Herm�s

18 Feb 19
Herm's Things

I have made a new track. I actually intended to work out something new but when I opened sonic-pi my last sketch was still there. I tuned it a bit, and it appeared to come close to what I was intended to make. So here it is: Thanks for listening.

18 Feb 19
Orange County Register
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Daily News
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Press Telegram
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Daily Breeze
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Press Enterprise
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Redlands Daily Facts
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
Daily Bulletin
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
18 Feb 19
SCNG
Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, not because he was acting but because conversations with Tosh always felt elevated — poignant stories and witty observations about art, literature, and Los Angeles. Tosh seemed to take everything seriously but with a wink, like he somehow knew it was all also silly. We never discussed Tosh’s father but I knew his father was Wallace Berman, the legendary Southern California artist known for his experimental films, his assemblage art, his mail art publication Semina (with works by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg), and his iconic role in the hippie counterculture art scene of ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s L.A. There are many reasons to read “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World” by Tosh Berman. The small volume has a lot to offer: A behind-the-scenes look at L.A.’s bohemian art scene in the final days of the Beat Generation. An intimate look at one of L.A.’s most famous artists and his family, both biological and chosen. A charming coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up with a unique father, during a unique time. A fresh and unexpected voice in the genre of memoir. Plus, it seems fitting that the story is published by another California icon of that era — legendary San Francisco independent bookstore-publisher, City Lights, founded in 1953 and still going strong today. It also seems in keeping with L.A. and the environment in which Tosh grew up that the book’s endorsements come from such unlikely bedfellows as author Dennis Cooper (“exquisite”), Duran Duran founder and bass guitarist, John Taylor (“One could not wish for a better guide into the subterranean and bohemian worlds of the California art/Beat scene than Tosh Berman…), and actor Jason Schwartzman (“perfection”). Cover of “Tosh” courtesy of City Lights Publishers. As compelling as Tosh’s memories of his father are, it’s Tosh’s own artistic sensibility that makes the book. Tosh is after all an artist in his own right: a publisher (TamTam Books), author (“Sparks-Tastic”), and poet (“The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding”), married to artist Lun*na Menoh. The book is also a Who’s Who of artists of its time, with chapters entitled: “Andy Warhol,” “Toni Basil,” “Marcel Duchamp,” “Dennis Hopper,” and “Russ Tamblyn.” “Tosh” is in many ways a photo album of the era, each short chapter a metaphorical snapshot alongside Wallace Berman’s actual photographs, both of Tosh and the eccentric cast of characters who played roles in the Berman’s family life — music producer Phil Spector, performance artist George Herms, actor Billy Gray from “Father Knows Best,” and Jack Parson’s wife, Marjorie Cameron, to name a few. Tosh’s telling of his childhood set in this extraordinary moment in time and L.A. history is quiet, observant, and compelling. Tosh writes about unique encounters (Wallace and Tosh serendipitously sharing a cab with William Burroughs; Tosh happening upon Jim Morrison drinking out of a paper bag in his Volkswagen on Topanga Canyon Blvd; Tosh watching a David Bowie concert with Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows) and universal ones (Tosh being bullied in middle school by his P.E. teachers; Tosh reading comic books in his secret hideaway in the family’s backyard; Tosh having some high school romance to side two of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star.”) By the final page, Tosh has created a piece of work his father would be proud of: an assemblage piece of memory and history, with fragments of Los Angeles glittering in the sunlight.
