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James Garner. Submitted photo.
Antoinette Berget July 21, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Our new friend Ron, from New York, gave me a cd of the NOTEBOOK, wow, I fell in love with JamesRead More Garner all over again. He was wonderful, on the screen and off. No scandals and married for so long. A truly wonderful man. Thank you God for sharing him with us for such a long time. He will be missed. Antoinette
Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue July 21, 2014 at 06:44 pm
I LOVED the Notebook. A great story.
Jim July 22, 2014 at 06:52 am
An easy going guy who was easy in the eyes. Thanks Jim !
Maya Angelou. File photo/Wikimedia.
Brainwashed_In_Church May 29, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Computers and virtual machines can write poetry (and play chess) better than humans can anyway.Read More Poets are obsolete.
Jim B. May 29, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Andy, you are a troll and an ahole.
SA May 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Power to the People! @ Jim you should get a handle on your anger issues.
Mickey Rooney and Princess Samantha Kennedy. Patch file photo.
nitagregory April 9, 2014 at 08:00 am
I can only hope I make it to his age. Way before my time but what I've seen of him is amazing trulyRead More original
Penny Arévalo April 9, 2014 at 08:42 am
Unfortunately, there's trouble brewing in his family, which is feuding over where to bury the bodyRead More http://studiocity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mikey-rooneys-family-feuding-where-to-bury-the-body
Sayona April 9, 2014 at 10:07 am
Wonderful. Most disgusting power play ever- squabbling over the issues of a deceased person. ThoughRead More Rooney should have had a will that specified that issue of burial. Still remembering Gregory Peck in that uniform right now...............
Twitter photo of a young Hobie Alter.
RWO March 31, 2014 at 03:51 pm
When I was a teenager,I worked for Hobie and harrison ,,H&H graphics,,,the firstRead More surf products in capo beach,,we sold tee-shirts with a logo on them,,we will paddle out for you,, Hobie RIP ,, my friend
Charles C. Hale March 31, 2014 at 08:31 pm
A Laguna great. Anyone know if hobie was lbhs?
Jim Reardon March 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Hobie surfboard, Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie sunglasses, not to mention the wetsuit, shorts, sandals,Read More etc. I'm still wearing the sunglasses. The rest is fond memory, and dust.
John V. "Jack" Foley. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District.
Patsy Morris March 25, 2014 at 02:31 pm
Subtitle says that he had a "batter with cancer". RIP.
D. Jude March 25, 2014 at 03:26 pm
karma..goes around and comes around........maybe next will be Brian D"arcy~~!!
Lisa Ohlund March 29, 2014 at 01:11 am
Mr. or Ms. D. Jude - If by karma you mean that he will have a wonderful afterlife because of the wayRead More he lived this life,then I would agree with you; Col. Foley was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman and a heckuva water man. If you mean something derisive, then you never met him, and I will pray that one day you will rest in peace.
Sid Caesar has died. He was 91. Patch file photo.
GreenInOC February 12, 2014 at 07:07 pm
If you ever get a chance to watch "Hail Sid Caesar!", it's a fantastic documentary. I'veRead More always found it fascinating that modern day comics continue to speak of Sid in awe and admiration.
Dave February 13, 2014 at 07:27 am
No question Caesar was a genius but he also had a great eye for talent, hand picking his co-stars onRead More "Show" and writers, Mel Brooks, an 18 year old Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner to name some of the most prominent. I had the great privilege and pleasure to see Mr Caesar give a two hour talk in the board room of the Screen Actor's Guild on Wilshire just east of the La Brea Tarpits about 8 years ago. Although the once tall and strapping Caesar had become shrunken and bent with age, once he was seated on the dais with moderator Joe Mantegna, you'd have thought you had been transported back to 1954 as Caesar came alive telling us of his memories working with all these great talents while tossing out some of his best bits- the foreign language imitations being as fresh and funny as they were on "Show of Shows". It was a night I won't soon forget and I am so glad I was able to see him in this small and intimate room. Rest in Peace, Sid. We won't be seeing your like again any time soon.
GreenInOC February 13, 2014 at 08:21 am
@Dave, what a treat - I wish I had been able to listen to him speak in person.
Arvella Schuller died today. She was married to Robert Schuller, with whom she co-founded Crystal Cathedral Ministries. Patch file photo.
