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Tales of the Blue Meanie by Allan Cole

Another Chapter from Tales of the Blue Meanie by Allan Cole

Dr. Rana Ayzeren's
Barefoot in Venice

Laura Shepard Townsend and Destiny's Consent

Lions and Gondolas

Venice in Books A-C

Venice in Books D-K

Venice in Books L-P

Venice in Books Q-Z

Quotations about Venice

Free Venice Beachhead headlines August 1977-October 1985

25 Years Ago
in the Free Venice Beachhead

Free Venice Beachhead Archives 1980-81

Beachhead Archives 1982

Beachhead Archives 1983

Beachhead Archives 1984

1914-1916 Part 1

1914-1916 Part 4

1914-1916 Part 5

John Hamilton

Lighthearted Beachhead pieces

People of Venice (from Beachhead)

Windward Avenue Articles from Beachhead

Art in the Beachhead

Venice institutions from the Beachhead

From magazines in the
old days

From other print

The Spectre

Venice Historical Society

1969 Police Riots

Jack the Liar



Excerpt from:

He Usually Lived with a Female:
the Life of a California Newspaperman

by George Garrigues

the story of C.H. (Brick) Garrigues
editor of the Venice Vanguard in 1920, at the age of 22
Publication scheduled for March 2006

And on Sundays he would take the Pacific Electric train and ride out to the beach at Venice and go swimming in the cold water and look at the girls in their shapeless, skirted bathing suits and wonder how they could bring themselves to walk around so nearly naked in front of all the men and boys. He wondered what would happen if he were to speak to one and invite her to have a soda with him or join him through the Race Through the Clouds or share a seat in the boats that ran through the Tunnel of Love. But he would never speak. Every day men called "mashers" were arrested for speaking to women on the street or at the beach.

Charles Harris (Brick) Garrigues
quoted in He Usually Lived with a Female: the Life of a California Newspaperman by George Garrigues - this link goes to the book's own website, where you can find the answer to the question, "How did a war between Greece and Turkey lead to Abbot Kinney's fortune?"

George Garrigues imagines a conversation with his father's spirit:

What about that new title, Pop? Give me your honest opinion.

Will it sell easier that way, son?”

Vivian says it will.

I’ve always said that Vivi has the most brains of any Garrigues I know. And remember, son, the most important thing for a book is . . . to get read!

Find out the whole story behind the story here at

A Word in Front

Vivian Garrigues was the editor for the book. She and George Garrigues lived in Venice in the early 1950s (in what later became known as the Jim Morrison building at Westminster and Speedway).


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