Chip Jacobs

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Entries Tagged as 'Outrageous Legends'

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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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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Linkeratti: Motion Picture Home, redevelopment n’ stuff

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments

* I was very heartened to learn that the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which became a financial lifeline for my grandmother and paralyzed uncle after the family breadwinner (my grandfather, Hollywood composer/musician Lee Zahler) died in 1947 from the stress of Gordon’s accident, is now on firmer footing after some tumultuous years. It’s even […]

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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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Perfect way to start 2012 … with a little clip from “The New Three Stooges.”

January 5th, 2012 · No Comments

This is sometimes what happens, folks, when successful, long-running shows sputter out. They regenerate like sunglass-wearing amoeba with a slightly altered title. Soon, they bring on fresh cast members, try out-there plots and if they’re not careful, they jump the shark of amusing believability for audiences with impatient TV clickers. In this case, a traditional, […]

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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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Hero search: you need not look further than the fantastic Eric LeGrand, a man who lives up to his name.

November 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Watch him roll victoriously onto the fileld with his teammates after surviving the nearly unsurvivable. ” … On October 16, 2010, I was a junior playing special teams for Rutgers during a midseason game against Army. We were playing at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., not far from our campus. With the game tied […]

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The shocking musical truth of 1950′s sci-fi

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments

My uncle was Ed Wood Jr.’s music man. And his involvement might’ve been stranger than the plot to “Plan Nine from Outer Space,” still regarded by movie experts as one of the most dreadful films of all time. (Sorry “City Slickers II.”) Gordon Zahler, you see, couldn’t move a muscle, let alone lead an orchestra […]

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One small step for Summers, one giant step, perhaps, for the spinal-cord injured

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Whether it’s a magnificent breakthrough or another false dawn, this seemingly out-of-the-blue technique is worth considering and nurturing as an exciting, new tool for doctors trying to get their spinal-cord injured patients on their feet and back somewhat towards their old mobile lives. As I’ve been posting since the 2008 publication of my book about […]

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