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PACOIMA CALIFORNIA – Two people died Sunday after crashing their motorcycle into a big rig on the 5 Freeway.
The crash happened on the northbound 5 Freeway at Branford Street before 11 a.m. Sunday at just as bikers were crowding the freeway for the 28th annual Love Ride charity fundraiser.
According to California Highway Patrol officials, the driver of the motorcycle was between lanes when he collided with a big rig, throwing the rider and passenger underneath the truck where they were both run over, instantly killing himself and his female passenger.
“During 28 years of the Love Ride, we have not had a single fatality,” Shokough said. “This is sad beyond words. My heartfelt condolences and sympathies go to the family and the friends of these two riders”
Two others were treated on scene for minor injuries and another was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Led by “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, today’s event was expected to draw over 18,000 bikers and raise as much as $1.7 million for charities, including this year’s designated charity, Autism Speaks.
Love Ride was established in 1984 by Harley-Davidson of Glendale.
The only reason Liz and I were not doing this year’s Love Ride is because I am having a surgery on Friday, and I needed the weekend off.
News of this accident makes me sick as it would any biker who rides motorcycles.
Here in California most of us bikers and motorcyclist split lanes because it is not illegal, and traffic is horrible.
It appears that the guy who was killed in this wreck may have been splitting lanes.
I myself have split lanes countless times and I can tell you what, when I get next to a big rig I always get nervous, especially when there is nowhere to go.
I am not going to use this news to write an article on how to lane split.
My prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of the rider and passenger who were killed in this accident.
Yesterday’s news that Steve Jobs passed away brought back memories to me that I have not thought about for many years.
You see, almost 30 years ago, I met Steve Jobs at Apple Computer in Cupertino, California.
In what seems like another life ago, in my first career as an Engineer, I was at the age of 21, a Senior Field Engineer working for a company called Micom Systems, whose corporate headquarters was in Chatsworth, California.
As part of my promotion to a Senior Field Engineer in 1983/84, I was relocated up to Menlo Park, California to start up, and head up the customer service operations for Micom Systems in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Although I was primarily relocated to exclusively handle NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, I was also responsible for all service operations in the Bay Area, including Silicon Valley.
My job included installation engineering, training, and maintaining complex data communications networks for what was a who’s who of corporations, governmental entities, and the military.
My company came out with a new device called the 470, T1 multiplexor.
This device was basically a time division multiplexor that integrated up to 128 asynchronous channels running up to 19.2kbps, into a proprietary 819.6kbbps composite link, and then DE multiplexed them out on the other end of the composite link. (See the picture below)
Although this multiplexor was not really a true T1 multiplexor, (true T1’s run at 1.544mbps) it was a major innovation in its day.
Many Micom customers purchased the 470, and it was my job to figure out how to get it operating.
One day in 1984, I was notified that Apple Computer had purchased the 470, to connect its Dec Vax computers in its Cupertino data center, to asynchronous dumb terminals in another Apple building in Cupertino.
When I got there in the day to do a walk through, I noticed the reserved parking spaces of Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak, the co-founders of Apple Computer.
I went in and met my contact whose name I cannot recall after all of this time.
After looking at the job, I informed my contact that since we would have to disconnect existing multiplexed connections to connect them to the new 470, that the best time to do the job would be at 2am in the morning, when everyone had gone home. He agreed.
After our meeting, my contact asked me if I wanted some Pizza; I said sure. He walked me into a conference room where a bunch of cool looking people were eating pizza. He introduced me to everyone. Mind you, I was 21 years old, and basically a geek like everyone in the room.
A guy with long hair, who did not seem much older than me came up and introduced himself to me. He said, “Nice to meet you Norm, my name is Steve.”
Mind you there was a bunch of people in the room gobbling up pizza. I was the only guy in the room with a tie on. I met a bunch of people in the room and did not think much of Steve when he introduced himself to me.
Like everyone else I gobbled up Pizza. I did notice that Steve kind of controlled the room, meaning everyone was paying attention to him. I myself was looking at this really cute looking blond gal who turned out to be a receptionist.
When we left the room, my contact said to me “Do you know who you just met?” I said “who?” He said “Steve Jobs one of the founders of Apple Computer.”
I was blown away. I could not believe I met Steve Jobs, I could not believe that I did not recognize him, but I was glad that I did not know who he was. It meant that I interacted with him as a normal guy instead of a celebrity type of thing.
The installation at Apple turned out to be a nightmare from hell.
To make a long story short, we spent no less than a week straight, every night at 2am working until 6 or 7 in the morning to get the new network working.
Each night, I made it a point to park in Steve Job’s parking space. Hell, he was not there anyway at that time of night. I thought it was a gas.
One night I brought my girlfriend in (she later turned out to be the mother of my daughters) to watch us work.
My contact took my girlfriend and me over to a bench and told her that she could play with the new computer on the bench. It turned out to be one of the first new color Macintosh computers that was ever produced. Hell I wanted to play too, but I could not.
