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  • John 10:34 am on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Classic Photo Monday! Why Not. 

    • localarts 10:52 am on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Was always a big fan of the Rockford Files. They don’t make shows like that anymore


      • John 11:16 am on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I always remember a scene in Rockford Files where he was being chased in his Camaro and got away by parking in a used car lot and ducking below the dashboard. Classic Jim Rockford!


  • John 11:28 am on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Towing the Space Shuttle Endeavor through Los Angeles 

    After low level flyovers above NASA and civic landmarks across the country and in California, she was delivered to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on September 21, 2012.

    What the…? Cool!

    The orbiter was slowly and carefully transported through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood three weeks later, from October 11-14 along La Tijera, Manchester, Crenshaw, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevards to her final destination at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

    Approximately 12 miles

    Endeavour encountered a few obstacles while transiting the streets narrowly missing telephone poles, apartment buildings and other structures.

    400+ trees cut down. Many light poles, other obstacles removed.

    The power had to be turned off and power carrying poles had to be removed temporarily as the orbiter creeped along Manchester to Praire then Crenshaw Boulevards. News crews lined the streets along the path with visible news personalities in the news trucks. There were many police escort as well as much security helping to control the large crowd gathered. Endeavour was parked for a day at the Great Western Forum where she was available for viewing from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

    Capitol Records!!

    Endeavor inches her way through L.A.

    Strange and Bizarre

    Party in the USA

    Hollywood Nights

    Can we trade insurance info?

    Let’s Roll !!

    • J. A. Robinson 12:02 pm on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      John–I have watched the footage of this on CNN, but nowhere did I see the route, preparations, etc. You really “nailed” this topic with your outstanding series of photos and helpful narrative.

      John R.– http://thedailygraff.com/


      • John 8:29 am on October 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks John. That means a lot! Always glad to share.


  • John 12:13 pm on September 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Search For The Afghan Girl 

    She remembers the moment. The photographer took her picture. She remembers her anger. The man was a stranger. She had never been photographed before. Until they met again 17 years later, she had not been photographed since.


    The photographer remembers the moment too. The light was soft. The refugee camp in Pakistan was a sea of tents. Inside the school tent he noticed her first. Sensing her shyness, he approached her last. She told him he could take her picture. “I didn’t think the photograph of the girl would be different from anything else I shot that day,” he recalls of that morning in 1984 spent documenting the ordeal of Afghanistan’s refugees.

    The portrait by Steve McCurry turned out to be one of those images that sears the heart, and in June 1985 it ran on the cover of this magazine. Her eyes are sea green. They are haunted and haunting, and in them you can read the tragedy of a land drained by war. She became known around National Geographic as the “Afghan girl,” and for 17 years no one knew her name.

    In January a team from National Geographic Television & Film’s EXPLORER brought McCurry to Pakistan to search for the girl with green eyes. They showed her picture around Nasir Bagh, the still standing refugee camp near Peshawar where the photograph had been made. A teacher from the school claimed to know her name. A young woman named Alam Bibi was located in a village nearby, but McCurry decided it wasn’t her.

    No, said a man who got wind of the search. He knew the girl in the picture. They had lived at the camp together as children. She had returned to Afghanistan years ago, he said, and now lived in the mountains near Tora Bora. He would go get her.

    It took three days for her to arrive. Her village is a six-hour drive and three-hour hike across a border that swallows lives. When McCurry saw her walk into the room, he thought to himself: This is her.

    Names have power, so let us speak of hers. Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she is Pashtun, that most warlike of Afghan tribes. It is said of the Pashtun that they are only at peace when they are at war, and her eyes—then and now—burn with ferocity. She is 28, perhaps 29, or even 30. No one, not even she, knows for sure. Stories shift like sand in a place where no records exist.

    Faithless Daughter on Facebook
    Photo by Steve McCurry / National Geographic
  • John 6:54 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Wonderland Murders 

    • pixie 12:28 pm on March 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I think that’s one of the things that fascinates me so much about Joy. From all accounts of her fiancé and friends’ activity, you would think that she was a rough biker chick. Her life actually seemed like it was the complete opposite. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any info about Vlick out there. It sounds like he was a somewhat high profile drug dealer at the time. You would think that there would be at least one or two court documents out there. I’m assuming his case went to trial. I wonder if he turned state’s evidence on another case or ended up going into witness protection for some reason or other.


    • John 1:08 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I also read a post on a forum from a cousin of DeVerell’s… as could be expected, they were devastated, but not shocked by his passing, given that drugs were involved, and he had quite a long rap sheet. I can imagine with his criminal record and lengthy times of incarceration that he and his kids were probably not that close. Sorry, wish I knew more to share.


      • pixie 1:54 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much for your quick replies! I’d love to see what DeVerell’s cousin wrote. Do you happen to have a link to that forum? I’m curious about how he met Joy Miller. I read somewhere on your blog that the connection between Ron and Joy was through Joy’s neighbor, William Vlick. Do you happen to know what ever became of Vlick? I tried to search for info on him, but all I could find was that he was supposed to stand trial with Joy later that year. I assumed that they all met each other through the drug scene, but Joy and the Wonderland guys seem like they came from two totally different worlds. Was DeVerell from the Sacramento area like Launius and Lind?

        I’ve been fascinated by this case ever since I saw the E True Hollywood Story. I know that the Wonderland gang were far from being angels; however, the way that one of the detectives spoke about Joy during an interview that was shown in that story always bothered me. They were human beings who had families and loved ones.

        I lived in West Hollywood for many years, but sadly didn’t discover this case until I moved away. I am very well-acquainted with the Laurel Canyon area. Nash’s house and the Wonderland house are only about 5 minutes from each other (I’ve read that it was reported to be a 10 minute drive, but it should be less than 10 minutes).


        • John 11:04 am on March 5, 2013 Permalink

          Sorry for the delay in responding. I don’t know what happened to Vlick, as I have searched high and low for info. No luck. I believe DeVerell was from Arizona. Yes, Joy seemed very cosmopolitan if you will, she at least kept a stylish interior to the home, and it was far from being a drug den or crack house. It was quite tidy.


    • John 9:04 am on January 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, thanks.


      • pixie 5:29 pm on February 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve always wanted to know more about Joy. I’d love to know how she went from socialite and Beverly Hills mom to this. Do you have any more information about her? She was so beautiful in those younger pictures. My heart goes out to her daughters. I wonder if they were in close contact with her at the time of her death. I’m also curious about DeVerell’s children and what type of relationship they had with their father at the time of his death.


        • John 11:22 am on February 18, 2013 Permalink

          From what I have read on other blogs… she was divorced from her Beverly Hills attorney husband in the early 70s. She went on to work as a secretary for a Hollywood type showbiz but on the drug fringe guy, who also introduced her to the local drug scene. ..and so that goes. Her daughters were still close to her, and are the only family on record talking to the media after the various trials of Nash, Holmes. I believe both daughters were at the 2001 trial of Nash. I read a quote in an old newspaper article on Google News Archive.


    • nessaj85 4:26 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, the address u have for Barbara is right, her mom still lives there under the name Easton


      • John 1:53 pm on March 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Just posted a few yearbook pics. I may take them down in a few days. Check ’em out while you can. RIP Barbara!


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