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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 14, 2011
There is irony usually intertwined with Irrelevant Week when you think of the owner of the quirky concept. Who could find relevance with so much laughter, joking and silliness? Look deep. Look at the man who owns the trademark of Mr. Irrelevant and Irrelevant Week. Paul Salata, 84, has built a nationally known product based on celebrating someone for no reason at all. It seems crazy to think there could be so much fun when throwing a huge party for the final pick of the NFL Draft.
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By Bradley Zint | November 28, 2012
Looking dapper with his slicked-back hair and gray vest, Sawyer Stahl was all the part of George Bailey, the well-meaning banker of Bedford Falls whose frustrations nearly end him before he realizes that his is a wonderful life indeed. But while some may turn to Frank Capra's iconic 1946 film for inspiration, the 17-year-old Newport Harbor High School senior - who's playing the lead role for his school's production "It's a Wonderful Life" - isn't going to. "I don't want to want watch the movie until I've done the show because I don't want to act like Jimmy Stewart," Sawyer said.
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By Jim Righeimer | March 13, 2009
We all know the story of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, who runs the family-owned Bailey Building and Loan. The nemesis of the movie, Mr. Potter — played by Lionel Barrymore, owns the local bank and wants to put Bailey’s Building & Loan out of business. He does not like the Building and Loan, which lent regular folks money to buy their own home instead of renting from him. Potter finally gets his chance to shut down the Building and Loan when George’s absent-minded Uncle Billy misplaces an $8,000 bank deposit.
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By Sue Thoensen | December 16, 2007
When the Lido Theatre opened in 1938, Bette Davis was a Hollywood movie star living in Corona del Mar. The first movie to premiere at the theater was “Jezebel,” starring none other than Bette Davis. Davis had stopped by for her daily visit and told the owner “they had better open with my picture.” The Lido Theatre was restored in the late 1980s, but the neon marquee and box office are from the original building. Friday night, the marquee announced opening night of the traditional holiday classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
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March 15, 2013
BRADESON, GLORIA EDITH The world lost an amazing woman at the age of 91 on March 6th, 2013. Gloria was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an artist, lover of travel, fashion and the ocean. Truly a Grand Dame of life's greatest loves and pleasures. She will  remain forever in our hearts as a most elegant and beautiful  matriarch. Her love and talent will echo though many generations. She will be dearly missed, but her memory will never fade. Her magnificent art spirit lives in all of us. A celebration to honor her wonderful life will be held at her home on Sunday March 24th, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
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August 19, 2007
Vanguard University's theater department is in full swing, planning and rehearsing for its 2007-08 season. This fall's lineup includes "America's Broadway," "Twelfth Night" and "It's a Wonderful Life." "This line-up of shows is our most audience-friendly and the most challenging season to date. We have always produced shows that push the envelope artistically, but this is definitely going to be an adventure ride," said Sue Berkompas, Vanguard University theater department chairwoman.
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By TOM TITUS | December 6, 2007
There are three ways of instantly renewing your holiday spirit at Christmas time: seeing “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory, viewing “A Christmas Story” on TV’s TNT channel, or curling up on Christmas Eve to watch the annual rebroadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But why wait for the latter? Costa Mesa’s Vanguard University is offering a stage version of the story made indelible by Hollywood director Frank Capra and the enriching central character immortalized by Jimmy Stewart.
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By JOHN DEPKO | June 30, 2006
Adam Sandler's new film, "Click," has a lot more depth than his usual efforts. But you wouldn't know it from the advertising campaign that makes it look like many of his previous childish comedies. It does start with a typical silly premise, but it slowly moves into more complex and serious emotional territory. Sandler plays Billy Newman, an architect working so hard to advance his career that he neglects everything important to his wife and children. Strange circumstances produce a remote control that gives Billy the power to pause, rewind and fast forward the actual events of his stressful life.
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By Jim Carnett | June 6, 2011
Editor's note: Jim Carnett wrote the following piece 50 years ago as a 16-year-old junior at Costa Mesa High School, when he was sports editor of the school newspaper, the Hitching Post. This is the most wonderful time of the year. The warm summer sun beats down on the bronze, tan bodies of teenagers and their world of sand, sky and sea; life seems wonderful, fresh and new. But do they really appreciate life? You're probably saying, "This isn't a sports column," and you're right.
