awe and admiration.
Dave February 13, 2014 at 07:27 am
No question Caesar was a genius but he also had a great eye for talent, hand picking his co-stars onRead More "Show" and writers, Mel Brooks, an 18 year old Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner to name some of the most prominent. I had the great privilege and pleasure to see Mr Caesar give a two hour talk in the board room of the Screen Actor's Guild on Wilshire just east of the La Brea Tarpits about 8 years ago. Although the once tall and strapping Caesar had become shrunken and bent with age, once he was seated on the dais with moderator Joe Mantegna, you'd have thought you had been transported back to 1954 as Caesar came alive telling us of his memories working with all these great talents while tossing out some of his best bits- the foreign language imitations being as fresh and funny as they were on "Show of Shows". It was a night I won't soon forget and I am so glad I was able to see him in this small and intimate room. Rest in Peace, Sid. We won't be seeing your like again any time soon.
GreenInOC February 13, 2014 at 08:21 am
@Dave, what a treat - I wish I had been able to listen to him speak in person.
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Joel Cooper September 10, 2013 at 07:19 am
Cal Worthington was a true American, a WWII bomber pilot who, at 21 years of age, flew B-17 bombingRead More raids over Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin. The fact that he proudly served his country should not go unmentioned. Additionally, "Spot" was not just a goat. The first "spot" was a gorilla followed by tigers, alligators, elephants, hippos, you name it.
FILE PHOTO: Boat parade grand marshal and actress Bo Derek poses for a photo with Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell during the King Harbor Christmas Boat Parade in 2012. Photo credit John Schreiber.
tim traynor June 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm
A few years back, when Body Glove was still on 6th Street in Hermosa, Bob noticed me coming aroundRead More after closing time on several occasions. He asked (with a smile) if I was casing the place. I admitted that I was, in a sense. I was using the buildings in a novel I was writing called, "THE HI-TEC ROCKS." (AMAZON) The compound was destined to become the world headquarters for Turner Sound Systems. He invited me inside and let me look around all I wanted. His only request was that I give him a copy when it was published. Of course I readily agreed. except that it wasn't published until a year ago. I was always intending on sending him the promised payment, but it just didn't seem like something he would remember after all this time. Very sorry I never got around to it.
Deborah Courtney June 17, 2013 at 07:39 pm
What a kind, wonderful man! A true Christian, he truly walked the walk! The wonderful stories heRead More told as he Captained his boat! A real loss to all. May the Meistrell Family find comfort in knowing that Bob affected many lives in such positive ways!
mimi June 23, 2013 at 11:15 am
Everyone who enjoys water sports has owned or worn Body Glove products at one time or another.Read More Sorry to hear the originator of the company is gone. Condolences to his family.
David C. Williams
Duke Noor May 20, 2013 at 01:19 pm
I was honored to know and respect you at California Coastal Commission hearings and quite a fewRead More local council meetings over the years. You're departure was way to soon, and you will be missed by beach volleyball enthusiasts here in the South Bay , across the USA and abroad. RIP my friend.
Susie Parker September 28, 2013 at 07:34 am
Hi. I'm Susie Parker. Larry Parker of "BIG DADDY and SONS" was my BIG brother. Larry wasRead More more than a husband, father, brother and first born son to our amazing parents. Larry was a man for the people. He truly loved feeding you all and having a relationship with you. My big brother was the most tender hearted man I've ever known. Food just tasted better when I ate with him. Thank you to everyone who loved Larry. You were his passion.
Nancy Wride (Editor) April 12, 2013 at 06:54 pm
Thanks, Mike. Erin's words already were already brave and generous, but her being so close in age toRead More my Mom put them in boldface for me.