No matter what I did, I could not get the multiplexors to sync up. The composite link required 2 twisted pairs with no loading. I took an oscillator and set it to transmit a 1Kilocycle frequency at 0DB, and then went to the other side and measured the DB loss. I was getting something like a 30 DB loss through the wire. I knew something was wrong.
My contact called up Pacific Bell and was finally told that there was a parallel circuit running off our circuit to another building at Apple. We were told where it was. I took a 900 ohm resister and punched it across tip and ring to terminate the circuit. I did this on both pairs.
Wholla, the multiplexors synced up, we were able to get the new network working, and I got an award from Apple Computer for my efforts.
Apple was supposed to provide me with two unloaded twisted pairs. It turned out that Pacific Bell Telehone gave them what we call two bridge tap circuits!
It was only because of my training in the Air Force in applied science and telephony that I was able to know what to do in this situation. This is why Micom gave NASA and the bay area to me at such a young age.
Frankly I was too young to appreciate where I was at the time, or what I was doing.
The reason why I have gotten a bit technical in the article is because I know Steve Jobs would have liked it like that, and because I know geeks like me who were pioneers of OSI networking back in the 80’s and 90’s will appreciate the detail. I still remember the RS232 interface as though it were the back of my hand.
Rest in peace Steve Jobs. You are one of those human beings that have changed the way many other human beings do things!
As most of you probably know, and some of you may not know, there is a TV show on the FX cable channel called Sons of Anarchy. You can check out their official website by clicking here.
The TV show is set in a fictional California town called Charming, California, and it revolves around a fictional motorcycle club called the “Sons of Anarchy.”
I have held out about writing about this show until now. The TV show has become real popular, and I think it is creating a negative stereotype for bikers and motorcyclist.
Hell I know many of the guys who work as extras on the show.
The ironic thing about the TV show the Sons of Anarchy is that it is all fiction. The show portrays motorcycle club members as murderers, gun runners, drug dealers, organized criminals, etc.
Basically the TV show portrays motorcycle club members as everything you have ever seen in bad B movies, or read about in fiction novels.
I myself have been involved with motorcycle clubs for many years, and have friends and clients in what some would consider the top motorcycle clubs in the world. I can assure you, none of them do the crap that is portrayed in the TV show.
Basically the TV show does nothing for Bikers and Motorcyclist but portray us in a bad light to the public.
Now I know that many of you are saying “geez, everyone knows this is just a fictional drama, and is not really true.” Well from my experience so far, there are actually people out there who believe that the crap they see on TV happens in real life.
What is worse, law enforcement, and main stream media perpetrate the myth that all motorcycle club members are members of outlaw street gangs that are armed and dangerous.
Although it may be true that a very small minority of motorcycle club members may commit crimes from time to time, just like members of every other segment of society, that does not mean that all members of motorcycle clubs are gang members and criminals.
You cannot lump the acts of a few bad apples onto everyone. If this were true, then Walmart or the Los Angeles Police Department could be called a criminal street gang.
TV shows like the Sons of Anarchy just help to perpetrate the myth that members of motorcycle clubs are all criminal gorillas, which in my personal experience in riding with, hanging out with, and being friends of guys in motorcycle clubs, is bullshit.
I will be frank; I actually do watch and enjoy the show. I enjoy it for what it is, fictional drama.
However, the world does need to know and realize, The Sons of Anarchy is fictional drama and not real.
I would like to hear your comments about this show. You may leave them by clicking on comments below.
Sandy DeSoto, 48, of Marina Del Rey, was fatally injured May 7 and taken off life support Thursday.
Santa Monica police are investigating the accident in which a 74-year-old New Jersey man was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and released pending any charges.
The former Ford model, who worked out of Gold’s Gym in Venice, divided her time between her boat, a house in Palm Springs and a cabin in Big Bear.
A lifelong athlete and avid motorcycle rider, she reportedly was headed toward home after watching a Friday night boxing match when a tourist made an illegal U-turn in front of her, and her southbound BMW GS 1100R struck the side of his car in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue.
The Minnesota-born beauty, who spoke fluent Spanish and German, spent her early years in Los Angeles, then moved to Guatemala with her parents, where she attended high school and college. She was an Olympic hopeful in track and field but sidelined due to a knee injury, according to a bio on her website.
She is survived by her mother and a brother, both of whom in live in Southern California.
Police stated they may turn their case over to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges next week.
Funeral plans were pending today for a well-known personal trainer fatally injured in a motorcycle accident on Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue.
What I cannot understand is why the idiot that killed Sandy was released pending any charges. If he was booked for suspicion of drunk driving, why was he not charged with drunk driving murder or at the minimum manslaughter for making an illegal U turn.
I ride my motorcycle almost every day. The way I look at this situation is that it could have been any one of us motorcycle riders who could have been the victim of this fool who made the illegal left turn.
