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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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    Terror Town, USA

    Photo by OCW staffLast week's terrorist twists and turns struck much too close to home for this timepiece, forcing even Clockwork to weigh the bennies of martial law--or at least countywide Lion Country Safari safety precautions (proceed slowly, don...

    by Matt Coker on December 27, 2001
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    Rhyme Schemer - A tender poem about how much you suck

    Illustration by Bob AulI really must say that there are more beautiful things in this world than the color of your hair, or even the curls in it. Men and women are sacrificed at your glance. Or so you think. Life moves on, love lasts longer...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 27, 2001
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    Mirainga raped by Olsen Twins!

    The dark forces behind those cutesy, cuddly, blossoming twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen apparently aren't satisfied with their massive empire of TV shows, magazines, videos, posters, calendars, books and fashion accessories. Now they've gone and pl...

    on December 27, 2001
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    Shop Local, Burn Global - How to become your own big-ass music label

    Isn't it convenient the way things work out? There's damn little interesting music going on this week--I will admit that Billy Idol is a guilty pleasure, but not guilty enough to make me go see him at the House of Blues on Wednesday and Thursday--an...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 27, 2001
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    Whos the Star Here? - Hey, isnt that James Hall???

    I knew my plans to go see Relish at the Blue Caf? a Monday or so ago would meet the exacting standards of you, my hip-hoppenin' readers, because of my source of information about the evening: the Evil Bollweevil. I first met Bollweevil--an ursine Qu...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 27, 2001
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    OCN Fire Sale - Adelphia to OC: Adios!

    Photo by Jack GouldWhen nationwide telephone and cable-TV giant Adelphia Communications announced it was ditching the Orange County Newschannel (OCN) three months ago, network execs promised televised Orange County news would continue. "We remain ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 27, 2001
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    Are These Things Just to Be Pissed Upon? - President Nixon solves your holiday quandaries

    Editors note: To many--well, most--Americans, Richard Nixonis Christmas. More than any other person [with the arguable exception of Meadowlark Lemon], the 37th president of the United States personifies all that is right and wonderful about this Yul...

    by Steve Lowery on December 27, 2001
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    Councilman Garofalo Is Out of the Room - The curtain comes down on Dave Garofalos political career

    Photo by Jack GouldThe all-American tragicomedy of Dave Garofalo's political career isn't exactly culminating with the 1812 Overture. Nope, it's Government Code 1090--which bars public officials from maintaining a financial interest in the public co...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 27, 2001
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