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From the LA Times
By Hugo Martin Contact Reporter
March 15, 2017

The exterior of Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena. The working-class city hopes Flynt's investment in the casino pays off for Gardena. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The exterior of Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena. The working-class city hopes Flynt’s investment in the casino pays off for Gardena. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

“With Larry Flynt involved, controversy is inevitable. But Gardena likes its chances with his casino investment”


“Adult entertainment mogul Larry Flynt is no stranger to controversy, and less than eight months after taking over a struggling Gardena casino, his new enterprise has already sparked its share of strife.”

“But the working-class South Bay city is betting that Flynt’s gamble on the card club will pay off with an economic resurgence that will preserve hundreds of jobs and generate extra tax revenue for Gardena’s coffers.”

The Times’ post continues:

On Saturday, Flynt plans to unveil the nearly $5 million in renovations he has made at the former Normandie Casino, which he renamed the Lucky Lady Casino and crowned with a neon sign depicting a scantily clad woman, swinging a bare leg.

In addition, Flynt has upgraded the 50,000-square-foot casino with a new paint job, fresh carpeting, chandeliers, furniture and flat-screen television sets. The casino added a new smoking area and remodeled its restaurant.

But Flynt, 74, said he isn’t done.

Architects are already drawing up plans for the possible addition of retail and office space on the 12.5 acres surrounding the casino, according to Flynt, who says he is willing to spend up to $60 million on the property over the next few years.

“It will do good for Gardena,” Flynt said in an interview from his ornate office on the 10th floor of a Beverly Hills building.

Gardena officials hope he is right. After disputes over his contributions to the city and the decency of his casino sign, Flynt and the city have reached an agreement that both sides anticipate will generate profits for Flynt and economic renewal for the city.

“I personally believe this will be a shot in the arm for the street,” Gardena City Manager Mitchell Lansdell said of West Rosecrans Avenue, where the Lucky Lady Casino is surrounded by strip malls, an aging apartment complex and a welding supply warehouse.

The casino is licensed to operate 60 tables and employs about 400 people.


Since the renovation work began in August, business has picked up by at least 10%, said Thomas Candy, Flynt’s executive vice president of gaming operations.

“It was very dull and drab before,” Candy said.

Players agree that the renovations have brightened the atmosphere in the casino.

“This is 100% better,” said Sue Laurie, a retiree who has been playing poker at the former Normandie Casino for decades. “Before, it was all dark.”

But like many of Flynt’s business endeavors, this one has been punctuated by conflict.

When the owners of the rival Normandie Casino pleaded guilty last year to shielding several high rollers from federal reporting requirements and violating the Bank Secrecy Act, Flynt bought the casino for an undisclosed amount.

Since 2000, Flynt has operated the Hustler Casino, which sits less than a mile from the Normandie Casino on West Redondo Beach Boulevard. The Hustler and Normandie casinos combined generate nearly 20% of Gardena’s general fund revenue, which is why the stakes were so high for both sides in the ensuing negotiations.

Once Flynt took over the Normandie, the city of Gardena proposed that Flynt give[sic] the city $800,000 a month from his two casinos.

Flynt rejected the deal and briefly closed the Normandie Casino, threatening to sell its gaming license. The city backed off on its proposal and, instead, the two sides reached an agreement to have Flynt pay 12% of his monthly gross gaming revenue for both casinos.

In addition, if the gross gaming revenue for the Lucky Lady exceeds $2 million in any month, the city must reimburse Flynt a portion of the 12% contribution in the form of loans and grants to pay for casino renovation work.

“They were trying to shake me down,” Flynt grumbled.” read more…


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Manson Family Values: Whatever Happened to the Children of the Manson Family? + UPDATES ON THE FAMILY

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Scroll down to access the Original post from September 5, 2009

I’m gluing Manson Family updates to the top of the post as they become available.

From JAN 11 2017, 10:56 AM ET

Charles Manson would be 92 when he is next up for parole in 2027.Source:AP

Hell gets ready to welcome Charles Manson
JANUARY 10, 201711:40AM

CHARLES Manson is closing in on death’s door, a source familiar said on Monday.



“I don’t think he’ll be around too much longer, but he is able to talk in his current condition,” the California Corrections Department source told the New York Post, referring to the infamous cult leader’s health crisis.

