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Entries Tagged as 'paralysis'

Guest Post: “Five Years?”

March 7th, 2016 · No Comments

By Jeff Charlebois This year, while visiting the family in Florida for my annual holiday vacation, I ventured over to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to get an evaluation and see if there was anything new in the world of spinal cord injury (SCI) research. The Miami Project began in 1985 when Marc, the son […]

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Tags: Gordon Zahler · Guest column · Hollywood · paralysis · rehabilitation · Stems cells and spinal cord injuries

Summer Readings, Plaudits and Coming Attractions

July 13th, 2015 · No Comments

* “Bailing Out the Earth: 10 Books that Propose Solutions to Climate Change”: The People’s Republic of Chemicals makes the cut! “ “So many science fiction novels depict humans of the future seeking out new worlds after having nearly destroyed the earth. But where is the fiction set in the present showing people attempting to save the […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · environment · Hollywood · paralysis · Smogtown · Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler · The People's Republic of Chemicals · toxic smog

Get while it’s hot. My latest book is a collection of my top narrative and investigative articles. May I present “The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths”

April 30th, 2013 · No Comments

  In this stories collection 23-years-in-the-making, you’ll find 29 articles on a sumptuous basket of subjects originally published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Daily News, L.A. Weekly and other publications. Hold on for the unexpected and the maddening, the heartbreaking and the mystifying. The feature, investigative and opinion pieces here by Chip Jacobs range […]

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Tags: assassination · Biltmore Hotel · Dirty environmental deals · environmental policy · EPA · Frankenheimer · General asssignment issues · global warming · groundwater pollution · Historical serendipity meets calamity · killers · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Los Angeles real estate · murder for hire · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Political assassinations · Political cronyism · Politics · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Redevelopment · RFK · RFK photographs · Robert F. Kennedy Jr. · Sirhan Sirhan · The Hollywood Way · The Kennedy's · Turf fights · Urban renewal · William Burke

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

“Ascension of Jerry” coverage and miscellaneous May linkage

May 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“Jerry Schneiderman: The Rabble-Rouser you’ve never head about but should know” - L.A. Weekly, May 22, 2012 Author Q&A Jerry Schneiderman was not your ordinary real estate developer. For years, he was a rabble rouser who took on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after tunneling for the Red Line subway collapsed parts of Hollywood Boulevard. ”You […]

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Tags: assassination · assassins · danger · Gordon's big ideas · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · La Brea Tar Pits · Late-1970s America · legal Catch-22s · Los Angeles History · medical advancements · Miracle Mile · murder for hire · Murder triangle · paralysis · Pasadena · Quadriplegia · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · The Hollywood Way · Wheelchairs general · Wounded Warriors

Hodge-podge Wednesday: Joan Rivers and Gordon, Don Kirshner and Gordon and the Oscar and Gordon-sorta

March 7th, 2012 · No Comments

* Recently, Joan Rivers’ former talent manager, Billy Sammeth, decided to air some dirty laundry about his experiences over the years with the comedian-turned-TV show-woman/franchise and Cher. Who knows what really went on there, but the spillage kerfuffle does provide me with the chance to sling a fun-fact. My uncle, Gordon Zahler, the subject of […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Ed Wood Jr. · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Quadriplegia · The Hollywood Way · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

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

Embracing (or shrinking from) Gordon’s collaborations with Ed Wood Jr.?

February 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

We all know that my big-dreaming, veggie-bodied quadriplegic uncle, Gordon Zahler, helped cut his post-production teeth supplying overbearing, background music to Ed Wood Jr.’s universally condemned/cult beloved science fiction “thriller” Plan Nine From Outer Space. But two years earlier, just around the time he probably would’ve died from intestinal complications had it not been for […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Ed Wood Jr. · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · paralysis · Quadriplegia · The Hollywood Way · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

Tarzan’s Cheetah the Ching and a few degrees of showbiz separation

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments

As you may have heard between news segments about the supposedly healing U.S. economy and those clever mullahs who run nuclearizing Iran, the primate that once occupied a prime cage in Americans’ hearts has kicked the bucket at the grizzled, pinch-me age of 80. Being a conspiratorial land, some have their doubts, because animals like […]

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Tags: American history · Chip Jacobs · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Pasadena · Quadriplegia · tragedy · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

Holiday Season first annual point – counterpoint babble

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

* POINT: The Ontario International Airport is worse than Los Angeles City Hall’s red-haired stepchild. It’s more akin to the deserted, forlorn cousin promised housing in a garden shed. Glad folks are just learning this. – From the L.A. Times: “After three decades of steady growth and earning a Forbes magazine nod as one of […]

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Tags: Aiport battles · AQMD · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · EPA · General asssignment issues · groundwater pollution · L.A. City Council · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler