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As you know, Margaret Thatcher died April 8 at the age of 87 after serving as Britain's prime minister from 1979 until 1990. We owe her a debt for at least two reasons, one of them principled, the other cautionary. First and foremost, Thatcher took...
Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis never had the chance to meet each other as leaders during a divided America, but they're going to this weekend. The town? Costa Mesa. The place? Fairview Park. The occasion? "The town hall meeting that never...
It's nice to be home again with the Daily Pilot. After my recent venture into national politics, I am looking forward to regaling you once again with weekly columns for at least the next year. During this time, the predominant theme will be to cite an...
Recently, outgoing Mayor Nancy Gardner, chairwoman of the longstanding city of Newport Beach Coastal/Bay Water Quality Citizens Advisory Committee, announced the committee no longer exists. A new committee will be formed and will be called the City of...
Steven Spielberg is the premier film director of his generation. When he turns his creative spotlight on major historical events, he has no equal. In "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List," he brought forth the reality of World War II like no...
Human beings exhibit a remarkable capacity for positing head-scratching "what ifs." What if I'd been born in County Cork instead of Orange County? What if I stood 6-foot-5 instead of 5-foot-6? (Actually, I'm 5 8½.) What if I had pipes like Pavarotti?...
Fasting might seem a grim topic in the midst of the Orange County Fair, beach picnics and the start of the Olympic Games. But highly observant Jews took part last weekend in Tisha B'Av, a 25-hour fast from food and drink to mark the destruction of the...
John Conser of Costa Mesa, a designer and builder of the Conser 47 catamaran, greeted David Pollitt, proud owner of the Conser 47, Shearwater, upon David's completion of a three-year, solo circumnavigation around the world. "Congratulations, David, on...
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In another election year, perhaps one of the most significant in American history, the president-elect wanted to buy his wife a gift of jewelry to wear at his inauguration. The year was 1861 and the new American leader was Abraham Lincoln. He walked into...
Disguised as men, female soldiers slung revolvers and fired cannons alongside their male counterparts in 1861. This is just one of many truths to discover this weekend at the fourth annual Battle of Costa Mesa, a Civil War reenactment event in Costa...
She's got the look. She's also got the walk, the talk and the wardrobe. When Michelle Williams pouts and flounces and oozes her way across the screen in "My Week With Marilyn," giving herself unreservedly to the role of a tormented yet still-alluring...
"The Undefeated" could be considered an interesting title for a film about Sarah Palin, a woman who lost the 2008 presidential campaign as Sen. John McCain's running mate. To filmmaker and Laguna Beach resident Stephen K. Bannon, the title is far from...
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