16 Feb 19
News Archives Uk

John Stalker, the chief police officer in Manchester, who investigated a suspected "shooting-to-kill" policy in Northern Ireland – and investigated the killings – has died. His incredible career made him Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police in 1984, having spent more than three decades as an officer. He traveled the world studying terrorism […]

15 Feb 19
Waterstar's Blog

Tässä vielä kotisivuilta siirrettyjä vanhoja näyttelytuloksia talteen. Vuosi 2010 Adamant´s Pop The Question 12.12. Helsinki Int, Winner 2010 Judge: Inga Siil (Ee) KÄY ERI1, PU4, VARA-SERT EXC 1 working dog class, 4th best dog, R-CC kennel Adamant´s Top Breeder 2010 All breeds photos: Alex Waldvogel 11.12. Helsinki Int, Helsinki Winner 2010 Judge: Matti Tuominen KÄY […]

14 Feb 19
Orange County Register
* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer).  … NFL Combine invitations: What the numbers tell us If the NFL Draft is the ultimate judge of talent … raw, underwear-clad talent … then the Scouting Combine is a close second. Last Thursday, the NFL released the list of 338 participants invited to Indianapolis later this month, and it’s a useful tool for reflective evaluation of college rosters. For longtime Pac-12 watchers who were convinced of, or suspected, a decline in talent, the invite list provides a measure of proof. The conference will send 39 players to the week-long event, the lowest total in years. Pac-12 invitees: 2015: 44 2016: 49 2017: 47 2018: 45 2019: 39 Not surprisingly, the SEC dominated the invite list, with more than twice as many participants as the Pac-12. You read that right: More than twice as many. Invitations by Power Five conference: SEC: 90 Big Ten: 53 ACC: 46 Pac-12: 39 Big 12: 33 Adjusting for the varying sizes of the conferences: SEC: 6.4 (participants per team) Big Ten: 3.8 ACC: 3.3 Big 12: 3.3 Pac-12: 3.3 The full list of Pac-12 participants is below, broken down by team, and I’ve included the number of recruiting stars (per Rivals) with each player, to provide a morsel of context. It should come as no surprise given the history of the coaches, but Stanford, Utah and the Washington schools all turned a slew of two- and three-star prospects into Combine participants. Could some of that be erroneous evaluation by the recruiting services? Sure. (How was Taylor Rapp not a four-star prospect, at least?) But those programs typically outperform on the player development side. A few other notes: • Cal was the big winner in the wins-per-participant sweepstakes: The Bears won seven games but received no Combine invitations. #coaching • Meanwhile, USC won five games and has five participants. • In addition to Cal, both Arizona and Oregon State were shut out. • Kentucky had more invitees (eight) than USC (five) and UCLA (two) combined. (That’s wrong on so many levels.) Here’s the Pac-12 list, with the Rivals rating: Arizona: No players invited Arizona State: WR N’Keal Harry (5 stars), DL Renell Wren (3) Cal: No players invited Colorado: S Evan Worthington (3) Oregon: S Ugo Amadi (4), LB Justin Hollins (3), DL Jalen Jelks (3), WR Dillon Mitchell (4) Oregon State: No players invited Stanford: WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3), K Jake Bailey (2), OL Nate Herbig (3), CB Alijah Holder (3), RB Bryce Love (4), LB Bobby Okereke (4), TE Kaden Smith (4) UCLA: OL Andre James (4), TE Caleb Wilson (2) USC: LB Cameron Smith (4), OL Chuma Edoga (4), LB Porter Gustin (5), CB Iman Marshall (5), S Marvell Tell (4) Utah: OL Jackson Barton (4), LB Chase Hansen (4), LB Cody Barton (3), K Matt Gay, N/AS Marquise Blair (3), P Mitch Wishnowsky (2) Washington: QB Jake Browning (4), LB Ben Burr-Kirven (3), DL Greg Gaines (3), RB Myles Gaskin (3), OL Kaleb McGary (4), CB Jordan Miller (3), CB Byron Murphy (4), TE Drew Sample (2), S Taylor Rapp (3) Washington State: OT Andre Dillard (2), QB Gardner Minshew (0), RB James Williams (3) The Combine starts the last week in February. The Hotline will assess the top storylines for Pac-12 prospects before the festivities begin. — Jon Wilner. *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. From the Hotline • A special edition of the stock report, published last Thursday, took a deep dive into football recruiting with rising/falling ratings for every team. • What might the media landscape look like when the Pac-12 renegotiates its contracts? The Hotline spoke to the man advising the conference on its strategy, and his vision is fascinating. • Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Dirty Play A section devoted to content on the basketball scandal. • While not directly related to the corruption case playing out in New York City, the latest news from Tucson is indirectly related: Arizona has started dismissal proceedings with assistant Mark Phelps, reportedly for potential NCAA violations involving academic misconduct. The situation adds another layer of storm clouds to the Wildcats’ scandal-plagued program. Three former assistants under Sean Miller have been linked to improprieties. Meanwhile, the Board of Regents met and supported the decision to fire Phelps. