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Honesty and optimism are Dole’s biggest assets

By James Rice
On-line Forty-Niner commentary
Thursday, October 31, 1996

According to the Los Angeles Times approximately 89 percent of all newspapers are liberal or have some kind of democratic slant on topics. With this sort of influence over politics it takes no special calculus formula to figure out why Republicans have been having a rough time in this year’s projected polls.

Consequently, this article is perhaps an attempt to equal out this trend by saying that despite his age, Bob Dole is the best choice for America.

There are obviously many differences between President Clinton and Dole, but perhaps the biggest one deals with the issue of character and honesty.

It is a fact that Clinton has pardoned witnesses from testifying at the Whitewater trials. It is a fact that when ever Clinton does something ethically questionable as in File Gate or what have you, it seems to be down played by most media.

For further information on this topic, the Dick Morris issue of Time Magazine could be found influential come election time.

In the same previous situation, if Bob Dole was president and the same circumstances occurred, the people would hear about it directly.

Direct questioning and public lynching would probably have resulted from this sort of situation. Yet during President Clinton’s term, the people of America seem oblivious to the past situations surrounding President Clinton’s ethics.

On the other hand, maybe people do know about Whitewater, File Gate and other actions, but they quite simply do not care about them. This is an altogether frightening situation if in fact people are aware of Clinton’s past political problems, but still choose to vote for him because the voters are liberal.

This liberal or democratic type of rationale should still have some sort of tie in with morals and ethics, political labels aside.

There is no doubt that Clinton is a great politician, but do great politicians make good presidents?

Not only is Dole qualified to be president, but his optimism and desire to truthfully do the right thing for America should be considered his biggest asset.

One of the biggest issues in the upcoming election is affirmative action. Clinton opposes programs like Prop. 209.

Diversity is one of the great things about America, but to give people special privileges because of their race could be classified as the foundation of racism.

Dole backs Prop. 209 as a notion best for the people as a whole.

Another main issue in the upcoming election is education. Clinton currently has a school voucher program which tells minorities where to go for their education, regardless of where they want to go.

Right now, millions of welfare children have to get their education from inner city public schools. Dole’s stand on school vouchers, gives each student a chance to go where ever they are qualified to go.

Although the economy is visibly in better shape, should Clinton be given all the credit for it? City governors, Republicans and Democrats alike have directly made more jobs available for the people of their communities.

Bob Dole is honest. Bill Clinton is not. Bob Dole has not been involved in any kind of scandal. Bill Clinton been involved in many. And Bob Dole should be elected.

James Rice is a reporter for the Daily Forty-Niner.

Mosley talks about adolescence, ‘Devil’ and Denzel

By James Rice
On-line Forty-Niner
Thursday, October 3, 1996

Walter Mosley, the award-winning author of “Devil in a Blue Dress,” intimately discussed his novels as well as what Los Angeles means to him at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center Monday night as part of the Odyssey 1996-97: The City Project.

After the free screening of the movie based on Mosley’s novel, starring Denzel Washington, Mosley answered questions. The tall and engaging speaker took the questions one by one from the crowd.

Although he dealt with them fast, he dredged deep into each question and philosophized with true passion. But most of the questions were of, about or pertaining to Denzel Washington.

All of the questions except for one had to do with the movie and its characters. The other question came from an overly excited lady who wanted Mosley’s home phone or beeper number . . . it didn’t happen.

“Devil” director Carl Franklin and producer Jesse Beaton could not make it to the discussion, but it turned out for the best.

Mosley was one-on-one with the audience, which created a quaint, town-hall atmosphere.

Mosley also reflected on his days of growing up in South Central Los Angeles. It was there that he said his attitudes and perceptions of the city really formulated, as well as his hatred toward the police.

Reading some words he had written earlier that day entitled “The City and Me,” Mosley expressed attitudes and perceptions that accompanied him throughout his youth.

One excerpt from “The City and Me” reads, “The only white people I knew of growing up were my mother’s family and the people that lived inside the TV.”

Mosley made the point of everything being viewed differently. For example, he said, “Everyone has a different L.A. I have a different L.A. And everybody that lives in L.A. has a different L.A.”

Mosley said when he witnessed the beating of Rodney King, everybody viewed it differently. He said that while he saw his heritage, his father’s heritage, his grandfather’s heritage and his great grandfather’s heritage, others saw a crime.

He has many projects in the works, including a movie for HBO for which he wrote the screenplay. His newest novel will hit the stores in January. “Black Angel,” Mosley said, will hopefully be an independent or low-budget film as well.

