March 24, 2005
Longtime local resident Franz Phillip Hosp "Phil" passed away March 20. He was 90 years old. Phil was born March 8, 1915 in Los Angeles. Phil's father, Franz Phillip Hosp II, was a professional baseball pitcher in the early 1900s and played with Salt Lake City, Vernon and Los Angeles of the Coast League and Cincinnati of the National League. Phil grew up at the local ballparks and at an early age was introduced to Hollywood where he became a child actor appearing in movies with Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle.
May 19, 2004
A few weeks ago, the Valley Sun ran a story about students from La Cañada High School who were caught and punished for smoking pot. The students were suspended from school. What made the story step over the bounds of mere information was how some of the parents dealt with their respective children. One parent assumed responsibility on behalf of their child and supported the school's verdict of suspension. Another parent filled a letter of complaint to the school regarding the suspension of their child.
September 16, 2004
Thoughts from Dr. Joe by Dr. Joe Puglia A friend of mine, Molly Quiring, suggested that I write some thoughts about Linda Taix's boot camp. Molly explained her joy with this experience and urged me to take a look. "We meet at 5:30 a.m.," she said. With the mere mention of boot camp, my palms began to sweat and I started to shake?and that old albatross returned once again to hang on my neck. "Can I do this," I asked? Those words, 'boot camp,' brought me back to my initial experiences in the Marines.
November 30, 2006
Last week I went to this fancy pants symposium concerning the ills that plague America's youth. ('Youtes!' Did you see the movie "My Cousin Vinny" with Joe Pesci?) The speaker went on about the difficulties of youth: education, competition, and racial, economic and social issues were just the tip of the iceberg. The focus quickly disintegrated into a forum of complaining and whining. Let me tell you, at that point, I had it with whiners … and if I heard the phrase 'self-esteem' again I was gonna throw the speaker out the window.
February 3, 2005
Thoughts From Dr. Joe by Dr. Joe Puglia I'm hanging with my boys, in some honky tonk bar on Foothill Boulevard; throwing down some shots of Jose Cuvero. Suddenly, from the corner of my eye, I noticed these big 'ol boys walk in; they must have been 9 feet tall. I could tell by their dress that they were cowboys - and not the drugstore type, if you know what I mean. They left their iron horses, all named 'Harley,' outside and, as they sashayed up to the bar I kept them in view.
May 9, 2012
A horse lover who has helped form the city's network of trails, the staff sergeant for a food pantry, and a student who helped build a library for others are among the volunteers to be honored Monday by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council. The council's annual Les Tupper Awards will be presented Monday night at Jet Propulsion Laboratory's von Karman Auditorium. The award is named for the former La Cañada Unified School District member and longtime La Cañada cheerleader Les Tupper, who was considered “Mr.