L.A. in the '80s

A collection of features, interviews and adventures in journalism from my days as a freelancer for the LA Times and other places when I lived and played in Hollywood.

During most of the 1980s, I had the subversive pleasure of editing the LA Times' Sunday Calendar Letters Page. I did all the trouble-making and…
My subversive affair with a lovely Communist travel agent during the Cold War still needs a happy Hollywood ending.
To mark the coming of another season of our former national pastime, here is an instant replay of my feature on the lovable XXX-rated Dodgers manager…
In ancient times, the mid-1980s, I wrote this helpful guide to spotting the 'Truth' and the BS hidden in TV docudramas about real people and real…
My grim tour of East Berlin’s gray streets and empty stores 32 years ago taught me all I needed to know about life under Communism.
Many seasons ago John Sayles and his young stars went on the road to make his realistic baseball movie about the 'Chicago Black Sox' throwing the World…
In 1977 200 Communist bureaucrats, propaganda specialists and KGB agents put on a pathetic propaganda show in downtown L.A. The booster media cheered…
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