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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.
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.
Arvella Schuller died today. She was married to Robert Schuller, with whom she co-founded Crystal Cathedral Ministries. Patch file photo.
CHK February 11, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Guess we know who has the money to do whatever they wish.... "In February 2012, the church'sRead More property was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million. The church is making $29 million in renovations to the famed Garden Grove cathedral"
Paula Thomas February 12, 2014 at 07:57 am
Aside from all there problems of recent times they touched so many lives with the good news messageRead More of our living Christ. When involving families in any business especially in-laws it usually becomes problematic. It's a shame that at the end of their lives, after so much good they had given to OC and the world, it had end sadly. RIP sweet Arvella Schuller
Pascal February 12, 2014 at 06:47 pm
What is money, though, really? Did someone see an actual exchange taking place? Since all of us areRead More related, one way or another, including animals (since apparently a Chimpanzee's DNA is 98% identical to a human's) and humans are not a majority on earth, what constitutes money? Wouldn't that be that which is most valuable to the majority? Therefore.... air? Water? Then how is it quantified? What the heck is a dollar? Just saying..... not that I have a solution to the problem.
Marine Corps pilot Jerry Coleman.
Joe Meyers January 7, 2014 at 07:40 am
For us long suffering Padres fans, Jerry was always a beacon of light that took us through the manyRead More lows and the less frequent highs. No disrespect to Tony Gwynn but Jerry will always be Mr. Padre.
Doug Curlee January 8, 2014 at 02:22 pm
in addition to being what everyone says he was.. and more..jerry coleman was without question one ofRead More the nicest people ever to walk this planet..i know most conservatives can't stand keith olbermann, but go online and watch the obituary he did on jerry..it's amazing..doug
Joseph Morabito February 1, 2014 at 07:30 am
I missed this news when it first happened. How sad. I've always enjoyed Jerry Coleman's work.
A photo of Kiana Yazdihan, on a poster at the Wednesday vigil at the crash site. The coroner confirmed she had died earlier in the day. Photo/Martin Henderson
Robbie-Ann Oliveira December 13, 2013 at 03:01 pm
My heart goes out to all the famlies and friends effected by this tragedy. Please slow down and wearRead More your seat belts, dont drive your car unless everyone has them on..May she rest in peace and may the sister pull through..
Michelle A December 14, 2013 at 08:13 pm
Prayers, teens please know this can happen to you. Slow down, enjoy life but don't be so foolish toRead More think taking drugs is the cool thing to do. Yeah, real cool...such a shame. Learn from this.
wendy December 17, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Praying for the families...so very sad.. May God comfort the broken hearted & hold themRead More close..as so many grieve their loss. Amen
Nelson Mandela died Thursday in South Africa. Photo/Barbara Kinney, AFP-Getty Images
wayne may December 13, 2013 at 01:08 pm
Oh how he fooled the world... South Africa is in a downward spiral, with violent crime andRead More unemployment that is out if control. Mandela successfully helped South Africa from being a 1st world country to the mess of a 3rd world country that it is today.
Paul Crouch founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Photo/TBN.org
MFriedrich December 1, 2013 at 10:10 am
Mathew 6:24 - "You cannot serve God and money."
Anne Owen December 1, 2013 at 11:42 am
I always enjoyed him and his wife and their hair! I wonder if he got to take all that money withRead More him?
Lynda StarWriter December 2, 2013 at 09:18 pm
Thoughts and prayers out to the family. TBN is indeed a successful, abundant, media ministry legacy.Read More
The Kirkey family before Lana and Teia departed for the Philippines; left to right: Lana, Teia, Makana and Kurt. Photo/Lana Kirkey
Scott W. Hayworth July 17, 2013 at 10:16 am
I worked with Kurt at Lan. He always had a smile for you or would be willing to share/listen to aRead More good story/joke. We shared a love for music and would often share our favorites with each other or have discusssions of different bands each of us liked. Kurt was the guy who would give you the shirt off of his back, for sure. I know this because he did it for me once, and I was floored. I guess what I am feeling more than loss at this time is regret. Regret of the fact that I only knew a fraction of the man he truly was, and that saddens me. I wish we could have known each other better than we did, though I am proud to have known him as a colleague. I will always remember this special person who I briefly called my friend.
James Eric O'Hearn July 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm
I have known Kurt since the mid-90's when we first worked together at ARINC in Newport Beach. I'llRead More never forget the lively volleyball games we had down on the sand during lunch. We still got together later when I worked at QDS in Irvine and he was working at Unisys to play basketball on the outside court at QDS (he was ALWAYS on my team 'cause that is a smart move and Kurt always helped you make good choices). Kurt was a kind and gentle soul. You could not help but like him from the first time you met him. He was very intelligent and modest: not a combination you come across often these days. Kurt was a strong man but he went about his business in a positive and uplifting fashion. I remember that he and I both liked to use the surfer term "dude" when referring to one another. A disagreement would never escalate beyond anything more serious than "Ah, dude!" or "Hey dude!" We had been exchanging emails for the last couple of years and kind of keeping in touch via LinkedIn. I had a chance to speak with him over the phone earlier this year and I was trying to get him to come to a weekly lunch gathering I organize but things didn't work out. Please keep his wife Lana and their children in your prayers. I know that Kurt would really appreciate that. I could say that it was a wonderful thing to have known and loved you Kurt but that would mean that our friendship is at an end but it isn't...I will always remember you dude and the time we spent working and playing together.
