By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
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By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
I am so very glad to have a reason to stay up past 1 a.m. on a Saturday night again (Gee, that sounds so sad!) [Karina Longworth’s “Elvira’s World,” Sept. 24]. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is still one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. And I sure miss that movie poster. Gonk rocked! Welcome back, one and only Mistress!
Batz, San Francisco, via ocweekly.com
I was fortunate enough to have met Elvira’s predecessor at KHJ-TV, Seymour (a.k.a. Larry Vincent), the host of its Fright Night series, which started around 1970. Larry passed on from cancer, and I have to admit Elvira, with her take on an updated Vampira, was a winner from the start. She only got better through the years. I’m really glad she’s back to “vamp up” television and show those sparkly critters from Twilight and the unsexy “things” of True Blood how it’s done—with verve, humor and classy double entendres.
William Dean, via ocweekly.com
CREER? BELIEVE IT!
I used to work in San Juan Capistrano [Spencer Kornhaber’s “Paying Favorites,” Sept. 24]. I am Caucasian and attended CREER meetings on a regular basis, as I worked for another nonprofit. I have to say I felt nothing but welcome at CREER meetings. I feel this is one of the best non-governmental organizations I have seen, and I feel blessed to have been a part of it. CREER gives a voice to the people who have the least power. It was very active in showing the poorest women how to be heard. What issues were they fighting for? Safe communities, better education for their children, improved relations and communication with the police, opportunities for their family to succeed, ensuring that other families had their basic needs met. CREER is a real grassroots organization. In San Juan Capistrano and throughout Orange County, the people who are on the city councils and have the power are those who are affluent. I have always been involved in politics—since I was 14 and a youth lobbyist for organizations such as 4-H. When I moved here, I felt I had no voice in the community and the only ones who had their wishes met were those with excessive amounts of money—which leads to the high corruption we find in Southern California politics. CREER is making steps to empower the voiceless, and there is no limit to the good that can come out of that.
Former SJC, via ocweekly.com
OKAY, WHO FORGOT TO PUT THE SARCASM TAGS ON TRENDZILLA THIS WEEK?
Yesterday, I received a copy of OC Weekly from a family member who knew how excited I’d be because Elvira was donning the cover. My excitement didn’t last long, however. I got to your Trendzilla column and started reading, and not even into the first paragraph, I got upset [Vickie Chang’s “Small Wonders,” Sept. 24]! Why? you are asking yourself. Do I have small, itty-bitty titties? When I read, “You supposedly don’t fit the female ideal: Curvaceous (but by no means overweight—good God, no).” That’s what killed it right then and there for me. I do realize there is a lot of controversy regarding this subject. But let me further explain what exactly upset me: The fact that you’re covering your ass by not wanting to condone being overweight; the fact that you said, “good God, no!” Good God, NO! Those three words out of your whole article stuck with me; it was like saying, “Oh, God, the HORROR!” Like being overweight makes you a freak. I realize we live in a shallow society, that men are visual creatures, and that we are influenced by pretty faces and anorexic standards of living. I realize being “overweight” is unhealthy and not “society’s standard,” but some of us sadly have to live with it and cannot escape it. But when I read an article that’s meant to be about fashion and fashion fuck-ups, those three little words made a difference for me. I don’t want to sit here and waste more of your time or argue regarding this matter because this “subject” will NEVER go away.
Sarah Ellis, via e-mail
To the reggae-band noisemaker [Hey, You! “Dreading the Noise,” Sept. 10]: Evidently, you think it’s okay to impose your party noise onto your neighbors as long as you tell them in advance. You mocked the old lady’s objections. Would any objection—like needing sleep for work the next day—have deterred you? Probably not. A resident’s right to peace and quiet is encoded in the law. That’s why the police shut down your reggae band. If you are the “responsible and considerate neighbor” you claim to be, then you’ll throw future parties in a non-residential area.
Sandrita Mason, Long Beach, via e-mail
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