Carol February 11, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Guess we know who has the money to do whatever they wish.... "In February 2012, the church'sRead More property was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million. The church is making $29 million in renovations to the famed Garden Grove cathedral"
Paula Thomas February 12, 2014 at 07:57 am
Aside from all there problems of recent times they touched so many lives with the good news messageRead More of our living Christ. When involving families in any business especially in-laws it usually becomes problematic. It's a shame that at the end of their lives, after so much good they had given to OC and the world, it had end sadly. RIP sweet Arvella Schuller
Pascal February 12, 2014 at 06:47 pm
What is money, though, really? Did someone see an actual exchange taking place? Since all of us areRead More related, one way or another, including animals (since apparently a Chimpanzee's DNA is 98% identical to a human's) and humans are not a majority on earth, what constitutes money? Wouldn't that be that which is most valuable to the majority? Therefore.... air? Water? Then how is it quantified? What the heck is a dollar? Just saying..... not that I have a solution to the problem.
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Phuong Vo December 21, 2013 at 07:25 pm
I have been greatly affected by Viet Dzung's songs ever since I listened to them decades ago,Read More since they represent my innermost pain, hope, longing as a political refugee. Most importantly, his songs truly echoed his daily efforts in fighting for humanity rights and freedom in VN. Thank you so much and RIP anh Viet Dzung. you will live forever in our hearts and minds.
Michael Vo December 23, 2013 at 12:02 am
I am unbelievably saddened and distressed to learn of Viet Dzung's passing. He was a human rightsRead More advocate and a champion in opposing Communism. Viet Dzung inspired countless generations around the world to continue the struggle to fight for freedom & human dignity. His passing is a great loss for humanity and he will be truly missed. R.I.P. my dear brother, Viet Dzung.
Charlie Phan December 30, 2013 at 09:41 am
You passed away, but your songs still there, touched too many, warmed our hearts, reminded us of ourRead More responsibility of our native land; although, we left, but hearts and minds were remained.
A coroner ruled that actor Paul Walker died from a combination of traumatic injuries and fire. Photo/IMDB
The Hunter December 6, 2013 at 08:29 am
I didn't see any of the author's opinion; just facts. Not surprised Beast doesn't know theRead More difference.
The Beast ! December 9, 2013 at 04:42 pm
Why all the media attention
The Hunter December 9, 2013 at 05:59 pm
Is that a question? I don't see a question mark.
Pam Estrada April 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm
To the family of Coach Cary: I know it's hard to lose someone you love, especially when it happensRead More so unexpectedly. I hope it helps a little to know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. My prayers also go out to Coach Ben and the LaX players and particularly to Caid, my wonderful Grandson who admired and looked up to Coach Cary. Who always has had a passion for whatever sport he was playing but with the passion that Coach Cary showed, may Caid and the team push their passion to the highest limit. May God Bless you all in this time of sorrow. Pam Estrada
Melissa Downey April 22, 2013 at 03:46 am
Our prayers go out to the Smith family & friends. Cary was in many activities & school withRead More my son Andrew & was a great boy. Your loss is one we all hope never to encounter & I know no words can really help heal at this painful time. Your beautiful family is in our thoughts & prayers, may God keep you strong & draw you closer. +xo+ Melissa Downey Bayer
Coach Glenn April 24, 2013 at 03:23 pm
I speak for Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - We are deeply saddened by his sudden loss. Our wellRead More wishes and prayers are with the Smith family. We sincerely hope his persona lives on through Los Al lacrosse.
beergut February 3, 2013 at 05:04 am
I was lucky enough to meet Don about six months ago setting at the park bench in front of Seal BeachRead More Safety Center, He was so friendly and telling his story to another gentleman about his skateboarding experience. I have never met a more friendly person. Seeing him later around town and he always had a smile on his face.
