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tracy abbott cook April 13, 2014 at 07:48 am
You know we hear horrible stories every day and I guess I get numb to alot as a protetive device,Read More I'm sure. But this one really hit me. All those kids and the adults on a mission to improve their lives or the lives of others. Made me so sad. And this couple sounds so kind and lovely. Thank you for sharing it. Although it hurts.
Cynthia Garcia April 13, 2014 at 08:45 am
My son went on a school trip to SF and is coming home today. I heard about the crash the first timeRead More it was broadcast and was worried sick. This tragedy is very heart wrenching for a parent like me and as a person. My prayers go out to those that lost their lives & their families as well as to those that were directly affected by the accident.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 13, 2014 at 08:52 am
Tracy, I'm with you. Obviously, being a journalist, there are terrible stories everyday. But thisRead More one cuts through bone. It's just horrific in every way and has ties to people up and down the state, with LA County, Riverside County and Orange County hit hard.
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 (Editor) 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
Snow 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...............
Patch file photo.
David April 5, 2014 at 09:11 am
Let us only hope that all religions die off but from one disease;That of being found out.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 5, 2014 at 09:13 am
Well, that was certainly a rude comment to make on an obituary. I'm sure there are other places onRead More Patch for that discussion, but this isn't one of them.
U - M April 6, 2014 at 09:46 am
David, even though I do agree with Penny that this isn't the right place and time to post this, butRead More in general I so do agree with you.
Twitter photo of a young Hobie Alter.
Dusty W Otero 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.
Dr. Donald L. Morton. Credit: St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica.
Martin Miller January 18, 2014 at 03:00 pm
A big loss. His life and achievements are movie material. From Appalachia to breakthrough cancerRead More researcher, diagnostician, and surgical oncologist. He probably knew Dr. Milton Krisiloff, a urologist who has correlated bodily inflammation with the onset of cancer. His Krisiloff Diet is anti-inflammatory. He was principally involved in inflammation studies, sponsored by the defense department, at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. RIP Dr. Morton.
Al Stone played a conga drum for the last time at the Venice Beach drum circle on April 13, 2013.
Roberta Blanco May 30, 2013 at 08:59 am
Sorry for your loss. I learned a lot with him. Tks, Al!
Ken Stone June 7, 2013 at 02:26 pm
Here is where donations can be made to Stone Memorial Fund:Read More https://www.aaaomonline.org/donations/donate.asp?id=7445
Bruce Fisch June 9, 2013 at 07:50 am
Gosh I will miss Loren. To me he was a great spirit, for I saw him so little yet he had a bigRead More impact on me.
Cathy Evett February 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Daddy...I Love You.. Thank You my Hero..Fly High Daddy... I'll see You when I get there....R.I.P.Read More ...ALL MY LOVE... Your Daughter, Chatty Cathy... Cathy Evett XO
SB March 1, 2013 at 12:05 am
Condolences to Mr. Evett's family; he touched many lives and set a beautiful example. My father,Read More who has been building a model airplane decades into his retirement, has spoken so highly of Mr. Evett and his wife, of the warm welcome during any visit to the store, and the time Mr. Evett took to provide advice and encouragement. God bless and may you hold onto many fond memories.
Dan Charney March 2, 2013 at 08:56 am
This is a wonderful store and he was a magical man- a special man and place to go for anyone-Read More whether you were into model planes or not- to me - he had a life well worth living -he gave to us all- so glad it will keep going- RIP dear man and my deepest condolences to his wife and family and all he touched
Terri W February 17, 2013 at 09:03 pm
Got the pleasure of meeting Huell at a UC Davis fund raiser. He was very nice and so funny. We haveRead More a picture we took with him and also he signed a t-shirt we have framed. Almost all our trips are because of him. He helped us learn and love California. RIP Huell.
joebanana March 3, 2013 at 02:55 am
Wow, Huell is so cool. So sad to hear the tragic news, he'll be greatly missed. There will never beRead More anybody as cool as Huell. I hope KCET will keep playing reruns.
Jan Freed March 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm
One of our family treasures. My daughter, Molly, was unimpressed, however, and did a greatRead More impersonation of his "Hah, Ahm Hoowell Howser, etc." which in turn became a special memory for me. We promise ourselves to visit at least one of his special places.
Matt Jackson January 10, 2013 at 07:40 am
Huell showed a genuine warmth to all he would meet. He educated us on the simple beauty of ourRead More surroundings. He was an inspiration of life. He blessed us, God bless him.
mattamus10@gmail.com January 10, 2013 at 07:47 am
Huell showed a genuine warmth to all he would meet. He educated us on the simple beauty of ourRead More surroundings. He was an inspiration of life. He blessed us all, God bless him!
BillyBeyond January 12, 2013 at 08:08 pm
A fun high Desert Dad. RIP Huell. See you at the pool party in the sky.
Rafie Mehvary November 23, 2012 at 04:09 am
She was the real deal! I will forever tell her story. Of strength and kindness. I'm so thankful toRead More God I got to meet this remarkable women. I will forever dedicate my nursing career to Kathy, my dearest kitty Kat. I just fell in love with her. The most sweetest little Kat . Fly baby Fly. Your free
Glenn E Grab November 4, 2012 at 12:35 am
thanks, I will
Claudia Schafer November 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm
Shocker. I knew you would, and it's your right to knowingly consume toxins/carcinogens if you soRead More choose. I'm just hoping that the Whole Foods endorsement will give others, especially those with children, some incentive to find out what this is really about. 50 other civilized countries, including the entire EU require such labeling. Just another example of Corporations being more important than real people in the good ole USA.