Odyssey 1996-97: The City Project involves the campus with a series of major speakers, video conferences, performances, films, events, field trips and classes focused on intellectual issues of importance.

Those interested in more information about the Odyssey Project should call (310) 985-7572.

Clinton wins informal student survey

By James Rice
On-line Forty-Niner
Tuesday, November 5, 1996

In an informal poll of 100 students on campus, 44 students said they were voting for President Clinton, 25 said they were voting for Bob Dole, three said they liked Ross Perot and 28 were undecided.

In the dying wake of this election, the drama has unfolded. A lot has happened in the last week. The democratic party has been accused of illegal campaign contributions and the 73-year-old Dole vowed to campaign for 96 straight hours last week.

In addition to the climaxing aura in this election, Reform Party leader Ross Perot has gained a couple of points in pre-election polls and is seemingly trying to make President Clinton’s life difficult.

According to the L.A. Times, President Clinton will finish up his campaign visiting New Hampshire, Ohio and Kentucky.

Republican candidate Dole, now with 24 hours left on his 96-hour “Non-Stop Victory Tour,” has fought feverishly for victory in California and Colorado.

His attacks on Clinton have focused around financial support by taxpayers for illegal immigrants and campaign contributions the Democratic Party has received, the Times said.

Conversely, on the front of Clinton’s strategic bullet is the outlining of campaign reform ideas.

According to the Times, Perot’s stock is rising and his attacks on President Clinton are also growing stronger.

“Wake up,” Perot said. “If I broke my word to you again and again, as (Clinton) has, why in the world would you even consider me as a candidate for county coroner, much less the most important job in the world?”

Perot and Dole both have expressed their discontent with Clinton’s alleged intake of illegal campaign contributions.

President Clinton has answered by invoking campaign reform ideas that will be enacted if he is re-elected.

“The President says he’s done nothing wrong, I believe him,” said psychology major Jose Hernandez. “Who else is there (in the election), really?”

“I think most voters are not really concerned with this side of the election,” said economics major Bill Adley. “Clinton has helped our economy.”

Perot doesn’t agree, according to the Times. “Do you want a commander in chief who will put our armed forces’ lives at risk in exchange for $15 million for his presidential campaign?”

All in all, Election ’96 has progressed into a heated furnace of drama and debate which will end tonight after the votes are in.


Photo by Amy Beth Bennett

Skateboard pro Brian Patch “busts major method
air” high above crowd at Fresh Tracks expo.

Board expo a major hit

By James Rice
On-line Forty-Niner
Tuesday, October 22, 1996

Approximately 6,000 skate and snowboard fans came out to see the Boardriders Expo at the Pyramid this past weekend.

The Pyramid was transformed Saturday and Sunday into a bonanza extravaganza of half pikes, booths and bands. At first glance, the Expo made the swap meet look like, well like a swapmeet.

The biggest eye-catcher at the Expo, a 40- or 50-foot wooden half pike, loomed like a life-size Godzilla over the many curtains and booths. On the pike, it seemed the many skateboard hardcores were overly eager to showoff their goods or lack thereof.

A large crowd gathered and was treated to skids, twists, flips, kicks, nicks and major wipes.

For the skate and snowboard enthusiasts in general, the Expo was some kind of haven. Industry giants present included Airwalk, K2, Vans, Killer Loop, Oxygen and Rossignol making the ten dollar cover money well spent, according to an attendee.

“There’s a lot of new stuff,” said Long Beach resident John Fogan. “If you like this sort of thing it was worth coming out.”

There were more than 100 booths which catered to snow and skateboarding in one way or another. Many people received free gifts, ranging from stickers to snowboard trips.

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Jack Rose remembered at memorial

By James Rice
On-line Forty-Niner
Tuesday, October 29, 1996

Inside the Pyramid Saturday, the usual scoreboard was replaced with a gigantic computer picture of former CSULB track coach Jack Rose, at a ceremony held in his honor after he choked to death at the age of 66, during dinner last Monday night.

Rose was head coach for the CSULB track team for 17 years. He served as an assistant coach for 11 years and was a full-time professor of Physical Education for 36 years. He was at CSULB from 1956 to 1973 and was coordinator of the track program until 1981.

Rose did things his way. He rode his bicycle to campus every day and found positives in everything that he touched, son, Mark Rose said as he spoke at the memorial.

“He was a legend,” said Long Beach City College track coach Jim Richardson.