I was riding with some bro’s yesterday, and some idiot who was illegally holding a cell phone to his head almost switched into my lane. Luckily I have a loud mini-beast air horn. When I opened up my Mini Beast the guy jumped. That is why I got the damm thing.
I send my prayers and condolences to the family of Sandy DeSoto; she did not deserve to go out this way.
The chump who killed her needs to have the book thrown at him.
Actually, the title of this article should be that the Biker Law Blog is in the process of being converted. You see I am in the process of switching the Biker Law Blog to a different software platform.
The Biker Law Blog has literally become a beast of a website. The website, articles, media, and database on the website amount to almost 1 gigabyte (1,000 billion bytes) of data.
On top of that, I am getting about 1 million hits per month on the Biker Law Blog. The total data transferred each month is about 10 gigabytes of data, or 10 – 1000 billion bits of data per month. Further, we keep growing.
The Biker Law Blog has turned into a recognized motorcycle industry publication, and not just a law blog. For those of you who read the blog you know what I am talking about.
The software that the Biker Law Blog has been rock solid ever since I started the blog about 4 years ago. However, it has many limitations with respect to customization, and the ease of creating articles.
Many would say, it the software the blog is running on is not broken, why mess with it?
The answer to this question has caused me much grief. You see the guy who I paid to do the original customization of the Biker Law Blog is basically not around anymore. I have tried on numerous occasions to contact him, with no response.
Super Guru Ed B., the second customizer of the blog has gone on to greener pastures, and has told me that he has disassociated himself from the software that runs the blog due to an ethical conflict with the software’s creator.
Basically this has left me with a couple of choices. Do I stay with software that has worked for me, but that requires professional’s to upgrade and customize, or do I take a chance and go with a different platform that may not be so reliable (only time will tell), but that would make my job much simpler?
I have opted for the simple approach.
I am hoping that with automated daily backups using the new software, if something happens, I can simply restore the site.
The new software should be easier to customize, easier to do postings with, and will hopefully streamline the Biker Law Blog into a more manageable site.
As we speak, I have a test site up on a hidden domain.
I am trying to find a way to automatically get the posts, comments, and registered users from the existing Biker Law Blog software, into the new software on the test site. Since there is no current script to get this done, it may not be possible. Unfortunately, the current software that I use has no way to export the data, so it can be imported into another type of software. The designer’s rationale is that if they spend so much time creating the software, they do not want to help people leave it.
This is one of the big reasons I am leaving the software.
If I cannot automatically transfer the data to the new platform, I will literally have to manually transfer each post, comment and registered user to the new platform, one by one. This will take weeks since there are hundreds of posts, and thousands of comments.
Once the data is transferred to the new platform, we will then do the customization of the Blog to make it look sharp, be easier to use, and to make it simpler for users to register.
Registered users will no longer have to deal with the rampant spam that we have been hit with recently. I am sick of having to ban spammers on a daily basis manually.
Because of the changes that I am making to the new Biker Law Blog, and the time that it will take to transfer to the new platform, my postings will decrease temporarily until I get the new Blog done. Hell with a busy law practice, it is hard enough to write a blog as it is. Once the changeover is done, I can concentrate on blogging, and not software issues.
If you are a registered user of the Biker Law Blog, you will be receiving email updates to let you know what is going on.
Last Sunday, May 23, 2010, I decided to take a bit of a ride here in Southern California.
The ride was not only for pleasure, but I wanted to check out my new Rush Slip on mufflers, my new Sony HD Stereo, and my new GoPro helmet camera. (I will write reviews about all of them later on)
My plan was to meet some of my friends in Chatsworth, CA, ride to Simi Valley Harley Davidson in Simi Valley, CA, and then ride with them to Bartels Harley Davidson in Marina Del Rey, CA. I ended up doing a local 300 mile all day ride minus the time I spent at Simi Valley Harley Davidson.
My ride started out early Sunday morning on May 23, 2010. I got on my motorcycle at around 8:30am to take a bit of a ride before I met my friends. I captured the vast majority of my ride on my new GoPro helmet cam, a picture of which you can see to the left.
I have the helmet cam mounted on the side of my helmet rather than the top of my helmet, because I have a modular flip up helmet and the top mount would not work with the flip up aspect of my modular helmet. I will discuss this more when I review the camera.
Suffice is to say, it was a great day. My total riding hours in the saddle riding last Sunday was around 9 hours plus, and I have plenty of video footage of my ride. I am showing 30 minutes of the ride here. It was very hard for me to select which video footage to show here.
I met my friends in Chatsworth at around 9:45am after taking about an hour ride. We then rode together to a little event at Simi Valley Harley Davidson. There was a band, food, and vendors at Simi Valley Harley Davidson.
I took advantage of being at Simi Valley Harley Davidson. It turns out on the ride over there, I discovered that my left spot light was out, plus I needed some bushings and bolts for my removable Tour Pak. I was able to get all of the parts I needed at the dealership which made me very happy notwithstanding the fact that I paid $57.00 for a spot light replacement, two bolts, and two bushings.
