Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Those kooky girls.

Outside the Hall of Justice
The corner of Temple and Broadway
Downtown Los Angeles

Monday, March 23, 2015

Grand Hotel Brighton... the bomb. October 12, 1984

On October 12, 1982 The Irish Republican Army detonated a bomb in the Grand Hotel, Brighton U.K.

The intended victims were Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.

Thatcher got away.

5 others didn't.

My friend Darren Newham found the room where the bomb was set.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jon DeLorean 10th Deathaversary and Death Hag Sticker of the Day March 19, 2015

John DeLorean 
January 6, 1929 - March 19, 2005

John DeLorean created this legendary stainless steel sports car.

He was also largely responsible for the creation of my dream muscle car, the GTO.

This one belongs to Rodney Bingenheimer.  He's absolutely worthy of looking up.

The DeLorean car became legendary when it was featured in the Back to the Future films.

DeLorean died of a stroke at the Overlook Hospital in Summit New Jersey.  He was 80 years old.

John was embalmed and shipped back to Detroit to the Desmond Funeral Home. 

My brother Rick went to the visitation,  "He was wearing blue jeans and a black leather motorcycle jacket.  He looked pretty cool."  Rick also took these amazing photograph of the DeLorean's lined up outside in the snow.

The funeral home made sure no one touched him or took pictures.  It was a jam packed visitation.  I heard a rumor that one cell phone casket pic was taken, but I haven't seen it.  There was a private family funeral the next day.

John DeLoreanwas cremated and buried with military honors in White Chapel Cemetery.

Rad (that's the word the kids are using today, right?) DeLorean Products are available at DMOCO

The Lone Pine Mall was in reality the 

Back to the Future - in Griffith Park!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

RIP John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas 14th Deathaversary March 18, 2015

John Phillips
August 30, 1935 - March 18, 2001
Traditionally song writers can't sing.  And that holds true in my case also.

John was living with his fourth wife Farnaz, in Palm Springs.  He died of heart failure just a few days after recording a new album, Phillips 66.  It was released posthumously

He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cathedral City

Phillips' jacket is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Merritt Buttrick's 26th Deathaversary March 17, 2015

Merritt Buttick from the tv show Square Pegs and one of those Star Trek thingys died 26 years ago today.  How old do you feel now?

Details on Findadeath

Revisit the overdose death of Anissa Jones - Buffy from Family Affair

Anissa played Buffy from the 60's television show Family Affair.

She grew up in a modest home in Playa Del Rey, CA.

It looked like this in March 2010

In March 2015

We were thrilled that Anissa's name in the concrete is still there.

Anissa was the proverbial child star gone bad.  She overdosed in a friend's home.
Read the details on Findadeath
Wanna see her mailbox?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Sasha Grey. Not dead yet.

Today is the 27th birthday of porn star and Dearly Departed Tours guest Sasha Grey.

She's lovely.

RIP Gene Gene the Dancing Machine 1932 - 2015

Eugene Patton the man who became the Legend
Gene Gene the Dancing Machine
has died of complications from the Diabeetus.  

April 25, 1932 - March 9, 2015

He was 82.

Patton died in Pasadena according to the Woods Valentine Mortuary.

If you watched television in the 70's, The Gong Show was a something else.  Really.   Think... America's Got Talent, but there is none.  Novelty Acts, bad singers and embarrassments.  There were a few talented ones thrown in, but nobody tuned in for that.

I think the cast of judges just got hammered or high and didn't care.  Chuck Barris the producer and host claims that no booze or drugs were allowed.  The chaos was the charm of the show.

There were some recurring bits including the Unknown Comic and Gene.

Gene worked on the NBC show as a stage hand.

Chuck Barris wrote in his biography, "One day, during rehearsal, I saw Gene dancing by himself in a dark corner.  The huge stagehand never moved his feet, just his body from the waist up.   He was terrific."

He was worked into the show, usually as a surprise to the audience.  Those who knowTV know there are no real surprises.  The cast were well aware, but played it well.  The best part:  When Gene would start his dance, stage hands would just throw shit at him.  Rubber chickens, inflatable people, food... it was bizarre and hilarious.

Gene was the first black man to be a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees. 

Suffering from the diabeetus for years, he'd lost both of his legs to it in 2001 .  He used prosthetics.

I assume he's been cremated because according to the funeral home website,  his funeral is in two weeks at 11am on Saturday March 21, 2015.

Gene's Facebook Page

Friday, March 13, 2015

John Holmes' 27th Deathaversary March 13, 2015

John Holmes
August 8, 1944 - March 13, 1988
"Bigger than a pay phone, smaller than a Cadillac."

Holmes was every inch a legend in porn, true crime and pop culture.

The Wonderland Murders.

Click below and I will take you INSIDE the Wonderland House WITH grisly Crime Scene footage.

He died of a heart attack due to his being infected with HIV.

Read the entire messy story on Findadeath

In true Hollywood fashion, Holmes is commemorated with his footprints in front of the former 
Pussy Cat porn theater in West Hollywood.

The Wonderland Mailbox

Monday, March 9, 2015

I see DEAD PEOPLE Photo Slide Show Saturday March 21

Presented by Scott Michaels, Brian Donnelly and Mark Masek

Uncensored and some rare and unpublished GRAPHIC photographs
of famous people.

The show will last approximately 2 hours.  Doors at 7, show time 7:30pm

River Phoenix for example, but you'll see these uncensored.

Tickets available here