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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


January 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll have plenty to say, post and blather about this one in the months to come. For now, Gordon up.   FROM THE DUST COVER: The life of Gordon Zahler was simply so miraculous that it might as well have been science fiction.  Born into an entertainment family in suburban Los Angeles in the mid-1920s, Zahler […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · climate chaos · Day of the Lust · Ed Wood Jr. · environment · environmental catastrophe · Family matters · global warming · globalization · Gordon Zahler · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Los Angeles politics · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Showbiz Legends · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Strange As It Seems

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

New Year’s Roundup … Chip’s doings for 2014

January 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

  * The bridge that stole my heart, the bridge that defined a people, will be a mysterious character in my debut novel. A little eye candy for now, via the L.A. Times. * As mentioned earlier, William J. Kelly and I are collaborating on a sequel to Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in […]

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Tags: 1968 election · Ambassador Hotel · Chip Jacobs · Hollywood

The Ascension of Jerry – reviews and blurbage to date of the true-crime creeper about the little North Hollywood wuss who dared to outlast a murder corporation in irascible Los Angeles 1979

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments

– “In Chip Jacobs true-crime, The Ascension of Jerry, we are whisked back to LA’s Kodachrome world of the Seventies. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Jerry, the “bright colors and greens of summer” quickly change to the real life black-and-whites of mayhem and murder. But, this is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the […]

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Tags: 1979 Los Angeles · assassination · Chip Jacobs · hitmen · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Hollywood · Jerry Schneiderman · killers · La Brea Tar Pits · Late-1970s America · Los Angeles politics · Los Angeles real estate · Los Angeles underbelly · murder for hire · Murder triangle · Paul Fegen · Societal Disenchantment · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · tragedy · Urban renewal · Westside Memorial Park

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

Here’s looking at you, Norm. A Hollywood life well lived! And an unexpected friendship deeply valued.

April 4th, 2012 · No Comments

  The old men ordered me to come in from the rain. Smiling, they asked what I was doing out there in the cold? Dry yourself off. I’d just rung the doorbell about fifteen seconds earlier. Obviously, I’d been expected. Before I had barely taken a step into Norm Pringle’s shingled, ranch-style West Valley home, my […]

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Tags: Blue Jay Way · Family matters · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Hollywood Postproduction · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

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