Over the course of nearly three decades, the journalist Huell Howser filmed about 1,500 programs about California. Virtually all of it aired on PBS affiliates like KCET, where Howser worked for most of that time. But most people don’t know that some of Howser’s earliest work in California (he moved here in the mid-1980s) was […]
Know Your OC History!
Steve Martin and Disneyland both arrived in Orange County in the same year: 1955. And the transitioning county–then shifting from rural agrarian farm country to the idyllic travel poster for suburban sprawl–has never been the same. As Orange County grew, so too did the theme park and Martin’s career. The A-list actor, author, comedian, magician, […]
There’s a line in the sands of time by which one can measure Orange County history; on one side is B.D. (Before Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955), and the other, A.D. (After Disney). If you’ll allow the use of a gross generalization, pretty much everything that occured A.D. can be tied back to Mouse […]
Miss Dita Von Teese may not have been the type to be named homecoming queen when she was a student at University High in Irvine in 1990 (she was too busy staying home perfecting her craft and building the empire she now sits proudly on the throne of, after all) but she had a homecoming […]
“Somewhere in the archives,” a satin-smooth voice of a woman on the other end of a San Francisco hotel phone line says, “there’s a picture of a blond me inside this cage.” She estimates the photo would have been taken in the early 1990s: ’91, ’93 maybe. And it would have been used in the […]
There’s a pivotal scene in the 1947 Frank Capra classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life”, where Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey has a moment of clarity–a bitter taste of what life would be like if he had never existed. Bailey’s angel guide, Clarence, sagely remarks, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other […]
On August 29, Dana Point Harbor will celebrate the half-century mark by revealing the contents of a 50-year-old time capsule. With its theme of “Coastal Life 1966,” one might expect the capsule to include plenty of free parking, plastic- and trash-free sand and seas, and the lost surf break known as Killer Dana. But the laws […]