Add Lopez To The Mix
I'm sure many of your read Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit's column on Wednesday, June 1st, HERE, in which he commented on the media firestorm that has overtaken Costa Mesa in recent months. Of course, he's played his own part in throwing fuel on that fire, but that's his job.
STEVE LOPEZ HOPS ABOARD
Well, here's an assignment for you. On Sunday find a copy of the Los Angeles Times and look for their uber-columnist, Steve Lopez' byline. He's jumping onto the bus with a special column on Costa Mesa, too! Over the past couple days he's made the rounds in our city, talking with the movers and shakers - and the moved and shaken, too. I include myself in that latter group.
HE OF "THE SOLOIST' FAME
Most of you know of Lopez, if for no other reason than he was played by Robert Downey, Jr., in "The Soloist", a hit movie made from his Los Angeles Times series on homeless musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, (portrayed by Jamie Fox in the film). You can see the "60 Minutes" clip with host Morley Safer about that story HERE.
WITH TREPIDATION, LOOKING FORWARD TO IT
Personally, I'm eager to see just what Lopez comes up with that has not already been said dozens of times over the past six months. He's a terrific writer, but there's always some trepidation when ANY journalist gets his hooks into you because the danger of a mis-quotation is always a very real possibility. So, while I'm away at the wedding this weekend your assignment is to find Lopez' column - it's probably going to be posted online late Saturday night - and report back.