In Passing: Richard Anthony Baum
By Montecito Journal   |   April 22, 2021

Richard Anthony Baum passed away in his sleep of cardiac arrest on March 22, 2021 at age 68. He lived a full and vibrant life while fighting a challenging 40-year battle with bipolar disorder. Richard was born on August 18, 1952 at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara, grew up in Montecito, resided in Santa […]

Poof! The Magic Castle Cabaret is Gone
By Richard Mineards   |   April 8, 2021

Two years after it opened, the owners of Montecito’s Magic Castle Cabaret Milt and Arlene Larsen are moving on, I can exclusively reveal. “The Cabaret has been closed for a long year and we are not getting any younger,” laments Arlene. “When we started, we seemed a lot younger. “After talking it over for many […]

 

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It’s for the Birds
By Richard Mineards   |   April 1, 2021

Santa Barbara’s Wildlife Care Network has just broken ground on its new state-of-the-art $6 million, 5,400-square-foot hospital in the Goleta foothills. “It will allow us a greater capability to save and serve thousands of wild lives,” says Ariana Katovich, executive director. “Current conditions have staff working out of old, meager facilities. Diets are prepared in […]

From Riven Rock to Windsor
By Richard Mineards   |   March 18, 2021

Former TV talk show titan Oprah Winfrey hosted a two-hour, hotly anticipated interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and it was worthy of a royal soap opera! It was certainly an astonishing and incendiary show, with Oprah’s Harpo Productions raking in between $7 and $9 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, and CBS […]

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 […]

A Good Start
By Richard Mineards   |   March 4, 2021

Now that Governor Gavin Newsom has lifted the total ban on eating out, I ventured to the historic Santa Barbara Yacht Club to dine with my trusty shutterbug Priscilla, the Montecito animal activist Gretchen Lieff and her longtime beau Miles Hartfeld. The dining room on the outside terrace overlooking the Pacific was socially gridlocked, with […]

Montecito Community Leader Dan Eidelson Dies
By J'Amy Brown   |   February 25, 2021

If you’ve spent any time in Montecito, it’s a good bet Dan Eidelson’s community involvement efforts touched you. The long-time Montecito resident and prominent community leader died peacefully at his home on January 10, 2021 of non-COVID related causes. He was 89 years old.  During his 35 years residing in Montecito, Eidelson was repeatedly drafted […]

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Rest in Peace
By Richard Mineards   |   February 11, 2021

On a personal note, I mark the passing of Kellam de Forest, who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 95. I was lucky enough to meet the noted historic preservationist, son of Santa Barbara landscape architect Lockwood and his horticulturalist wife Elizabeth de Forest. Kellam, who initially used a walker, but progressed to […]

Remembering John le Carré
By Richard Mineards   |   December 31, 2020

On a personal note, I mark the passing of the prolific author John le Carré, who has died at his home in Cornwall aged 89. For six decades his 25 gripping thrillers dominated the bestseller lists and review pages using his pseudonym, although his real name was David Cornwell. His enormous body of work goes […]

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Remembering Barbara Tellefson
By Montecito Journal   |   December 17, 2020

Pound for pound, or rather inch for inch, it’s doubtful that Santa Barbara has ever had a more hardworking, tireless, dedicated, and effective advocate for the underprivileged than Barbara Tellefson. The founder and president of Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe, who passed away at 84 on November 22, was an undeniable dynamo whose stature and influence […]

Goodbye to a Unique Lady
By Richard Mineards   |   December 10, 2020

On a personal note I remember Barbara Tellefson, founder and president of the Unity Shoppe, who lost her valiant battle with a terminal illness aged 84. A woman of extraordinary fortitude and passion, Barbara was without doubt a force of nature who devoted her life to the century-old nonprofit, working innumerable hours directing operations for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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