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Catching up with the staff of the Barb

Gar Smith, Diana Stephens, Judy Gumbo, and John Jekabson will be celebrating the Berkeley Barb's 50th anniversary Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle


Sam Whiting | San Francisco Chronical | August 2, 2015

The Berkeley Barb has not been seen in print, or any other form, for 35 years. But it is still fresh in the minds of those who worked there. So what became of them? Here is what we found out.

Gar Smith

Age: 71

Town: Oakland

Years at the Barb: 1966-78

Job at the Barb: Staff writer, associate editor

Job after the Barb: Art director, writer for Friends of the Earth

Job or status now: Director, Environmentalists Against War; Author of “Nuclear Roulette” (2012)

Single favorite memory of the Barb: “The Berkeley police arrested and handcuffed me on Telegraph one afternoon when they spotted me taping a poster for the San Francisco Mime Troupe to a utility pole. They made a point of addressing me by name. Before I was locked up I was given one phone call. I dialed the Barb. Several hours later, I was magically released. Max (Scherr) paid my bail. And I wasn’t even on assignment.”

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Watch: American rock band Foo Fighters ‘rick roll’ anti-gay Westboro picketers

Sylvia Tan | Gay Star News | August 23, 2015

Targeted by protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, American rock band Foo Fighters who were due to play at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday responded with a ‘rick roll.’

The band rolled past the protesters on a pickup truck, blasting Rick Astley’s 1987 single Never Gonna Give You Up.

The meme was so named after being used in ‘rick roll’ pranks to fool others into watching the music video.

Band members danced on the bed of the truck, holding up signs that read ‘You got rick roll’d again’ and ‘Keep it clean’ alongside a hunky unidentified man wearing a purple T-shirt and speedos to loud cheers.

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Ellen DeGeneres Has A Message For All Those Who Are Different

 | Huffington Post | August 17, 2015

Different is beautiful.

That was the message Ellen DeGeneres chose to share when she took the stage at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday to accept the award for Choice Comedian. The 57-year-old, who was celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary to wife Portia de Rossi that night, used the moment to empower those who may feel like they don’t fit in.

“It feels good to be chosen, but there was a time in my life that I was not chosen,” DeGeneres told the crowd at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. “I was the opposite of chosen, because I was different. And I think I want to make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life. So you should be proud of being different. Be proud of who you are.”

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‘Real Housewives’ Hires First Transgender Cast Member: Reports

 | Huffington Post | August 18, 2015

Bravo has hired its first transgender “Real Housewives” cast member, TMZ reports.

Sources told TMZ that Amiyah Scott will replace Atlanta housewife NeNe Leakes, who announced in June that she wouldn’t be returning for the popular reality TV show’s eighth season.

A source close to the network confirmed to HuffPost that Scott, who is friends with some of the cast members, filmed with the show on Monday night. However, the source told HuffPost that no decisions have been made yet as the show is still in production.

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Caitlyn Leaves Kris Jenner In Tears In New I Am Cait Sneak Peak


Kris even risked her perfect eye liner in the name of telly. Copyright: [E!]


Yahoo News | August 17, 2015

In yet another ‘sneak peak’ – damn you, America for being a week ahead! – Kris Jenner can be seen confronting Caitlyn about the ‘family she left behind’ following their marriage breakdown and her recent transition.

A tearful Kris can be seen saying to her ex:

“You’re sensitive and amazing to all these new people in your life, you’re just not so sensitive and amazing to the family that you left behind.”

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Gene Elder | The Happy Foundation | August 13, 2015
“The Rejected” is believed to be the first American TV documentary on homosexuality, released in 1961. For decades many have thought the film was lost. Until now.  In the film, openly gay men talked about their lives and the oppression they faced. That would not happen again on TV for years. The documentary has been studied and written about, but few have actually watched it.
San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive | July 17, 2015
The Rejected

Israeli lobby has destroyed political careers for criticism of Israel – activist


RT America | August 14, 2015

Author Max Blumenthal has been critical of the Israeli government’s military and political suppression of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, and his new book takes a look at the deadly siege in 2014 that left hundreds of Palestinians dead. Producer Priya Reddy spoke with the author recently and gives this report on his views about the war and the effect of the Israeli lobby on American politics.

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