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Los Angeles police motorcycle Officer Chris Cortijo. Twitter photo.
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
I hate people that drink and drive do drugs and drive..take your own life not others ...and yes imaRead More snitch calling the police every time I see that shyyt on the road...there are children Ineed to protect
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...............
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.
Dr. Richard Grossman, who founded his burn centers, starting in Sherman Oaks, died today. Patch file photo.
Irene DeBlasio March 14, 2014 at 04:47 pm
This is such tragic news for mankind. Dr. Grossman probably saved more lives than any world leaderRead More could ever hope to. He was a hero and should have been a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. When my family and I moved to Southern California in 1971 the only local hospital taking emergency patients was Sherman Oaks Hospital. He patched me up once for a minor burn. His incredible lifelong work ought to be recognized and celebrated by neighbors, by the state of California and by the federal government. He was an outstanding humanitarian and a wonderful man. Dear Dr. Grossman, rest in peace. My very deepest sympathy to Mrs. Elizabeth Grossman and son, Dr. Peter Grossman who will carry on in his name. Blessings and hugs to you both. It's a stunning loss.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 14, 2014 at 05:03 pm
What a wonderful tribute you wrote. Hugs to YOU.
Twitter photo of LAPD officer Nicholas Choung Lee's funeral service.
George Vreeland Hill March 13, 2014 at 02:46 pm
I remember going to the funeral of a friend who was a police officer in New Hampshire. I have knownRead More his family for decades. The display of love and brotherhood was so big that it made the front page of the Boston Globe. I feel that same love in the photo above. Police really are brothers and sisters and the unity extends to all departments around the country. The respect is amazing. The bond is unshakable. My heart goes out to them all.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 13, 2014 at 02:49 pm
True, and you see and hear it from "brothers" who didn't know him personally, fromRead More departments from far-flung locales. An on-duty death impacts everyone "on the job."
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.
Jock September 11, 2013 at 08:32 am
Fred. A Great Valley Musician forever. He played Cello with Valley Symphony and many studioRead More recordings as well. Little Shop of Horrors (1) is also a great little score. He had a good long run. R.I.P.
Linda Johnson Gavenda April 10, 2013 at 07:38 pm
A correction: his name was Charles Walton Johnson. Walton was the maiden name of his mother,Read More Katharine Johnson, a co-founder of the Chatsworth Historical Society.
Dean Fields December 4, 2013 at 09:50 pm
RIP. Thanks for the correction Linda. The author may have confused Walton with Virginia Watson. I amRead More from Canoga Park but as a local hiker and somewhat regular visitor to the old Johnson's house/farm/ranch between Indian Hills and Rocky Peak, have always been interested in Chatsworth history and the Johnsons. I've read some oral history transcripts from Queenie Billings and Jess Graves. It saddens me that a link to that past is gone.
Dave Gray January 8, 2013 at 05:50 pm
This was the nicest tribute to Gloria I've seen. You didn't put that I introduced you two at theRead More Studio, but whatever. I'll write my own tribute.
Miki Henderson January 8, 2013 at 05:52 pm
I was one of the people who got her autograph at the Aroma's front table. I think you may hve beenRead More there, Mike!!!! I will always treasure my talks with Gloria. She was very classy.
Mike Szymanski January 8, 2013 at 05:57 pm
Actually, it turns out that we compared notes and we met in the 1980s at a series of parties of pastRead More stars that Donald O'Connor held around his birthday for years, and came up with some photos of us talking together with my friend Marsha Hunt at those gatherings at a house in Sunland. So, thanks for re-introducing us, but turns out we knew each other back when BOTH of us lived in Studio City.
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.
Jeanie January 8, 2013 at 12:56 am
Huell was fascinated by Santa Barbara County's Guadalupe dunes and the missing lost city of theRead More pharaohs from Cecil B. DeMille's movie The Ten Commandments. It has always been a dream that the set would be uncovered and he would return to film the recovery. A gentleman with a modest desire to educate and document, a living legend to the end........a gift of "gold" to the world!