If the 700 people at the Pyramid Saturday were any indication, Rose was not only a legend to the coaches but he was a legend to others as well.

“One time a police officer pulled me and my father over. I was speeding pretty good, but after my father was done talking to the cop he let us go with a warning and had a smile on his face,” said Mark Rose.

Rose’s son Mark Rose quoted one of his fathers own five rules to live by. “Smile a lot . . . it costs nothing and is beyond price.”

Those words were printed on the memorial programs.

“He just always did the right thing,” son Scott Rose said.

Rose cannot only be remembered for his contributions to athletics, but also for his contributions to people.

“His deeds are his monument. His life is our inspiration,” son, Scott Rose said.

Rose was the North American Finals Director of Hershey’s Track and Field Youth Program. In 1981 he received a Bronze Medal from the International Olympic Academy for academics in Olympia, Greece. He was also a pre-Olympic coach in Central Europe in 1968.

Rose served as ceremonies coordinator for Track and Field at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was elected to the University and City Hall of Fame for his work with students and sports.

The memorial at The Pyramid was attended by Rose’s wife, Susan; his brother, Dr. Richard Rose; his sister-in-law, Mary Helen Rose; his sons, Michael, Mark and Scott; his daughter-in-laws, Robin and Kelley; and his grandchildren, Christina, Caroline, Taylor, Brennan, Jarrett, Tanner, Hunter and Kennady.

The memorial program quoted Rose with past words. “The Olympic Games really mean something to me. It is a demonstration of what sport in its purest form should be. I may never finish this work, but I will get it started. It will be up to you to keep the spirit going, and like the torch, carry it high.”

Expo shows newest advances in boarding

By James Rice
On-line Forty-Niner
Thursday, October 17, 1996

The Boardriders Expo at The Pyramid will introduce the newest trends and technologies in the snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding industries Saturday and Sunday.

“We are giving away a million dollars worth of stuff,” said Boardriders Expo representative Chris May.

Three ski-lift tickets will be given away, and an interactive CD ROM featuring music by Soundgarden will be given away free to everyone who attends the expo.

Numerous companies will have booths featuring what is hot and trendy for the upcoming year.

“Basically, the Boardriders Expo is an auto show for the skate-snowboard enthuisiast or fan,” May said. “The booths are going to be really interactive.”

All of the companies at the expo will have professionally-trained representatives available to answer questions. Some of the companies involved include Sony, KROQ-FM radio, DVS, ESPN and Tower.

During the expo, many live bands will provide entertainment in between the prospective booth visiting .

“Bands like Head, Homegrown, Dial 7, Joystick and maybe Voodoo Glow Skulls and Agent Orange will play,” May said.

In addition to the booths and live bands, there will also be many free giveaways.

A snowboard will be raffled off every hour. An Alaskan Heliboard vacation from Out of Bounds and Adlersheim Lodge is another freebie. And a trip for two to Purgatory, Colo. with airfare and hotel included, is another free prize.

For those that are first-time snowboarders, there is an offer for free board rental and lesson.

“It’s a good opportunity for someone who wants to get into snowboarding,” May said.

This year’s Expo is the first of its kind to let the public get involved, according to May. In the running years before, corporate and company representative were the only ones allowed to get into the Expo.

The price for admission is $10 and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For tickets to the Boardriders Expo, call the Admission Network at (800) 678-5440. Further information is available by calling (714) 376-6942. To register for a chance to win a trip, call the Orange County Register Infoline at (714) 550-4636, ext. 3976.

Festival of trees raises money for community

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2000 12:00 am


The sixth annual Gladwin festival of trees and Lions Holiday craft show lit up the Gladwin High School cafeteria Saturday with Christmas trees and holiday cheer.

Seventeen decorated wreaths and twenty-two glowing Christmas trees were donated by various high school groups like the National Honor Society and the Kiwanis Key Club as well as local businesses. Some of the participating businesses were Gifts Etcetera, Mack’s Menu, The Frank E. Ward Co., Alwards Electric Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Mr. M’s, Cedar Bar and Grill, Lyle’s Flowers, Saint Gobain Performance Plastics of Beaverton and Bonham Heating and Air Conditioning. The silent auction saw trees and wreaths ranging anywhere from $10 and $125 dollars each.

Guests could visit the various craft displays while bidding on their favorite trees. There was also a fifty-fifty raffle.

