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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...............
Twitter photo of a young Hobie Alter.
Henry Holmes March 31, 2014 at 11:17 am
I had the opportunity to do legal work for Hobie when I got out of law school. He was an inspiredRead More guy that was always working on something new. He was friendly, generous, patient and always willing to talk surf story. I loved the guy and he paid his legal bills promptly, which is important for a young guy. rest in peace, Henry Holmes Henry Holmes
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.
Jeffrey Corzine.
Chris Frost March 22, 2014 at 08:53 am
From Jeffrey's family, thank You to whomever wrote this. We all miss him deeply. He loved living inRead More Malibu and all the friends he had here. You have written words that capture who he is. Rest In Peace, Jeffrey
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.
Julian Myers shows off the many medals he received for running marathons. Photo courtesy of Myers' granddaughter Krishni Arra.
Stephen Kaminski December 24, 2013 at 05:51 am
He lived a good life..
Alyson Dutch December 25, 2013 at 08:42 am
I knew and worked with Julian and I'm sorry to hear.... But boy what a wonderful life he had. He wasRead More always so vivacious and full of wonderful ideas. If his family is reading this he was adored and highly respected by his fellow publicists. We sat on the board of The Entertainment Professional Publicicists together. RIP Julian.
R Y A N August 6, 2013 at 09:08 pm
Grant was a very calm and caring member of the community, a dad, husband, and son. His low-keyRead More demeanor and genuine smile mark my memory of the few times we met together on some municipal issue. This loss is widespread. Grant was a really great guy who will be missed throughout Malibu.
Chris Frost August 7, 2013 at 07:36 am
Grant was a tremendous member of this community. He is well respected and looked up to as aRead More reasonable advocate for the betterment of our City. The contributions made by he and his family are many and varied, but all bear the mark of education and wisdom. Pray for his family as they suffer through this tragedy and fight through their life threatening injuries as well. We all hope that they will be home here in Malibu very soon. A huge loss and a man who will be missed.
Tom Hasse August 7, 2013 at 09:21 am
I am in mourning for my friend Grant Adamson. What a great guy. We had lunch often when I servedRead More as mayor and city councilmember and remained friends after I retired. We both enjoyed adventure trips, so whenever I visited Malibu, we'd go horseback riding or hike some trail that Grant wanted to show me. A kind-hearted, soft-spoken man, Grant loved his family and we often talked about Malibu's history. All my prayers go out for the full recovery of his wife and daughters who were at the center of his life and to his beloved Mom, Sister and Stepdad. I've lost a good friend ... but Malibu has just lost the man who loved Malibu the most. Signed, Tom Hasse.
Carey Borth April 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm
I am SO sorry to hear this. I can still hear him saying, "Now, be good out there,"Read More without fail.
Donald Kehoty May 6, 2013 at 02:54 am
You be good up there now, Steve." Godspeed.
Alejandro Calderon May 27, 2013 at 01:50 am
I worked at John's Garden for two years approximately. In those two years I had good conversationsRead More with him. He was a awesome person. It was a pleasure knowing and working with him. It saddens that he passed away. Because even though I left that job. I'm always thinking of how he always told me " be good out there". I always laugh when I remember our conversations and small jokes. I will miss you Steve.
Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo February 23, 2013 at 08:46 am
Siempre me gustó su expresión, su cara. Le seguí por sus fotos y sientoRead More enterarme de su partida. Gonzalo.
Bob Perkins DDS February 24, 2013 at 06:10 pm
Yesterday, a powerful memorial for a fallen warrior......Mikke Pierson (who I do not know) gave aRead More beautiful testimonial to a man he loved dearly....the thing Mikke said that perhaps will most stick with me, was a sentiment that he attributed to Stephen regarding how he felt that he lost a lot of friends....due to his honesty. Stephen, apparently felt that honesty was worth losing friends over, he felt like he owed it to them to give them nothing less....well, in the end, he didn't lose too many at all cause that place was packed like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Stephen apparently held his friends to high standards....he pushed them to greater heights. Even in death you (with the help of Mikke) have "pushed" me. That's greatness!!!"
Peter Yeh May 3, 2013 at 08:07 am
Read the awful news about his passing today! Have met him once, when he came to visit me in theRead More Amsterdam office of Penthouse magazine. What a nice and great guy. over the years we have published countless sets shot by him, and I have always considered him one of the best glamour photographers in the world!!! What a loss at such a young age! Peter Yeh, Penthouse the Netherlands
Niles Akbar January 28, 2013 at 05:33 pm
Never saw him at any Malibu functions or joining CERT, Arts Commission or Preserve Malibu. SuicideRead More by fork. 63 and looked 10 years older. Good producer, though. RIP
Everybody Who Knew Him January 28, 2013 at 09:12 pm
Wow. You are an a$shole.
Jonathan Friedman January 23, 2013 at 04:37 pm
I am sorry to hear this. Bill was a great guy and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Marshall Thompson January 23, 2013 at 09:37 pm
Very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Terrific guy, great personal warmth. Worked with him onRead More photo and video projects at the Phelps Group in the 1990's. He was one of the good guys.
