I only saw the last hour and a half of KDOC-TV Channel 56's epic Wally George special and do check out our oral history of Wally George on newsstands this week, wontcha?), but what a show it was. Man, how I miss Wally--that old guy who used to sit with him, all the hot women and crazy men, the hilar ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our weekly nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week ... More >>
The story of the father of combat TV as told by female wrestlers, punk rockers and a furniture-throwing pacifist
The 2012 United States presidential election was called at 5:48 a.m. today (Pacific daylight savings time).Jamie the Psychic, who describes herself as "the worst person to call when it comes to politics," announced Barack Obama as the winner while she appeared on The Daily Buzz (or, as the hip kids ... More >>
About 50,000 people are expected to flock to downtown SanTana this Saturday for Noche de Altares, the annual Día de los Muertos festival co-held by the chingones at Cafe Calacas and the Centro Cultural de México. Your favorite infernal rag will be there with a tent, handing out all sorts of schwag ... More >>
Come Friday, it'll be nine years since Wally George, the ultimate crotchety conservative, left this world for the big public access talk show in the sky. The self-proclaimed father of "Combat TV" died of pneumonia in 2003 at age 71 inside Fountain Valley Hospital. He left behind ... More >>
I've attended nearly all of the previous 16 years of the annual Los Angeles Times books festivals, this one again on the campus of USC. There was that one year I missed, when the bibliochild was born and some friends, fellow writers and Santa Monica Review volunteers staffed the SMR booth, ... More >>
Jan. 6: We obtain a screenshot of Jeremy Popoff's Facebook page, on which he claims he hasn't avoided calls from the Weekly, that we committed journalistic malpractice by "twisting [his] words" and that our man Brandon Ferguson should masturbate rather than try to ask him questions. Can't argue w ... More >>
Blase Bonpane, religious rebel and renegade, has lived a life inspired by the prospect of peace in our world. Director of the Office of the Americas, weekly radio host of World Focus on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles, and author of numerous books, the tireless activist turns to the subject of his own li ... More >>
Pat Boone, obviously wanting to have something more embarrassing on his resume when he retires from the singing stage than having kept Wally George on the air as station owner of KDOC/Channel 56 for years, has now jumped about "Birther Queen" Orly Taitz's crazy train. See the photo of the conjoin ... More >>
If you're not from Newport Beach or a KDOC-TV Channel 56 viewer from back in the days when Wally George ruled supreme and she hosted a cooking show with the late RV king John Crean, you probably don't know who Barbara Venezia is. She's a nice woman, fierce defender of Newport Beach, charity maven ... More >>
A couple of years ago while on book tour in Denver, I received an invitation to be a guest host for something called Geeks Who Drink, a Colorado phenomenon that takes the traditional pub quiz and hipster-izes it to its wonderful, besotted conclusion. It was a great time, and I told the founders t ... More >>
How do you sum up 25 years of blood-drenched stage shows, rubber-mutant costumes, cannibalized pop-culture effigies and heavy-metal savagery? You can't. But Oderus Urungus sure can. As the quasi-satanic frontcreature of GWAR, the galaxy's most brutal band of man-eating mutants, Urungus (aka Dave ... More >>
Cox: Wants to attend one of my book signings...I once made the late, great, decrepit Wally George cry because I called him a coffin-dodger. Mater Dei boys' basketball coach Gary McKnight threatened to sue me mostly because I wrote that he "waddles." Articles I've written in the past have prompted ... More >>
SchildknechtFinally! The Diocese of Orange has its third pervert to ever serve jail time for sexually abusing a minor: Albert Lee Schildknecht, a former choir directory at St. Timothy in Laguna Niguel (home to pedo-apologist supreme John Urell), who plead guilty earlier this year to two fel ... More >>
Brown: Loves his pedo-anything!About two months ago, the Catholic Diocese of Orange put out a help-wanted ad for a new position: Associate Superintendent for Finance & Advancement. The job, a description stated, entails the applicant "to offer oversight, support and professional consultation ... More >>
Late nights on Irvine-based KDOC TV/Channel 56 famously featured right-wing wingnut Wally George's Hot Seat and, less famously, lifelong adolescent Poorman's various programs, is about to go to pot. Cannabis Planet, a new weekly half-hour news show, premieres at midnight July 31 ... More >>
Pat Boone. American.The ACLU says the California Court of Appeals decision today to uphold the Los Angeles Police Department's use of Special Order 40--a decades old policy prohibiting officers from using immigration status to initiate investigations--"strikes a balance between immigrants' rights to ... More >>
Carona with a mob goonThe Orange County Hispanic Endowment Education Fund (HEEF) is a fine organization that gives out thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students every year and has done so for quite some time. Sometime this month, they will hold a reception for prospective recipients ... More >>
The call for fans to bring forth their own Wally George archives continues to be heeded, this time by an enterprising YouTube user named Billybopper1, who has compiled thirteen montages of Wally getting prank calls live on the air. Long before Howard Stern's penis and Baba Booey became call-in catch ... More >>
Back in October, I mentioned a conversation I had had with KDOC head honcho Bert Ellis, who wanted to get the word out to fans that a lot of the old Wally George archives were missing. Well, some kind soul managed to get hold of the old 12" E.P. "Wal-ly, Wal-ly," on which Wally, ahem, "sings," and ... More >>
I recently had occasion to talk to Bert Ellis, new owner of KDOC, which of course was the home for years of the infamous teflon-toupeed conservative combat-TV host Wally George. Wally, as you probably know, was the forerunner of today's pretenders to the throne like Bill O'Reilly, and in college I e ... More >>
No. 5: KDOC-TVIntelligent, amusing, dignified, provocative, brilliantly conceived!
A Tribe Called Quest: not another Urban Dance Squad!
There was a war in there, somewhere
Wally George, 1932-2003
Santa Anas home for passionate Persian cuisine
But you Should Eat at Mr. Smoke anyhow
Evil spawn of OCs Scariest People
Where are the goddamned donuts?
"In these Last Days," Orange County goes to war
What's your Wu-Tang tag?
Is Donald Trumps Presidential Role Model Richard Nixon?
Animal rights, A Civil Action and other teenage drivel
Who's the star here?