Friday, June 21, 2013

Waiting and Watching: In the Path of a Tsunami



By: Ken Cable


About a dozen of us stood looking out to sea from the third floor overlook at Paki Maui resort waiting for the wave to materialize from out of the blackness.  It was October 27, 2012. We had just learned that a 7.7 earthquake had hit off Canada’s west coast and that a huge tsunami was rolling across the Pacific Ocean and would collide with Maui at precisely 10:28 p.m.  The expected height of the surge was estimated at five-and-a-half feet – potentially devastating. The Hawaiian Islands lie in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, farther from any continental land mass than any other island in any other ocean.  Viewed from that perspective, we were a […]


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Old Time Journalists Had Something Today’s Journalists Lack



By: George Cunningham


One of the interesting things about writing history is that you get to step back in time and see how people lived and thought back in the old days. And what you mostly find is that people haven’t really changed all that much. The world changes and sometimes people change the world, but the people themselves don’t change. They may adjust to their new circumstances, but the basic human motivations remain much the same as they’ve always been. We’re writing a book on the history of the Port of Long Beach, so I have been going through old newspaper articles, looking how the events of the day were described by the people who were actually […]


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Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Story Behind the Big Story



By: Reader Publishing Group


GEORGE LEE CUNNINGHAM talks about the old days of journalism, why he wrote his first novel, The Big Story and why he set his book in the early 1970s when he was a young journalist.


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Friday, June 7, 2013

A Ride up Coast and a Look out to Sea



By: Ken Cable


He surged up out of an incoming wave like a Jules Verne sea monster and stormed through the surf to the sandy shore, bellowing loudly all the way. Of course, he was just showing off for all the lady elephant Seals already ashore. What he got for his troubles were not squeals of delight from the fairer seal-sex, but an even louder challenge from a bull seal already claiming this patch of beach. They charged each other (now, this needs some explaining; ‘flopping’ is a more accurate description of a bull elephant seal charge) slamming together chest to chest, open mouths emitting roars that would do a lion proud, trunk-like snouts distended. Then the biting […]


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Friday, June 7, 2013

Don’t Let the Big, Brown Eyes Fool You



By: Carmela Cunningham


Boy, you think you know someone. Then they go and do something so out of character, so outrageous, so heinous, that it leaves you reeling. For the last year, we’ve shared a little Yorkshire Terrier with my brother-in-law. He’s a 13-pound cutie, which is pretty big for a Yorkie, but a great size for a small dog. He’s big enough to take for a mile-long walk, but small enough to carry that last quarter-mile when he’s all tuckered out. I never really wanted a dog, but Henry is such a sweetie, that I only had to babysit him for two days before wanting him full-time. And although my brother-in-law won’t give him up, he is […]


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