Last week, Manson, 82, was taken out of Corcoran State Prison in California’s Central Valley and rushed to a hospital in Bakersfield about 100km away for emergency surgery to stop his intestines from bleeding, sources told The Post.

But doctors decided not to perform the procedure because they believed that Manson was “too weak” and could potentially die while under the knife, TMZ reported.

Manson was then shuttled back to the prison, where he’s currently being held, sources said Read more…


Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 9:43 PM

Alleged friend of Charles Manson claims killer cult leader called to say he isn’t near death


“Charles Manson is nowhere near death’s door, a friend of the murder mastermind told the Daily News Tuesday.”

“He’s not about to die,” Illinois-based pal Ben Gurecki said in a phone interview. “He is strong. He is healthy. I’ve talked to him every night since he got out of the hospital.”

Gurecki posted one of his alleged calls with the notorious Manson Family leader to YouTube on Sunday.

“He claimed Manson phoned from Corcoran State Prison Friday night, just hours after guards shuttled him back from Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif.”


From JUL 23 2016, 10:56 AM ET

Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is seen during a hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Nick Ut / AP
Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is seen during a hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Nick Ut / AP

California Governor Denies Parole for Manson Ex-Follower Leslie Van Houten
California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago read more

From October 19, 2012
12 unsolved murders have possible ties to Manson family, LAPD says

By By Samantha Tata and Robert Kovacik, NBC Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – The LAPD on Thursday announced it has open investigations on a dozen unsolved homicides near known Manson Family hangouts around Los Angeles.

The revelation came amid a legal battle to obtain hours of audio tape recordings between former Charles Manson follower and convicted murderer Charles “Tex” Watson and his lawyer.

“We have an obligation to the families of these victims,” Cmdr. Andy Smith told NBC4. “Our detectives need to listen to these tapes. The tapes might help with solving these murders.”

News of the open investigation was first reported by the Los Angeles Times Thursday and confirmed to NBC4 by LAPD officials. Smith told the Times the 12 murders they are investigating “are similar to some of the Manson killings.” read more

From October 5, 2012

Former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, who was convicted of murdering two men, has been recommended for parole, reported.

Bruce Davis, formerly a follower of Charles Manson, has been recommended for parole after 40 years in prison. During that time, he received a masters degree in philosophy and religion, which factored into the parole recommendation.
Bruce Davis, formerly a follower of Charles Manson, has been recommended for parole after 40 years in prison. During that time, he received a master's degree in philosophy and religion, which factored into the parole recommendation.

By NBC News

Former Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, who was convicted of murdering two men, has been recommended for parole, reported.

The California Parole Board recommended parole for Bruce Davis, 69, at his 27th parole hearing, finding that during his 40 years in prison he had a record of good behavior and had earned a master’s degree in philosophy and religion through a correspondence course.

Davis was convicted alongside Manson for the 1969 killings of Gary Hinman, a musician, and Donald Shea, a stuntman who lived with the Manson crew who was nicknamed “Shorty.” Davis is serving two life sentences. His crimes were unrelated to the murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. read more…

FROM April 6, 2012 | 1:24 pm
From the LA Times Blog: “Charles Manson may not attend parole hearing, but lawyer will”

Gray haired Charles Manson 2012
Gray haired Charles Manson 2012

Next week convicted killer Charles Manson is set for his 12th chance before the parole board, but so far the notorious inmate informed Corcoran State Prison officials that he is not planning to attend.

Corcoran State Prison spokeswoman Theresa Cisneros said so far Manson has said that he will not be showing up for his parole hearing but as is allowed he could have a last-minute change of heart. An attorney for Manson, however, is expected to attend, Cisneros said.

It could be his final chance at freedom as the state board under Marsy’s Law can now deny parole for up to 15 years. Manson is now 77.

Manson refused to participate in his last parole hearing, in 2007, describing himself as a “prisoner of the political system.” He also declined to participate in any psychological evaluations that were part of that process.

He and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. He is housed in a special unit for inmates felt to be endangered by other inmates separated from the general prison population.

Twice in the last few years, guards at Corcoran State Prison said they found phones in the notorious killer’s possession. Manson called people in California, New Jersey and Florida with an LG flip phone found under his prison bunk in March 2009, The Times reported in 2011. A second cellphone was found a year later. Thirty days were added to his sentence for the first offense, officials said.

