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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...............
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David April 5, 2014 at 09:11 am
Let us only hope that all religions die off but from one disease;That of being found out.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 5, 2014 at 09:13 am
Well, that was certainly a rude comment to make on an obituary. I'm sure there are other places onRead More Patch for that discussion, but this isn't one of them.
U - M April 6, 2014 at 09:46 am
David, even though I do agree with Penny that this isn't the right place and time to post this, butRead More in general I so do agree with you.
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.
Nancy August 21, 2012 at 01:26 am
What a sweetheart! I will miss seeing her at The Golden Bull. R.I.P. Phyllis.Read More http://pacificpalisades.patch.com/blog_posts/if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it
KIM PUCKETT July 11, 2012 at 06:40 pm
KENNY HEITZ STARTED ONE YEAR AT UCLA AS A GUARD, ONE YEAR AS A FORWARD AND ONE YEAR AS A SIXTH MAN.Read More HAS ANY OTHER COLLEGE PLAYER EVER SHOWN THAT VERSATILITY? IN THE FINALS AGAINST PURDUE HE FORCED ALL AMERICAN RICK MOUNT TO MISS 12 STRAIGHT SHOTS.
Rich Valentine July 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm
Kenny was a great Basketball player and student while at Righetti High School during the years ofRead More 1962-65, when Righetti High school first opened and started their varsity basketball program .. Kenny played for me for three years at Righetti, was an ALL LEAGUE selection each year, an ALL CIF player of the year in 1965, and was a great student and person along with his basketball talents .. My prayers are with his family at this time .. He will be missed .. Coach Dick Valentine
Jerry Mcnown July 12, 2012 at 01:27 pm
God bless you Kenny and your family you were a real friend in high school always the gentleman and aRead More dedicated basketball player and team player we all learned from coach Valentine.
Gail Grossman April 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm
I met Dick Clark in 1961 as a member of the audience at American Bandstand in Philadelphia. I livedRead More in Lakewood at the time and presented him with a key to the city of Lakewood. One of his questions was: What is the one thing you do not like about California? and I answered him loudly the San Francisco Giants, as I was and still a Dodger Fan. I also got to attend the Dick Clark show in New York City that same summer, and gave him a 10 foot Beechnut Spearmint Flavor Ific gum rapper chain, which was the thing to do.
Joann Norvell Atkins April 19, 2012 at 01:52 pm
LOVED DICK CLARK...he will truly be missed, R.I.P. Mr Clark...
Max Bean March 27, 2012 at 02:37 pm
sad to see a legend go. I will be sure to tell my friend Steve Prough, who was an avid skateboarderRead More when we were growing up.
Sharon Sharp March 4, 2012 at 03:11 pm
@ Shelby: thank you for your voice of reason and compassion.
Melissa Katz March 4, 2012 at 03:11 pm
This was an amazing man. He did the work that the mainstream media does not do. He was a hero and IRead More would say an angel on earth, with amazing talent and guts. He was also soldier of truth. His death and the timing of it is very suspicious. I really hope the truth about his death comes out. He did not deserve to die and if someone took him out they should be found out an prosecuted.
janetknight March 5, 2012 at 01:04 pm
rest in peace great warrior, bring on the investigation and let's start at the white house, dncRead More re-election team, and all the chicago partner's in crime and washington thugs, but good luck this is one of the biggest cover up administrations since the 1960 always under democrats?????
Becky Mahard March 9, 2012 at 02:50 am
Sympathy to Andrews family and friends, a God of love would never leave us without hope, JohnRead More 5:28,29 says that there will be a resurrection of the dead right here on earth and Revelation 21:3,4 says that God is going to do away with pain and death forever, this will be soon, so you will be able to see Andrew again. Sincerely, Becky Mahard 626)336-7955
Jackson Feedoo October 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm
I'm just afraid of throaty types who loiter outside her death site, crooning her memory on SantaRead More Monica Blvd.
Amanda Salem February 6, 2012 at 09:08 pm
Coaches for the Pali High varsity boys lacrosse team also shared another video in memory of MaxRead More Tinglof. It was Laxratz.com, the folks who film the games. To watch the video, click here: http://www.laxratz.com/2012/02/palisades-dolphins-demo-reel-2011-season/
Kristen S January 18, 2012 at 07:52 pm
Sister Adele was a wonderful woman and I was blessed to know her and work with her throughout myRead More college career. She will truly be missed.
martha December 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm
I am fortunate to have been one of her students in 1989. She was funny and an inspirationalRead More educator! I remember when she traveled to Hawaii on vacation; she returned with treats for us all. She was one of the reasons I later returned to the Mount to earn my MS degree!
Laurie Yahnker January 5, 2012 at 04:54 pm
I did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Smerling, however, after reading about him, I feel thatRead More the world was a better place for the 82 years that he occupied it. Such a loss for his loved ones and friends.
Bill Andro January 6, 2012 at 06:39 am
Iron Man was a great guy, a loving husband/father, a great travelling companion and I shall miss himRead More each and every day for the rest of my life
Mark Neighbors January 6, 2012 at 08:19 am
Bill was always a gentleman, friend, and scholar. We meet eight years ago at an Americas BestRead More Cleaners meeting. Bill sensing my discomfort at being a invited to be in such an elite group made a point to set by me, visit with me, and make me feel a part of the group. Always a man who had a kind word to everyone he was also thoughtful enough to share his advice in a humble way that showed respect for the person he was visiting with. After that, we always visited at all meetings we attended after and had dinner together with his family more than once in LA. Bill was a gentleman who was always more interested in what you were doing than talking about himself. I will miss him. Mark Neighbors Edmond, Oklahoma
Gail Pine March 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm
I'm a teacher in Los Angeles and of the many fond Junior's memories I have, one stands out!! InRead More 1989 the teachers in L. A. went on strike. It was a frightening time for us. On the day we were to vote on our contract the teachers at my school, Marvin Avenue, decided that with the end in sight we could go out to breakfast and of course we chose Junior's!!! When we got there imagine our surprise almost the entire restaurant was taken up by teachers from surrounding schools: Overland, Clover, Castle Heights, Crescent Heights, etc. Saul went from table to table offering us free coffee and telling us he was on our side. He told us teachers were important and deserved respect and decent wages! Many times over the years family and friends have said "Meet you at Jumior's!!". We've had many great times there. But I'll never forget Saul's encouraging words back in '89!! It meant the world to me!! My deepest sympathy to the family'. Thank you so much for sharing Saul with his Junior's family! Sincerely, Gail Pine Teacher
Kay Carr November 10, 2011 at 02:43 am
His performance on the recent award show showed that he still had "it". He held hisRead More own...rest in peace, Heavy.
Rowby Goren October 19, 2011 at 02:48 pm
Here's a link to a video about Ken Tran. http://youtu.be/ml9Pg-pS85U Rowby
Jared Morgan October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am
Thanks for sharing that, Rowby.