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    ANTI-RED BUTTONS - Everybody Knows that Richard

    Everybody knows that Richard Milhous Nixon, the only United States president born in Orange County, spent the 20 years between leaving office in 1974 and his death in 1994 totally re-creating himself. Not so many people realize that the second comin...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 6, 2000
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    PRESS RELEASES - Shit People Sent Us, 1999

    There really is a media conspiracy, one that involves us getting countless great tips we never tell you about. Those tips typically come in the form of press releases touting miracle cures, futuristic technologies and great deals. We shred most of t...

    on January 6, 2000
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    Bottom of the Mailbag

    BOTTOM OF THE MAILBAG There's correspondence we'd never consider printing in a thousand years . . . except for the last issue of the millennium. GOD STUFF Editor's note: The following submission included photocopies of a biography that noted the...

    on January 6, 2000
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    GATORS! - Re-creating the New South

    The California Alligator Farm sounds like an oxymoron, inasmuch as California has no alligators, no crocodiles--indeed, no large swimming reptiles of any sort. Our native forebears shot squirrels and ran with deer, gathered nuts and speared fish. Bu...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    WENCHES - Re-created Going Medieval on Yer Olde Ass

    You've got to feel sorry for Medieval Times in Buena Park. It used to be so one-of-a-kind, the only place you could go other than Lincoln Club meetings to smell horses, watch fake jousting and rip open baby hens with your bare mitts. Now there are M...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    RE-CREATED RONALD REAGAN!

    Ostensibly, it's the sights and sounds of 1980s pop culture that you're supposed to experience when you visit the Reagan Years, a video arcade/ museum/store in Old Town Fullerton. But although the bright lights and wacky noises and embarrassing post...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    OOOOMPAH! - Re-creating the Old World

    Though it's supposed to conjure up the Bavarian Alps, the cluster of snow-topped minimountains at Old World Village's main entrance instead brings to mind a peak much smaller and closer to home: Disneyland's Matterhorn. In 1978, the same year the Ma...

    by ANNA BARR on January 6, 2000
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    DIVE! - Re-creating the Cold War

    Lurking in the Port of Long Beach, half-submerged in what's either the shadow of the Queen Mary or water permanently dirtied by the downside of the bustling harbor, is a stark reminder of the last chapter of the Cold War. You remember the Cold War...

    by Nick Schou on January 6, 2000
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    Long Beach Queen - Re-created end of British Empire

    If you ever look at one of those cartoon maps of America, the kind that feature cute little icons for all the major cities, you will almost certainly find a doodle of the Queen Mary equidistant between the doodle of the Hollywood sign and the doodle...

    by GREG STACY on January 6, 2000
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    KNIGHTS BRIDGE - Re-creating Tudor England

    Joe Huszti--music professor and early-modern music zealot--is on a rehearsal stage in UC Irvine's sprawling theater compound, driving his singers nuts over the pronunciation of a single word in a madrigal, a 500-year-old form in which a love poem is...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 6, 2000
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    LONDON CALLING - Re-creating European cities

    The shops are tidy in a somehow traditional way, the walkways between the stores congested with street vendors, again in a way that bespeaks a respect for the order of heritage. No, you can't say nouveau riche much better than Newport Beach, yet as ...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 6, 2000
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    MORE DIRT, PLEASE - Re-creating Vietnam

    Those are dusty Santa Ana winds, not drenching typhoons, blowing past the rotund Happy Buddha and the gods of Happiness, Longevity and Prosperity. But the faces of the marble statues exude a certain serenity nonetheless. That's more than can be said...

    by VU NGUYEN on January 6, 2000
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    QUIET ON THE SET PIECE - Re-creating Independence Hall

    "So this is the amazing facsimile of the cradle of American liberty," I say softly to myself, waiting to feel all tingly and reverential as I stand in the Declaration Chamber of the Independence Hall replica across the street from Knott's Berry Farm...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 6, 2000
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    ALL IS DUST - Re-created Ghost Town

    A cold wind blew in from the direction of the setting sun as the man rode up to the town's outskirts. After stopping his horse, the man pulled his worn duster closer to his body and set his Stetson lower on his head. Then he looked up at the sign st...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 6, 2000
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    FRIEZE FRAME - Re-creating the Masters

    When people from outside Orange County find out that this is where you're from, they'll inevitably bring up the fact that Disneyland is all we've got going out here. They'll commonly observe that we were idiotic enough to name an airport after John ...

    by TODD MATHEWS on January 6, 2000
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    ORALE! - Re-creating Zoot-Suit culture

    When you walk into El Pachuco, you half expect Edward James Olmos to slide out from behind the racks of zoot suits. He would, of course, be decked out in a black oversized and extremely wide-shouldered coat hanging down to his knees covering a red d...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    ALIEN ABDUCTIONS - Re-creating parodies of parodies

    It's midnight on Saturday in Long Beach, and a string of young people--cloaked in black and caked with makeup--stretches along the sidewalk, unfurling from the Art Theater box office until it just about reaches the end of your patience. The Rocky H...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 6, 2000
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    HERE ALREADY - Re-creating Southern California in Southern California

    Nothing screams "California!" like street congestion, brown air, crazy detours, noise, parking purgatory and the thrilling prospect of random gunfire. And that is precisely the golden state of affairs at Disney's new Anaheim theme park, California A...

    by Rich Kane on January 6, 2000
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    CROONERS - Re-created mob dining

    We kill the lights and wait 10 minutes. Cars parked everywhere, but no outside response. We get out. Amble toward the door. Screeching tires from behind us. Whip around. Reach into breast pockets. It's just some pimple-faced kid using South Coast Pl...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    GRUB - Re-created covered wagons

    Before wannabe starlets were first drawn to Hollywood, before the Beach Boys wished they all could be California girls, before televised Rose Bowl games showed sunny Southern California to people freezing their asses off everywhere else, folks back ...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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