Milt’s Sendoff to Valhalla
By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2023

It was an appropriately magic moment when Magic Castle owner Milt Larsen, who moved to more heavenly pastures in May at the age of 92, was given an Aloha Milt! sendoff at Carpinteria State Beach in a 12-foot replica of a Viking longboat, which was blown up 500 feet offshore as 100 friends and guests, […]

Don Bushnell: January 7, 1927 – June 19, 2023
By Tim Buckley   |   August 15, 2023

Don Bushnell was born January 7, 1927, as an identical twin. Both he and his twin brother, David, were radio Quiz Kids, and both were awarded scholarships to the University of Chicago at age 16. Their adult lives followed very similar educational and professional paths. Don was devoted to social issues his entire life, starting […]


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