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July 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Weld, 98, a former editor and publisher of the Laguna Beach Post and the author of a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, died of age-related causes June 14 in a board-and-care facility in Monarch Beach in Dana Point. Among Weld's books are "Don't You Cry for Me," a 1940 novel based on the Donner party; the autobiographical "Young Man in Paris" (1985); and "September Song," a 1998 biography of his friend, actor Walter Huston.
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July 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Weld, 98, a former editor and publisher of the Laguna Beach Post and the author of a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, died of age-related causes June 14 in a board-and-care facility in Monarch Beach in Dana Point. Among Weld's books are "Don't You Cry for Me," a 1940 novel based on the Donner party; the autobiographical "Young Man in Paris" (1985); and "September Song," a 1998 biography of his friend, actor Walter Huston.
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June 2, 1985 | DON CAMPBELL
YOUNG MAN IN PARIS by John Weld (Academy Chicago: $13.95). Ah, to be in your 20s, in Paris, and moving in that circle of glamorous expatriates that peopled it between the two great wars. The whole thing fit John Weld, an ex-Hollywood stuntman and budding novelist, like a glove. Here he relives with gusto his idyllic five years on the Left Bank as a reporter for the Paris Herald, a job that threw him into intimate contact with everybody of note from Legs Diamond to Ernest Hemingway, F.
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June 11, 1998 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the mid-1930s--over drinks in front of the massive stone fireplace in his redwood mansion in the San Bernardino Mountains--actor Walter Huston spent hours regaling a young writer friend with tales of his early years in show business. John Weld was enthralled. Huston had spent time as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville and arrived in Hollywood via Broadway.
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June 11, 1998 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the mid-1930s--over drinks in front of the massive stone fireplace in his redwood mansion in the San Bernardino Mountains--actor Walter Huston spent hours regaling a young writer friend with tales of his early years in show business. John Weld was enthralled. Huston had spent time as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville and arrived in Hollywood via Broadway.
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March 2, 1996 | Jerry Hicks
Not many will boast about falling in love with someone else's wife. But John Weld of Laguna Beach talks about it with such flourish, he makes it sound romantic. "What could I do?" he says. "She was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen. I didn't want anything else in the world but her." Gigi Parrish, one of the Goldwyn Girls who had sizable roles with John Barrymore, Franchot Tone and later Lucille Ball, at first told him to go away. But when she divorced, he was waiting for her.
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June 14, 1990 | JOSEPH N. BELL
For several years, I've belonged to an Orange County group of communicators of various types called the Dutch treat club, west (the de rigueur lower case will be explained later), which meets once a month for good talk and to listen to an impressive assortment of speakers. I've been a lousy member, full always of the finest of intentions but attending only intermittently and feeling both guilt and irritation with myself as a result.
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February 14, 1991 | JACK SMITH
Foreseeably, not all readers agree with me on those celebrities, living or dead, I would like to invite to a dinner party. I was not making up a list from scratch, but merely commenting on a list provided by the guests of Ann Wells at a recent party of her own. One chose Hitler, you may remember (because he wanted to tell him off); others chose William Buckley, Charles Lindbergh, Mark Twain, Douglas MacArthur, Mae West and Jesus.
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May 20, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
Upchurch-Brown Booksellers in Laguna Beach will host a "Hemingway Fest" today and Sunday, with readings and lectures by Hemingway scholars and aficionados. Beginning at 7 this evening, guest speakers will include Noel Riley Fitch, author of "Literary Cafes of Paris" and the upcoming "Hemingway in Paris," who will explore in slides and readings the night life, social events and living conditions of Paris in the '20s. Also scheduled to speak are John Weld of Laguna Niguel, author of "Young Man in Paris," who will talk about his life as part of the Paris literary scene in the '20s; Jim Hinkle, an expert on Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises."
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February 24, 1991 | Chris Goodrich
FLY AWAY HOME: Memoirs of a Hollywood Stunt Man by John Weld (Mission Publishing: $19.95; 249 pp.). It's a mystery why John Weld would identify himself in this autobiography as primarily a film stunt man. So he was--in the early 1920s, doubling for Stan Laurel, Tom Mix and Zasu Pitts, among others--but he has led an assortment of seemingly incompatible lives.
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August 6, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lee Mallory is looking for a few good poets. But not just poets who can write well: poets with a flair for performing their work on stage. Fifteen poets will each have five minutes to show their stuff at the Factory's fifth annual Performance Poetry Contest at 8 p.m. Monday at Koo's Art Cafe, 1505 N. Main St., Santa Ana.
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