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March 15, 2013
BRADESON, GLORIA EDITH The world lost an amazing woman at the age of 91 on March 6th, 2013. Gloria was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an artist, lover of travel, fashion and the ocean. Truly a Grand Dame of life's greatest loves and pleasures. She will  remain forever in our hearts as a most elegant and beautiful  matriarch. Her love and talent will echo though many generations. She will be dearly missed, but her memory will never fade. Her magnificent art spirit lives in all of us. A celebration to honor her wonderful life will be held at her home on Sunday March 24th, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
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By Bradley Zint | November 28, 2012
Looking dapper with his slicked-back hair and gray vest, Sawyer Stahl was all the part of George Bailey, the well-meaning banker of Bedford Falls whose frustrations nearly end him before he realizes that his is a wonderful life indeed. But while some may turn to Frank Capra's iconic 1946 film for inspiration, the 17-year-old Newport Harbor High School senior - who's playing the lead role for his school's production "It's a Wonderful Life" - isn't going to. "I don't want to want watch the movie until I've done the show because I don't want to act like Jimmy Stewart," Sawyer said.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 14, 2011
There is irony usually intertwined with Irrelevant Week when you think of the owner of the quirky concept. Who could find relevance with so much laughter, joking and silliness? Look deep. Look at the man who owns the trademark of Mr. Irrelevant and Irrelevant Week. Paul Salata, 84, has built a nationally known product based on celebrating someone for no reason at all. It seems crazy to think there could be so much fun when throwing a huge party for the final pick of the NFL Draft.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | June 6, 2011
Editor's note: Jim Carnett wrote the following piece 50 years ago as a 16-year-old junior at Costa Mesa High School, when he was sports editor of the school newspaper, the Hitching Post. This is the most wonderful time of the year. The warm summer sun beats down on the bronze, tan bodies of teenagers and their world of sand, sky and sea; life seems wonderful, fresh and new. But do they really appreciate life? You're probably saying, "This isn't a sports column," and you're right.
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By Seth Davenport, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 27, 2011
Last November, the story of a Marine who ran from Florida to Texas carrying the American flag to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project touched me. The WWP is a nonprofit that helps physically and psychologically injured soldiers readjust to their civilian lives back home. The Marine's story was a calling for me to participate. Later, while driving down Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar, I felt guilty for how wonderful life is for all of us here and how often we forget about the sacrifices that our soldiers and Marines make for us. The day-to-day issues that we may struggle with are trivial in comparison with what our servicemen and women struggle with after ending their tours of duty.
NEWS
March 25, 2010
  Norma Jean Foley died on her favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s day. Born in Detroit, Michigan some eighty five years ago, the journey of her life was filled with amazing adventures and tender moments. From high school and college football games to her thousand hour pin from caring for our sick veterans with the American Legion auxiliary, she lived her life with a sensitivity that was uncommon. She was always the first to volunteer when she thought she could help and the people who knew her well were truly blessed as her amazing stories often revealed a wisdom deeper than her words.
FEATURES
By Jim Carnett | December 15, 2009
As mentioned in this space a week ago, I spent much of my youth at the Mesa Theater in Costa Mesa. Emblazoned with a big “MESA” atop its marquee, the magenta-colored building sat at the corner of 19th Street and Newport Boulevard. I enjoyed many a Saturday matinee there in the 1950s and ’60s, watching science-fiction flicks and B-movies, and chomping on Big Hunks. Every once in a while, the print would break and the screen would go blank, and a thousand kids would commence screaming.
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By Jim Righeimer | March 13, 2009
We all know the story of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, who runs the family-owned Bailey Building and Loan. The nemesis of the movie, Mr. Potter — played by Lionel Barrymore, owns the local bank and wants to put Bailey’s Building & Loan out of business. He does not like the Building and Loan, which lent regular folks money to buy their own home instead of renting from him. Potter finally gets his chance to shut down the Building and Loan when George’s absent-minded Uncle Billy misplaces an $8,000 bank deposit.
NEWS
January 22, 2008
 After a long and courageous fight against cancer, Lisa Thomas peacefully passed on to her next phase of life on Thursday, January 10, 2008.   Lisa’s 46 years were filled with passion and energy--she loved life and lived it fully every day she was with us.   Lisa was well known in the Albuquerque area for her charitable work with the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Senoritas, and the...
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By Sue Thoensen | December 16, 2007
When the Lido Theatre opened in 1938, Bette Davis was a Hollywood movie star living in Corona del Mar. The first movie to premiere at the theater was “Jezebel,” starring none other than Bette Davis. Davis had stopped by for her daily visit and told the owner “they had better open with my picture.” The Lido Theatre was restored in the late 1980s, but the neon marquee and box office are from the original building. Friday night, the marquee announced opening night of the traditional holiday classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
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