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Orange County journalists’ roundtable

Orange County journalists’ roundtable

Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the OC including stories on the crackdown on nudity and gambling in Little Saigon coffeehouses, public employee unions battle with Costa Mesa City Council, how 75 County execs are prospering while county workers are being laid off, Tony Rackauckas standing […]

Alan Arkin’s “Improvised Life”

Alan Arkin’s “Improvised Life”

The Academy-Award winner Alan Arkin has always been a supremely gifted role-player on screen, delivering deadpan comedy and harrowing realities to his audiences. Now he emerges as a charismatic storyteller, revealing in his memoir, <i>An Improvised Life</i>, his childhood epiphany that ever since the age of five he had wanted to be an actor. However, […]

Well Done, Little Rover

Well Done, Little Rover

Every now and then we need to be reminded that mind-blowing history is being made daily, just two to three miles to the northwest. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, truly one of the finest feathers in our cap, has played a part in the nation’s space program since the early 1930s. And it’s right next door! This […]

Here Comes Another One

Here Comes Another One

Okay, I confess. I barely crept over the border into Pasadena again to take this picture. It’s the exact same spot where another amazing automobile was parked earlier in the month. Is this a secret portal to vintage car heaven? Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Pasadena Independent May 26, 2011

Pasadena Independent May 26, 2011

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A Heartfelt Goodbye to a Spirited Mars Rover

A Heartfelt Goodbye to a Spirited Mars Rover

By John Callas Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas sent this letter to his team shortly after the final command was sent to the Mars rover Sprit, which operated on the surface of Mars for more than six years and made numerous scientific discoveries. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech […]

A Day at BEA: Exciting New Books!

A Day at BEA: Exciting New Books!

Sherri, one of our Vromies at Book Expo America, has a quick update on her first day at BEA: My first day on the trade show floor [Monday] was pretty great.  I attended an interview of Alexander Maksik by author A.M. Homes.  Alexander is the author of a new book coming out from Tonga Editions, […]

Geeks get ahead

Geeks get ahead

If you were popular in high school, look out! Your unpopular geek counterparts are probably going to be more successful than you are. In her new book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins promotes her “Quirk Theory” which states that the traits that cause people to be excluded from the “in crowd” in […]

Boneheads: My Search for T. Rex

Boneheads: My Search for T. Rex

Besides devising better methods for putting things up their noses: what could occupy the minds of children more than dinosaurs? There’s a child in us all and although we may grow out of our more primitive aspirations — dinosaurs have continually been a source of curiosity for children and adults alike. <i>Boneheads: My Search for […]

Seriously, Though

Seriously, Though

It’s safe to say that every moment in one’s life is the result of all previous moments, but some moments are more culminating than others. Every once in a while there’s the rare instance that requires you to stop and remember what brought you there. It’s a gratitude moment. It’s standing at the end of […]

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