Visible during this year’s Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim was host Riki Rachtman, who was there to promote his upcoming project.
“It’s a little bit overwhelming, there are so many people here, so many things going on, but it’s good because I ran into you,” said Rachtman.
I visited “The Triple R” booth at NAMM to ask Rachtman for an interview. He agreed and asked me to come back the next day. Upon my return the following day, I was surprised to learn that he wanted to interview me on things I might recall from the show’s past and some of my experiences with featured special guests.
Not many people know that I have a history with Rachtman and The Triple R show. I was a frequent caller back in 1996 and would follow the show around to many locations for live remotes. Rachtman and I eventually became friends which led to many opportunities to visit the studio and be on air. In 1997, I was invited to do an introduction to one of his live shows at Planet Hollywood. Lat...
Nearly 52 years after his death, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Raul A. Guerra returns home. Guerra was a Vietnam War journalist from Montebello, CA and attended Montebello High School where he was editor-in-chief at the Derrick Diary.
Evil is real. The excitement happens when it invades our safe areas.
Dean Cundey understands this well. Back in 1978, the legendary cinematographer expertly used shadows to illustrate the encroachment of evil into the otherwise idyllic small town of Haddonfield, Ill. in the original “Halloween.” The film — which revolutionized horror cinema when it introduced the sadistic Michael Myers and scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as student Laurie Strode — celebrates its 40th anniversary on Oct. 25.
Since Haddonfield, Ill. is a fictional place, “Halloween” gets its calm-turned-nightmarish suburban atmosphere from Alhambra, Calif. Key scenes for the film were shot on location at Garfield Elementary School.
Living on Atlantic Boulevard at the time of filming, Cundey, an up-and-coming cinematographer, was familiar with the location selected, which doubled as Laurie Strode’s classroom. “That was actually two blocks from my house, I walked to work those days,” he said. “It was also ironic because it’s th...