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Arizona’s football program could use some energy after a disappointing first year under Kevin Sumlin. Maybe the new assistants will provide it. • Chris Petersen is a master at turning three-star prospects into high-round NFL Draft picks, writes the Times’ Matt Calkins. • Cal coach Justin Wilcox is dead set on upgrading the offense. The good news: It cannot be any worse. • Good behind-the-scenes account of Utah’s successful close with 4-star running back Jordan Wilmore. • UCLA’s season opener at Cincinnati has been moved up two days, which will give the Bruins more time to prepare for their daunting Week Two opponent: San Diego State. • The good and bad with Washington State’s recruiting class (and the quarterback situation qualifies as both). • Stanford center Brian Chaffin is headed to Rice to play for a familiar face as a grad transfer. • USC coach Clay Helton plans to step away from the Xs and Os and “focus on what’s truly important for this team, which is the accountability, the discipline of the game …” • The Hotline is a big fan of the Pac-12’s sustainability initiatives. Colorado won the “Zero Waste Challenge” for the football season. State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • Three Pac-12 assistant coaches/coordinators were named top-25 recruiters by Rivals … Yahoo’s Pete Thamel plunges into the basketball coaching carousel and leads his latest column with a look at UCLA’s options … The AP weighs in on Pac-12 basketball and notes, accurately, that “it won’t get any easier” for at-large contenders as the bubble shrinks in the final weeks … Speaking of: The latest Bubble Watch from The Athletic simplifies the situation: ‘Blame the Pac-12.’ Media Landscape • Perhaps it’s not surprising coming from a former ESPN studio analyst, but ASU coach Herm Edwards has an open policy when it comes to assistant coaches and players talking to the media. “You have to develop their skills, not only on the field but off the field.” (Several coaches in the conference, including one 100 miles down the freeway, take a different view of the situation.) Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • One reason for third-ranked Oregon’s success: Satou Sabally, the versatile Berlin transplant who’s averaging 17.7 points alongside that Ionescu phenomenon. • Washington’s softball team is loaded. “The Huskies made it to nationals two years ago and to the championship game last year. It’s obvious what would be the final step in the progression,” according to the Times’ Larry Stone. • No surprise: The Pac-12 is well-represented on the Golden Spikes preseason Watch List. Here are the names. All of ’em. • Lastly, a behind-the-scenes video from the Pac-12 shows retiring UCLA legend Valorie Kondos Field doing what she does: Coaching. On the Hardwood • The Hotline is surprised by almost nothing. ASU losing at home to Washington State by 20? That shocked me. • Ten wins down, eight wins to go for Washington. • Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker thinks Jarron Collins, the former Stanford star and current Warriors assistant, might fit at UCLA. • I initially thought the headline to a Salt Lake Tribune said Utah freshman Riley Battin lived in a storage shed growing up, but I must have been hallucinating. • Doubt, dread, disappointment — they were all palpable at McKale Center last night as Arizona struggles on and off the court, writes the Daily Star’s Greg Hansen. Football Recruiting links The Hotline recently announced an expansion of Pac-12 recruiting coverage, with an emphasis on the schools and conference-wide trends, not only the prospects themselves. (That space is capably filled by Rivals, 247sports, etc.) We’ll have bimonthly columns starting in the second half of February, but the unofficial roll-out began last month. Links to previous columns: • Alabama recruiters smell blood on the west coast as the Pac-12 struggles to keep pace on the field. • Tosh Lupoi, the former Pac-12 player and assistant coach, became the conference’s chief recruiting nemesis when he joined the Crimson Tide staff. Now he’s in the NFL and o longer an obstacle. • For a variety of reasons, high school football participation is shrinking faster in the Pac-12’s primary talent pool (California) than in those of the other Power Five conferences. • A podcast with 247sports recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman, who breaks down the top Pac-12 story lines for NSD. • As USC, UCLA struggle to hold their ground with elite in-state recruits, Oregon and Washington happily fill the void. • Your anti-anxiety guide to National Signing Day, with recruiting ratings for every all-conference player over the past six seasons. Looking Ahead [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: • Spring practice? Yes, spring practice. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
14 Feb 19