David Kirkey July 19, 2013 at 03:51 pm
PEOPLE THAT KNEW KURT, MAY HAVE KNOWEN PARTS OF KURTS LIFE, AS KURT TOUCHED YOU. I WILL TELL YOURead More ABOUT HIS GREAT LIFE AS I HAVE SEEN IT. KURT WAS BORN IN CHICAGO,ILL. WE ARE BIASED HE WAS A GREAT BABY.WE MOVED TO MUNDELINE,ILL (40 MILES NORTH OF CHICAGO) KURT WENT TO SCHOOL. STARTED GRADE SCHOOL WRESTLING, JOINED THE BOY SCOUTS, ACHIEVED THE ORDER OF THE ARROW AND EAGLE SCOUT. KURT WAS ALWAYS HELPFUL WITH HIS SISTER MICHELE ,WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL AT MUNDELINE HIGH SCHOOL. CONTINUED ON WITH WRESTLING, JOINED THE GYMNASTIC  TEEM AND JAZZ BAND.KURT GOT HIS PILOT LICENSE AT THE SAME TIME. KURT ALSO COMPETED ON THE PIANO (CLASSICAL MUSIC) LOVE JAZZ AND IS SPAIRE TIME GOT IS ADVANCE CLASS IN AMATEUR RADIO. BOTH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER HAVE ADVANCE CLASS LICENSE’S. WE ARE A CAMPING FAMILY AND HAVE CAMP IN EVERY STATE AND ALL NATIONAL PARKS. KURT LIKE TO BRING HIS OWN TENT SO HE COULD GET UP AND GO FISHING EARLY.KURT HELP BUILD OUR CURENT HOME . UPON GRADUATION KURT WANTED TO GO TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY. HE FAILED THE MILITARY EYE TEST (KURT DID HAVE APPROVAL OF ILL CONGRESSMAN. KURT WENT TO CLC (LOCAL COLLEGE) . KURT TRANSFERRED TO UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS,AS A JUNIOR. GRADUATED IN THE UPPER 10%NATIONALLY IN HIS CLASS. WITH AERO SPACE ENGINEERING DEGREE.ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL HIRED HIM --WE THINK BECAUSE OF HIS GRADES AND HE WROTE A PAPER ON-HOW TO MEASURE THE TEMPERATURE IN THE TAIL OF A COMETS IN SPACE. KURT PROPOSED A FLYING DRONE-TO WITCH HIS PROFESSOR SAID IT  WILL NOT WORK -- INTERESTING, HIS DESIGNED SHOWED UP YEARS LATER. KURT GOT HIS MASTERS IN AERO SPACE ENGINEERING AT CAL POLY TECH. WENT TO HIS OFFICE ONE DAY AND ASKED WHERE WAS ALL HIS DEGREES AND CERTIFICATION- THEY WERE NOT ON THE WALL. HE OPEN THE TOP DRAW OF HIS DESK. THERE THEY ARE,KURT SAID. I DON’T NEED THEM ON THE WALL. THE ONES THAT KNOW ME ,KNOW AND THE ONE THAT DON’T KNOW ME, WILL. KURT ALSO RAFTED DOWN THE COLORADO RIVER 7 DAY, WHITE WATER.ONE VISIT TO THE GRAND CANYON HE HIKED DOWN AND BACK UP ,SAME DAY KURT CAME OUT TO ILLINOIS AND WENT FISHING WITH ME IN CANADA. KURT TOLD ME HE WAS GOING TO BE UP AT 5:30 AND GO FISHING AT BLACK BEAR RED LAKE ONT.CANADA.I SAID ITS OK DO NOT WAKE ME ILL WAIT FOR BREAKFAST CAN STILL HEAR HIM YELL DAD DAD I GOT A BIG ONE. HE FELL IN THE LAKE BRING IT TO THE CABIN. I TOLD HIM IT WAS TO SMALL. IT WAS IN THE SLOT AND HE HAD TO THROUGH IT BACK. AFTER HE MEASURED IT 32” HE THREW IT BACK. HIS NEXT ONE WAS 40”. MOST OF YOU SEEN KURT DOING ONE OF THESE.(HE DID ALL OF THEM) CAMPING,HIKING,BACKPACKING,SURFING,PADDLE BOARDING,RAFTING MOUNTING BIKING,KAYAKING, ROAD BIKING , SCUBA DIVING,SWIMMING AND FISHING. O YES WE IS AWSOME, HE IS OUR SON .   DAVE AND COOKIE    KIRKEY
El Toro Resident April 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm
Mental illness is very common in families. It's heartbreaking, overwhelming and it has affected meRead More personally. Mr. Warren you are not alone. My heart hurts for you and your family.
