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Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Streeter’

LA Riot Deaths Haunted Rodney King

“Even now, I walk into a place wondering what people are thinking. Do they know who I am? What do they think about what happened? Do they blame me for the all those people who died?” So said Rodney King just a few months ago, in an interview with Kurt Streeter of the Los Angeles Times.

King, who was was found dead Sunday morning at his Rialto home, remained troubled by the ’92 riots. In light of King’s passing, Streeter recalled his time spent with the man:

When he talked about his life and all that had happened, it was clear that he cared deeply about others. He couldn’t let go of the fact that 54 people died in the 1992 upheaval that he ruefully noted were known as “the Rodney King riots.”

On a wall in his backyard pool he used black tile to inscribe the dates of both the beating and the riots: 3/31/91 and 4/29/92.

One day in March, I watched him sweeping leaves from the pool. He told me that he’d considered adding another inscription. He looked at the pool. “I thought of putting the number of people who died down there on the wall, the number 54,” he said. “But that would be too much. Just too much death.”

That was the same swimming pool where King was found dead on Sunday morning. He was 47.

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Kaldi Coffee & Tea Gets Huge Sundance Shout Out

There’s a Starbucks down the street and another a few blocks west on Los Feliz Blvd. But since this particular version of the java-sipping-screenwriter-makes-good panned out at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, it seems only appropriate that the coffee house in question is the more independent Kaldi Coffee & Tea in Atwater Village.

Per Kurt Streeter‘s report in the LA Times, that’s where then-40-year-old LA writer-director Nicholas McCarthy retreated last winter for six weeks after the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, to expand his short The Pact into a feature-length project. Following this year’s triumphant feature screenings, Kaldi is where McCarthy will be cranking out his next coveted project. Per the article:

On Monday morning [January 30], he returned to Kaldi Coffee & Tea. When he walked through the door, he saw Clay Tarver, one of the regulars. Tarver’s screenwriting credits included Joy Ride, a thriller co-written with J.J. Abrams, creator of the television series Lost, and he is viewed with admiration at Kaldi. McCarthy had leaned on him for so much advice that he had included Tarver in the credits for The Pact.

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Hal Fishman Obit
KTLA’s erudite anchor Hal Fishman died at 75 after nearly 50 years in television. Dennis McClellan’s obit explains why Fishman was significant and relevant.On-line only.

Baby Brain Drain
Excessive viewing of baby videos may hinder language development in infants, or something like that. Amber Dance is back on the scare science beat.

We Need to Stalk
Google maps– a boon to paparazzi? That’s the takeaway from the piece written by Alex Pham and Joseph Menn.

Immoral Equivalence
Kurt Streeter defends Barry Bonds, comparing the use of prescription drugs and Red Bull to illegal steroid use. Online commenter says it best: “We should stop eating Wheaties as well.”

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