Illustration by Ryan SanchezJohn Severson didn't really know what he was getting himself into when he introduced The Surfer to surf film-going crowds in 1961. He just wanted the extra $1.50 per copy. He didn't intend to be part of spawning and helping to expand a multibillion dollar industry.&nbs ... More >>
Ilima Kalama surfs Newport Beach's 22nd Street in 1959. He'd become the USSA champ of '62.The Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night, and Living It Forever--an enlightening documentary about the pioneering surfers of Newport Beach's 22nd Street--is already such a hot ticket that two ... More >>
Kerr at left, with the Rev. Robert A. Schuller. Fleecers of a feather...With the exception of the late fraud king Eddie Allen, I can't recall anyone who has burned more trusting people and made more enemies out of former allies than Michael Scott Kerr. You remember him: the guy who wanted to help ... More >>
Lorey JamesBrenice Lee Smith and his family in Kathmandu, circa 2000Brenice Lee Smith, the last remaining fugitive from the once-infamous 1972 Brotherhood of Eternal Love case, will be set free from Theo Lacy Prison tonight, having pleaded guilty this morning to transporting hashish from Afghanistan ... More >>
Just in time for Valentine's Day, I got an unsolicited e-mail from a PR person working for South Coast Plaza's restaurants. This time, there's finally some information I'd want to share with you: the special Valentine's menus for just about every eatery at SCP.
So if you were thinking of one of SC ... More >>
Yesterday I got an e-mail from my good friend and former colleague Anthony Pignataro, who's now the editor of the Maui Time Weekly (lucky bastard). Anyways, when Pignataro's not busy teasing me about my recent depiction in the Vietnamese-language media as an ugly, big-nosed communist mastermind, he ... More >>