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The Silent Treatment of OjaiZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
by Joel Anderson, editor
There has been recent controversy in Ojai that Ojai Day-selected poster art was not what the people of Ojai would have wanted, that it was 'Art by Committee.' It seems there is some question that the selected art, an idealized poster of downtown depicted the moorish post office tower and a grove or orange trees filling up the street received an unfair weight of votes, that other more interesting art was passed over in the interest of tourism.
"A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home." - Mark 6:4
Beatrice Wood spent years seeking "downtown Ojai's" recognition, and she was not happy it took outside people (Westways article in the 60s, James Cameron later, etc.) to finally notice her, her talent, for her to finally get the attention (and fees for her artwork) she deserved. I know, we talked about it at length.
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The Night the Band was Arrested
by Brian Faith
Being on the road for years at a time, certainly had it share of mishaps and misfortunes. It took a lot of sheer courage and determination to survive all the challenges. And Big Brother Ernie Joseph did just that – He survived it all.
I always tell the story of how Ernie set out on his own, without his brothers at his side to take on “the unknown”. Yes, it’s true – There was a time when Ernie took the challenge head on, and just “went for it”. Brother Cory was in the U. S. Marine Corps. And I, the younger brother, was still in college at UCSB.
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Santa Barbara's Benefit for Cory - Includes Historical BFB Timeline
To raise funds for Cory’s medical expenses, the Santa Barbara Benefit for Cory will be held on Sept. 13, 2014, from 6:00 – 11:00 pm, at the SB Elks Lodge #613, located at 150 North Kellogg Ave., Santa Barbara. The fundraiser will include a sit down dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction. Guests will be transported back in time as local Rock bands perform music from the early 60s and 70s. As a symbol of unity, local bands Soul City Survivors, Night Train, FOG, and Ernie and the Emperors will make special appearances.
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LETTER: Ojai: The Shattering of a Community - West Breaks His Promise of Retention: Longtime Employees Told to Hit The Road
by Clive Leeman, Ojai
A few weeks ago, I walked for the first time into the shattered community in the center of Ojai that had been Starr Market. The physical structure has not changed much, but many Starr workers have disappeared. The faces and voices of those beautiful women and men who worked so closely together for many years provisioning Ojai have just been wiped out.