Orange Coast Magazine



So Far, So Good

Before I tell you about the odd little video I shot of my blind, 96-year-old father unloading the dishwasher—and why everything you need to know about living honorably and on your own terms is contained in those six minutes—let me give you some backstory. Read more...

Snapshot: The Hardy Globetrotter

The 2013 championships, held in Costa Rica, proved brutal for Tubbs’ Team Bones. Expected to last six days, the nearly 550-mile route took nine to complete. One teammate broke three ribs on the first day. Tubbs weathered a foot infection that landed him in a wheelchair after they crossed the finish line. Read more...

Erasing Pereira

What do California’s cultural institutions have against William Pereira? The Chicago native, seeing Orange County transitioning awkwardly from orchards to housing tracts after World War II, tackled every design and building opportunity that came his way. Two of the architect’s biggest plums: the master-planned city of Irvine and UC Irvine. When President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the university site in 1964, this new campus boldly pointed the way to the future. Read more...

2014 World Cup 'Just Absolutely Mental'

When the U.S. men’s soccer team takes the field June 16 for its 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Ghana, one of the loudest concentrations of American supporters not at the stadium in Natal, Brazil, will be 6,000 miles away—in an unassuming commercial building about 1½ miles north of Santa Ana’s Civic Center. Read more...

The 300-mph Burn Rate

It’s still a few hours before drag racing legend John Force will compete at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. But as the 64-year-old Yorba Linda man makes his way through the autograph- and picture-seeking fans on the track’s fringes, he’s already clad in the bulky, uncomfortable-looking fireproof suit that drivers customarily don just before a race. Read more...

Summer Guide: Coming Attractions

Muckenthaler Jazz Festival, Huntington Beach Pier Swim, Summerfest , Sawdust Art Festival, Art‑A‑Fair, Cher Read more...

Summer Guide: Location Scouting

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue. Read more...

Death Valley National Park

Despite its forbidding name, Death Valley isn’t a desolate wasteland. The otherworldly landscape intrigues with charms that are both subtle and severe—immense, colorful volcanic craters; layered, water-carved canyons; silky sand dunes; and a radiating heat that seems three-dimensional. Even when the park fills with visitors pursuing spring wildflowers, the vast emptiness swallows sound and light, and opens a path to restful silence, joyous starry skies, and unending wonder about the planet’s origins. Read more...

Joshua Tree National Park

After the deaths of an infant son and then her husband, South Pasadena socialite Minerva Hoyt (1866-1945) found peace and consolation in the beauty of the desert. But the avid gardener turned activist in the 1920s as the rage for exotic landscaping, accelerated by affordable autos and paved roads, took a toll on the land. Named to a state commission, “The Apostle of the Cacti” prepared a report, recommending parks be created in Death Valley, the Anza-Borrego Desert, and the Joshua tree forests. Read more...

California has more national parks than any other state: nine. Use our guides, outlines below, to plan a memorable visit.


CRIME: O.C. Confidential

Our "Center of the Universe" story about seduction and a serial killer is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 For more true crime coverage, check out:
  • Murder, Love & Redemption Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save. 
  • Sandy Murphy's Complicated Life Convicted of murder in 2000 and branded as Las Vegas’ most notorious femme fatale, she resurfaced a decade later as the happily married owner of a Laguna Beach art gallery. 
  • Murder. Just Because. One of the most loathsome killers in Orange County talks. Without remorse. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
  • The Private Struggle of a Public Woman To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death, she lost what mattered most.
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.