I decided to replace the spotlight in the street while I was there. It was probably a good idea, because once I got the spot light off, I could not figure how to get it back on. There is a rubber strip, a backing that the spotlight goes into, as well as a metal ring. I walked the separated parts up to the service desk, and even though they were closed, there was a guy in there who obviously worked there, who packed the rubber back into the housing, and showed me how to put the pieces back together which I did. Repair completed right there in the street.
My friends and I walked around a bit and hung out at the Harley Davidson dealership until at least noon by my estimation. I purchased a $5.00 lemonade – 5 friggen dollars for a large lemonade. After complaining a bit about the price, the guy agreed to give me a free refill. I don’t know but if I was putting on one of these events, I would talk to my food and drink vendors to ensure that they were not gouging my customers and guests. This is a whole other story.
At some point, the guys decided to take off. When I got on my motorcycle to leave with the guys, I found an electrical problem from my earlier spotlight fix, and my motorcycle would not start. I waived my friends off and told them I would meet them later.
I opened the spotlight back up and everything seemed OK. The light powered up when I put the ignition switch to the run position, but the bike would not start. Then I had a stupid me moment, I engaged the kill switch before I did the repair which I forgot about. Once I disengaged the kill switch, the motorcycle started. I then buttoned the motorcycle back up and was ready to roll. It was by now a half hour later or so. I knew my friends were probably already very close to Bartel’s in Marina Del Rey.
By this time I was hungry. I had not had breakfast that morning, I did not eat the food at the Simi Valley event because I did not want to have acid reflux all day, so I decided to take a detour off of the 118 to go to Jerry’s Deli on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills, CA to get some Matzo Ball soup and some Kosher Dills. I knew if I rode to Bartel’s in Marina Del Rey, they would probably have the same greasy spoon type of food that they had at Simi Valley Harley Davidson, and that I did not want to wait to eat.
I rode to Jerry’s Deli which is a San Fernando Valley hotspot eatery where many celebrities can be seen from time to time, and thoroughly enjoyed my meal, although it took quite a time to get my meal. There is nothing like Matzo Ball soup when you are on a run where the weather is kind of cool. It will open up your sinus every time. Matzo Ball soup is a Jewish remedy!
By the time I finished my meal at Jerry’s Deli, it was already around between 1:30 and 2:00pm, and I did not have my friend’s phone numbers with me, so I decided to skip Bartel’s Harley Davidson. I figured that by the time I rode there with traffic, I would not make it until around 3pm or later, and to be frank, I wanted to ride rather than sit around hanging out at another Harley Davidson dealership, so that is exactly what I did, I rode; I rode my ass off : )
I decided to ride to the Rock Store by way of Topanga Canyon to Mulholland Highway, the long twisty route. You can see some of the video from my GoPro here. It was a fanfuckentastic run. You see we absolutely have the best and most beautiful riding in the world right here in Southern California. It does not get much better than this anywhere in the world. Most Angelinos (Los Angeles Residents) have no clue about the beauty just outside of the concrete jungle here. We have great mountains, great coastline, and twisties that are just as radical as any in the world here.
As I approached the last stop sign before arriving at the Rock Store, I ran straight into a friggen road block. You see the Tour De California Bicycle race was also being put on this weekend, and the Rock Store was on their route. I was a bit pissed. I wanted to visit the Rock Store and then do my hidden route behind Mulholland to some of the best 1st gear twisties, ending up at the coast. I ended up turning off my motorcycle and watching the bicycle racers, the fans yelling like screaming Durban’s, and the helicopters overhead, not to mention the bicycle rider chase trucks, and chase motorcycles on the route. When a CHP officer told me the route was to be closed all day, I flicked a U’ie and rode back to Malibu Canyon Road. I rode to Pacific Coast Highway, and ended up doing a straight coast ride all the way up to Neptune’s Net. I stopped at my old surfing grounds before Zuma Beach and cruised the coast a bit. I have some great memories on this strip of beach.
It was a great day to ride on Sunday. The coast part of my journey was fanfuckentastic to say the least. Look I love riding with my friends and my brothers, but I also like riding solo as well. There is no pressure to stay in the pack when you are riding solo, and you can ride wherever the fuck you want with no one bitching. It is freedom.
I rode real easy up to Neptune’s Net. I had many cagers waiving at me, and honking at me. I presume this was because of my helmet camera. I assume these people probably thought that I was filming for some kind of Hollywood movie or something. I literally had people in Mercedes Benz’s, Ferrari’s and beater cars all giving me the thumbs up. It was unique and I got many of it on the helmet cam.
