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    RE-CREATED HOMESPUN, SALT-OF-THE-EARTH WISDOM - a.k.a. ''The World According to The Orange County Registers Letters to the Editor''*

    "From the beginning of man's creation, the male has been the breadwinner, and for many centuries, that's the way it has successfully remained until some overbearing woman got the notion that she and all her 'sisters' should have all the 'goodies' th...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2000
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    The World According to Walt

    Photos by Jack GouldCHAPTER 1: MAIN STREET USA Walt Disney created Abraham Lincoln for the 1964 World's Fair, and not a minute too soon, as Lincoln was badly needed more than 100 years earlier. America was on a collision course with a bloody civil...

    on January 6, 2000
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    MAN OF THE MILLENNIUM - Robert K. Dornan

    Photo by Jack GouldA Clockwork Orange--the Weekly's weekly week in review--routinely skewers local muckity mucks. That makes that precious editorial space the closest thing this esteemed publication has got to a historical record of the top newsmake...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    CINEMA NON-VERITE - Re-creating Re-creations

    Photo by Keith MayLaurel and Hardy, whose likenesses were the first to be committed to beeswax at this gussied-up Buena Park warehouse, were fresh memories when Movieland Wax Museum opened on May 3, 1962. Stan Laurel, the skinny one, was still alive...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    FORGETTING - Re-created Rain Forests

    At South Coast Plaza's Rainforest Caf, past the pretend rain pouring from pitted pipes along the restaurant's perimeter and past the pretend mist that pumps up from pretend rock formations hemming in the customers, a more-green-than-green plastic f...

    by CORNEL BONCA on January 6, 2000
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    THE MISSION - Re-created Miracles

    More than 25 years later, I can finally reveal my role in a Nixon-era scandal worthy of the White House itself. I was 13, an eighth-grader at the Old Mission School in San Juan Capistrano. A good kid, a great student, hoping to be a priest, I was en...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 6, 2000
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    FIRST TOURIST - Re-creating Danas travels

    Photo by Keith MayOrange County's first travel-industry ombudsman, Richard Henry Dana Jr., won a place in local history for his 1840 novel Two Years Before the Mast. The book is widely acclaimed for its firsthand and quite candid depictions of a sai...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 6, 2000
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    GODS BIG INNING - Re-creating Creation

    In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the Earth, the Earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. As everyone know...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2000
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    Its the End of the Year the Decade the Millennium Issue

    in which we embark on a mission of exhaustive anthropological research, dedicated to excavating and translating the essence of the human race's varied yet collective experience during the past 1,000 years. Whew! In another setting, this assignme...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    Big Brother Award

    Think a game that features Santa Claus trying to knock down his elves with a bowling ball sounds like fun? Would it sound like less fun if you knew that while you were playing the game, your computer was secretly making an Internet connection to the...

    by WYN HILTY on December 30, 1999
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    Its the Traffic, Stupid - El Toro Airport Watch No. 128

    Dave Ellis is a fool. two weeks ago, Ellis--one of the front men for pro-airport tycoon George Argyros' Citizens for Jobs and the Economy--ran head-on into the greatest transportation problem facing Orange County, yet he continues to spin the propos...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 30, 1999
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    Santa Claus is Coming to Town . . . for Blood!

    Saying he's had it "up to fucking here with all their reindeer games," Santa Claus euthanized Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and gave the still-steaming meat to starving U.S. soldiers stationed at the North Pole in ...

    by Matt Coker on December 30, 1999
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    Crappy Christmas

    Illustration by Bob AulSprawling sleepily on a mall bench on my break from a coffeehouse inside, I was recently treated to the kind of Christmas greeting I might have expected in Manhattan: "I hope you're comfortable, asshole." I was recovering from...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 30, 1999
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    The Virtual New Year - BeatDown 2000 and other ways to celebrate the beginning of the end

    Illustration by Bob AulIt's almost upon us: Jan. 1, 2000,the date on which either (if you believe the government) nothing will happen or (if you believe the survivalists) civilization will collapse. I personally come down on the sunnier side of the ...

    by WYN HILTY on December 30, 1999
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    Letters

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    on December 30, 1999
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    For the Kids - Teach them well: Dont get ripped-off

    Photo by Jack GouldWe were lying around in our sweats, mired in an almost incoherent melancholy tinged with an insouciant despair, when we realized something: Christmas is not about giving but about getting robbed, which we promptly proceeded to do,...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 30, 1999
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    School of Really Hard Knocks - A night in the life of Ultimate University

    Photo by Myles RobinsonIt's a couple of hours before showtime, and the wrestling ring in the Galaxy Concert Theatre is gridlocked--with dancing couples. They hold hands, they lift and spin out of holds, repeating moves two, three, four times, making...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 1999
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    Not-So-Secret Service - An open letter to Irvine Valley College president Raghu Mathur

    Dear President Mathur: I note that the South Orange County Community College District board of trustees recently awarded you a $200 monthly "security stipend." I am sure that, like me, all Irvine Valley College (IVC) faculty, students and staff wi...

    by ANDREW TONKOVICH on December 30, 1999
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    Cancer Politics - Radiation is good for youjust ask a scientist!

    Photo by Mike McGillWith dozens of agingnuclear reactors around the country scheduled for dismantling in the next several years, cleaning up the mess of the half-century-long horror show known as the "Atomic Age" promises to be a controversial, time...

    by Nick Schou on December 30, 1999
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    Whose Poop Is It Anyway? - How not to solve the Aliso Creek pollution mystery

    Our mystery begins on Aliso Creek a few miles from Laguna Beach, at the yawning end of a pipe whose origin is uphill in a part of Laguna Niguel called Kite Hill. Though there hasn't been even a light rain in weeks, water pours from the pipe like a g...

    by Matt Coker on December 30, 1999
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