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FOR THE STUMBLERS

Published January 24, 2024 Blog Comments
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Greetings- I hope 2024 is off to a good start.  For Christmas I got some new, beautiful titanium pieces for my neck.  I also traded in some that weren’t playing nice with my “born-with” parts. It’s like a strange necklace you can’t see.   Recovery is intentionally slow the first couple of months, but we’re getting […]

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THE PROGRAM REPRISED

Published December 9, 2023 Blog Comments
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Well, here’s another head-scratcher-goosebumper for you.  In December of 2011, Courtney Day, a friend of Jimmy’s from Torrey Pines High School, reached out to me through Write Me Something Beautiful with an amazing story involving her and her new roommate, JJ, in Los Angeles.   The depth of the synchronicity required for these two women, in […]

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ARCOIRIS

Published November 4, 2023 Blog Comments
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November 1 (11 1), was the first day of Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  They coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day on November 2.  As Hilary shared in a post on her food blog, Dia De Los Muertos is not some Steven King horror […]

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RUN, FORREST, RUN

Published October 17, 2023 Blog Comments
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The problem in middle life, when the body has reached its climax of power and begins to decline, is to identify yourself, not with the body, which is falling away, but with the consciousness of which it is a vehicle. This is something I learned from myths. What am I? Am I the bulb that […]

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THE WORLD’S ‘BEST DAM BUILDER’ WAS FROM SAN DIEGO.  A SOLANA BEACH WRITER DOESN’T WANT YOU TO FORGET IT.

Published July 7, 2023 Blog Comments
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By John Wilkens, San Diego Union Tribune, June 23, 2023 In a new biography, author Casey Gauntt tells the story of a self-made construction giant who got his start on dams at Lake Hodges and Lake Henshaw in San Diego.  When Lake Hodges opened last month after a year of repairs on its century-old dam, […]

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HARVEY SLOCUM-BEST DAM MAN IN THE WORLD (Part Five)

Published April 30, 2023 Blog Comments
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APPENDIX Acknowledgments and Credits The columns and articles penned by these journalists and writers were invaluable in uncovering the full, unvarnished, and rich story of the life and career of Harvey Slocum. The author owes them a huge debt of gratitude. Hubert Cornelius “Hu” Blonk was born in Holland in 1909 and came to the […]

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HARVEY SLOCUM-BEST DAM MAN IN THE WORLD (Part Four)

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FOLSOM DAM, LURE OF BHAKRA AND MATTERS OF MONEY At the time of Herndon’s visit to Bull Shoals Dam, construction was nearly complete, and Slocum was being lobbied to take on several projects. One of them was the Folsom Dam in Folsom, California. Near the site of the prison, made famous by Johnny Cash’s hit, […]

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HARVEY SLOCUM-BEST DAM MAN IN THE WORLD (Part Three)

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THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY After losing out on the high dam job, Harvey returned to his home in Alhambra to battle his demons. Over the next year and a half, Harvey was in and out of a sanatorium—what we’d call today a rehab facility— on five different occasions as he battled alcoholism. As Herndon […]

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HARVEY SLOCUM- BEST DAM MAN IN THE WORLD (Part Two)

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Spreading His Wings and Struggling with Demons San Gabriel Dam Toward the end of 1928, Slocum was hired by Fisher, Ross, McDonald and Kalm as general superintendent to oversee construction of the San Gabriel Dam for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. As designed, the $25,000,000, 512-foot-high, 2,500-foot-long concrete arch dam would have been, […]

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HARVEY SLOCUM BEST DAM MAN IN THE WORLD (Part One)

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Mankind is the most ornery critter in the world. He comes to a mountain, and he says, ‘You can’t stop me,’ and he drives a tunnel through it. He comes to a deep gorge, and he says, ‘I’ll step over you,’ and he throws a bridge over it. He comes to a great, ugly river, […]

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Author Bios

Write Me Something Beautiful Authors - Casey and Jimmy Gauntt

Casey Gauntt

is a retired attorney and former senior executive of a major San Diego real estate company. He lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Hilary. Casey grew up in Itasca, Illinois, graduated Lake Park High School in 1968, and received B.S., JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.

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Jimmy Gauntt

was born and raised in Solana Beach and graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2002.   A prestigious Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, he majored in English and Spanish. He authored six plays, five screenplays, and a multitude of poems and short stories. Beginning in 2010, the USC English Department annually bestows the Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award—aka “The Jimmy”—to the top graduates in English.  Jimmy passed over to the other side in 2008 at age 24.

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