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Latest OC Register Hires Include LAT Alums Margot Roosevelt, Joanna Clay

Newly recruited OC Register economy reporter Margot Roosevelt (pictured) has declared that she is “excited to join one of the most dynamic newspapers in the country right now.” She’s right on the money about that.

As we and others have been chronicling this summer and fall, the paper is on a mission to prove there are still ways in this day and age of Gawker, BuzzFeed and the front page of Yahoo! to make a daily print newspaper profitably thrive. What’s so great about the hire of Roosevelt, previously with Reuters and the LA Times as an environment reporter from 2007 to 2011, is that she is the kind of massively experienced journalist (30+ years) who typically falls by the wayside in today’s print media landscape after being laid off. She will no doubt be a dynamic contributor to the paper’s recently expanded business section.

Also joining the OC Register from the LA Times is Joanna Clay. Most recently a reporter and assistant Web editor for LA Times Community News publication the Coastline Pilot, her beat will remain Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo.

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Laguna Beach Man Collects Thousands of Old Newspapers

It started in 1989 when Chris Kling asked his dad if he could hold on to the final edition of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. Today, per a fun article by Joanna Clay in the Coastline Pilot, that innocent request has mushroomed into a one-of-a-kind collection.

Kling (pictured) spends an average of $1,000 per month bidding on old newspapers and another $200 to house them in his apartment complex basement. He spoke with Clay shortly after snagging a March 12, 1959 issue of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (with the large red-font headline “Statehood!”) via eBay for $93.50. That’s about half his all-time mark:

The most Kling spent was $180 on “Monroe Dies” in the Las Vegas Review Journal. He said he liked that paper’s edition in particular because they used light blue ink in the headline, which at the time was uncommon. It sits framed inside his office besides other favorites: “Astronauts Walk on the Moon” in the Ohio Plain Dealer and the 2002 Los Angeles Times cover of the Anaheim Angels’ World Series win with the headline “Fantasyland!”

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Times Community News Bolsters OC Web Team

A trio of female journalists have received promotions at Times Community News (TCN) South.

Kelly Parker, city editor for the Coastline Pilot, is now the web editor. As such, she will oversee the online operations and social media efforts of not just the Pilot but also those of LA Times subsidiary regional publications the The Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and OC Now.

At her side as new assistant web editor for TCN South will be Joanna Clay. The UC Irvine grad joined the Coastline Pilot in 2010 as an intern and freelancer, and was hired on full-time a year later. Clay will continue to report for the Laguna Beach-focused publication.

TCN South editor John Canalis also revealed yesterday that freelance copy editor Alisha Gomez will serve as the interim city editor at the Coastline Pilot. She was previously the managing editor of the Orange County Business Journal. Congrats to all.

Cleopatra Stand-In Recalls Wonder of Working with Elizabeth Taylor

Recollections about the great Elizabeth Taylor continue to arrive, in all media forms.

At one end of the spectrum is a commemorative magazine published by American Media, parent company of Radar Online and The National Enquirer. At the other is a delightful piece by Joanna Clay in today’s Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, part of the LA Times family of community newspapers.

Eighty-two-year-old Britsh born resident Sydney Mack (pictured) spent a full year working as Taylor’s stand-in on the mega-budgeted 1963 epic Cleopatra, under the name Patricia Beattie. She became friends with the actress’ husband Eddie Fisher, and got to spend time with Taylor and Burton away from the set:

While out with the couple one day, Mack said she experienced a more vulnerable side of the actress. Taylor had walked away and Burton asked her to go check on her.

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