4 responses to “Mini-Doc for Bonnie ZoBell’s New Book”

  1. Dick Cummins

    Thanks for putting this up Cheryl.

    For those who don’t know, I’m the character with the baseball cap standing on the corner in this video.

    I was driving past Dwight and Boundary last Wednesday (the 24th — live only several blocks away) and saw the parked news dish trucks, antennas raised, media magpies interviewing away on the corners.


    I was still flying back in 1978 — just small planes — and read an NTSB engineering report about details of the impact of PSA 182.

    Sometimes, even the cold, expository language of crash-site investigators can get you. One piece spoke of the impact as studied by aeronautical engineers and went something like (paraphrasing): “…the left wing struck first at an acute angle, breaking off backwards which opened a hole in the fuselage. Passengers aft of the tear were ejected onto Dwight street out through the left side of the aircraft as the fuselage compressed forward like of tube of tooth paste.”

  2. Bonnie ZoBell

    Scary image, Dick! Thanks for being in the video. Bonnie

  3. Dick Cummins

    My pleasure BZ. The production values, cutting back and forth and background music combined to raise the mini-doc to a new art form.

    The fellow who saw the plane go down from the school across the street from us and then walked home to see if his parents where killed, always gets me… dc

  4. Dick Cummins


    Just realized that in lauding Melanie’s fine ‘North Park Eclectic’ video, we didn’t say nearly enough about the book of stories that inspired it – ‘What Happened Here’.

    All of the stories either take place in North Park or have characters that are heading down here. Sometimes good writers can describe a place so well it becomes a character in their fiction. And if really done well, the place can give the work its ‘character’ too.

    We’ve lived here in North Park for 20 years and are really glad you’ve written the denizens of our little corner of San Diego into the ‘character’ of ‘What Happened Here’.

    I grew up in Monterey until I was 11 and had to move back to the Midwest with relatives. Believe I was in eighth grade when I read ‘Cannery Row’ and got desperately home sick.

    “Cannery Row in Monterey is a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light…junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, little crowded groceries, laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitants are, as the man once said, “whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches,” by which he meant Everybody.” ― John Steinbeck, ‘Cannery Row’

    I wouldn’t say your ‘What Happened Here’ is full of ‘whores, pimps, gamblers and son of bitches’ exactly, but there are enough of ourselves and neighbors to say it is populated by – just about Everybody.

    And hope Everybody buys a copy!

    I read all the stories at one sitting and enjoyed them, every one. dc

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