Earlier, a homemade weapon was found in his possession.
Despite the prospect that Manson will be absent, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said it would vigorously oppose Manson’s release. “We consistently [opposed parole] and will continue to do so,” spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

A new photo released by the California prison system shows Manson with long, gray hair and a beard. It was released at the request of CNN. read more…

UPDATE YAHOO NEWS Fri Jan 21, 7:03 pm ET By Vanessa Evans:
Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel Denied Parole

“Although they made note of the progress she’s made in her life throughout the four decades that’s she been incarcerated in a California prison, on Thursday a parole board panel denied former Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel’s request to be released. The two-person board was conducted by parole commissioner Susan Melanson and deputy commissioner Steven Hernandez, who received letters from around the globe requesting the Krenwinkel’s parole be denied.”

“In part it may have been those letters that convinced Melanson and Hernandez to deny her request. Melanson, speaking for the board, stated that she didn’t feel that Krenwinkel understood that her actions and those of the Manson followers in general had shaken people all over the world, and that they continue to have resonance even 40 years later. Krenwinkel tried to blame her actions on her love for Manson and search for his approval, but Melanson and Hernandez appeared unmoved by her attempts at justification.
Krenwinkel has been in prison longer than any other female prisoner in California, and like the other Manson followers, and indeed Manson himself, seems unlikely to ever be released on parole” read more…
UPDATE CNN September 3, 2009 “Former ‘Manson family’ member denied parole” Former “Manson Family” member Susan Atkins, who stabbed actress Sharon Tate to death more than 40 years ago and now is terminally ill, was denied parole Wednesday, prison officials said. [read more at the bottom of this post.]
(This post was originally published April 9, 2009)

Charles Manson 2009
Charles Manson 2009

Charlie Manson ’09 “Charles Manson was photographed by the California Department of Corrections in March 2009 at the age of 74. The convicted murderer, serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison, will be eligible for parole (for the twelfth time) in 2012.” []


“Michael Brunner. Son b. April 1, 1968 by Mary Brunner. His mother was the first member of the Family” [see below.]

Michael Manson Brunner………Michael Manson, son of Mary Brunner []

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“Manson was released from Terminal Island on March 21, 1967, and the raid on Death Valley took place October 12, 1969. I am going to assume that on average, any children would be born at the earliest 7 months into pregnancy and at most, at 9 months and 2 weeks after conception. Conception can sometimes occur up to a week after sexual relations due to a number of factors. Therefore, any Spahn-era biological children of Charles Manson would have to have been born between October 21, 1967 and August 7, 1970. This would make them between 37 and 39 years old today.” read more…

The following is a YouTube video (Part one of LA-TV2’s interview with Michael Brunner,) from around 1995. The video includes clips of Michael Brunner – Manson’s son with Mary Brunner.
[Quotation is from]

“Here is an indepth investigation, featuring Mary Brunner’s baby, whose April 15, 1968 birth was so vividly described in the first video. Valentine Michael, nicknamed “Sunstone Hawk” and “Pooh Bear” has dropped out of sight since this video was filmed around 1993.”

Part One of the Channel 2 report:

9 members of the Manson Family Credit: listverse.com9

9 members of the Manson Family...
9 members of the Manson Family...

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“Other Children of The Family, Paternity Uncertain:”
“Zezozose Zadfrack Glutz. Son b.October 7, 1968 to Susan Atkins. It is stated as fact that Manson was not the father, although it is unclear how anyone can be certain (Unless he didn’t have sex with her). She has said that the father was a short-term Family member by the name of Bruce Hall. She has had no contact with her son since her incarceration in 1969. Her son was adopted (Wikipedia) by a California couple and renamed Paul.”

“Phoenix Son b. January 5, 1971, to Catherine Share (Gypsy) about 6 months too late to be Manson’s. Although she will not officially confirm paternity, she has stated that fellow Family member Steven Grogan was the father (”

“Ivan. Son b. September 16, 1969 to Sandra Good. Boyfriend Joel Pugh and Charles Manson have both been named as the father. Both seem doubtful candidates. Little is known about Good’s son Ivan, however, it has been reported that he went to College on a football scholarship. ( I don’t know why they would be doubtful candidates. The dates line up (unless the child is biracial). One theory is that since she had the child in a hospital, which was against the Family way, it was doubtful it would have been Manson’s.”

