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Strange As It Seems: Official Book Trailer Flies Through Space

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

BOOK TRAILER BY 14 FILM FROM THE WONDERFUL SITE, CARTOON RESEARCH  “Here is a remarkable tale of Hollywood history that sheds light on the man who provided the music for several TV cartoon series of the 1960s – not to mention the infamous Ed Wood feature Plan 9 From Outer Space. The son of poverty-row movie composer Lee […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Gordon Zahler · Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler · Uncategorized

Beijing & Notable Book News, Miscellany & More

July 31st, 2015 · No Comments

  Stuff I just learned abroad: * The Mandarin Version of SMOGTOWN: THE LUNG-BURNING HISTORY OF POLLUTION IN LOS ANGELES, was voted in 2014, the “Most Influential Book in China, the Best (Translated) Book, and an official National Library Recommended Book. More details about these commendations as they become available. Our house there is Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers. A […]

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Tags: Beijing · California · China · Chip Jacobs · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · greenhouse gases · Rare Bird Books · Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers · The People's Republic of Chemicals · Uncategorized

My Smogtown co-author and me talking environmental crises on China’s version of CNN International. Our sequel, centered on the Far East, will be published later this year!

January 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Tags: California · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

Fall literary news – get your reading glasses ready

October 8th, 2013 · No Comments

* Riffing off the old SNL spoof of Cuban baseball players speaking Spanglish with a microphone thrust in front of them after a big game, may I say the Southern California Book Festival “haz been berry, berry good to me.” My last book, The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths, won first place […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · environment · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Los Angeles politics · Smogtown book · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized

A long-overdue post between book deadlines – Happy 2013, where we hope to see more green than red ink and brown skies. Stay tuned for big news from the authors of Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Some news and notes for late December: * Time to find a new EPA Administrator for Obama’s second term. NBC “Lisa Jackson is stepping down from her post as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year term. ”I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready […]

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Tags: American history · California · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · ozone · Pacific Ocean · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

My latest with the L.A. Times – “Chromium 6 Suspected at Disney”

September 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Air conditioning system in Burbank may be a source of water contamination. August 22, 2012 By RICHARD VERRIER AND CHIP JACOBS Federal and state regulators are investigating whether a vintage air conditioning system at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank played a role in contaminating groundwater with chromium 6, a cancer-causing heavy metal widely used in […]

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Tags: AQMD · Chip Jacobs · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · groundwater pollution · Hollywood · Uncategorized

My desert Island books

August 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

My cherished college, the University of Southern California, was gracious enough to feature me in their alumni magazine about my favorite books. I let it rip below, with humble apologies to so many brilliant writers — T.C. Boyle, Ernest Hemingway, John Irving, Mary Carr — that don’t make my little list. Give me an archipelago […]

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Tags: Favorite literature · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Jerry Schneiderman · Late-1970s America · Los Angeles History · Miracle Mile · murder for hire · Murder triangle · Uncategorized

White-haired magicians in their second act, an old murder gets first billing and the heart that pumps metal gazelles

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

 News about Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman * Book signing and talk on Wed., July 18 with Jerry’s ex-colleague, Paul Fegen (a.k.a. the magician “The Fantastic Fig” at the  Santa Monica Public Library. Here’s the Fig’s website. Here’s how it spins his legend: “the walk-around psychic magician ‘“Fantastic […]

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Tags: 1979 Los Angeles · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Jerry Schneiderman · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles real estate · Oddballs in L.A. · paralysis · Paul Fegen · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized · Wheelchairs general · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

The fangs of the late-1970s — my personal prologue for my latest book, The Ascension of Jerry

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

  The stranger I’d incensed in the rusty, white Volkswagen bus pumped his fist out the window, cussing. “Motherfucker,” he yelled. “I’m gonna get YOU!” His promise came with little javelins of spit that pelted out of his mouth, liquid vulgarity over which he had little control. That look — his detesting eyes, the scarlet […]

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Tags: assassination · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Jerry Schneiderman · Late-1970s America · Not Going to take it anymore · Societal Disenchantment · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized

Time to mourn the passing of a disabled dynamo who debunked “I can’t”

February 16th, 2012 · No Comments

When I was 13, my mother took me to see what felt like an oddly grownup film for a young boy. The movie’s title was “The Other Side of the Mountain.” The inspirational story about a peppy, girl-nextdoor-ski phenom who broke her neck at a time when most people couldn’t pronounce the word paralysis rattled […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Quadriplegia · rehabilitation · Uncategorized