Nancy January 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm
I was a longtime dear friend of BIll's, whom I met while working in PR at Ketchum Public RelationsRead More in Pittsburgh in the 80s. Yes, Marshall of the good guys...He was a wonderful, warm, person..and one of the funniest and nicest people I have ever known. We shared the love of working in media relations and PR. We have kept in touch for over 30 years, sometimes talking three times a day. I can't believe he is gone. He died a few days after his birthday.
Sandi Besser January 23, 2013 at 01:55 am
She was simply the best. I have fond memories of our days as Malibu Moms, on Latigo. I will miss herRead More strong spirit, easy laugh and beautiful Twinkle in her eyes.
one local girl February 22, 2013 at 02:23 pm
When one saw Mary her light preceded her.. it shines through her amazing children andRead More grandchildren....she will be missed and always remembered with love. Joe may the days provide distractions and much love.
Susan Polla February 25, 2013 at 09:58 pm
Mary's Grace and Strength were so inspiring, that when I was in her presence, I wanted to be aRead More better person- May Joe and her children find healing peace in the gratitude of a life shared on earth with this beautiful soul.....that lives on Susan Polla, Hawaii
JBB January 18, 2013 at 02:59 pm
My sympathy to her family and friends. I didn't know Annette but I lost my sister to cancer theRead More same weekend she passed away. The grief can be overwhelming at times. I pray for strength for all who are grieving.
J. Flo January 18, 2013 at 03:58 pm
I also don't know Annette but know the pain of losing a beloved - friend, mother, wife, daughter farRead More too soon. So painful and heart wrenching. Sending up bright light and love to all who loved her so! So sorry for such an immeasurable loss.
Sabrina Cabrera January 24, 2013 at 05:12 pm
I'm so sorry to hear of this:( My babe worked for them & they were good people. She will beRead More missed. Our prayers, thoughts, & condolences go out to Stan, her 3 boys, & the whole family. Peace & Love be with you all<3 The Cabrera Family- Edgar, Sabrina, Rhianna, Ezra, & Ayla. P.S. We still have & use our comfy awesome Barefoot Dreams blankies. I'm glad we have them:)
Michael Ferris January 11, 2013 at 01:52 pm
David Ellis lit up every set he was ever on with a light that shined on all of us who loved moviesRead More and making them. On WATERWORLD he anointed himself "King of the Hill" on top of the water ski jumps we used to launch jet skis from. No one could dislodge him from that perch as he used his considerable stuntman skill, strength and wiles to send every challenger from the heights to the water. Working with him was a serious professional undertaking while also a joyous activity creating under his leadership dynamically staged one of a kind action movie adventures. His generous personality invited involvement, commitment, loyalty. He was an asset to the film community and to his hometown of Malibu, which it must be said, was the perfect place for a David Ellis to come from. We salute you, David, and we will not forget.
Karen Baxter January 12, 2013 at 08:22 pm
what a shock and terrible loss - a sweet and kind man, years ago his family and he seemed toRead More personify to me health, love and a sort of progressive but laid back energy that stuck with me since the first time I met him when I was just a teenager with a quiet crush, charm, authenticity and just the nicest guy, very sad news.
Chris Buchinsky January 16, 2013 at 07:01 pm
I worked on 2 movies with David as his storyboard artist and recall sitting with Director Peter WeirRead More discussing David's talent. As a fellow Malibu surfer we are all backing off the biggest wave of the set at 3rd Point to allow David's late take off hooting his drop in and watching him connect all 3 points for the ride of his life shooting the pier and moving on to a better place. Nice tube Bro, Great Ride! Rest in peace...sincerely, Chris Buchinsky
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.
tracy November 25, 2012 at 06:02 pm
What a vivacious, exuberant funster Larry was. I have fond memories of him and Maj. To Heidi andRead More Preston I send big hugs. He will always be an icon in my life with his sense of freedom and peace. How about those 4th of July parades in the colony?
Robert Feigel November 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm
Larry lived a big life and touched many lives along the way. Here's just one story that illustratesRead More how generous he was with those who wanted a piece of him, even when he was off-duty. Early-70s and Will Horner had invited some people to go for a sail on his legendary 30+ foot Warren Seaman designed Malibu outrigger, "Hoku." It was packed with people and I found myself sitting next to Larry. As things settled down, I noticed a friend inching his way purposefully back through the passengers forward of us. He'd been a successful model in New York (GQ, etc) and had moved to the coast to take acting lessons in the hopes of breaking into the business. After introducing himself to Larry, he told him a little about himself, his acting classes - with a widely respected coach - and his disappointment at not landing any jobs after months of trying. Then he asked Larry the question he'd been working up to: "What's the most important factor in breaking into the business? How good you are ... or who you know?" Larry answered: "Without a doubt, it's who you know." Larry then went on to talk to my friend about the his prospects and take the time to give him some advice and some names. And all this while he was simply trying to enjoy an exhilarating ride on a crowded Malibu outrigger racing along at around 9 or 10 knots! Bless you, Larry. And condolences to Maj and the family.
one local girl February 22, 2013 at 02:26 pm
My personal Malibu experience would not be complete without Larry. He lived life to the fullest andRead More got out with his acting boots on....Bravo my dear friend...au gre du vent sending love Maj!