When I finally got to Neptune’s Net there were a bunch of bikes and bikers there just like every Sunday. For me it is the same old thing, kind of like a routine if you know what I mean. I had a bunch of guys come up and ask me about the camera on my helmet. One of the guys was this Euro type who claimed to have shot all of the pictures for Harley Davidson’s new motorcycle line that was coming out. He was very interested in the specs for my camera and the mount. I ended talking to these guys for a half hour, exchanging business cards and what not. This is the good thing about being a biker, it is easy to meet and greet with new people. Something that cagers will never really get to experience. It is a biker comradery.
At this point is was around 4pm plus or minus an hour : ) I had a choice, I could take Kanan Dune, or Malibu Canyon to the 101 Ventura Freeway, and ride home, or I could cruise Pacific Coast Highway up to Santa Monica, then take the 10 to the 405 and cruise up to the snow via the Antelope Valley back route. Hell this time of year it stays daylight until at least 8pm; what would you do? : ) Well what do you think I decided to do? If you guess take PCH to Santa Monica and then cruise up the snow by way of the Antelope Valley back route you would be correct.
Look, my wife is in law school, she was at home studying for some freaking test, it was a great not too warm sunny day by this time, and I had nothing better to do. I was one of those great days where I could have rode 24 hours straight, all around my favorite spots.
So there I did it, I rode PCH all the way to the 10. It was a great costal ride. I noticed that there are many more homes along the coast which is a real bummer. When I was growing up, it was straight coast all the way up, now there are homes blocking the view for a substantial part of the trip. No biggie, it was a great ride. I got on the 10 to the 405 north. There it was bumper to bumper traffic; a good excuse to get off before Getty Center Drive, get some gas, and then take Sepulveda up the canyon until the traffic opened up. Once I got on the 405 I took it to the 14 east and then got off at Sand Canyon Road for a bit of dinner at Coco’s Restaurant.
In Coco’s a young 20 year old kid named Shane who was sitting with his absolutely fine girlfriend 19 year old girlfriend Tammy, and his 25 year old friend Steve, introduced themselves to me and shook my hand, they sat directly in front of my in another booth.
I had a good meal and good conversation with these folks. Hell we talked about everything from relationships, to career, to riding motorcycles, you name it. It has been a long time since I had such a good conversation with young folks. I thought to myself that these kids ought to be more careful about opening up to strangers like me the way they did because there are many assholes out there that might do them harm just because they were so nice. I did not have enough time to tell them what I thought, but I thought it as I saw them leaving. These were some good kids. They showed me respect which is unique these days. I think their parents raised them right.
After a really good steak dinner, I got back on the road. I took the 14 to Pearblossum Highway, to my secret turn off on the 138 and headed up to the still snow covered mountains.
At the turnoff I decided to change the batteries in my Gopro cam, and to check the memory card. Turns out I needed to replace both. The batteries were dead, plus I had already used up an 8GB SD card which records 6 hours of video. Whoops. I put in new batteries, and a 2 GB SD card to record this aspect of my ride.
To give a short summary I owned the road, I was basically all alone form the desert to the mountains. I rode to my spot where the San Andreas Fault line is, and then up to the Juniper Hills and beyond up to the snow. By this time I was freezing my ass off, and the sun was going down, so I decided to ride home.
When I finally got home, my wife bitched about me being gone form the early morning to the evening and wondered what I did for so long. I let her see the video’s of the day. I know the real reason that she was upset; because she did not ride with me, and spent a beautiful Sunday by herself studying all day. Been there; done that.
Unfortunately I lost the 2 GB SD card of the final part of my journey in my home office somewhere. Once I find it I will post some video from it.
So there it is, one hell of a great Sunday Ride in Southern California, from the desert to the sea, to the mountains.
Maybe I may take one of my lucky readers on this same ride someday.
Dennis Hopper, the maverick director and costar of the landmark 1969 counterculture film classic “Easy Rider” whose drug- and alcohol-fueled reputation as a Hollywood bad boy preceded his return to sobriety and a career resurgence in the films ” Hoosiers” and “Blue Velvet,” died Saturday. He was 74.
A longtime resident of Venice, CA who also was known as a photographer, artist and collector of modern art, Hopper died at his home of complications from prostate cancer, said Alex Hitz, a friend of the family.
A frail-looking Hopper, whose battle with prostate cancer was revealed in October, was able to attend a ceremony for the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in late March.
In a more than five-decade acting career that was influenced early on by working with James Dean and studying at the Actors Studio, he made his film debut as one of the high school gang members who menace Dean in the 1955 classic “Rebel Without a Cause.”
Hopper went on to appear in more than 115 films, including “Giant,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “True Grit,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The American Friend,” “Rumble Fish,” “Speed,” “True Romance” and “Rivers Edge.”
But it’s his role as the long-haired, pot-smoking biker Billy opposite Peter Fonda’s Wyatt (Captain America) in the hit movie “Easy Rider” that gave Hopper his most enduring claim to fame.
The low-budget tale of two bikers on an ultimately tragic cross-country odyssey after scoring a big cocaine sale, “Easy Rider” became a generational touchstone.
