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THE REAL BILL OF RIGHTS – by Marty Liboff

1. Congress shall make no law respecting an estab-lishment of religion; you must worship the Republicans or Democrats. Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or the press, or the right to peacefully assemble as long as you’re rich and White and say noth-ing bad about the police, military or Mickey Mouse...

A Yen for a Hen in a Pen

By Marty Liboff As a small child, my mom used to scare me with gory stories and ghastly books that had horrible photos of dead Jews in concentration camps. She would cry, “See what the Nazis did to our family!” I remember around 1953 when I was about five there was a shop on Main...

Take a Bath You Stinker!

By Marty (Shtunken) Liboff There is an old joke about a little boy and girl taking a bath together and the little girl sees the boy’s penis and says, “Can I play with that?” and the boy says, “No! You already broke yours off!” Long, long ago in ancient Rome they built huge bathhouses where...

THE BEAT GOES ON

By Marty Liboff YOU ARE ALL UNDER ARREST!! John Haag started our beloved Beachhead newspaper in 1968. He had run the legendary Venice West Cafe at 7 Dudley Ave. in Venice from 1962 to 1966 with his wonderful wife Anna. Believe it or not, you could be arrested back then just for reading a poem...

Letter for Marty Liboff

Dear Mr. Liboff, I just read with interest and not a little bit of nostalgia your article about William Boyd. I recently spent the afternoon with family wondering up and down Abbot Kinney Blvd. I was amazed at the changes 60 years have wrought. You see I lived at 1306 Washington Blvd. from about 1952...

RIP: Dr. Geek

Dr. Geek, he’d ask your name and play his rapper game. All over the map people loved his rap. He made a rhyme every time. He had a huge hat and was kinda fat. With his big smile you could see him for a mile. His boom box he’d play with something funny to say....

Hoppy Holidays! A Tip Topper Christmas! And a Hoppy New Year!

By Marty Liboff Above the mural of Venus on roller skates on Windward Ave. it says,“History is Myth”. This is the story of one of the greatest mythical characters of all time, Hopalong Cassidy or “Hoppy”. He became the first big TV hero and was famous all over the world. His TV show started the...

When the Music's Over (The Doors)

By Marty Liboff When I tell people I grew up here on the Ocean Front they sometimes ask, “Wasn’t there a rock ‘n’ roll club down here where The Doors and Janis Joplin played?” I tell them, “Sure, right over there on the north border of Venice on a huge pier.” They always look at...

We Could Have Danced All Night

By Marty Liboff After Abbot Kinney opened his amazing Venice of America in 1905 with beautiful Italian Renaissance style buildings and miles of canals, he dreamed of bringing fine culture to L.A. He built an auditorium on his new pier at Windward Ave. and planned fine arts with opera, classical music and Shakespeare. He managed...

P.O.P. by the Sea

By Marty Liboff Let us go back, back before Venice even existed. Abbot Kinney and a few of his business partners as early as 1895, had developed parts of the northern borders of what is now Venice and south Santa Monica. This area was called Ocean Park, and they built houses, gambling casinos and a...
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