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  • John 3:21 pm on April 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fan man, james miller   

    The Strange Death Of Fan Man 

    This video is what James Miller aka “Fan Man” is best known for… (see below for what happened to him ten years later):

    Miller had been interested in flying since childhood and quickly became a paragliding enthusiast. He started with a jet pack tied to his back, and moved up to two-cycle aircraft engines which powered him through the skies above the desert. He began setting power-gliding records for altitude and distance, with a reputation for reckless daring (according to Wikipedia).

    According to his brother, James liked to buck society – give them the business so to speak and mess with their heads – just for the hell of it. But when he tried to land in the ring of the Bowe vs. Holyfield fight in Vegas in 1993, he was beaten unconscious by security and angry fans and bystanders. He went to the hospital and then to jail where he posted $200 bail and was then released. Miller later joked, “It was a heavyweight fight and I was the only guy who got knocked out.”

    In 1994, he decided not to land in the L.A. Coliseum during a Raiders’ game; landing nearby in a park instead. It was probably a good idea, as Raiders DE Howie Long explains, “Magnify that (other) beating tenfold. That’s what he would have gotten here.” Those Raider fans are pretty wild and crazy.

    Miller later landed atop Buckingham Palace in London. He removed his pants and his lower body was painted green. He was deported and banned from the UK for life.

    He moved to Alaska in 1996, where he continued to para-glide and give lessons while working in the computer industry. In 2001, he began having heart trouble that was seemingly irreparable and having tired of his poor health and major medical bills which he could not repay – Miller disappeared in September of 2002. In March, 2003, a group of hunters traveling through a remote part of Kenai Peninsula stumbled upon his corpse; the coroner confirmed suicide by hanging. Miller’s body was found shortly after his girlfriend gave birth to their son.

    James enjoyed Alaska and the people there respected him as a stand-up guy. ”I think it was a huge relief to him to finally find his niche and his place in the world where he could be who he was and not feel like he was hiding it and be accepted. And I really think that had a lot to do with his demise, because that was such a special environment for him to be in,” his brother said.

    Although Miller’s disappearance and death were reported in the local press shortly after his body was found, his suicide did not become widely known outside Alaska until the latter part of 2003 when ESPN went searching for him to film a SportsCenter feature to be shown during the tenth anniversary of his stunt.

  • John 1:01 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Celebrating 1 Million Page Views 

    Well, by Monday we’ll get there anyway…

    • Gayle 2:53 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply


    • localarts 8:11 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Not surprised at all… Should be 50,000,000 page views!

    • criticextraordinaire 4:53 pm on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We need to support this page. All the other Wonderland related pages are now gone. Lion’s Gate, IMdB, and Rodger Jacobs pages are all shut down. And I think Dawn Schiller’s message board is also shut down. So wonderland1981.wordpress.com is the last page standing. I remember the other pages with posters such as BoogieKnight, WILDHEART, AmericanDiablo, kdimmick, and FallFrost who kept it all going.

      • localarts 11:35 am on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I agree critic. I guess this blog will be around as long as John has faithful followers like you, myself and countless others who visit this site regularly.

  • John 10:27 am on March 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ali baba, kit kat,   

    Old Ads For Nash’s Clubs 

    Not much today, just some old ads from the L.A. Times back in the 1970s. Another old Kit Kat Club ad said dancers could make $4-500 a week. That’s good work if you can get it. Ali Baba’s was a dump in North Hollywood while Soul’d Out was actually a nice place. It later became Club Lingerie (which was a music club, not a strip joint).

    Hal Glickman ran the King’s Arms in Burbank. The Arms was an upscale Sizzler with a buffet and a guy in a big hat carving the meat for you.

    • localarts 6:14 pm on April 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is what the world was like before Facebook, internet, etc.

      • criticextraordinaire 6:30 pm on April 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yep. Guys like Eddie Nash living large and calling all the plays, with everybody including the cops at his beck and call. And hungry players like Ronnie Launius putting together their own crews and making their mark, too. Was a great time with none of today’s nonsense.