“Angel. Son b. March 1970 to Linda Kasabian, father unknown. Reportedly given up for adoption (Although she kept her other children from her husband). In late June of 1969, she attempted a reconciliation with her husband. On July 4, she had sex with Tex. On July 5, she had sex with Manson. On August 10th, she told Manson she was pregnant. So it could have been any of the three. On August 13, she returned to her husband. On December 12, she was arrested in Concorde. She had brought one child, Tanya, into the family. She later regained custody of Tanya from the foster system.”

Depending on the source, Charles “Tex” Watson” is reportedly the father of 3 – 4, or more children.
“Where Watson is Today: Since 1993 he has been at the Mule Creek State Prison, and is the father to four children. He remains married and continues to fight for his parole. To date, he has been denied parole 13 times” read more…

Just a guess, but I’m thinking that there must be more 2nd and 3rd? generation extended family members “out there,” maybe someone reading this post…Imagine what it’s like, trying to live a life under the dark, black cloud which certainly must accompany that level of infamy. The “Manson Family’s” offspring surely are victims as well as those whose lives were destroyed by the original craziness: the murder victims and their extended families. Come to think of it, we’re all victims.

More about children of the Manson Family from…
Linda Drouin Kasabian’s (Tanya – Linda Kasabian’s daughter) MySpace page…

*If, for some reason, the reader is not familiar with “case-details,” the following links provide definitive information on eight of the slayings (CAUTION – very graphic, explicit police reports!) and limited information on the ninth:
Read the first homicide investigation report of August 9th, 1969 – 5 victims at 10500 Cielo Dr. in Los Angeles: ABIGAIL ANNE FOLGER, WOJCIECH FRYKOWSKI, STEVEN EARL PARENT, JAY SEBRING and SHARON MARIE TATE-POLANSKI.
Read the first homicide investigation report of August 10th, 1969 – 2 victims at 3301 Waverly Dr. in Los Angeles: ROSEMARY and LENO LABIANCA
Read the homicide investigation report of October 13th, 1969 -1 victim at 964 Old Topanga Canyon Road in Los Angeles: GARY HINNMAN
THE MURDER OF DONALD “SHORTY” SHEA ( – 1 victim, unknown location (probably on the Spahn Ranch.)

**”Manson himself has boasted of being responsible for more than 35 murders. Other members of the Manson Family agree that they killed between “35 to 40 people.” Source: Internet Accuracy Project…


POST UPDATES – September 1-3, 2009

Squeaky Fromme with gun holster
Squeaky Fromme with gun holster

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 14, 2009 -AP
Manson Disciple “Squeaky” Fromme Set Free
“Lynette Fromme Released More Than 30 Years After 1975 Assassination Attempt on Gerald Ford”

“The Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford was released Friday from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.”

“Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, 60, left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth at about 8 a.m. EDT Friday, spokeswoman Dr. Maria Douglas said. Though a few photographers had camped out since the night before outside the facility surrounded razor wire-topped fences, Fromme slipped by the group unnoticed in one of the many cars streaming in and out of the front gate Friday morning.”

“It was a far cry from her antics that captivated the United States’ attention 30 years ago: shaving her red hair and carving an “X” into her forehead after Manson was convicted for orchestrating a mass murder, wearing a red robe when she pulled a gun on Ford, being carried into her trial courtroom by marshals when she refused to walk.”

“In September 1975, Fromme pushed through a crowd, drew a semiautomatic .45-calibre pistol from a thigh holster and pointed it at Ford, who was shaking hands with well-wishers while walking to the California state capitol in Sacramento. But Secret Service agents grabbed her and the gun, and Ford was unhurt.”

“In September 1975, Fromme pushed through a crowd, drew a semiautomatic .45-calibre pistol from a thigh holster and pointed it at Ford, who was shaking hands with well-wishers while walking to the California state capitol in Sacramento. But Secret Service agents grabbed her and the gun, and Ford was unhurt.”

“Fromme, who reportedly got her nickname while in Manson’s “family,” possibly because of her voice, had become its leader. She was never implicated in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and eight others, for which Manson is serving a life term in Corcoran State Prison in California.”

