In Passing: Brad Bartholomay
By Schuyler Leigh Johnson   |   April 15, 2021

by Schuyler Leigh Johnson A true Montecito gentleman and the best dad a girl could ask for, Brad Bartholomay went on to greener pastures in late 2020, just after his 71st birthday.  My dad grew up at the top of Park Lane, the oldest of three boys. As an athletic kid he enjoyed hunting and […]

Pushing the Envelope
By Richard Mineards   |   March 11, 2021

It’s all a matter of dimensions! Milt and Arlene Larsen, owners of Montecito’s Magic Castle, fell foul of the Post Office when they were informed the popular cabaret club’s return address on their snail mail was “too low,” with the machines reading the return address rather than the member’s address. “We are eliminating our return […]

 

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By J'Amy Brown   |   February 25, 2021

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By Richard Mineards   |   February 11, 2021

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Compliments to the Chef
By Richard Mineards   |   January 21, 2021

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In Passing: Dr. Mohamed Samir “Sam” Amer 1930-2020
By Montecito Journal   |   January 14, 2021

Dr. Mohamed Samir “Sam” Amer died at his second home in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on December 21, 2020. He was 85. Born in Tanta, Egypt, to Mohamed Mohamed Amer and Zeinab Hussein Saad Amer, Sam came to the U.S. in 1958 as a Fulbright scholar to study pharmacology at the University of Illinois at […]

In Passing: Alex Trebek
By Richard Mineards   |   November 26, 2020

On a personal note, I mark the passing of Alex Trebek, the long-running host of the TV quiz show Jeopardy! for 36 years who died at the age of 80 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. I started watching the Merv Griffin-produced show in the 1980s and have been hooked ever since, learning much […]

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Sending Off a Diving Legend
By Richard Mineards   |   November 12, 2020

On a personal note, I mark the move to more heavenly pastures of Lad Handelman, a pioneering abalone diver who parlayed his underwater pastime into a successful commercial diving operation for the offshore gas and oil fuel industry. Lad, who grew up in New York, founded Oceaneering International Inc. and Cal Dive International Inc., which […]

In Passing: Joyce Enright, July 16, 1949 – July 30, 2020
By Montecito Journal   |   November 5, 2020

Joyce Enright lived her life with such love, generosity, and grace. Her strong relationship to the Lord impacted and influenced her family and friends to understand the best is yet to come, “for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). She was a best friend to so many. We had the best mom in the […]

In Passing: Paul F. Glenn, 1930 – 2020
By Montecito Journal   |   October 29, 2020

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In Passing: Margaret Jane Dyruff, December 27, 1927 – October 7, 2020
By Montecito Journal   |   October 29, 2020

Margaret Jane Dyruff (née Stivers), age 92, died peacefully of natural causes at home on October 7. She was born on December 27, 1927, in Ripley, Ohio to the late AJ Stivers II and Eliese Bambach Stivers. “Baby Jane” was the middle of five children, and was an active 4-H member and Girl Scout camper.  […]

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By Alycia Vreeland   |   October 29, 2020

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