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* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer).  … NFL Combine invitations: What the numbers tell us If the NFL Draft is the ultimate judge of talent … raw, underwear-clad talent … then the Scouting Combine is a close second. Last Thursday, the NFL released the list of 338 participants invited to Indianapolis later this month, and it’s a useful tool for reflective evaluation of college rosters. For longtime Pac-12 watchers who were convinced of, or suspected, a decline in talent, the invite list provides a measure of proof. The conference will send 39 players to the week-long event, the lowest total in years. Pac-12 invitees: 2015: 44 2016: 49 2017: 47 2018: 45 2019: 39 Not surprisingly, the SEC dominated the invite list, with more than twice as many participants as the Pac-12. You read that right: More than twice as many. Invitations by Power Five conference: SEC: 90 Big Ten: 53 ACC: 46 Pac-12: 39 Big 12: 33 Adjusting for the varying sizes of the conferences: SEC: 6.4 (participants per team) Big Ten: 3.8 ACC: 3.3 Big 12: 3.3 Pac-12: 3.3 The full list of Pac-12 participants is below, broken down by team, and I’ve included the number of recruiting stars (per Rivals) with each player, to provide a morsel of context. It should come as no surprise given the history of the coaches, but Stanford, Utah and the Washington schools all turned a slew of two- and three-star prospects into Combine participants. Could some of that be erroneous evaluation by the recruiting services? Sure. (How was Taylor Rapp not a four-star prospect, at least?) But those programs typically outperform on the player development side. A few other notes: • Cal was the big winner in the wins-per-participant sweepstakes: The Bears won seven games but received no Combine invitations. #coaching • Meanwhile, USC won five games and has five participants. • In addition to Cal, both Arizona and Oregon State were shut out. • Kentucky had more invitees (eight) than USC (five) and UCLA (two) combined. (That’s wrong on so many levels.) Here’s the Pac-12 list, with the Rivals rating: Arizona: No players invited Arizona State: WR N’Keal Harry (5 stars), DL Renell Wren (3) Cal: No players invited Colorado: S Evan Worthington (3) Oregon: S Ugo Amadi (4), LB Justin Hollins (3), DL Jalen Jelks (3), WR Dillon Mitchell (4) Oregon State: No players invited Stanford: WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3), K Jake Bailey (2), OL Nate Herbig (3), CB Alijah Holder (3), RB Bryce Love (4), LB Bobby Okereke (4), TE Kaden Smith (4) UCLA: OL Andre James (4), TE Caleb Wilson (2) USC: LB Cameron Smith (4), OL Chuma Edoga (4), LB Porter Gustin (5), CB Iman Marshall (5), S Marvell Tell (4) Utah: OL Jackson Barton (4), LB Chase Hansen (4), LB Cody Barton (3), K Matt Gay, N/AS Marquise Blair (3), P Mitch Wishnowsky (2) Washington: QB Jake Browning (4), LB Ben Burr-Kirven (3), DL Greg Gaines (3), RB Myles Gaskin (3), OL Kaleb McGary (4), CB Jordan Miller (3), CB Byron Murphy (4), TE Drew Sample (2), S Taylor Rapp (3) Washington State: OT Andre Dillard (2), QB Gardner Minshew (0), RB James Williams (3) The Combine starts the last week in February. The Hotline will assess the top storylines for Pac-12 prospects before the festivities begin. — Jon Wilner. *** Sign-up here for a free subscription to the Hotline newsletter. Thanks for your support. From the Hotline • A special edition of the stock report, published last Thursday, took a deep dive into football recruiting with rising/falling ratings for every team. • What might the media landscape look like when the Pac-12 renegotiates its contracts? The Hotline spoke to the man advising the conference on its strategy, and his vision is fascinating. • Previous editions of the newsletter are available in archived form using the following hashtag: https://www.mercurynews.com/tag/pac-12-hotline-newsletter/ Why we need your support: Like so many other providers of local journalism across the country, the Hotline’s parent website, mercurynews.com, recently moved to a subscription model. A few Hotline stories will remain free each month (as will this newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe at a rate of just 12 cents per day for 12 months. And thanks for your loyalty. Dirty Play A section devoted to content on the basketball scandal. • While not directly related to the corruption case playing out in New York City, the latest news from Tucson is indirectly related: Arizona has started dismissal proceedings with assistant Mark Phelps, reportedly for potential NCAA violations involving academic misconduct. The situation adds another layer of storm clouds to the Wildcats’ scandal-plagued program. Three former assistants under Sean Miller have been linked to improprieties. Meanwhile, the Board of Regents met and supported the decision to fire Phelps. In the news (Note: The Hotline newsletter includes links to sites that could require a subscription once the number of free views has been reached.) • Arizona’s football program could use some energy after a disappointing first year under Kevin Sumlin. Maybe the new assistants