The movie, which boasted a star-making performance from a little-known Jack Nicholson as a boozy small-town lawyer who goes along for the ride and gets his first taste of marijuana, set old-guard Hollywood back on its heels.
“The impact of ‘Easy Rider,’ both on the filmmakers and the industry as a whole, was no less than seismic,” Peter Biskind wrote in his 1998 book “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.”
“Hopper was catapulted into the pantheon of countercultural celebrities that included John Lennon, Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary,” Biskind wrote. “He was surrounded by groupies and acolytes. He may have started down the slippery slope to megalomania and grandiloquence on his own, but he had plenty of help.”
“Easy Rider” won an award at the Cannes Film Festival for the best movie by a new director, and it earned co-writers Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern an Oscar nomination.
“Hopper and Fonda were renegades, Hollywood-bashers, the Vietcong of Beverly Hills,” Biskind wrote. “To them, it was vindication, beating Hollywood at its own game, proof that you could get high, express yourself and make money all at the same time.”
TLC is reviving “American Chopper” with the estranged Teutuls going head-to-head in competing bike shops.
The new show, “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior,” begins filming next week and will premiere in August.
It focuses both on the original Orange County Choppers business run by Paul Sr., and Paul Jr.’s startup bike shop.
The new shop, Paul Jr. Designs, is located across from the original OCC shop in Rock Tavern, NY, near OCC’s Newburgh site.
The hook? Father and son haven’t spoken in over a year, ever since Senior fired Junior from the family business.
BIKE BATTLE: Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Jr. haven’t spoken in a year, but will both appear on a new version of “Chopper.”
The split effectively ended their long-running reality show. TLC axed “American Chopper” last February and, in an ugly legal battle, Senior is demanding the return of Junior’s 20 percent stake in OCC. After a brief reconciliation, Junior rode out his one-year non-compete clause and moved into his new shop last week. Father and son remain at odds, with no resolution in sight.
“I’m always hopeful for a reconciliation, but sometimes these things happen for a reason,” Junior told The Post yesterday.
“Even though you never want dissension in any family, especially with your father, this has allowed me to break out and do things on my own.”
Senior also says he’s moved on to a point.
“Junior seems to say all the time he’d like to reconcile, but the thing of it is, he’s never come to me with that,” Senior told The Post. “I’m happy he’s making an attempt to go out on his own, but I don’t feel he’s ever really followed through with anything in his life.”
“But this way, if he fails, he can’t say, ‘My dad made me fail.’ ”
The resurrection of “Chopper” will be good news for fans of the show, including “Late Show” host David Letterman.
“Letterman e-mailed me when he heard the show was going off the air and said, ‘What am I gonna do now, Paul?,’ ”
Senior says. “He was devastated.”
It remains to be seen how “Senior vs. Junior” will play out, but series executive producer Christo Doyle says there’s no formula on how much air time the two competing shops will get per episode.
“This is a very bitter situation that runs really deep at times I feel I’m a family therapist and not a producer.”
Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in rock & roll, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.
Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven and Hell.
“Today my heart is broken, Wendy Dio wrote on the singer’s site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. “Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.
“Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all,” Wendy Dio continued. “We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us … Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”
The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O’Connor.
Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.
Dio then replaced legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 with the critically acclaimed album “Heaven And Hell,” considered by many critics to be one of the finest heavy-metal albums of all time. His on-again, off-again tenure with Black Sabbath touched off an intense debate among fans as to which singer was the true essence of the band — a discussion that lasted until his death.
He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, in between his three stints with Black Sabbath (1980-82; 1992; and 2007-2009, when the band toured as Heaven And Hell, to differentiate it from Osbourne-led versions of Sabbath). Dio was also inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood in 2007.
Many of his most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including his signature tune “Heaven And Hell. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in songs like “Neon Knights, “Killing The Dragon and “Stargazer.
“He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it, said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band toured with Dio since 1983, and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. “He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet.
Dio organized an all-star charity collaboration in 1986 called “Hear N Aid” to raise money for famine relief in Africa, styled on the successful “We Are The World” campaign of a few years earlier.
His solo hits included “Rainbow In The Dark,” “The Last In Line” and “Holy Diver.”
Wendy Dio said that friends and family were able to say their goodbyes to her husband, and asked for privacy. She concluded: “Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”
I remember when Ronnie James Dio became the front man for Black Sabbath. My friends and I went to see Black Sabbath at the Los Angeles Colissium in 1979-1980. It was one heck of a concert. When Ronnie James Dio belted out the classic Black Sabbath song Heaven and Hell, it was awesome.
When Dio fronted for Rainbow and Richie Blackmore, they were the best.
He was truly one of my favorite rock & roll vocalist of all time; he will be missed.
The dump truck driver responsible for the deaths of four motorcyclists in a horrendous rear ender crash in Arizona has been arrested after toxicology results found methamphetamine was in his system on the day of the crash.
