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    We Respond

    >>>VOLUME ONE We cannot publicize Richard Wagner because he inspired Adolf Hitler, who caused that annoying Second World War thing. . . . Why, that's a little trick called irony; look it up, and then you'll realize I wasn't calling myself a guy. N...

    on September 14, 2000
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    Addict

    A dirty little secret about Will Swaim is that six years ago, he worked, albeit briefly, as a freelance reporter for the Orange County Business Journal. Will was bright, talented and about as good a fit at the Business Journal as, say, I would be at...

    by RICK REIFF on September 14, 2000
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    Deskapade

    Photo by Jack GouldI never was much of an OC Weekly reader. As a conservative Republican elected to office, you can hardly blame me. I actually avoided reading the Weekly, just as a June bug avoids a duck pond, a gay trick-or-treater avoids Jerry Fa...

    by CURT PRINGLE on September 14, 2000
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    Fish Heads

    Photo by Mizuho MizumotoFive years of OC Weekly, of truth with a human face. Yes, the Weekly keeps me younger as I get older. Also, life at the beach and the summer dresses . . . none of it hurts. So what does hurt just a little? The beauty of tha...

    by LEE MALLORY on September 14, 2000
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    Dead Letters

    Illustration by Bob AulI guess the one thing that sticks out for me about the paper is what a complete and utter failure the thing has been. Take me, for example. I was hired here three years ago to write a biweekly column, direct the paper's sports...

    by Steve Lowery on September 14, 2000
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    My Lawn

    Courtesy of Dave WielengaA man sipping an icy soft drink interrupted his slow walk through a blazing midsummer afternoon to pause before my front yard and watch me sweat and toil with shovel and hoe. It has been nearly two years since I killed my ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on September 14, 2000
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    Then & Now! - The Weekly Musical Time Capsule

    Then: Fullerton's Club 369 put on great rock shows. Now: Club 369 is a salseria. Then: The Felt Room was a crappy pool hall off the 22 freeway in Westminster. Now: The Felt Room is a crappy pool hall off the 22 freeway in Westminster and the n...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 14, 2000
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    How Times Change

    Five years ago, William Jefferson Clinton was the president of the United States. Five years ago, California's U.S. Senators were Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. Five years ago, Orange County's congressional delegation included Dana Rohrabac...

    on September 14, 2000
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    In the Beginning

    I wish I could say that the idea to create OC Weekly was a brilliant stroke of penetrating thinking sparked by editorial idealism and visionary insight. But here's what really happened. A very, very long time ago, way back in the 1980s, there was ...

    by MICHAEL SIGMAN on September 14, 2000
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    Excerpts: Part 3

    Photo by Myles RobinsonSept. 17, 1999 We spoke through the glass by means of a telephone. I was constrained by his lawyer in terms of what I might ask him, but asking anything seemed for some reason a difficult proposition. How are you doing? Ha...

    on September 14, 2000
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    Excerpts: Part 2

    Photo by Jack GouldNov. 21, 1997 There's a program in Santa Ana for gang members to have their tattoos removed for free, but they don't have any such program for single moms in their late 30s; she's 38 and just trying to get by. Maybe the book will ...

    on September 14, 2000
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    Bob Dornan

    Illustration by Lloyd DangleBitter, defeated ex-Congressman Robert K. Dornan may be the person most responsible for OC Weekly's quick success. Early on, our circulation numbers told us that any time Dornan's face or name appeared on our cover, custo...

    by Steve Lowery on September 14, 2000
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    Happy Anniversary! - Five years of Wedded Dis

    In an age of instant weddings and quickie divorces, Scott and Janet Pearson's milestone is all the more impressive: the Laguna Niguel couple has been married for five years. You read that right: the Pearsons have remained attached for as long as t...

    by Matt Coker on September 14, 2000
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    Jeanne Carmen

    Three years ago, we ran a piece about the former B-movie icon and gal pal to, among others, Sinatra and Presley, and her son Brandon James, whose life work is keeping his mom's name before the public. All of James' work--there is no man faster with ...

    by Steve Lowery on September 14, 2000
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    Then & Now! - The Weekly Musical Time Caspsule

    Then: Fullerton's Club 369 put on great rock shows. Now: Club 369 is a salseria. Then: The Felt Room was a crappy pool hall off the 22 freeway in Westminster. Now: The Felt Room is a crappy pool hall off the 22 freeway in Westminster and the new...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on September 14, 2000
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    The Day Dornan Came to Visit

    Photo by Myles RobinsonCritics have said the Republican congressman--now, thanks in part to Weekly reporter R. Scott Moxley, former congressman--was a part of our business plan from the beginning, that we couldn't have survived without an anti-hero ...

    by WILL SWAIM on September 14, 2000
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    Casting! Gimme a Corpse!

    Photo by Rebecca Evans.Wyn Hilty was theWeekly's first managing editor. Three years ago, she moved to Chicago. Earlier this summer, she moved to Seattle. She contributes to our technology column, Machine Age. Being in on the beginning of the Weekl...

    by WYN HILTY on September 14, 2000
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    Up Against The Wally

    Years ago, I pitched a cover story about local conservative talk-show host Wally George. I'd held a sick fascination with Wally ever since I was a kid, and I really looked forward to mauling him in print. I was convinced that the piece would write i...

    by GREG STACY on September 14, 2000
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    Spooks

    It's a Friday afternoon in midwinter, beneath the wing of the B-52 bomber at March Air Force Base's Historical Aircraft Museum near Riverside. I am standing next to Gene Wheaton, a retired U.S. Army intelligence officer, just in case things get out ...

    by Nick Schou on September 14, 2000
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    I will wear a suit

    "There's a dead guy I want you to photograph," OC Weekly editor Will Swaim tells me. I ask for some background, and he tells me that the dead guy in question is Harold Ezell. "Wasn't he the Reagan-appointed Immigration and Naturalization Service c...

    by JACK GOULD on September 14, 2000
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