“During her trial, Fromme either refused to attend or had outbursts. Her attorney argued that she wanted to call attention to environmental issues and Manson’s case and never meant to kill Ford. A few bullets were in the gun but not in the chamber.” read the rest of the story from CBS News/AP

Susan Atkins - file photo
Susan Atkins
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“Former ‘Manson family’ member denied parole”

UPDATE CNN September 3, 2009 “Former “Manson Family” member Susan Atkins, who stabbed actress Sharon Tate to death more than 40 years ago and now is terminally ill, was denied parole Wednesday, prison officials said.”

“The parole hearing was the 13th for Atkins, 61, who is battling terminal brain cancer. Held at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California, the hearing stretched to more than nine hours.”

“The panel set another hearing for Atkins in three years, said Michele Kane, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.”

“Atkins was 21 when she and other followers of Charles Manson participated in a two-night rampage that left seven people dead and terrorized the city of Los Angeles in August 1969. She and the others — Manson, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles “Tex” Watson — were initially sentenced to death in the slayings of five people, including Tate, and two additional deaths the following night.” read the rest of the story from CNN

Panettone French Toast

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Originally posted December, 14, 2009/December 23, 2011
/Dec 20, 2012 @ 8:00 Some new text has been added.
Fourth posting December 14-23, 2014
Fifth posting December 5, 2016

Preparing Panettone for Italian French Toast
Preparing Panettone for “Italian French Toast”
photo LasVegasBuffetClub

When the Christmas season rolls around one sees so many of those red and gold boxes in the food stores, it’s the Italian Christmas-bread, Panettone.

I doubt that it’s a coincidence that this regal loaf is shaped like a crown and embedded with jewel-like bits of fruit. Continue reading


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This subject has been in the news lately so I thought I should repost it.

This post was first published on October 07, 2007 at 12:00 and republished June 9, 2008 at 3:00 and May 15, 2013 at 1:00 am. And Published again November, 18th 2016

Una Storia Segreta Logo
From the Una Storia Segreta Webpages

NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: It’s been a half-dozen years since the first publication, a number of links have been updated, some were dead. Please send comment if you find links that don’t work.

In the late 90s a buddy and I went to an exhibition at a Las Vegas Public Library. It was The Una Storia Segreta exhibit. Una Storia Segreta (the words in Italian mean both “a secret story” and “a secret history.”) The secret story is about the treatment of Italians and/or Italian-Americans in the United States just preceding and during the Second World War. You are probably aware that persons of Japanese ancestry were placed in American internment camps, but might be surprised to find that many Italians, and Germans in the US were also interned. The Italians and Germans as well as individuals from other ethnic groups were considered “Enemy Aliens.”

The government’s actions – in the 90s – (read on) shows that cooler heads can eventually prevail.
The reason for this post is to shine that light… Continue reading

Brian Wilson: ‘The voices started after LSD’

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By Daily Dish on June 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Brian Wilson: ‘The voices started after LSD’

Musician Brian Wilson performs on stage at Humphrey’s Concerts On The Bay on June 19, 2015 in San Diego, Calif. (Daniel Knighton/Getty)
Musician Brian Wilson performs on stage at Humphrey’s Concerts On The Bay on June 19, 2015 in San Diego, Calif. (Daniel Knighton/Getty)


Brian Wilson wishes he had never experimented with drugs.

The 73-year-old musician, most famous for his pioneering work with the Beach Boys, spent much of his younger life as a recluse after developing schizophrenia in the 1960s. The condition means he hears voices, but it only began after he started taking LSD, also known as acid.

“LSD made me more creative,” he admitted to Esquire magazine. “It helped me write (Beach Boys’ iconic 1966 album) Pet Sounds. But the voices started after LSD, too.”

These voices still haunt Brian, but not all the time. However he admits he often struggles with the things they say to him.

“They say different things,” he added. “Like ‘we’re going to hurt you’. It’s crazy! But not all the time, yeah. Like every other day.”

Brian was treated for drug addiction and mental health issues by Dr Eugene Landy in the 1970s and ’80s in a desperate bid to put a stop to his reclusive existence.

Dr Landy eventually helped Brian to start functioning again, but he later lost his professional license and was banned from treating the musician following accusations he had brainwashed the star with his extreme method of therapy which involved round-the-clock supervision and total isolation from family and friends. Finish article and watch video


The fascinating story behind the 60s pop song Angel Baby: Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby (1961)

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Rosie & The OriginalsAngel Baby 1961 (Some sources list the year as 1960.)