46-year-old Michael Jakscht is being charged with 4 counts of manslaughter, 5 counts of aggravated assault, and 7 counts of endangerment. He is being booked into the Maricopa County Jail.
Phoenix Police say that Jakscht was driving the truck that plowed through a group of eight motorcycles stopped at a red light at Carefree Hwy and 27th Ave back on March 25.
Three men caught under the truck and dragged were killed almost instantly. They were 67-year-old Clyde R. Nachand, 35-year-old Daniel L. Butler, and 52-year-old Stephen Punch. A female driver, 47-year-old Dayle Veronica Downs-Totonchi, died the next day from her injuries.
Phoenix Fire Captain Ernie Lizarraga was also one of the several victims seriously injured.
Officers arrested Jakscht Tuesday in the area of Highland and State Route 51.
Jakscht was being watched at his residence in Scottsdale. The surveillance team saw him leave and he was stopped by officers who observed impaired driving behavior.
Jakscht has been under surveillance ever since the fatal crash, as police waited for toxicology test results. The test results were completed in record time and illegal drugs — methamphetamine — were found present in Jakscht’s system, according to police.
Crime lab tests usually take between 4 to 6 weeks, but police made this test a priority and it was completed in two.
There are possible charges pending for impaired driving.
The accident is still under investigation.
I cannot believe that Arizona waited so long to arrest this guy.
Today, Jessie James has been cited for vandalism by the Violent Crimes unit of the Long Beach Police Department after approaching and threatening a celebrity photographer parked across the street from the location of a West Coast Choppers Place press conference. The actual incident took place on March 25, 2010.
It is alleged that James blocked the photographer’s car with a motorcycle and yelled at him through the driver’s side window as a friend struck the car’s windows with a knife and slashed three tires. It was all caught on video.
The photographer was also cited for stalking James, but it’s the celebrity that took the biggest hit.
The photographer never would have been there, of course, if news had not broke a few weeks ago that James had been unfaithful to his movie star with Sandra Bullock – his wife of five years this July – with a variety of women.
I hope Jessie James gets some treatment for anger management while he is in rehab. He is lucky because this incident could have been much worse if the photographer was actually struck with glass, or had a heart attack or something like that.
A quick outburst of anger has ruined many of men’s lives.
Jesse James must be thinking that it was nice while it lasted. However, I have a feeling that he is going to be OK.
**** 4/28/10 UPDATE – Sandra Bullock has filed for divorce. What would you do if you found out your spouse was sleeping with multiple partners?
LOS ANGELES – California
At least three women have come forward claiming to have had an affair with Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James, and a fourth is said to be considering her options.
Attorney Gloria Allred says she’s representing the fourth mistress — “a beautiful model and business woman” who says she “had an intimate 3 year relationship” with James.
That relationship reportedly ended just weeks ago.
“He pursued her and he had strong feelings for her,” Allred said in a statement.
According to Allred, “She is in the process of trying to decide if she will come forward.”
Allred added that the woman has “hundreds” of texts, e-mails and photos to back up her story.
Tattoo model Michelle “Bombshell” McGee was the first woman to come forward alleging an affair with James.
Us Weekly reports that James, 40, would regularly post Internet ads looking for “hot, tattooed biker chicks with big boobs,” and then invite the girls back to his West Coast Choppers bike shop in Long Beach.
James’ infidelity has been an openly-known secret among employees at the bike shop, the magazine says, adding that James “gets bored” when Bullock is away.
A second woman, stripper Melissa Smith, has claimed she had a two-year affair with the celebrity biker starting in 2006.
Like McGee, Smith is heavily tattooed.
Smith has said that after she traveled to California to meet James, they began a sexual relationship that continued for two years.
A former high-level, female executive with the bike shop also settled a sexual harassment claim against James and West Coast Choppers for $725,000 in 2007, while he was married to Bullock, TMZ is reporting.
Gloria Allred, whose firm represented Deann McClung, is refusing to comment on the allegations.
McClung, who kept several suggestive emails, said that between 2006 and 2007, James repeatedly made sexual advances, which allegedly included sexual acts, the site reported.
TMZ reported that McClung also claims she kept a T-shirt with evidence of a sexual encounter with James.
McClung eventually quit and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In the settlement documents, James reportedly neither admitted nor denied the allegations.
James apologized for using “poor judgment” and asked his family to forgive him following revelations by McGee that the two had a year-long affair while Bullock was away filming “The Blind Side.”
Jesse James has issued a public apology to his wife, academey award winning actress Sandra Bullock, and his three kids.
He is taking full responsibility for their troubles.
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James have been married for five years. They met on the set of Jesse James TV show Monster Garage.
Michelle “Bombshell” McGee alleges that she had an affair with Jesse James for almost a year.
“There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me,” James said in a public statement. “It’s because of my poor judgment that I deserve every bad thing that is coming my way.”
Bullock was selected as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1999, and was also ranked #58 in Empire magazine’s Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. She just won a Best Actress Academy Award a few weeks ago.
