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Big Star's last member remembers - Off-Ramp for June 29, 2013

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Rabe responds to angry letter about bacon poetry

'Not only was it not the best, the grammar was wrong--and to no purpose, NOT consciously so. the writer didn't KNOW! that the preposition takes an object! For "hog and I"?? "For . . . I"??? Are you kidding?'
Marilyn Monroe didn't become an icon on her own. She had co-conspirators -- the photographers whose cameras loved her. Taschen has just published a huge new book of Monroe's last portrait sitting, taken for Vogue magazine by Bert Stern just six weeks before she died. Stern and Monroe worked together for three days at the Hotel Bel Air, which is where Tachen unveiled the new book. Bert Stern was the guest of honor and he talked with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

Big Star's drummer Jody Stephens on new doc 'Nothing Can Hurt Me'

Chris Ziegler, editor in chief of L.A. Record, talked with Stephens, Big Star's only original surviving member, about the documentary and the band's 1972 debut album.
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"Considering the conservative and cautious nature of this court, we did about as well as I could have hoped and expected, but yeah, sure, I wish they had ajudicated on the merits." -- Gavin Newsom

Off-Ramp goes curling in Westminster - not in a hair salon, on an ice rink!

Last weekend, curlers of all skill levels, from an Olympic medalist to rank beginners, came together for Orange County’s first ever three-day curling bonspiel in Westminster.
His stories seem to have been not so much read, as told to you around the dying embers of campfire on a very dark night.

Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody on the immigration debate

I, for one, am not willing to take down the Statue of Liberty and put up a statue of the grumpy old guy yelling, "Get off my lawn!"
Swag came in the mail Journalists can't keep free stuff We gave it away

Val Kilmer becomes Mark Twain in 'Citizen Twain'

Kilmer says Twain used his own voice, unlike the other public speakers of his time, who affected an unnatural cadence and tone.

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