  • John 1:31 pm on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: evel knievel, haystack   

    Evel Knievel’s Forgotten Haystack Stunt 

    Luckily, he was talked out of doing this crazy stunt.

    From the Chicago Tribune, Nov. 19, 1977:

  • John 3:43 pm on March 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angels in the smog   

    My Wonderland Book 

    No, you’re not dreaming. The book is coming along great and we’re now at several hundred pages. 80% complete – I am still looking for two people to try and interview. This is just an update, have a nice day all. Thank you for your support here. Cheers~

    If you are loosely or tightly connected to this story and you want to share some experience you had or info to the case, no matter how small – Contact me at wonderland1981blog at gmail. Let’s talk.

    • jim 3:43 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Keep up the good work!

      • localarts 8:00 am on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        This is gonna be epic!

    • Eric 9:43 pm on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to take a look if you’d let me. I authored my own eBook “Building a Hackintosh – Research, Buying Parts, and Putting it All together” (on Amazon). Sometimes it’s slow where I work so I have time then and at night.

  • John 10:30 am on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: marlene olive   

    The Downward Spiral Of Marlene Olive 

    Marlene Olive and Chuck Riley murdered her parents in 1975 up in Terra Linda, California. Chuck pretty much took the fall for both murders since he was nineteen. Marlene was a minor at the time. Mom was killed with a hammer. A hammer killing is an up-close-and-personal rage thing. Marlene hated her adoptive mother – blamed her for everything. But, back in the Seventies minors got away with stuff, as we didn’t begin seeing them charged as adults for heinous and ghastly crimes until decades later when society had had enough. Chuck on the other hand was a chubby kid who never had a girlfriend until he met Marlene. He was in love and she messed with his head. Chuck killed Dad with a .22 and had not been there at the house earlier when Mom was killed. After a few days and several cans of Lysol, the stench became unbearable, so they then burned the bodies in a pit at the nearby state park. By the way, Chuck and Marlene were always high on LSD and pills. To further stretch the ridiculousness, some teen friends knew what they had done – and never called the cops.

    Chuck made parole about a year ago. He always expressed remorse for his crime, despite what Gov. Brown said about him at the time of his release. Maybe Chuck will have a few good years as a free man before he kicks the bucket. Marlene on the other hand, served five years in minimum security and was then released. She escaped once and was caught prostituting herself. Later in life, she showed her true colors… the L.A. Times brings us up to speed for what she was doing in 1991. Now days, she’s probably manipulating another poor sucker who never had a girlfriend before, or, she is deceased.

    Highly recommended is the true crime book, which is much better than it’s generic title, “Bad Blood” by Richard M. Levine. This is the only crime book by him. Last time I checked, I think he was a political writer, if that was indeed him that I found.

    LA Times 1991


    • Gayle 1:34 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent! Bad Blood was one of the first true crime books I read when it was released in 1982. Back when there weren’t a million books on the subject. It had a lot to do with my continuous obsession with true crime. It striked something in me. I highly recommend it.

  • John 11:03 am on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Kit Kat Club Stripper Contest 

    I am told this placard was from Ed’s Kit Kat… back in the day:

    • localarts 7:04 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The winner gets a date with Johnny Wadd.

  • John 10:21 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Photo Of Judge Everett Ricks 

    From what I have gathered, Ricks started out as an attorney in Long Beach and was a longtime member of various social and political groups, and he was no stranger to lending a hand in charity work. It’s a shame he got wrapped up in this case (Hal Glickman admitted to bribing him for Nash, “through a gay attorney”). Glickman had a way with words. Also, Ricks had been ordered by a higher court to reduce Nash’s sentence for the drug conviction, so he would have had to release him anyway. Eight years was the legal maximum sentence, but it was not the norm for drug dealers back then, more like three or four, and Nash had already served two, thus making him already eligible for parole. Ricks was no stranger to the booze and pain pills by this time in 1985, so he probably figured he’d kill two birds here, and make some money also since Nash was being so generous. Nash’s delicate sinus operation was the publicized reason for his release, and prosecutor Ron Coen compared Ricks’ decision to an unwanted prostate exam. That’s pretty funny. Nash sort of got away with bribing others, but when Glickman tried it in the late Seventies in an attempt to get his friend’s kid probation in a cocaine bust, it landed Hal’s ass in prison for a while.

