Peninsula People

 Easy Reader Staff

Herbert Albright Americanism Essay Contest

The essay contest, open to all public and private school students on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is named in honor of the late Herbert Albright in recognition of his many contributions to local and civic organizations. This year’s essay contest theme was based on the example of this year’s Heritage of Freedom honoree, the iconic […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Safari in Saxony

Words and photos by John Clayton

It could have been the opening for a James Bond movie, or even one of those wonderful black and white mystery movies of the ‘30s or ‘40s.

 Easy Reader Staff

Letter to the Editor-Sisters on a Mission

Melody and Christy Schmidt show off some of their collected prom dresses. My sister and I have been collecting clothes, shoes, luggage for abused and neglected children since we were 11 and 12 years old. We are now at Peninsula High School.  I am 15 and will be a senior in the fall. My sister Christy […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Artist Frank Minuto’s own little planet

As you enter the Southwest terminal at LAX this summer you’ll be greeted by a throng of giant whirring, buzzing robots. Don’t worry; they’re friendly. Their lights flash, “Happy Landings!” “Love the shoes!” and other cordial messages. Anyway, they’re only made of paint — 23 paintings and drawings  — the largest measuring eight by six […]

 Robb Fulcher

Andy Knox’s Olympic achievement

When Andy Knox stood before 1,200 Olympic athletes, civic leaders, officials and volunteers at a ceremonial dinner last year marking the 25th anniversary of the 1984 Games, he brought full circle his deep involvement in one of the most successful events in both Olympic and Los Angeles’ history. Knox, whose life is closely entwined with […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Surfside Grill: Best Food at the Beach

Not many people find their calling within the walls of a small brick concession stand. But then again, not many people have the same enthusiasm for their community and home that Anne Giltner has. The minute her husband rushed in to their house and told her the Department of Beaches and Harbors had presented the […]

 Kevin Cody

Dave Gregerson: Doing what comes naturally

Photos by Dave Gregerson After a 15-hour day in Hawaii shooting the Pipeline Masters for the Associated Press, a few years back, Dave Gregerson found his gas tank had been siphoned. It had already been a challenging day. Just getting the mandatory podium shot of the winner had meant jostling for position with 50 other […]

 Kevin Cody

More Marineland Memories

By Susan Wade, Rancho Palos Verdes When I first moved to California in the late ‘60s, I had never heard of Marineland, but a friend invited me to visit the attraction and it was a wonderful experience. I especially remember the aquarium building.  The variety of fish was amazing and I saw many colorful species. […]

 Kevin Cody

Swiss Lake Steamers-one of the Best Cruises in the world!

Words and photos by John Clayton There was not even a small ripple on the pristine lake, as its glossy, almost shiny surface, looking like a thousand uncut diamonds sparkling in the morning sun, greeted a new day. The object referred to as the Sun, now a huge golden orb, began its climb skywards in […]

 Richard Foss

Culinary author Linda Steidel

by Richard Foss


Culinary author Linda Steidel is bucking a very well established trend: here in the land of the endless summer, she would like to remind us that there are three other quarters of the year with merits of their own.

 Kevin Cody

Chadwick High School Student Filmmaker

by Mia Germain Seeing one’s name in lights might be the dream of many, but for Chadwick High School student James Calhoun, it has already become a reality. After picking up his first video camera in sixth grade, he is well on his way to becoming the professional director that he is more than cut […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Peninsula therapist Randi Gunther

Of her career as a psychologist and its obvious success, Dr. Gunther explained that “I love the puzzle of people’s lives. I’m basically an anthropologist.”

 Easy Reader Staff

Wolfenden’s generosity

After 25 years of romance, all the while raising a blended family of children, the Wolfendens continue to share a passion for giving their time and resources to their community.

 Robb Fulcher

Final frontier filmmaker Michael Potter

Michael Potter’s first film unveils ‘the greatest space story never told’

 Kevin Cody

Living A Dream – Flying aboard the classic B-17 Flying Fortress!

Story and photos by John Clayton In early April, a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber called Aluminum Overcast flew in for a three-day event in which the public could tour the aircraft and, for several hundred dollars, get to take a flight aboard this now classic aircraft. The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association, based in Oshkosh, Wisc.) took me […]