Robbie Piala January 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm
Best damn human I ever saw! Siemper Fi jarhead! An example of some pretty damn good upbringing!
Dan L. Huffman January 9, 2013 at 03:13 pm
God Bless Huell Howser....A special friend to Chatsworth and the entire State. With his passing itRead More is one of the very few times I would agree with the Mayor....a treasure and a icon.....good, clean, interesting, factual, and downright entertaining ...may he Rest in Peace.
Linda Rubin January 7, 2013 at 08:32 pm
I first met Gloria when she attended a Thanksgiving Feast provided by Temple Beth Hillel in ValleyRead More Village. She was dressed in Native American costume. She didn't tell me about her history as a glamor girl until later in our acquaintance. You can see her interview at this link on Patch. http://studiocity.patch.com/articles/temple-beth-hillel-serves-up-10th-annual-thanksgiving-feast#video-3456712
Linda Rubin January 7, 2013 at 08:39 pm
You can see what a colorful character she was in her post-Voluptua years from the pix I just addedRead More to this article of Gloria at our Patch party in 2011. She was a fan of our sites and promoted her own story to our editors. I'm sad to say goodbye to Gloria.
Lisa Cahan Davis January 8, 2013 at 08:38 pm
Gloria was a kind, appreciative and strong woman. As you can see in the Republic Pictures 75thRead More Anniversary event photo I posted, Gloria always "looked the part". I'm sorry to hear about her passing.
Tamara December 20, 2012 at 05:03 pm
God Bless The Families of Jenni and her crew!!!! Thinking of you all and Praying God to give youRead More peace. Just knowing Jenni and her crew were doing something they loved, hopefully will bring you peace. Something not everyone can do is make us feel loved. Through Jenni's Music!!!
Carla Bollinger October 18, 2012 at 01:11 am
It was a beautiful ceremony, Chumash blessing, and tribute to a man who gave so much to others ...Read More the gifts of knowledge and respect for the natural world, and kindness to humans and animals. Many will miss him. Carla Bollinger SSMPA Board Member Chatsworth Nature Preserve Coalition Delegate
Ron Karam February 5, 2013 at 02:42 pm
He was not a nice man to his family. I dated his daughter Camila during the late 60's and I rememberRead More the first time I called her. He grabbed the phone from her and slapped her and wanted to know how I met her. When I told him I met her at a dance, he said she was introduced to it by a left-wing Jew and even brought home a Mexican once. He once parked in a shopping center parking lot watching his daughters car that was parked there and chased us in his truck. In later years when taking to him he seemed glad to hear from me. I think he may have calmed down in his older years and was surprised how he now wants to bring Hispanics into the Republican Party. I don't think he was Jewish as his daughter told me they were at one time Catholic.
Jay Stern February 5, 2013 at 04:24 pm
The time to criticize a person certainly is not after death, when he can no longer respond.Read More Anything a detractor has to say about Dan is too late, and better left unsaid.
Annie Hall March 2, 2013 at 09:21 pm
Dan Carasso was a demonic hate driven Godless sociopath, he admired Hitler, Franco, and Limbaugh!Read More He was abusive, cruel, sadistic, inhuman, failed as a husband, and father--he made his wife Ida very unhappy, as with his three children, he was abusive, verbally, emotionally, and physically--being a miser, went into rages, harassing his daughters, for their entire adult lifes-- Rosalie and George Willard--- hated Dan--when they died in an airplane accident--Dan got their money by default---and never gave them a decent memorial---their ashes,rest in one urn in the patio-- he made sure that all were disenherited--with a paltry monthly allowance, Ida was left with five dollars in her purse---the victum of two strokes caused by toxic cough syrup,that he gave her to take- with severe brain damage, memory loss, and dementia--Where is the love here? The house became a "GOP Crack House" where the vultures would come for funds, new cars, free meals, as they knew Dan had poor judgement, and appealed to his ego.Dan spent his weekends out, lurking around, and would come home in late after cheating on Ida--Dan lived to hate,: women, democracy, jews, gays, blacks, and embraced the the muslem culture-----dan was a failure, as a husband, father, and human being,he even hated his own heritage--being jewish--- and in death goes into the black void of nothingness,where Hell keeps demonic souls, who remain in darkness, and never come back ---Thank God he is gone, karma wins
Anthea Raymond September 2, 2012 at 02:16 pm
Downtown's Grand Performances presented David "conversation" with Alan Warner at theRead More California Plaza a few summers ago. Glad I got a chance to see this and to hear David explain he had no reason to write a song about San Jose. He "just wanted to."