will provide it. • Chris Petersen is a master at turning three-star prospects into high-round NFL Draft picks, writes the Times’ Matt Calkins. • Cal coach Justin Wilcox is dead set on upgrading the offense. The good news: It cannot be any worse. • Good behind-the-scenes account of Utah’s successful close with 4-star running back Jordan Wilmore. • UCLA’s season opener at Cincinnati has been moved up two days, which will give the Bruins more time to prepare for their daunting Week Two opponent: San Diego State. • The good and bad with Washington State’s recruiting class (and the quarterback situation qualifies as both). • Stanford center Brian Chaffin is headed to Rice to play for a familiar face as a grad transfer. • USC coach Clay Helton plans to step away from the Xs and Os and “focus on what’s truly important for this team, which is the accountability, the discipline of the game …” • The Hotline is a big fan of the Pac-12’s sustainability initiatives. Colorado won the “Zero Waste Challenge” for the football season. State of Affairs Perspective on the conference from beyond its borders. • Three Pac-12 assistant coaches/coordinators were named top-25 recruiters by Rivals … Yahoo’s Pete Thamel plunges into the basketball coaching carousel and leads his latest column with a look at UCLA’s options … The AP weighs in on Pac-12 basketball and notes, accurately, that “it won’t get any easier” for at-large contenders as the bubble shrinks in the final weeks … Speaking of: The latest Bubble Watch from The Athletic simplifies the situation: ‘Blame the Pac-12.’ Media Landscape • Perhaps it’s not surprising coming from a former ESPN studio analyst, but ASU coach Herm Edwards has an open policy when it comes to assistant coaches and players talking to the media. “You have to develop their skills, not only on the field but off the field.” (Several coaches in the conference, including one 100 miles down the freeway, take a different view of the situation.) Medal Stand A section devoted to content on Pac-12 Olympic sports. • One reason for third-ranked Oregon’s success: Satou Sabally, the versatile Berlin transplant who’s averaging 17.7 points alongside that Ionescu phenomenon. • Washington’s softball team is loaded. “The Huskies made it to nationals two years ago and to the championship game last year. It’s obvious what would be the final step in the progression,” according to the Times’ Larry Stone. • No surprise: The Pac-12 is well-represented on the Golden Spikes preseason Watch List. Here are the names. All of ’em. • Lastly, a behind-the-scenes video from the Pac-12 shows retiring UCLA legend Valorie Kondos Field doing what she does: Coaching. On the Hardwood • The Hotline is surprised by almost nothing. ASU losing at home to Washington State by 20? That shocked me. • Ten wins down, eight wins to go for Washington. • Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker thinks Jarron Collins, the former Stanford star and current Warriors assistant, might fit at UCLA. • I initially thought the headline to a Salt Lake Tribune said Utah freshman Riley Battin lived in a storage shed growing up, but I must have been hallucinating. • Doubt, dread, disappointment — they were all palpable at McKale Center last night as Arizona struggles on and off the court, writes the Daily Star’s Greg Hansen. Football Recruiting links The Hotline recently announced an expansion of Pac-12 recruiting coverage, with an emphasis on the schools and conference-wide trends, not only the prospects themselves. (That space is capably filled by Rivals, 247sports, etc.) We’ll have bimonthly columns starting in the second half of February, but the unofficial roll-out began last month. Links to previous columns: • Alabama recruiters smell blood on the west coast as the Pac-12 struggles to keep pace on the field. • Tosh Lupoi, the former Pac-12 player and assistant coach, became the conference’s chief recruiting nemesis when he joined the Crimson Tide staff. Now he’s in the NFL and o longer an obstacle. • For a variety of reasons, high school football participation is shrinking faster in the Pac-12’s primary talent pool (California) than in those of the other Power Five conferences. • A podcast with 247sports recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman, who breaks down the top Pac-12 story lines for NSD. • As USC, UCLA struggle to hold their ground with elite in-state recruits, Oregon and Washington happily fill the void. • Your anti-anxiety guide to National Signing Day, with recruiting ratings for every all-conference player over the past six seasons. Looking Ahead [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] What’s coming on the Pac-12 Hotline: • Spring practice? Yes, spring practice. The next newsletter is scheduled for Monday. Like it? Please forward this email to friends (sign up here). If you don’t, or have other feedback, let me know: pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com. *** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline *** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.