Tina November 13, 2012 at 03:33 pm
I agree with you Claudia.
Parker July 18, 2012 at 12:41 am
Yeah let's have an Internet fight and nitpick in a memorial Article comment forum and I would beRead More braver In Real life... Cause in real life..your a moron
Chandra Kent July 21, 2012 at 01:52 am
Glenn, you should be embarrassed of yourself.
Dylan Rush July 24, 2012 at 08:12 pm
Glenn, I hesitate to call you an idiot, but I do think that if it's between someone's life versusRead More the annoyance of a streetlight, it's a pretty obvious choice. Besides, the residential areas along the bike path are somewhat lit already ... it's the rest of it that is the problem. Believe me, if you live on Ocean Front Walk, you want lighting! Maybe Jason is on to something ... ;)
J. Flo July 3, 2012 at 03:37 pm
True heroes - all three!
June Carson August 9, 2012 at 02:36 pm
Margot devoted her life to making things better for us all. I hope that some part of the SM NationalRead More Recreation area can be named after her so future generations will know who left this magnificent legacy.
J. Flo August 9, 2012 at 02:52 pm
I so agree with you! I called her son after she passed, I never met Margot, and let him know thatRead More for so many people now and forever - she is a role model! God bless her and those like her, who so selflessly fight the good, hard and loving effort of preserving nature.
mia altobello June 21, 2012 at 01:09 am
What an impact he had on the children at Point Dume Elementary School, as he transformed the wallsRead More into a living seascape. His spirit will live on through the art he created and the young lives he itouched. Healing thoughts to all those who grieve his passing.
Lisa Semler June 21, 2012 at 01:51 am
David was a true inspiration and be will be missed terribly. I am honored to have known him. LisaRead More Semler
marcopolo June 21, 2012 at 02:40 pm
Inspiring to see how many people were touched by art and its artist.
Yolanda Lewis June 19, 2012 at 05:19 pm
David did two of our big murals at Grant Elementary: The History of Sunset Park, followed by the.100Read More Year Celebration mural. Our community is very sad to lose a great artist. The beauty and art he created for our children to enjoy will live on for generations to come at all SMMUSD schools. ~ Yolanda Lewis, Grant and JAMS parent
Grace Phillips June 19, 2012 at 08:47 pm
David transformed Edison Language Academy over the course of a summer, and became a friend in theRead More process. I will miss him, and am already mourning the fact that our murals will be destroyed when the old buildings are torn down. I know every school must feel like he did his finest work for them, but I think our enclosed courtyard is a masterpiece. Come see it if you haven't had a chance, and rejoice in David's amazing gifts. I'm so deeply sad - it's a terrible loss of a gifted artist in his prime.
Jane August 22, 2012 at 07:38 pm
Grace, do you know what year David painted the murals at Edison Language Academy?
Richard B April 24, 2012 at 02:19 pm
Sad news indeed. He will be missed. He was one of the good guys fighting for justice and a trueRead More leader.
Susan Tellem April 18, 2012 at 06:17 pm
I loved Dick Clark. I grew up in NY loving American Bandstand and even had tickets to his show whenRead More I was a pre-teen and teen drooling over Frankie Avalon and Fabian. He was always smiling and happy and was just a smart, great guy. RIP.
Sabine Adotevi December 17, 2012 at 08:58 pm
We miss you and your passing away left the greatest void in our family and is the biggest loss weRead More have sustained, and hopefully the last one of its kind. Not a day goes by without thinking that we are missing one of us you are lingering in our memories like a recurrent diffuse pain... Somebody is missing and that is you. I do not have many memories of times together, regretfully, but I do remember babysitting you and your brother once, we drew and we rehearsed a song for your mother's return. I very much regret as your aunt, not to have known you better but you always had my love even if it was only because you were the son of one of my favourite cousin and the nephew of the other. I hope that from where you are you will take care of your mother and your beloved brother. My son was touched by you and you will carry on in his memory too which is priceless to me as it means that he knows that family goes beyond physical presence. Sabine
bonne maman February 1, 2013 at 05:50 am
Franck-Olivier la mort t'a emporté si vite !! tu es toujours dans notre coeur . repose enRead More paix. Bonne maman et Sonia
bonne maman February 1, 2013 at 06:05 am
Franck -Olivier la mort t'a emporté si vite! tu es toujours dans notre coeur. bonne maman etRead More Sonia
Max Bean March 27, 2012 at 02:37 pm
sad to see a legend go. I will be sure to tell my friend Steve Prough, who was an avid skateboarderRead More when we were growing up.
Laurie Yahnker January 5, 2012 at 04:54 pm
I did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Smerling, however, after reading about him, I feel thatRead More the world was a better place for the 82 years that he occupied it. Such a loss for his loved ones and friends.
Bill Andro January 6, 2012 at 06:39 am
Iron Man was a great guy, a loving husband/father, a great travelling companion and I shall miss himRead More each and every day for the rest of my life
Mark Neighbors January 6, 2012 at 08:19 am
Bill was always a gentleman, friend, and scholar. We meet eight years ago at an Americas BestRead More Cleaners meeting. Bill sensing my discomfort at being a invited to be in such an elite group made a point to set by me, visit with me, and make me feel a part of the group. Always a man who had a kind word to everyone he was also thoughtful enough to share his advice in a humble way that showed respect for the person he was visiting with. After that, we always visited at all meetings we attended after and had dinner together with his family more than once in LA. Bill was a gentleman who was always more interested in what you were doing than talking about himself. I will miss him. Mark Neighbors Edmond, Oklahoma