The source for all things related to Ponte Vista and the fight to stop the mega development from overwhelming the already overburdened vital San Pedro/Rancho Palos Verdes corridor. Some good links to the blogosphere.
Resident gadfly Mark Wells is the go-to guy in the battle to thwart Ponte Vista. It doesn’t hurt that he knows how to write.
You can accuse me of not being fairminded. Just keep in mind this site exists for one purpose only–to sell Ponte Vista. So read everything here with a grain of salt.
One of San Pedro’s favorite sons who hit it big in the music biz, hit rock bottom and finally found lasting success. A great story from one of the icons of the early `60s.
Quiet and unassuming San Pedran Mark McKenzie has put together an impressive Hollywood music career. Check it out.
San Pedran Scott Anger is a talented multimedia journalist. See for yourself.
I don’t know who this Todd Titterud is, but he’s doing some nice work with his Web site. Great photography, and his links to “The Romance of the Ranchos” on Old Time Radio is priceless. The video of old Beacon Street is a great silent documentary of a bygone era.
“Notorious: The Infamous History of the Port of Los Angeles” is a must-see documentary by writer/producer/director Marie Hegwood. Features San Pedro’s own Joe McKinzie, Art Bartlett, Art Almeida and Ann Sanford, among others.
Ever wonder who’s buried at Harbor View Memorial Cemetery? Thanks to the hard-working people of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society, you can now visit the quaint little cemetery and read all the headstones without leaving home. Great site for San Pedro history buffs.
It took awhile, but historical society site finally gives viewers a reason to visit.
Some great photos and postcards showing the history of the Pacific Electric Red Cars in San Pedro.
How can I not mention a San Pedro blog that actually has pictures of me on it? The work of Townee Tours’ Romee Romero.
Phillips Ginder’s interesting site on San Pedro’s many roles in film. Hasn’t been updated in more than a year, but I still give it two thumbs up.
Props to Josh Stecker for his yeoman efforts to give San Pedrans a voice untainted by politics. Of course, I’m biased. You can find my columns there.
Hip-hop/photographic homage to San Pedro that, if you just listen to the words, nearly everyone can relate to. Truly a state of mind.
About what you expect from a Wikipedia site. Exhaustive yet entirely subjective view of San Pedro from climate to media.
I’ve listed this site only because if you can get through all of the hard-left political propaganda and conspiracy-theory ranting worthy of the ”X-Files,” there is an occasional personal interest story worth reading. Too much exposure to this site may cause brain damage, however.
Check out this site to learn about an organization that is making a difference in the lives of impoverished Thais. Its American roots are in San Pedro, and local churches continue to play an important role in its ministry.
San Pedro’s a better place thanks to groups like this. A great grass-roots success story.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the harbor–past, present and future. The history section is exceptional, with some great archival video.
Lots of interesting data about the employer group that affects a huge chunk of San Pedro’s population.
Whew! Kristina Smith’s comprehensive list of San Pedro events, along with a bunch of good links, puts the chamber to shame. The place to visit to find out what’s happening in town.
Typical chamber site. Nice but rather limited interactive map of local businesses.
Beautiful site dedicated to San Pedro’s newest and biggest attraction.
If you haven’t visited this WWII-era Victory ship or taken a cruise on it, the only question is: Why not?
Do you remember when all we had was John Olguin and his collection of tidepool specimens in canning jars?
The former ferry building is a San Pedro landmark, and the museum inside is first rate.
Web site devoted to one of San Pedro’s finest and least publicized attractions comes fully loaded. Museum director Steve Nelson deserves a medal for what he’s accomplished on a shoestring budget.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Warner Grand Theater, the grande dame of San Pedro.
Directed more toward tourists, but a nice compilation of links. Worth checking out just to find out who has the cheapest gas in town.
(a politically correct-free zone)
Music videos (not what you’d expect)
Billy Joel’s classic “We Didn’t Start the Fire” visualized with iconic images from years baby-boomers like myself can’t forget.