Dorothy J. Brooks April 13, 2013 at 08:42 am
Definitely, touching to read about Erin Vidovich and her journey with breast cancer. Sending myRead More heartfelt sympathies to Erin's family, friends and all those lucky to have known Erin. Reason I was very "touched" by this article, I too, was diagnosed stage 3 because of dense breasts (I had an "all clear" mammogram 4 months prior to diagnose). I have a feeling I met Erin at a pre- fashion show (I think it was her) -- we tried on clothes to wear in the fashion show. Sizes were too small for me! We did chat for a short while... Regardless (whether I met her or not), Erin is an inspiration for me, as is her husband -- Erin's story certainly did "touch" my heart/in a way I want to be touched! And to "that college professor" = Erin certainly ended up on the top of her class! I will keep Erin and her family in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for sharing Erin's story.
Dorothy J. Brooks April 13, 2013 at 09:58 am
...and...in addition to my previous e-mail comment...the "fashion show" (if I did, indeed,Read More meet Erin) needs an explanation (to those thinking breast cancer and a fashion show?) Yes, it was a fashion show for those who had breast cancer to participate in....and I did just spend (after writing my previous e-mail) the last hour reading Erin's "blogs" (never have read a "blog")....I am at a loss for words....the blogs made me smile and then weep at times....I will be keeping Erin in my thoughts for a long time....Erin has definitely touched my heart in a very special way. Dotti Brooks
Liz Spear (Editor) September 2, 2012 at 03:32 pm
"... there's one thing, I know the blues they send to greet me won't defeat me. It won't beRead More long 'till happiness steps up to greet me." My favorite Hal David lyric, I think, though it's hard to pick from so many great songs! These words have suck with me since I was a kid. :) What's your favorite Hal David lyric or song?
Duke Noor August 3, 2012 at 06:20 pm
Rest in Peace Jean. You were of great service, especially to the City of Hermosa Beach, and you willRead More always be remembered by the way you gave back to the community.
Linda Merrill July 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm
I heard Sally Ride speak at a womens conference and will never forget her sense of humor. SomeoneRead More asked did you get your brains from your father? Her response was... Must have my mother still had hers. RIP
Nancy Wride (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 01:27 am
Linda, I love that. Driving back from the East Division commander Beckman's crime meeting I heardRead More Sally on the radio, recalling how her Dad was a community college president who did not understand what her major, astrophysics, was. But when she became an astronaut, "I solved all of us his problems, because he knew what that was." Thanks for sharing that Linda.
Jim Light July 24, 2012 at 02:40 am
As part of the shuttle launch team for Sally's first flight, it was a very exciting time. We reallyRead More felt like it was history in the making. It is embarrassing to me, that our current astronauts must be launched on Russian rockets. We owe it to pioneers like Sally and to the next generation of Americans to keep the dream alive. Godspeed Sally Ride!
bxbrian01 April 12, 2012 at 09:17 pm
good afternoon I'm very sorry to hear of this loss and will continue to pray for the family. I'm aRead More web designer and I would be honored to put up a website in honor of her.
laura April 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm
Rachel was a lovely young woman just coming in to her own. A tragic loss for her family and ourRead More community.
Denise A. April 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Rachel was beautiful in every way. I've never met someone (let alone at her age) that was so gentle,Read More generous, forgiving, loving, talented and dedicated. In her 18 years, she touched the lives of so many people. Had she lived, there is no doubt Rachel would have accomplished great things.
Jackson Feedoo October 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm
I'm just afraid of throaty types who loiter outside her death site, crooning her memory on SantaRead More Monica Blvd.
klc November 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Workman family. John was an amazing man, a true gentleman andRead More of the utmost character. He was an upstanding public servant who has served our City well and selflessly. Hermosa Beach has lost a treasure. God bless and rest in peace. You will be deeply missed.
Bob Atkins November 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm
So very sad to read of his passing. I thought he had done a very good job as Treasurer and wouldRead More have liked to see him continue in that capacity.
Mere Thompson November 18, 2011 at 01:51 pm
What a shame, politics being what they are. John loved his family, his city, helped any andRead More everyway he could. I admired him and care that he was hurt so badly in the election. Annette