This is the song with the off-key sax lead, you can hear the version with the sax mixed out below. Also there’s a version of John Lennon’s Angel Baby.

When this romantic song purred from the push-button, AM car radio of my ’58 Chevy Impala in the 60s it was almost like an angel’s voice was emanating from some far away star.

Although (overly) simplistic in it’s four-chord-progression form with just (off-key) sax, bass (2) guitars and drums, the song was captivating, maybe in part because of its primitiveness. Maybe the appeal was partly due to the fact that she was just about exactly my age. Even though the song was amateurishly produced with many stand-out mistakes, such as off-key instruments, missed beats and notes; the scratchy final recording of this little record flew and romanticized nights throughout the country.

This makes me think of Link Wray’s RUMBLE. Wray said that the song was pretty much “an accident” which included a broken speaker. Read about RUMBLE’S geneses here.

From Rosie’s Official Website:
“I was born Rosalie Hamlin on July 21st, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I attended Denali Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska and Ira Harlison Elementary in National City, California. I then attended Granger Jr. High and O’Farrell Jr. High, SweetWater High in National City, and Mission Bay High in San Diego. Because I was always traveling, I had a tutor and didn’t graduate in regular fashion. My home life growing up in Alaska was a lot of fun. We always seemed to be swimming or doing something water related. I always enjoyed horseback riding, ice skating, skiing, mountain climbing, fishing and target practicing.”

“I came from a musical background. My father played guitar, wrote music and sang. My grandfather played banjo, harmonica and sang. They had a Vaudeville type background. I absorbed a lot of that influence. I can remember being 4 or 5 years old, standing on an old box in the yard pretending it was a stage.”

“We came to California from Alaska quite often to visit my Grandmother. I had lots of Aunts and Uncles living there and we’d make many trips along the Alaskan Highway to visit them. Finally, my father decided we would move to California. We bought a house in National City, California. I didn’t want to leave Alaska, having relatives and friends there. I also had very fond memories of my time in Alaska” Read more about Rosalie Hamlin – Rosie And The Originals


Here’s the song without the sax lead:

From History of
Angel Baby” was their first and only Top 40 hit. Lead singer/songwriter Rosie Hamlin was only 15 when this song was recorded in an abandoned aircraft hanger in San Diego. Features one of the most incredibly off-key sax solo of any song of this era. Thousands of kids identified with the the juvenile sounding vocalist Rosie Hamlin and “Angel Baby” went on to become a minor classic.

Rosalie Hamlin was born July 21, 1945, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her father, Harry Hamlin appeared in vaudeville. Her mother was Ofelia Juana Mendez. Her family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she began school. At the age of 11 when her parents moved to San Diego, where Rosie began appearing in talent shows and local ballrooms. Her musical background was in the [sic]Pentacostal Church. As a preteen, Rosie taught herself to play piano and write songs.

At the age of fourteen she decided she needed a band and asked her ex-babysitter to introduce her to five older guys, not yet the Originals, from the other side of town who played music with some of her friends. They were Alfred Barrett saxophone, Tony Gomez bass, David Ponci guitar, Noah Tafolla lead guitar, Tony Gomez (bass)and Carl von Goodat drums. They played in the Hamlin’s garage until they were ready to play house parties and USO parties.

It all happened in an old airplane hanger that had been converted into a recording studio in San Diego suburb of San Marcos in 1960. There Rosie wrote the words to the group’s first single in her notebook, then crafted a melody based on chord changes to “Heart and Soul.” Saxophone player Alfred had to stay at home to cut the grass, so Tom was given a quick lesson on the sax .With a skimpy voice Rosie sang “Angel Baby” with the Originals providing a sparse and primitive back up. With the drummer seemingly forgetting what track he is playing on, flawed with flubs, and poor sound quality “Angel Baby” is undoubtedly one of rock and roll’s greatest moments
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John Lennon’s version of Angel Baby:


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Ride BART pants-less this Sunday, because tradition [sic]

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Ride BART pants-less this Sunday, because tradition [sic]

Celebrate one of San Francisco’s odder modern traditions, “No Pants” BART Ride Day, this Sunday, January 10, by heading to the city without one of your more crucial articles of clothing.