Bullock has cancelled an appearance at a European premier of her latest movie citing personal problems, and has reportedly moved out of the family home.
Although James insists that the vast majority of the allegations against him are not true, the marital situation does not look good.
Michelle McGee has also provided more evidence of her relationship with James by posting text messages that were sent to her by Jesse James.
The text messages only made the situation worse. In fact, McGee went so far to discuss details about his body parts in a recent magazine. However, she is the other one to blame in this sad situation. It appears that she may have ulterior reasons for publicizing the affair.
Jesse James had it all. Just four nights ago, Sandra Bullock was praising him in the public spotlight. She has been by his side on during numerous trials and tribulations.
Bullock moved out of the Los Angeles home she shared with James and his kids after it was revealed that her husband had the affair with the tattooed model. The tattoo model works for an adult website. She said their affair blossomed on the first night they met.
Jesse James and Monster Motorcycle Reality TV Shows
Jesse James is the CEO of West Coast Choppers. The company builds custom-made motorcycles. James is the current host of “Jesse James is a Dead Man” on Spike TV and former host of “Monster Garage” on the Discovery Channel.
James is the owner of the Cisco Burger restaurant. It opened on April 28, 2006 and is located just down the street from West Coast Choppers. The 1950s style hamburger stand is named after his beloved pit bull who recently passed away. The restaurant features Angus beef burgers, low-fat burritos, organic vegetables, and biodegradable wrappings.
In 2000, the Discovery Channel made the documentary “Motorcycle Mania,” which chronicled the life of Jesse James. The show motorcycle mania was the beginning of the great motorcycle reality show bonanza of the early 2000’s.
The Discovery Channel approached James with another offer to host a new show called “Monster Garage.” The features him and a crew of mechanics building modified vehicles under short deadlines.
James later established Payupsucker Productions, under which he produced shows like “History of the Chopper,” and “Iraq Confidential with Jesse James” to name a few.”
He also appeared on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. Each celebrity played to raise money for a favorite charity. James selected to pay the “Long Beach Education Foundation.”
Jesse James has built up a large following of motorcycle enthusiasts, bikers, and average people.
Green Bay Packers tight end Spencer Havner was arrested early Saturday morning after he was injured in a motorcycle accident in an unincorporated area of Nevada County in California.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the former Nevada Union High School star was riding on a cul-de-sac off Indian Flat Road at about 2:45 a.m., when he lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki and crashed.
Havner was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was found to be under the influence and arrested, according to CHP reports.
“There was a smell of alcohol, he was babbling somewhat and the on-site investigating officer determined that he was under the influence of alcohol,” said Grass Valley California Highway Patrol spokesman Eric Wagner. “The subject couldn’t remember what happened or falling off.”
Wagner said Havner, 27, was not wearing a required helmet and, according to the preliminary report filed by the arresting officer, Dina Hernandez, Havner sustained “major injuries,” including a broken shoulder blade, lacerations to his head and left arm.
Wagner said Havner was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after blood was drawn.
“The sobriety field test was limited based on his injuries,” Wagner said. “But in the officer’s opinion (his blood-alcohol level) was greater than 0.08 percent.”
A final report will be forwarded to the Nevada County District Attorney’s office, likely early next week, when it will be determined if charges will be filed.
Havner’s representative, Mark Humenik, a general counsel for Athletes First, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his client “suffered only minor injuries.”
While Humenik confirmed Havner broke his scapula (shoulder), he should be fully recovered “in short order.”
“We have spoken to Spencer Havner about the injuries he sustained in a recent motorcycle accident near his home and we are monitoring the situation,” Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb said in a statement.
Nevada Union coach Dave Humphers, who mentored Havner, was shocked by the news. He said he has yet to talk to Havner.
“I just hope he’s OK,” Humphers said. “Spencer has always been a solid guy. He’s never been in trouble of any kind.”
Havner starred at UCLA but was undrafted in 2006. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder spent parts of three seasons trying to make the Packers as a linebacker. Last season, Havner, nicknamed “Duct Tape” for his ball-catching skills, switched to tight end and caught four touchdown passes.
The Packers offered Havner a tender as an exclusive-rights free agent earlier this month.
Let me tell you that Spencer Havner is lucky to be alive. To be frank he is an idiot for drinking and riding a motorcycle, let alone without a helmet. The injuries he suffered are painful and severe. I am sure the driving while under the influence will be the least of his problems.
Under no circumstances should anyone ever drink and ride a motorcycle, especially without wearing the proper safety gear.
I know lots of guys who enjoy one or two beer while on motorcycle road trips, thinking that only a couple of beer will not impair them; well B.S. it does.
There is no room for error while riding a motorcycle. I wish Spencer Havner a full and speedy recovery; hopefully he has learned his lesson about drinking and riding a motorcycle. Many bikers and motorcyclist do not ever get a second chance.
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