M April 10, 2013 at 10:44 am
I don't think Rick warren or his church need any more "donations". If anything Rick warrenRead More should be donating his funds to organization that help the mentally ill.
Greg M. April 10, 2013 at 03:03 pm
You obviously do not know Rick Warren or the works and causes he has supported and personallyRead More contributed to throughout the years, including helping the mentally ill, or you wouldn't make such an ignorant and/or uninformed comment. Amazing the lack of compassion some people can have at such a sad and difficult time for Rick and his family.
Anne Drew April 8, 2013 at 07:42 pm
Rest In Peace, Annette. You fought the fight with dignity and grace. The victory is yours. You willRead More be remembered always.
bill odel April 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm
I was lucky to have met Annette a few times. She was a very warm and considerate person to everyoneRead More she came in contact with. Her smile lit up the room. May she RIP.
Buy My Bikes April 9, 2013 at 07:32 pm
I am a surfer because of the beach movies!! M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E she will BEE missed!!! A majorRead More part of my childhood!! I met here at the opening of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in about 1964!!! Waited 3 hours to go on ride ! Best E ticket ever!!!
rfirefly February 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Sounds like a great guy. RIP Mr. Rafferty.
Brenda February 25, 2013 at 03:30 pm
RIP Mr. Rafferty. Far to young to loose you and we must work harder to find a cure for cancer.
Martin Henderson (Editor) February 26, 2013 at 12:52 am
Scott Raftery was a delight to work with. He did not insulate himself in a press box, but would meetRead More the people and athletes he worked for. He was also a pro, and really "got it." At one of his first softball finals as an administrator, a coach from El Modena acted like a jerk, totally didn't get the "Pursuing victory with honor" mantra of the CIF; as I recall the incident, Raftery fired off a letter to inform him and his principal that if he didn't clean up his act, he wouldn't be allowed back. The Southern Section office lost a champion.
CDM Sports Lover February 23, 2013 at 06:22 pm
Alleged ? Really, lets stop with the political correctness....He flat out murdered them in coldRead More blood. He is no hero, he was a coward and deserved the ending that he reaped in the mountains...Respect those who were his victims including police officers and innocent people who were the victims of this sociopath. Thanks
xxxxxxxxx February 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Just BREATHE! It seems to me that, maybe they would like for you to just show a little moreRead More self-control and not be so defensive all the time (It only makes you look guilty).
Dan Avery February 22, 2013 at 02:44 am
On a different blog he said "your nation" and "your detractors" when talkingRead More about the United States. Strange eh for a native American to say that eh, xxxxxxxxx?
Silence Dogood February 23, 2013 at 07:18 pm
OMG, OMG, I just figured it out! It's so obvious! The incredibly thin-skinned bully JustUs isRead More actually the incredibly thin-skinned bully Sarah Palin! Welcome to the Patch Governor!
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 01:02 am
I don't care if you were bonded with him at the hip at birth, Ginelle. Citron failed miserable atRead More his fiduciary obligation to the citizens of Orange County and should have done 5 years or more in state prison for his crimes. A man doesn't pled guilty to 6 felonies unless he has done something terribly wrong. And he was in charge of the public treasure, whether you like it not. Trying to pass off Citron's failings on another human being is totally wrong and a grave insult to the Orange County taxpayers. I understand that you probably had an emotional bond with Citron. We didn't and don't. All we know is that he hurt many people with his hairbrained investment schemes and should NEVER have been in a position of so much financial trust and responsibility. On top of that, he was very weird IMO.
Ginelle Dexter January 22, 2013 at 01:27 am
Yeah, and you all in the OC think Moorlach walks on water. He's of the same mold as Raabe. HowRead More much of the county's money did he waste on lawyers trying to fight a lost cause against the Sheriff Dept? Said my peice...I'm out of here.
JustUs January 22, 2013 at 01:37 am
Not me. I think Moorlach's a jerk. You're "out of here" because you weren't able toRead More intelligently offer a counterargument to my previous comment. So long...........
jeanne flippin December 21, 2012 at 09:30 pm
well ok ok... I didn;'t respect Haidl, seem him interviewed about that son of his and he was anRead More enabler, no doubt about it. But hey, the man is dead, nobody should rejoice in another man's death, just my opinion
jeanne flippin December 21, 2012 at 09:31 pm
well ok ok... I didn;'t respect Haidl, seem him interviewed about that son of his and he was anRead More enabler, no doubt about it. But hey, the man is dead, nobody should rejoice in another man's death, just my opinion
Sue Westfall December 23, 2012 at 08:38 pm
If you didn't know Don you should not comment. He was a kind and generous man - was he perfect...no,Read More no one is. He took responsibility for his mistakes and paid dearly for them. He was always kind, loving and generous to our family and he had a rye sense of humor - we will miss him. May he rest in peace.