Chet Pipkin is the most famous tech mogul you've probably never heard of, even though you've probably purchased some of his products. The founder of Belkin International dropped out of college to pursue his undying quest to be an entrepreneur. His parents never even attended high school.
Like many high schools in affluent areas, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School sends very few recent graduates off to war. But next week one of its teachers will be departing for the danger zone - for the second time in two years.
Some childhood actors turn to drugs. Others stay in show business. Kami Cotler became a middle school principal in Inglewood.
At age 89, Mr. Mack — or L.C. McHaskell, if you prefer to be formal — still can’t get enough of the attention that his fancy ride brings him. Especially with the ladies.
Anyone who still doesn’t believe that the Internet is the great equalizer ought to meet Patrick Sexton. A homeless man in Isla Vista, Sexton sleeps on a mattress tucked inside a thorny bush. And yet the 36-year-old drifter has created one of the world's most prominent online guides for improving Web site rankings on the Google search engine.
Linda Kolkind sits in the driver’s seat of a rusty van parked in the street adjacent to her home. The van’s side, rear, and hood are spray-painted with graffiti. “Prostitution: the world’s oldest oppression,” “Real men don’t have to pay,” and “Down with Johns!” are some of the spray-painted messages.