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Just back from Los Angeles and vicinity Sunday night.

Among other things, we went to a Los Angeles Angels-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

What a great area, Los Angeles. It’s got the mountains, the sea and beaches, the professional sports, the weather and the unheard hum of ceaseless energy. The only bad part, at least from a visitor’s standpoint, is the one- to two-hour commute to just about any special destination. But when you’re on vacation, it’s hard to get real worked up about traffic delays.

Oh…I forgot to mention the┬áLos Angeles Times, which, despite the Tribune Co.’s trip through bankruptcy, remains an outstanding paper.

Speaking of the Times, I noticed an interesting Kansas City connection that turned up on the front page of the Sunday paper.

One of three bylines on the lead story, about the San Francisco airport crash that killed two people, was that of one Laura J. Nelson. Laura is one of two daughters of Michael “O.J.” Nelson, a former assistant managing editor at The Star, and Christie Cater, another former Star employee. (O.J. and I were roommates in the 1970s, before he married Christie and I married Patty.)

Laura, a 2012 graduate of Southern Cal, is the Times’ transportation writer. She’s off to a flying start in journalism, as is her sister, Libby A. Nelson, who covers federal policy for an online publication called Inside Higher Ed. Libby graduated from Northwestern University in 2009. Both are Shawnee Mission East graduates.

It’s a credit to these young ladies’ dedication to journalism — as well as that of their parents — that they are already finding success in a field that has not offered young people a very promising career for about the last decade.

Congratulations to Laura and Libby and to O.J. and Christie.

…And now, if you will look over at the SMART Board, you’ll see some scenes from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, an annual event that runs from late June through August. The highlight of the festival is the Pageant of the Masters, where real people, all volunteers, pose to fill the roles of their counterparts in original works of art.


Looking back up Laguna Canyon Road, near Laguna Beach.


The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is at three separate venues, including this one, which has sawdust for ground cover.


A sampling at one of scores of booths.


A big seller?


A chance conversation led to the discovery that at least one former Kansas Citian was on the grounds. That’s Wes Fielder and his girlfriend, Kim Whiting, of Del Mar, CA. Wes’s father founded the Smaks hamburger chain.




A world-famous photographer and his able assistant


For festival goers’ listening pleasure, it’s a hard-driving instrumental band called The Eliminators.




Arrested…the photographer’s eye, that is.


Quick getaway

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