Bob Perkins DDS September 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm
"What's it all about Alfie? Is it just for the moment, we live? What's it all about, when youRead More sort it out, Alfie? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoNtj27a6Rk&feature=related
Saul Daniels August 30, 2012 at 07:59 pm
The memorial for Dori Ziedenweber is 6:30 p.m. tonight (Aug. 30) at Rose Family Mortuary, 4444Read More Cochran St. in Simi Valley. http://www.simivalleymortuary.com/fh/home/home.cfm?fh_id=13647
Phoenix51 August 31, 2012 at 12:23 am
Sweet Dreams Dori...
Karaoke Friend August 31, 2012 at 04:34 am
Nothing could have possibly prepared me to see a young girl cry because someone took the life of herRead More mother at only 32 years old. Dori and I only knew one another from singing karaoke together. I wish I had the opportunity to get to know her better, but I know she loved her children more than anything...as everytime I had the pleasure of seeing her, she spoke of them. I pray with everything in me that they find the monster who took her life and caused so much pain for everyone who knew her. She touched so many lives with her big heart, beautiful smile, and unique laugh. Dori I know you are still out there fighting for justice, as your family and friends will continue to do for you here on earth. You will truly be missed! Keep singing in heaven!!!
Jan July 18, 2012 at 03:26 pm
Just discovered your column today. Really dig it! Look forward to reading past and future ones.Read More Thanks for sharing your insight.
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Jim July 19, 2012 at 09:11 pm
I wish journalists would stop publishing stories about these people. Just like we get fewer carRead More chases when they aren't televised, the WBC will vanish in a poof of nothing if we just stop talking about them. They just aren't worth our time or energy.
Family July 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm
Leave the family be. He was child and his mothers baby he is our nephew. You people who protestRead More need to get a job and learn the meaning of the word Christian , because you are not. God only excepts those who were kind to others in heaven .
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Mary McGrath July 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm
My partner has a friend whose mother used to date Ernest back in the day. She said he was a veryRead More nice fellow...
Katrynas July 11, 2012 at 02:32 pm
Well Mr. Borgnine I never met you but loved you and all your movies and shows! McHale's Navy was oneRead More of my favorites!! I will truly miss you, I only wish that my son could of known you and all that you've done. Rest in Peace and go kick it with God!!
Andrea Brunetti June 10, 2013 at 04:59 pm
Ciao Ernest, dear ITALIAN-AMERICAN brother! I really loved all movies you did, and I remember I wasRead More 8 when my father said me who was you, and from that moment I always was so happy when a movie of you started on TV. I really feel so sad because you are still not here with us, to demonstrate that LOVE exist, love in every face, in your long career and life too. Thank you so so so much because you made me always so happy and if I cry for you its because you was a good man, a real kindly person and a real artist! Hollywood have lost the best, a man with a heart, with a soul and a good person at all. Ciao amico mio, a special HELLO for you from MANDURIA-PUGLIA-SOUTH OF ITALY. Forever in our heart. I am sure you are happy now with GOD. Non ti dimenticherò mai. :,,(
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.