A high school kid did this, sort of a “We Didn’t Start the Fire” two-minute history of the world without words. Pretty impressive, and fun.
Lots of touching stuff on YouTube about 9-11, but this may be my favorite. Keep the tissue handy.
Can’t argue with the cold, hard facts. Frightening prospects. Thank you, Paul Erlich.
Very cooooool, but this is why newspapers as we used to know them no longer exist. A special bonus can be found on the left side of Germany, where Stars & Stripes pops up.
Nothing funny about this. I’m sure birth-control advocates from the `60s never imagined consequences of this nature. Scary stuff.
Find out everything (well, almost everything) about any year you want without buying one of those silly greeting cards. This link sends you to my birth year. Wow, I’m old.
Entertaining 10-minute refresher course on the evolution of the United States, from 13 colonies to Hawaii and Alaska. You’ve probably forgotten a lot of this from your school days.
This first came to me in 2008, and with gasoline at $4 a gallon, remains more relevant than ever. If we’d drilled then…
Impress your friends with this mountain of trivia. And, yes, people who do this sort of thing need to get a life.
All I can say is, WOW. Thought of putting this under inspirational. Takes the above site one step further. Actually, several steps further.
Can’t recommend this site enough, even if you’ve been to university. Or especially if you’ve been to university.
Touching video produced by a 15-year-old to remind yet another generation that freedom doesn’t come free.
Yes, it’s just a well-disguised Ford commercial, but I’m as sucker for anything that honors the military.
Great way to pay tribute to our men and women in uniform. Thanks to Tony Maes for sending me links like this one.
Lots of great WWII footage out there, but this color film of Iwo Jima battle is rare. Semper Fi.
Just released on Memorial Day 2015, this remarkable video describes the human cost of World War II in sheer numbers in a way that even non-history buffs will find fascinating.
President Reagan, love him or hate him, understood what is was to be an American like no other president in my lifetime.
Powerful testimony by dying 47-year-old professor Randy Pausch. It’s long but worth every minute. Must-see whether you’re seriously ill or in perfect health.
Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe this high-tech look at life from conception to birth. May be the best argument against atheism you’ll ever see.
OK, I love this little girl. Check out all of the videos on this link. What a story, and what a gift. If she doesn’t make you cry, you need a heart transplant.
This is for all of you teachers out there, who, like my wife, give so much of themselves and receive so little in return.
Showing my age again, but this video is priceless if for no other reason than showing that not that long ago, Hollywood was a very different place than it is today.
Inspiring video of the 2006 rescue of 200 horses in the Netherlands with stirring Vangelis soundtrack. What can I say? I love horses.
This could have gone in several categories. It’s nostalgic, it’s the military, it’s inspirational, but it’s mainly about a legendary figure younger people need to know about.
Here’s an excellent introduction to a great series of videos known as Horrible Histories. All enjoyable and some even educational.
Mark Gungor’s “Tale of Two Brains” became an immediate “classic,” and if you’re married, you’ll see why. Hilarious and so true. Should be mandatory viewing for all couples planning to get married.
Gut-busting skit from a 1968 “Tonight Show,” when Johnny Carson ruled the airwaves. This is true nostalgia, from a time many of us remember when comedians could make us laugh without being base or vulgar.
Anita Renfroe gives the William Tell Overture new meaning. Parents and children alike can relate.
And this is what anesthesiologists do in their free time. Very disturbing…and clever.
Incredible impersonations. Pokes fun at people we admire without being mean-spirited. Sadly, Steve died in March 2012 at age 48.
Headlines like these would never have gotten past the copy desks where I worked. Put sound on mute.
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous link. There are several versions out there, but this is the original.
Self-taught child prodigy Akiane was subject of this 2007 CNN segment that should inspire even the most cynical among us.
You have to see this guy’s art to believe it. Check out his gallery–and you’ll never look at a dirty car the same way again.
Along the same lines as the guy above. You’ll never see a beach the same way again…and will start bringing a rake when you go.