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February 25, 2000 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Dr. 360" had a remarkable ride. Nicknamed for the spin he originated on the waves, Joe Wolfson of Manhattan Beach was a pioneer in the world of bodysurfing and bodyboarding, which he took to in the 1970s because he was too small for large surfboards. He became a master. His legend grew when, facing terminal cancer, he spent his savings on others, left a note and $5,000 for a party and paddled out to sea to die. Comatose, he was rescued.
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February 25, 2000 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Dr. 360" had a remarkable ride. Nicknamed for the spin he originated on the waves, Joe Wolfson of Manhattan Beach was a pioneer in the world of bodysurfing and bodyboarding, which he took to in the 1970s because he was too small for large surfboards. He became a master. His legend grew when, facing terminal cancer, he spent his savings on others, left a note and $5,000 for a party and paddled out to sea to die. Comatose, he was rescued.
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July 20, 1989 | PAUL McLEOD, Times Staff Writer
The coat and tie did not seem appropriate for Joe Wolfson as he thrust his feet upon a desk. The bearded convention center manager, a quintessential beachcomber, looked tan and trim in his Carson city office. Close-cropped hair and oval glasses gave him a stately, downright professional look. It is a side that not many ever see. "Joe is the unofficial beach bum of the world," said Richard Schraier, who worked with Wolfson on theater projects in the late 1970s here.
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January 2, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lifeguard Tracy Geller and his eighth-grade surfing students had been riding waves off Manhattan Beach for about half an hour when his gut told him something wasn't right. All morning, Geller's eye had been drawn to a glimmer in the water near a buoy about 150 yards offshore. At first, he thought the flashes of light were coming from a pod of dolphins. Then he wasn't so sure. It looked more like a bodyboard that had drifted out to sea.
SPORTS
July 16, 1989 | PAUL McLEOD, Times Staff Writer
The coat and tie didn't seem appropriate for Joe Wolfson as he thrust his feet upon a desk. The bearded convention center manager, a quintessential beachcomber, looked tan and trim in his Carson city office. Close-cropped hair and oval glasses gave him a stately, downright professional look. It is a side that not many ever see. "Joe is the unofficial beach bum of the world," said Richard Schraier, who worked with Wolfson on theater projects in the late 1970s here.
NEWS
January 2, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lifeguard Tracy Geller and his eighth-grade surfing students had been riding waves off Manhattan Beach for about half an hour when his gut told him something wasn't right. All morning, Geller's eye had been drawn to a glimmer in the water near a buoy about 150 yards offshore. At first, he thought the flashes of light were coming from a pod of dolphins. Then he wasn't so sure. It looked more like a bodyboard that had drifted out to sea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1999
"How Dr. 360's Plan to Die Took an Unexpected Turn" (Jan. 2) says, "[Joe] Wolfson still says he refuses to be kept alive by machines or die in a hospital room, tubes invading his body. But he will not attempt a second burial at sea. If the pain becomes too much again, he says, he may consider a legal assisted suicide in Oregon, or perhaps outside the country." Physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon and the Netherlands. However, both have strict residency requirements. California residents simply do not have access to legal assisted suicide, even if they are willing and able to travel.
SPORTS
August 30, 1991
Jessie Okuda of Newport Beach, two-time U.S. amateur bodyboarding champion, is among 140 entered in the Wave Rebel U.S. amateur championships today at Huntington State Beach. Competition in six divisions begins at 7:30 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 3:30 p.m. There still are openings in the senior men's (ages 18 to 29) and women's open divisions. The $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt, and more than $5,000 in trophies and prizes will be distributed. Contact Joe Wolfson at 213-545-6938.
SPORTS
February 18, 1990
Hermosa Beach resident Joe Wolfson appears on the inside front cover of the May/June issue of BodyBoarding magazine, available on news racks now. Wolfson, 40, director of community services for the city of Carson, is better known to bodyboarders as "Dr. 360." In the magazine advertisement for a Hawaiian water sports company, Wolfson is seen riding one of the company's new line of bodyboards down a 20-foot wave at his vacation home on the southwest Pacific coast of Mexico.
NEWS
June 13, 1999 | SUSAN KARLIN
Can't get your first book published? Now there's help for first-time American novelists. Ironically, it comes from a British firm. The British Book Co. (http://www.malvernfirst.com) has been publishing books for 20 years in England. In January, it opened a Redondo Beach branch specifically to discover, nurture and promote new American talent. "One day Stephen King is going to die," says British-born founder Tony Harold, who thrives on the enthusiasm of first-time novelists.
NEWS
July 20, 1989 | PAUL McLEOD, Times Staff Writer
The coat and tie did not seem appropriate for Joe Wolfson as he thrust his feet upon a desk. The bearded convention center manager, a quintessential beachcomber, looked tan and trim in his Carson city office. Close-cropped hair and oval glasses gave him a stately, downright professional look. It is a side that not many ever see. "Joe is the unofficial beach bum of the world," said Richard Schraier, who worked with Wolfson on theater projects in the late 1970s here.
SPORTS
July 16, 1989 | PAUL McLEOD, Times Staff Writer
The coat and tie didn't seem appropriate for Joe Wolfson as he thrust his feet upon a desk. The bearded convention center manager, a quintessential beachcomber, looked tan and trim in his Carson city office. Close-cropped hair and oval glasses gave him a stately, downright professional look. It is a side that not many ever see. "Joe is the unofficial beach bum of the world," said Richard Schraier, who worked with Wolfson on theater projects in the late 1970s here.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2008 | Peter Nicholas and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
Angered by an MSNBC correspondent's demeaning comment about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter, aides to her presidential campaign said Friday that she might pull out of a debate planned by the cable network this month in Cleveland. Howard Wolfson, Clinton's communications director, cast as "beneath contempt" an on-air comment Thursday by MSNBC's David Shuster, who said Chelsea Clinton is "sort of being pimped out" as she intensifies her campaigning for her mother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1990 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The director of the Carson fine arts program has been accused of sexual harassment by the leader of a ballet troupe who was criticized by the city's Fine Arts Commission for allegedly failing to fulfill the terms of a $20,000 performance contract. The accusation against Community Services Manager Joe Wolfson was made in a May 31 letter by Cory-Jeanne Houck-Murakami, co-artistic director of the Pacific American Ballet Theatre, a dance troupe based in Gardena.
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