    Here’s Everett during the 1970s. He passed away in 1993.


  • John 10:35 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Greg Diles’ Brief Obituary (1997) 

    • jimmy 1:14 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I dont know what is the point of paying for an obit that says nothing Diles is not an uncommon name and with no other info to go on extended family or friends would have no clue as is this “our Greg”

      • John 2:18 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Only one Greg D. Diles died in 1997 in LA County. According to government records. That’s him.

    • jimmy 2:29 pm on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I know that, but I was just saying having a name only in an obit is wierd with no other info

      • criticextraordinaire 8:00 pm on March 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        He was Greg Diles. What more needed to be said?

    • jimmy 4:47 pm on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Do you even know what an obit is for? Its advertisement for a wake it gives a clue or two as to which family the person belongs to . Just because people have the same last name does not mean they are related.AN obit is only put in the paper to let people who you dont know like friends or extended family of the dead that they are dead . The only person in this whole story with real name recognition is holmes every one else dosent really matter except for those who read this blog YES I BELIEVE THIS IS OUR GREG but if I was related to him I would not be able to tell by reading that in paper.In the end greg is just some black murderer or trouble maker like michael brown who will be forgotten .

      • John 9:36 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We should all be so lucky, …so as to have been portrayed by Faison Love on the silver screen, LOL.

        • criticextraordinaire 1:18 pm on March 11, 2017 Permalink

          Indeed. Greg Diles has been immortalized on the silver screen.

    • jimmy 3:39 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think he looks scarier then the real greg

    • jim 7:26 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Many newspapers have a policy where they will print the person’s name and burial information for free but you have to pay for anything else. This may be the reason for the brief obituary.

    • localarts 8:54 am on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderland made famous all who were involved….in small circles.

  • John 11:34 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Starwood Booking Manager, David Forest, Passed Away 

    David was a pretty well known music and club agent in L.A. at one time. At the Starwood, Gary Fontenot was the general manager and David handled the bands (he replaced David Knight). In this video from David’s YouTube channel, he discusses his career and also his time working for the Whiskey and for Gary at the Starwood. He died from diabetes in 2015.

    His obituary:

    December 12, 1948 – August 13, 2015
    David was born in Long Beach, CA, December 12, 1948 to Ira and Joyce Forest. David attended Paul Revere JHS 1961-1963 and Palisades High School, class of ’66. David was accepted at Stanford University; he wanted to earn some spending money, so he booked local bands for fraternity and sorority parties. He liked the money he earned and found he was spending more time at that than with classes, that is also when he first met Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. He went to work for Bill Graham’s Millard Agency in San Francisco at Fillmore West where he handled the Grateful Dead and Santana. He moved back to LA in 1969 to work at IFA and then was hired by David Geffen at CMA in 1971 where he would end up handling Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Carole King, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Carpenters. At the age of 25, David decided to open a booking agency and also concert promotion (Fun Productions). Most of the concerts were on the west coast, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and included Sly and the Family Stone, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller, Billy Preston, Loggins and Messina, Uriah Heep, Lynard Skynard, Jefferson Starship and Cat Stevens. In the summer of 1976, the first big concerts at Anaheim Stadium headlining, KISS, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. After the economy took a dive, he moved on to book acts for the Whisky a Go Go and the Starwood. David passed away from the side effects of diabetes. A Celebration of Life service will be Friday at 11:00 AM at Hillside Mortuary. David is survived by his mother and brothers.
    Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 6, 2015.
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