Off-Ramp host John Rabe and contributors share thoughts on arts, culture, and life in L.A.

Off-Ramp to Mark Sayre Fire Anniversary

This weekend, Off-Ramp joins many others in marking the one year anniversary of the devastating Sayre fire, which decimated the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar.

The team that produced The Ashes of Oakridge -- KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, Queena Kim, and Jackson Musker, plus videographer Tanya Miller – return to the park to see how the residents and the park are doing.

(Image courtesy KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.)


From Mystery Fork to Mystery Tree – Off-Ramp® Calls for Sleuthing

Attention Off-Ramp's Semi-Pro Mendicants!

The attention generated by the Fork In The Road art prank inspired an e-mail from listener Jane O'Neal, who has her own mystery* she needs help solving.

Hi Mr.Rabe

I once met you at my friend Mimi Pond’s house. She was kind enough to give me your e-mail after I told her about the mysterious art "tree" that has appeared in the little triangle park at Prospect and Hollywood Blvd.

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I heard your program tonight about the "fork in the road" and thought that maybe you could solve the mystery of the strange little "tree" that is hung with lanterns that glow.

My partner, Pat Smith, is the landscape architect who redid the little park recently and she has no clue where the "tree" came from.

Anyway you should take a look at the "tree". It has a sign on it that offers no clues.


Two Lucky Off-Ramp® Listeners Win “Incarnadine,” RH Greene’s Dracula Memoir

Author RH Greene (above, in tuxedo) graciously warmly inscribed two paperback copies of "Incarnadine, the True Memoirs of Dracula" for our crassly promotional purposes.

More than sixty Off-Ramp newsletter subscribers responded to the Off-Ramp newsletter’s book giveaway Friday. The winners are …

…Kimberly Choi of Riverside and Weston Thompson of Claremont…

Congratulations! Enjoy the book. Those two are exceedingly fast on the mouse and won only by seconds.

To the other sixty who didn’t win … why not buy it from Amazon, where KPCC gets a share of the proceeds?

We don’t do giveaways all the time – they wouldn’t be special then, would they? – but when we do, it’s cool stuff, which is just another reason to sign up for the Off-Ramp newsletter.

Meantime, lots of nice comments are coming in on RH Greene’s Off-Ramp commentary about his twin Tommy, who died before the book was published. We were proud RH chose to share the story with Off-Ramp.


Art Pranksters Stealthily Erect Giant Fork In Road in Pasadena Saturday Morning

I got an email this weekend from occasional Off-Ramp contributor Donna Barnes-Roberts. She writes:

Dear John,

I don't know if you were in Pasadena when there was a building in Old Town with the legend:

"My People are People of the Dessert,” said T.E. Lawrence picking up his fork.

Well, some slightly wacky people up in the unincorporated township called Altadena felt a certain lack in their souls after that mural fell to progress oh so many years ago, and, Saturday morning at about 9:30, erected an 18-foot fork at the fork in the road where Pasadena Ave. divides into two one-way streets. If you go north on Pasadena Ave., from Glenarm, you will see it at the … fork in the road.

And see it before some bureaucrat takes it down -- though it is built sturdily and set in over 400 pounds of concrete. One of the participants was anticipating arrest, though he just turned 75, and didn't actually build it. However, he certainly had a twinkle in his eye when he mentioned “arrest".