Time is a distinctly human invention. No other living thing that we know of measures time as we do. Its passage is celebrated and lamented, observed and forgotten, remembered and ignored. From a universe that is arguably billions of years old, to a nanosecond, barely perceptible, time is revered and inescapable. We have come to accept it and its passage but rarely have we learned to love it. Whether there be too much or too little of it, time marches on. I’ve been in publishing for 36 years now (more than 13,000 days, if you like) and measuring it that way seems appropriate to me. Nary has a day passed when I wasn’t thinking about, or acting upon, the things that we in this business do. In my case, that means everything from looking for story ideas, selling ads, fixing computers, assuaging upset readers, customers and sometimes employees. It includes installing racks, settling lawsuits, answering phones and washing windows. It has meant time away from family, too many hours on the highway and sleepless nights wondering how to, what if, and why not. I’ve told new employees that there are easier ways to make a living and while that’s true, there’s also something magic about being close to history while it is being made. The miracle of invention, the shock of tragedy, the wonder of genius, we get to...Read More
Author: David Comden
DOCUMENTING THE DEVIL’S WORK | An interview with journalist Ivor Davis, who covered the Manson Family murders
Over a 60-year career, Ivor Davis has seen and written about things most people only dream about: Touring with The Beatles in 1964, interviewing hundreds of celebrities and covering news stories for a variety of publications worldwide. But one story has left an indelible mark: his coverage of the notorious Manson Family murders. The crimes, which happened 50 years ago on Aug. 8 and 9, 1969, were among the most brutal in American history. The trials of Charles Manson and his acolytes was a public spectacle, the likes of which had never been seen before . . . and...Read More
What are we going to do now? Monday night changed the week in ways we are all still finding out about. The fires that wreaked havoc throughout western Ventura County decimated lives, neighborhoods and businesses. From our vantage in Downtown Ventura, we not only had to cover the disaster in real time via social media but also had to find a way to present the newspaper without power, phones or internet. Tuesday was spent gathering images and stories. Wednesday brought us a generator, a jumble of improvised wiring and some luck. Rube Goldberg would be proud. Our staff rallied...Read More
By David Comden California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an unprecedented move, has announced a deal to sell the Ventura County fairgrounds to Caruso Affiliated for $58 million dollars. The transaction was mentioned during a speech by the governor on Tuesday before real estate professionals in Sacramento. In addition to the local fairgrounds, Schwarzenegger said that the Orange County fairgrounds, located in Costa Mesa, was also being sold to Caruso Affiliated for $69 million. “We are pleased to announce the sale of these properties and the visionary plans the developer has for them in the future,” said Schwarzenegger. “In addition,...Read More
Fabled attorney Vincent Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted 105 of 106 felony jury trials, is most famous for his prosecution of Charles Manson and “family,” which led Bugliosi to write about the Tate/ La Bianca murders in his book Helter Skelter. The book, which has sold over 7 million copies, is the best selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of his other books, And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage, about the O.J. Simpson trial, also reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This year, he published perhaps his most controversial book, The Prosecution of George...Read More
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