John Mazza September 7, 2012 at 08:32 pm
I asked the city council to dedicate the last city council meeting in memory of Tubestake and theyRead More did which I really appreciated since it was such a contentious meeting. He really helped put the Malibu lifestyle, now long gone, on the map when he left his job as a insurance salesman and literally moved into a shack on Surfrider Beach and eventually became "the big Kahuna" in the Gidget books and movies. He, Moondogie (Famous artist Billy Al Bengston), Matt Kivlin , Dewey Webber, Greg Noll , Miki Dora, Bob Simmons and others really started the surfer life style that took the US by storm in the late 50's. Out of that grew surf music, the surf industry and most of all the surf clothing industry which keeps the surfing industry alive today. He was one of the most important influences that made Malibu the household name it is today. Too bad we paved over the lifestyle here in Malibu.
Sandie Kay October 1, 2012 at 06:16 pm
I think the city of Malibu should erect some sort of a memorial plaque somewhere (maybe at whatRead More they called "The Pit") in honor of Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy . Sandie ( a family friend)
Robert Feigel November 26, 2012 at 01:36 am
Tubesteak was one of surfing's unique characters and a comic genius long before everyone over fiftyRead More who surfed was called a "legend." He was a REAL legend and I will miss his bizarro emails. Sandie Kay is right. The City of Malibu should find some appropriate way to honor his contribution to surfing's rich culture and ensure he's not forgotten.
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
michelle boyle August 26, 2012 at 11:47 am
So sorry for the loss of the Merrick family. The words I just read were beautiful from Brian. HeRead More will live forever in your hearts and the heart of Malibu.
Joyce Ball August 26, 2012 at 02:49 pm
John and Brian, Your dad will always be a part of our family. Your first dog came from our house.Read More Your dad wanted the puppy to wander the heather on Point Dume. Your dad officiated at the marriage of Jen and answered any questions we had while living here for 58 years. Your are fortunate son's. We won't forget his kindness and his humor. Joyce Ball
Gail Sumpter August 11, 2012 at 08:43 pm
What a truly classy man; a man of honor who cared about Malibu and a key figure in "old"Read More Malibu. He was an asset to Malibu and its residents. Malibu is better off for having had him as a resident and community leader.
Skylar Peak August 14, 2012 at 10:49 am
Judge Merrick committed his life to servicing community and being a father. Malibu would never beRead More what it is today without his years of service and contributions to our little beach town. He is deeply missed.
Fletch Birge August 26, 2012 at 07:21 pm
Judge John J. Merrick was a refined Christian jurist and gentleman. When he spoke, you wereRead More captivated. When you spoke to him, he listened and cared. He was a life member and past president of the West Coast Association of the Veterans of the New York 7th Regiment. The legacy of the regiment's gallant soldiers is remarkable. He is now in the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ. In Psalm 1 we read, "His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates both day and night." We will miss our dear John, and until our glorious reunion above, rest in peace, beloved friend. The Birge, Hutcherson, and Allen Families
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.
Barbara Jean Carey June 27, 2012 at 02:07 pm
Roger was one of the first friends that I made when I moved to Malibu back in 1984. He was funny,Read More loyal and so much fun to hang out with. I'm so sorry and send my condolences to his family. This earth was a better place with Roger in it.
Al Castro June 28, 2012 at 12:10 am
It was a Hell of a ride Brother!!! I'll see you in the next world and don't be LATE! Al oha
Robert Feigel March 29, 2014 at 02:01 pm
One of the best, most loyal and trustworthy friends one could ever wish for. Anne and I will alwaysRead More miss you, and "Roger's Rock" will always bear your name.
Pamela Conley Ulich June 21, 2012 at 01:16 pm
Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. I love the way David could take a small crisis (spillingRead More paint all over) and turn it into an opportunity for growth (painting an additional mural).
Alessandra DeClario June 21, 2012 at 08:17 pm
What a wonderful person David was.... he always thought of the kids... and always included them inRead More everything... making them the star! So very talented - so very sad that we will never see a new mural by David! But all over Malibu there are hints of his talents... he helped Kathleen with the kids shows - making the backdrops, etc. Always there creating.. so maybe one day when you look up at the sky and see an unusual cloud scene or rainbow, and smile in approval, David will grin that grin and shake his paint brush - and arms folded across his chest (like the photo here) he will bow ever so slightly in thanks.... PEACE!
Heather Anderson June 22, 2012 at 01:16 pm
If you have time take a drive through Malibu and behold all of the wonderful murals David designedRead More and created with the help of the people of our town. I marvel every time I see the Malibu High murals, the Juan Cabrillo murals, the Methodist murals, the Bluffs Park Mural and the wonderful mural that Deirdre Roney and family, commissioned at Webster that I had the great joy in participating in. The Bluffs Park mural and the countless other works of art that David designed and painted always observed our rich culture, our unique natural environment and always included a whimsical love of life in the forms and colors of his work. It is so painful to know that David's smile, energy and love of people will not grace us anymore.
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