Waldo's Friend February 3, 2013 at 04:41 pm
Hi beer gut , He was unforgettable . Glad you had the chance to meet him , I can see him smiling atRead More us and like to think he is with me in spirit. Thank you for the kind words, one thing about Don was his generosity of heart , he Really loved people. He suffered many hardships and like many artistic people, had times when life was difficult for him but he always had a kind heart and a smile and made me laugh..omg ... The stuff he did.. So many memories flooding back now..He will always be remembered as "The Amazing Waldo Autry"
Debra Ortiz October 2, 2013 at 11:21 am
Don, I will never forget you & your daughter will always know who her father was & what aRead More great dude you were & what a great time we had. xoxo
wayne avrashow November 8, 2012 at 11:42 am
I had the honor of observing and learning from Art when I was a deputy to two other CityRead More Councilmembers and then I practiced law with him. A charming rogue who understood human nature and motives. He loved life...he was the Original. Wayne Avrashow Way, brilliant, irrascable,
enea ostrich November 8, 2012 at 02:56 pm
He will be missed. He wasn't just the owner of Don the Beachcomber. I never knew anyone nicer,Read More unless it was family at home and good friends who greet you and make you feel at home whenever you come visit. In his later years he was content with owning this wonderful place, and although the restaurant part of it was a bit pricey, the tiki bar was what made it an icon and a place to be reckoned with in the area. I truly hope the family can keep it going but if they don't, then I hope the next owner turns it into a complete tiki bar and entertainment only center. The food is good there but deserves to be simplified and let the bar be it's guide. It is a winner right there with top drinks that anyone who has been to a tiki bar can truly appreciate. The bartenders there are super awesome and they deserve for this place to keep existing, even without Art there. The place won't be the same without him, but it could be a place to honor his memory and keep alive what he truly loved before he died--an oasis away from all the chaos in life
Nora Aqqad November 2, 2012 at 10:16 am
Suicide silence was my favorite screamo band. i dont know how long it will take to heal but suicideRead More silence stops here they better throw in a new lead singer that would define disrespect. Mitch Rest in Peace. We all love you
Noah Hellgren November 2, 2012 at 03:49 pm
I met Mitch at mayhem fest in 2011 and he is the biggest inspiration I have to this day. When I wentRead More to shake his hand and say it was an awesome show, he denied the handshake and gave a pound, so for now on I will on give people pounds.R.I.P. Mitch you will never be forgotten
rob rutherford December 27, 2012 at 01:32 am
Heard on TV tonight Mitch passed away. Sitting here recovering from my own bike accident, wishingRead More Mitch could have also made it. Thoughts go to family and their loss.
cheryl clark October 28, 2012 at 02:18 am
Thanks, John, for writing about this sad reminder of the waste of war.
Sciritcha October 30, 2012 at 04:40 pm
How many more lives are going to be taken??? We all need to be grateful, thankful and never forgetRead More all the heroes that have sacrificed for our freedom.
Ben A. Singer October 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm
I was fortunate to work with John as my teaching professional for the last three years. He was aRead More gifted teacher who simplified the game for his students and helped them find the true joy in practice and play. I was literally walking off the Cruiser Course Tuesday at 5:30 PM when I found out about his passing. I will miss his advice on golf, life and all else in between. Hit 'em straight and long, dear friend. You are missed.
Tony Nix October 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm
John, I hope you're playing golf with Jesus right now. I hope he gives you lots of handicapRead More strokes! My thoughts and prayers go out to John's family. RIP John.
SSG Cliff Rodgers October 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Rahab Sista, Hoew dare you use this forum to spew your own agenda. Doug isRead More right while you have the right to say what you want you need to have respect for the family of this courageous soldier. he chose to do a job that many WILL not do to protect your freedoms and those of the the Afghan people. It never ceases to amaze me that the people who exercise "Their rights" are those who would never lift a hand to defend them. People like you make me sick to think I have defended your right to be insensitive and uncaring of others. Do us all a favor an crawl back under the rock you climbed out from. Cliff
SSG Cliff Rodgers October 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm
Bonnie, You are correct. I should have waited as well, but you see I am stationed at theRead More Joint Forces Training Base and work there as a Blackhawk mechaninc. My comrades and I have stood side by side on our flight line each time a Fallen Hero returns home to salute him or her we have heard and felt each tear shed by the families as they greet their Hero. I can not stand to witness such disrespect by such truly uninformed people. My apologies to the family and everyone else here. Cliff
Karen Sumpter October 26, 2012 at 09:09 pm
Tommy, you are loved and will be missed. Your little boy is the image of you at that age. YourRead More wife vowed to kiss him every night like you asked her to before you deployed this last time. Your mom and dad has a light in their life that has gone out, and I pray that they will eventually know some level of comfort in their lives down the road. Your son is your legacy, your parents are finding comfort in him. They kiss you through him, they hug you through him. God Bless you Tommy. It is your time to rest, we'll take it from here.
Rhonda Butow-Barkley October 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm
RIP. We are forever grateful for your bravery and services to our country! Our sincerest condolencesRead More to family and friends. sincerely.
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