Jim Carnett

Jim Carnett
Longtime Costa Mesa resident

Carnett: What could be better than a visit from the kids

It was spring break last week at the Carnett household in Costa Mesa.

Carnett: Reluctant writer marks 5th anniversary

Five years ago this week I became a weekly columnist for the Daily Pilot.

Carnett: Progress in Parkinson's research gives hope

April is national Parkinson's Awareness Month.

Carnett: Genetic gift that keeps on giving: abundant hair

My 14-year-old grandson, Ethan, called last weekend from his home in North Carolina.

Carnett: Regrets over a friendship that might have been

Did I have a premonition that our lives would somehow intersect?

Carnett: Even our best achievements are seldom timeless

I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater.

Carnett: Baffled by surfacing of a long-forgotten memory

Daily Pilot columnist Patrice Apodaca recently wrote a fascinating column on memory.

Carnett: Mom cries, but the Army beckons

Fifty years ago this month I joined Uncle Sam's Army.

Carnett: A true guiding light from the pulpit

It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my youth.

Carnett: A Super Bowl game for the history books

It was the first football game with the words "Super Bowl" emblazoned on the cover of its printed program.

Carnett: Member of the in-between generation says: What birthday?

It's my birthday this week, and I intend to ignore it.

Carnett: Selfie is nothing new, but the self-absorption is

I took my first — and I'm pretty sure last — "selfie" in the summer of 1964.

Carnett: Giles T. Brown leaves quite a void

Carnett: Giles T. Brown leaves quite a void

Newport-Mesa has lost a bellwether and an icon.

Carnett: Remembering the venerable Stars and Stripes

I don't suppose one can expect Stars and Stripes forever.

Carnett: That little babe in the manger is actually the king

Christmas is about the babe in the manger.

Carnett: Presenting her case to Santa

I sat with my 7-year-old granddaughter, Eva, the other day as she wrote her 2013 Christmas letter to Santa.

Carnett: Former students liked dorm life at OCC

Will student housing be introduced at Orange Coast College in the not-too-distant future?

Carnett: Army cooked up great Thanksgivings

I have an Irish friend who considers Thanksgiving to be the best of America's holidays.

Carnett: We were changed by events of Nov. 22, 1963

It was one of the most shocking and appalling historical events of my lifetime.

Carnett: As child gains motor skills, granddad's wane

I've noticed lately that my 8-month-old grandson has been acquiring a lode of new physical skills.

Carnett: Moving in with the neighbours, eh?

"I can't tell you Aussies and Kiwis apart," I once confessed to a New Zealander.

Carnett: Private moments with the Master of Menace

Most of the characters he portrayed died screaming.

Carnett: Time zones give the gift of gab

My wife, Hedy, enjoys spending time on the East Coast.

Carnett: Fond memories of 'Joe Cool'

Carnett: Fond memories of 'Joe Cool'

It seems inconceivable that he's been gone four decades.

Carnett: Bible Belt is so named for a reason

I sat in Starbucks a couple of Wednesdays ago quaffing my usual caramel latte, reading the morning newspaper and soaking up a friendly vibe.

Carnett: South takes college sports seriously

I'm a collector of college and university sweatshirts.

Carnett: A pure voice stolen by Parkinson's

My heart goes out to one of my all-time favorite singers, Linda Ronstadt.

Carnett: Coach Dick Tucker an OCC legend

Orange Coast College's football team captured the National Junior College Championship 50 years ago this season.

Carnett: Fundamentally fantastic acting teacher

It was an assignment for my acting fundamentals class my freshman year in college.

Carnett: 'Do-over life' sounds good at first blush

What if you could do life over? Would you change anything?

Carnett: Doing battle daily with Parkinson's

I sometimes need to be reminded to be grateful for things I take for granted.

Carnett: Loving Kindle and these books

Eighteen months ago my wife bought me a Kindle e-reader for my birthday.

Carnett: Summer 'surrogates' bolster each other

Last week this space acknowledged the 20th anniversary of Orange Coast College's 1993 summer musical production, Rodgers and Hammerstein's...

Carnett: Falling for 'South Pacific'

Twenty summers ago Orange Coast College reopened its remodeled Robert B. Moore Theatre with a rousing production of the beloved Broadway...

Carnett: Weather is nothing to trifle with

It was June of 1965, the beginning of monsoon season on the Korean peninsula.

Carnett: From A-bomb drills to dreams of angels

I patiently awaited the end of the world.

Carnett: Afflicted with Parkinson's but grateful for support

We eight sat around a table last week on the shores of a lovely lake enjoying a picnic lunch.

Carnett: Jim's life captured in a photo book

Carnett: Jim's life captured in a photo book

For my birthday this year my daughter Jenn gave me one of those photo books you create online.

Carnett: Seeing the future on the screen

I'm not normally a prescient sort of fellow.

Carnett: Stop and remember our fallen troops

I've had the good fortune to visit many of America's most cherished memorial parks.

Carnett: Speech by any other accent would sound as sweet

Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody?

Carnett: The shock of an Army buddy's early demise

"I always thought that I'd see you again."

Carnett: Even Rockwell would be proud

It's what grandfathers do.

Carnett: A bridge to the past

I'm going to miss the Park Avenue Bridge.