The No Pants Day, which happens in both San Francisco and the East Bay annually, welcomes around 600 people throughout the Bay Area, who are brave enough to ride public transit “without any pants (wearing interesting undies and colorful socks)” and can keep a straight face while doing it.

The event happens in other countries as well — it’s hosted by the New York-based humor collective Improv Everywhere — but San Francisco no doubt holds some of the more devoted supporters of the holiday.

Janis Joplin’s iconic, one-of-a-kind Porsche sold for WAY more than auctioneers expected

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Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet
Janis Joplin 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet

From SFGate.Com
By Kolten Parker Updated 10:34 am, Friday, December 11, 2015

Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche, which she “drove everywhere” and was parked outside the Hollywood hotel where she died, sold for $1.76 million — more than $1.3 million more than expected — at an auction in New York City Thursday night.

The iconic 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet, which the Texas-born rock star purchased in 1968 and had it painted with a “kaleidoscope mural,” was a featured lot at RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption auction that kicked off Dec. 10.

A news release announcing the auction in September estimated the iconic ride would bring in more than $400,000, according to a news release more…


Review ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ reveals what drove — and haunted — Janis Joplin

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Story is from LATimes.Com
By Lorraine Ali – Contact Reporter

Photo from the movie JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE. American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin (1943 – 1970) with her 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, circa 1969. The car features a psychedelic paint job by Joplin’s roadie, Dave Richards. (Photo by RB/Redferns) (RB / Redferns/Getty Images)

It’s hard to imagine in the age of Taylor, Miley and Rihanna, where airbrushed looks are paramount and rebellion is curated, that an artist like Janis Joplin was ever allowed to happen.

Imperfect and messy, she was a white girl who sang the blues, a wily independent figure who predated equal rights, an artist brave enough to lay herself bare in song then pay the ultimate price for that fearlessness.

Joplin’s name alone now serves as shorthand for a countercultural music revolution. But unlike her equally revered peers such as Dylan and Hendrix, whose life stories have been milked incessantly by filmmakers, biographers, rock historians and T-shirt franchises, there’s mystery as to who the woman behind that voice really was.

“Janis: Little Girl Blue,” out in limited release Friday, is the rare documentary that focuses solely on the life of the late singer as opposed to the role she played in making the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury scene or Woodstock a precious memory for boomers.

Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”) paints an intimate portrait of a woman shaped by her early years as a bullied outcast in Port Arthur, Texas. Though later celebrated for her inability to be like the other girls, Joplin never entirely overcame that early rejection, and her need for acceptance is a central theme throughout “Little Girl Blue.”

As the documentary shows, Joplin fought relentlessly to be herself — a rowdy and adventurous woman who literally belted out her rage, sorrow and happiness on a world stage while simultaneously asking the world to do what her classmates, parents and neighbors never could: love her for who she was. Continue reading

Some Silicon Valley tech workers are taking LSD to be more productive, creative

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By Alyssa Pereira Updated 11:03 am, Friday, November 27, 2015

Republished by LasVegasBuffetClub.Com November 27th, 2015.

Some tech workers in Silicon valley are reportedly utilizing the practice of microdosing with LSD to improve their creativity, productivity, and clear their mind. [text removed]

Silicon Valley is known as the hub of innovation, at the forefront of new discoveries and technological development. It’s an industry offering clout and prestige to the most visionary, and it churns out millionaires every day. It literally pays to be one step ahead of technology.

To stay ahead of the curve, some workers are resorting to a stimulant to push them to build bigger and better things — and it’s not caffeine.

As Rolling Stone is reporting, some tech workers are utilizing a different sort of drug to tap into their creative flow: LSD.

Users are consuming about ten micrograms of a normal dose size — called a microdose — which is an amount big enough “to feel a little bit of energy lift, a little bit of insight, but not so much that you are tripping,” according to Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

Though the idea of microdosing is rooted in the work of a 1930s Swiss chemist named Albert Hofmann, it was introduced in to the public in the modern age in 2011 by a Menlo Park psychologist named James Fadiman in a book called “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide.” Fadiman says this practice happens all over, but is more commonplace in the Bay Area, where “übersmart twentysomething[s]” employ LSD to be more alert, resourceful, and creative with their problem solving. Continue reading