Lifestyle

  • 100 Percent at 100 Years Old?

    100 Percent at 100 Years Old?

    Turning the big three digits doesn’t suck for everyone. Norman Smith reaches the milestone on Oct. 12. The former La Jolla resident is still tack-sharp and — other than the knee arthritis that put him in a wheelchair — isn’t falling apart physically, either. “It feels about the same as 90,” Smith...

  • Lessons from La Jolla's Munchkin Land

    Lessons from La Jolla's Munchkin Land

    Any La Jollan with half a brain realizes there’s no truth to the story of a former Munchkin colony on Mt. Soledad. Even Google points directly to dozens of websites debunking it. Yet this urban legend refuses to go away. Tourists, UC San Diego students and even some residents (mostly teenagers)...

  • La Jolla surf legend Bill Andrews' long wave goodbye

    La Jolla surf legend Bill Andrews' long wave goodbye

    The 73-year-old surfer, an icon to local tube-seekers since gracing the cover of Surfing magazine in 1964, is rapidly submitting to ALS.

  • Record-setting Relay: La Jolla teen completes 24-mile swim with school team

    Record-setting Relay: La Jolla teen completes 24-mile swim with school team

    La Jolla teenager Otto Lana participated in a first-of-its-kind swim with his school team, The Zombies, Aug. 21-22. The team was the first to complete the 24-nautical-mile swim in relay, swimming in 17 hours from Santa Rosa Island to Goleta in Santa Barbara. So far, only solo swimmers have finished...

  • We bring a sea lion whisperer to La Jolla Cove, because why not?

    We bring a sea lion whisperer to La Jolla Cove, because why not?

    Brigitte Noel sits on a portable chair on the rocks at La Jolla Cove, Sept. 19. She concentrates on a male and female sea lion surrounded by pups. Lots of voices have chimed in on this hot-button La Jolla issue. One that’s decidedly missing is that of the sea lions themselves. Noel, an animal psychic,...

  • Mark’s Mustang: La Jolla resident drives 1960s Ford around town

    Mark’s Mustang: La Jolla resident drives 1960s Ford around town

    “Most people don’t know me, but they know my car,” said La Jolla resident Mark Anderson of his 1966 soft blue Ford Mustang. “It’s one of the most popular cars in American History and considered one of the coolest cars ever made.” Having run a travel business from his home for the last 30 years,...

  • A Legacy of Service: Third-generation member chairs Las Patronas’ 71st Jewel Ball

    A Legacy of Service: Third-generation member chairs Las Patronas’ 71st Jewel Ball

    For the first time in its 71-year history, Las Patronas, the La Jolla-based women’s philanthropy group, has a third-generation member in Jewel Ball chair Jorie Fischer. Her grandmother, Midge Preston, was a Las Patronas founding member and chair of the 1958 Jewel Ball. Her mother, Sarah Burton...

  • People in Your Neighborhood: Meet La Jolla Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky

    People in Your Neighborhood: Meet La Jolla Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in Your Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Book to reveal the secret life of guitar creator Leo Fender

    Book to reveal the secret life of guitar creator Leo Fender

    There are many people who claim the title “inventor of the electric guitar,” but perhaps the one whose name has percolated the most on the local, national and international level is Leo Fender. Now his wife Phyllis Fender and Randall Bell, the son of one of his employees, are publishing a book...

  • La Jollan recounts 1,600-mile walk to survive cancer

    La Jollan recounts 1,600-mile walk to survive cancer

    For La Jolla resident Edie Littlefield Sundby, who was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and given a three-month life expectancy 10 years ago, “battling Stage 4 cancer is like fighting a war.” Her book “The Mission Walker,” an account of her experiences from the time she was diagnosed with cancer...

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