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    Not Over My Dead Body - Gulfstream of Consciousness

    It wasn't my fault I was at Newport Beach's Gulfstream--formerly Cowboy, and the favored pickup joint for at least one guy whose opening gambit is (no shit!), "I own two companies." No, I blame it all on tall drink of water Cher Greenleaf, who was...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 17, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Dec. 29: Johnnie Crean, the travel-trailer tycoon, one-time congressional candidate and son of Santa Ana Heights travel-trailer trailblazer turned public-TV cook John Crean, was sued for alleged sexual discrimination and harassment, report...

    by Matt Coker on January 17, 2002
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    Hiatus a Week at a Time - Santa Ana KOs Koos Art Cafefor the moment

    Photo by Chris ZieglerNo one thought they'd ever make it through the first few months, but Dennis Lluy and the volunteers at Santa Ana's Koo's Art Caf defied all expectations to turn a ramshackle former Chinese restaurant into one of the county's--...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 17, 2002
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly. com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submission of a letter, you agree that we c...

    on January 17, 2002
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    How I Became an Informant for the Newport Beach PD

    Photo courtesy of Diane HolmeslyCops like to say that, in prison, everybody's innocent. It's a joke, of course, because most people believe the opposite--that once someone is convicted of a crime, guilt is certain. The cause of justice has been serv...

    by Nick Schou on January 17, 2002
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    Driving Miss Kathy - Anaheims Katherine Smith hopes to become Californias next public schools chief

    Photo by Jack GouldKatherine Smith's drive toward the 2002 elections she hopes will transform her from Anaheim school board member to California public school chief begins behind the wheel of her Cadillac. It's 9:30 on a recent morning, and Smith ...

    by Nick Schou on January 17, 2002
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    The George - Chapman University celebrates Argyros while others merely weep

    "It is vitally important that we impress upon our society that freedom and democracy will survive and prosper if each of us takes personal responsibility for our actions and ourselves." --George L. Argyros, 2000 The above quotation is featured pr...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 17, 2002
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    Harold Ezell is Still Dead - But we need more little deaths

    The very excellent theme of this here special issue, which was chosen by my really great editors, who are really very great, is that of death and dying. But if you ask me, death and dying are really a downer! Boo! My objections duly disclosed, whe...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 3, 2002
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    Deader Than Ever - The year in pro sports

    Photo by Keith MayProfessional sports have died so many deaths in Orange County that they seem like one of those things that die a lot of deaths--you know, like neoclassical architecture or Dick York. When did professional OC sports become dead ag...

    by Steve Lowery on January 3, 2002
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    The Club Crawl - And then there were the Nazis

    Photo by Jack GouldThis year saw so many openings, closings, reworkings, reopenings, reclosings, renamings, re-emergings, re-reopenings and re-reclosings in the local live club scene that you practically needed a DVD with director's narration and sc...

    by Rich Kane on January 3, 2002
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    Not Funny - The year in Rick Dees

    If you think listening to Rick Dees is as bad as it gets, try talking to him. I did on Oct. 30 at about 8 a.m., right in the middle of his drive-time morning show on LA-based KISS-FM. It was for an on-air radio gag. Former KROQ jock and Bikini Bea...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 3, 2002
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    A Reality Shrine for a Wired World - The year in coffeehouse founder Carl Diedrich

    Photo courtesy of Martin DiedrichThe first time I saw the Carl Diedrich Memorial Van was in 1978. It was parked outside Diedrich's 10-foot-by-25-foot coffee import shop at the back end of a strip mall near the corner of Irvine Boulevard and 17th Str...

    by NATHAN CALLAHAN on January 3, 2002
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    Hi, Priest - So long, John Winters

    Photo by Jeanne RiceOne late night, DJ Priest ran into one of my editorial colleagues in the massive lobby of the Weekly's Worldwide Costa Mesa HQ. The colleague was carrying a cup of coffee--heavily sugared and creamed to the bright color of beach ...

    by JEREMY ZACHARY on January 3, 2002
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    The Jefferies Fan Club Fan - Leader singer/guitarist Mike Dziurgot remembers his favorite band

    Photo by Jack GouldA year ago, ska-pop heroes Jeffries Fan Club broke up because lead singer and guitarist Mike Dziurgot wanted out. He wanted to be a full-time student and a full-time Christian. Not that he wasn't a Christian before--he just felt t...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 3, 2002
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    Love and Grief United - The life and death--and struggle with death--of Ken Kesey

    When I heard on the morning of Nov. 10 that Ken Kesey had died, my thoughts catapulted back to the first time I visited his farm in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. It was a hot afternoon in August 1987, exactly 20 years after the Summer of Love, which Kesey ...

    by DAVID WEDDLE on January 3, 2002
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    Live Bear Poet - Gary Tomlinson rose to greatness

    Courtesy of Phish BlacklerIf you were fortunate enough to have met Gary Tomlinson, you no doubt learned that some people don't so much make first impressions as sudden, sharp forced entries into your consciousness. Tomlinson was among the most bri...

    by Joel Beers on January 3, 2002
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    Hey, OJB! - John Schmitz, a voice that should have rung free and wack for eternity

    Illustration by Bob AulIt's tough to decide whether the life of Orange County Congressman John Schmitz was more Greek tragedy or Shakespearean farce. Schmitz died of cancer in January. Though an OC native, he'd been making his home in Virginia sin...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 3, 2002
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    Oh, Death! - The year that sucked

    Illustration by Bob AulOh, Death, oh, Death, won't you spare me over for another year? Not this year, Jocko: 2001 was one big killing floor, with dead Beatles and dead Bozos. It didn't stop with people: there's also the death of democracy, justice...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 3, 2002
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    Diary of a mad county - Orange County, California: 2001

    JANUARY The realfirst day of the millennium came and went without a hitch. Did anyone really think something bad, evil, deadly, horrific and life-as-we-know-it-altering would ever happen to us? . . . Patti Dalby and ex-boyfriend C. Brooks Brann ente...

    by Matt Coker on January 3, 2002
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    Hate-Filled Letters

    Editor's note: The following are excerpts from letters we received during 2001. Enjoy! Matt Coker is a hypocrite. You guys are pathetic fuckers. Chris Ziegler is a dumb ass. Jim Washburn is an asshole and a dumbass. Week in and week out, the Weekl...

    on January 3, 2002
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