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December 9, 2010
Laguna Beach resident Tom Tapscott passed away peacefully at his home on November 26, at the age of 82. Tom graduated from Santa Ana High School, and obtained a bachelor of science degree from UCLA.  He served in the U.S. Navy, in the Korean War, and owned his own trucking company, Husky Freightways, in Los Angeles, from 1956, until 1980, when he retired. He lived in Salmon, Idaho, and then returned to California, ultimately moving to Laguna Beach in 2006. Tom was a regular at the Zinc and Sapphire, was an avid fisherman, and spent his spare time making jewelry and metal sculptures.
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By Sherwood Kiraly | September 25, 2009
In his memoir, “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed,” Alan Alda relates that in the early ’70s, on an outdoor shoot for the hit series “M A S H,” he was called upon to say a scripted line that made no sense. Writer-producer Larry Gelbart wasn’t on location to consult, but Alda and co-star Wayne Rogers figured that because Gelbart had written it, it had to be good. So Alda, as Hawkeye Pierce, said it as written. Watching the rushes later, Gelbart was appalled.
NEWS
May 31, 2002
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach veterans led the salute Monday to their fallen comrades as Americans across the country honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the liberties that we cherish. "Today is a special tribute to the men and women of the forgotten war in Korea," said Jim Law, commandant of American Legion Post 222. "Laguna Beach is chartered as a Korean Way Commemorative Community by the Department of Defense. This is the 50th anniversary of the midpoint of the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953."
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March 21, 2003
The handful of war protesters at Main Beach swelled to between 300 and 500 on Sunday, before a single rocket was fired in Iraq. Now that the first salvo begun, the protesters face the dilemma of protesting the war without undermining the soldiers, sailors and marines that are fighting that war. "I have faced that repeatedly, and my feeling has always been the best way to support our boys and girls is to bring them home...
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March 4, 2005
BILL RAINFORTH Bill Rainforth, 71, passed away Feb. 24 from complications of heart disease. Well-known in Laguna Beach from his 25 years of service as a lineman for the local phone company, Mr. Rainforth was said to always have a smile and kind words for those he encountered. He was born June 16, 1934 in Montreal, Canada, and served as a Canadian paratrooper during the Korean War. In 1968, Mr. Rainforth moved to Huntington Beach where he took up surfing and became a member of the famous "Hole-in-the-Wall Gang" surf team, winners of many surf contests for Huntington Beach.
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March 7, 2012
Professor Lee W. Rhodes, Ph.D December 7, 1927 - February 11, 2012 Resident of Laguna Beach, CA.  At the age of 84 years young, Lee passed away due to complications following surgery. Lee was the third of seven children born to Herman and Sadie Rhodes, and raised in Forks, Washington.  After graduating from Forks High School, Lee enlisted in the US Marine Corps.  He served honorably in WW11 aboard ship in the Mediterranean, then subsequently on land in the Korean War.  Following his military service, Lee graduated from University of Washington with a BS Biology.  He completed advanced degrees in Colorado including a Master's degree in Education and in later life, a Ph.D.
NEWS
April 22, 2005
Services will be held Saturday, April 23 for Don Stanley Briscoe, 78, of Laguna Beach, who died on April 16, 2005 after a battle with cancer. Briscoe was born December 13,1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to California at age 6 and lived in Los Angeles. In 1939, he moved to Laguna Beach with his mother and brother. While in Laguna Beach, he was a lifeguard on the Main Beach, where he met his future wife. In 1941, at the age of 15, he joined the Merchant Marines.
FEATURES
By Ashley Breeding | March 5, 2010
To some, he’s a gadfly. To most, he’s a philanthropist with a heart of gold. Whether Bruce Hopping is petitioning the City Council to become environmentally active and “keep Laguna’s beaches beautiful,” telling the school board to be more mindful of its students’ health, or the federal government to change the standards of domestic beer, he is passionate and determined to improve his community and the world....
NEWS
July 26, 2002
Veterans and guests celebrated freedom on July 4 with patriotic presentations and a picnic at the Veterans Memorial hall on Legion Street. This free event for the public was sponsored by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). County Sup. Cynthia Coad gave a stirring, patriotic presentation. Walter Davis, who dressed the part in his Colonial Army uniform, provided a brief history of the 13 Colonies. Officers of the American Legion delivered portions of the Declaration of Independence and other patriotic messages.
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By BARBARA DIAMOND | June 2, 2006
One of the saddest sounds anyone can ever hear is "Taps" played at the last rites for those who gave their lives in the military service of our country. It is they who are most honored on Memorial Day, and Laguna paid its respects at the annual ceremonies held at Monument Point in Heisler Park, hosted by American Legion Post 222 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5858. But all the soldiers, sailors and pilots who serve their country ? some still in combat and some in veterans' hospitals ?
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December 9, 2010
Laguna Beach resident Tom Tapscott passed away peacefully at his home on November 26, at the age of 82. Tom graduated from Santa Ana High School, and obtained a bachelor of science degree from UCLA.  He served in the U.S. Navy, in the Korean War, and owned his own trucking company, Husky Freightways, in Los Angeles, from 1956, until 1980, when he retired. He lived in Salmon, Idaho, and then returned to California, ultimately moving to Laguna Beach in 2006. Tom was a regular at the Zinc and Sapphire, was an avid fisherman, and spent his spare time making jewelry and metal sculptures.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sherwood Kiraly | September 25, 2009
In his memoir, “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed,” Alan Alda relates that in the early ’70s, on an outdoor shoot for the hit series “M A S H,” he was called upon to say a scripted line that made no sense. Writer-producer Larry Gelbart wasn’t on location to consult, but Alda and co-star Wayne Rogers figured that because Gelbart had written it, it had to be good. So Alda, as Hawkeye Pierce, said it as written. Watching the rushes later, Gelbart was appalled.
NEWS
March 21, 2003
The handful of war protesters at Main Beach swelled to between 300 and 500 on Sunday, before a single rocket was fired in Iraq. Now that the first salvo begun, the protesters face the dilemma of protesting the war without undermining the soldiers, sailors and marines that are fighting that war. "I have faced that repeatedly, and my feeling has always been the best way to support our boys and girls is to bring them home...
NEWS
May 31, 2002
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach veterans led the salute Monday to their fallen comrades as Americans across the country honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the liberties that we cherish. "Today is a special tribute to the men and women of the forgotten war in Korea," said Jim Law, commandant of American Legion Post 222. "Laguna Beach is chartered as a Korean Way Commemorative Community by the Department of Defense. This is the 50th anniversary of the midpoint of the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953."
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