Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

We lost a Fourth Estate giant in Long Beach last week at the age of 71. Bill Pearl – publisher of lbreport.com – passed away Jan. 4 after battling esophageal cancer for more than two years.

Bill accepted our invitation in January 2020 to print some of his outstanding investigative stories in the Beachcomber. He was an honest, first-class journalist whom we were proud to feature on our front pages.

We shared backgrounds in radio when rock ‘n’ roll emerged in the 60s and 70s, but his credits included working with and knowing some of Southern California’s greatest “Boss Jocks”: Robert W. Morgan, the Real Don Steele, Sam Riddle, Wink Martindale and Dave Hull.

We also became publishers about the same time in the summer of 2000. Bill was a pioneer in creating an internet news source that focused on local government, politics, crime and other newsworthy activities often gleaned from his fire and police scanner.

He had a degree in law and could have earned the big bucks but pursued a more altruistic course of exposing local officials who lacked honesty, integrity and failed to do their jobs.

The price that one pays for not “sucking up” to City Hall is not getting a piece of the pie when advertising dollars are spent. Bill Pearl was not a suck up. Anytime you see a Long Beach medium flush with ad revenues it is a very good indicator that they turn a blind eye toward local wrongdoing and the people behind those ad dollars are missing a backbone.

The biggest caca in that toilet are two local transportation agencies. Guess which mayor makes those board appointments. Guess which mayor started an online news service to compete with Bill Pearl’s online news service.

“Bill Pearl could be a stickler, could be stubborn, but, oh, was he a man of stout morality and mighty virtue, one whose truth-revealing revelations of civic political shenanigans leaves a staggering local media void in his wake,” said Doug Krikorian, a contributor to lbreport.com.

Prominent at the top of the lbreport.com website are the words of George Orwall: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.”

Bill’s services were held Monday. He was revered as a mensch.

You can honor Bill Pearl’s memory by assisting the family cover funeral costs at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-pearl-family-with-bill-pearls-funeral.

A Bill Pearl Scholarship was established in the CSULB Journalism Department last year. You can contribute at www.billpearlscholarship.com.

 

Our more recent web poll focused on whether public safety employees should be fired for refusing COVID vaccination? Responses were yes – 38%, no – 59% and 2% not sure.

Apparently, the public safety employees responded to our poll because the people I communicate with are flatly against being exposed to non-vaccinated persons in public places and healthcare settings. The issue seems to resolve itself with the non-vaccinated dying at a much greater rate than those of us who received the shots.

Our new poll asks which Garcia would you vote for in the 42nd congressional district? Choices are Cristina (Assemblywoman from Bell Gardens) and Robert (Long Beach mayor). Go to www.beachcomber.news and vote at the bottom of page one.

 

A Japanese doctor summed up: Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – beer in one hand, chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “Woo-hoo, what a ride my life was!”

Eat whatever you like because you will still die, don’t allow motivational speakers to deceive you.

  • The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54.
  • The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57.
  • The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41.
  • The best footballer in the world Maradona died at the age of 60.

BUT

  • The KFC inventor died at 94.
  • Inventor of Nutella brand died at the age of 88.
  • Imagine, cigarette maker Winston died at the age of 102.
  • The inventor of opium died at the age of 116 in an earthquake.
  • Hennessey Cognac inventor died at 98.

How did anyone come to the conclusion that exercise prolongs life?

publisher@beachcomber.news

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