The event was organized by the Kiwanis Key Club of Gladwin High School. The money that is raised for the silent auction of trees goes to the Key Club, which has to pay dues to the International Organization and returns the rest of their funds to the community.

“We raise money for charities, service projects, everything we raise goes right back into the community in terms of projects,” says Kiwanis Key Club advisor Dale Bragg. The Kiwanis Key Club also raises money for sporting equipment, runs a coat donation drive, helps the elderly and needy families.

The club has experienced a great deal of growth this year.

“We started with thirty kids. We now have ninety-five,” said Bragg.

He said the club participates in a variety of projects.

“We have three classrooms at the elementary school that we visit for a read relief program called Reading Buddies. We read to them for one hour and every kid, every visit gets a book from us.”

They also visit the Gladwin Living Center on Pratt Lake road, where they talk to their elders and play games like bingo or schedule a craft. They’ve been helping the community for several years and fund raisers like the Festival of trees puts a smile on everyone’s face.

“We’re having a fun time, I really like doing this,” said Key Club member Phil Cook.

“We plan for it every year and it’s good to see the turn out,” said Key Club member April Orvis.

The Key club members have final say into which project the money goes.

Keeping the festival festive was the job of the first year jingle bell rocking Gladwin High School Jazz Band. Also playing on the docket was the Gladwin Band and Choir. And topping the day off was the Northern Notes Dulcimers.

First Review, old cover…

Local author publishes first book


Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:42 pm

GLADWIN – For ten years Gladwin author Jim Alexander Rice has been writing novels and now his first published work entitled American Freak is available for sale in paperback and eBook versions at Amazon. com, Barnes and Nobles and anywhere eBooks are sold. Jim Alexander Rice grew up downstate in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and attended college at California State University, Long Beach, where he studied journalism, film and literature. An avid sports and music fan, Jim moved to Gladwin after living in Long Beach, California and then Hollywood for fifteen years. He made the jump to the west coast right after high school and in Hollywood he worked with many famous names in the show business world, as an extra, production assistant and then a young screenwriter. He once even helped Robert DeNiro’s personal assistant on the movie 15 Minutes. His first novel entitled American Freak is the story about a very extraordinary young man named Miles Dane, who has a dire dream and a vision to make this country a better and safer place. With the help of two loyal cohorts, the three embark on a cross-country journey to tackle this nations’ most dangerous and notorious criminals. Their goal is to ultimately eliminate every fugitive on the FBI’S Most Wanted List and their methods in doing so are usually non-violent and without guns. This is a fast paced episodic crime/coming of age story, but as with most dreams they never ever go as planned. There are many twists here and it is written with the intention to keep the reader’s attention. Fans of Quentin Tarantino, James Patterson, Chuck Palahniuk and Dean Koontz should enjoy this tale. Currently Jim is at work on his second book, a true story about his years in Hollywood.


Gladwin’s Rice publishes “Hollywood Underground”


By Pat Maurer

Jim Rice of Gladwin, 45, recently published his memoir, “HOLLYWOOD UNDERGROUND,” the true story of his experiences as a young man living incognito for three years inside two major movie studio lots in Hollywood in pursuit of a dream to work in show business.

He said, “Armed with a few screenplays I’d written, a short film some friends and I had made and some extra clothes, at the age of twenty-seven, I jumped a blue line train from Long Beach to Hollywood.”

He continued, “After being on the streets of Hollywood, I jumped the fence of Paramount Studios and would live inside the historic movie lot for the next three years eating from the craft service tables of various TV shows: Becker, Roswell, Judging Amy, The Amanda Show, Frasier, various failed TV pilots and the movie, Fifteen Minutes, to name just a few.”

Over the three years of his studio life, he said he met various TV and film actors, as well as show business people and slept in an outdoor ivy-covered catwalk attached to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

When he was “found out” there by landscapers, he said he made the catwalks of STAGE 30 (where they filmed Soul Train) his home. “In all honesty, I survived by acting like I worked at various other places throughout the movie lot and [finally] realized that I was acting to merely survive rather than receiving a paycheck.”
Rice explained how he managed for so long. “This happened from the summer of 1997 to the spring of 2001. [During that time] I took on some jobs as a volunteer, but to the security staff and many other Paramount Employees I came into contact every day, it became a charade and juggling act to keep my many

Jim Rice

perceived ‘persona’s’ or ‘roles’ in the air. To some, like a security guard named Tom, I was a promotions guy named Bob Stanton, to others I was an assistant editor for Judge Judy and yet to others I was a professional extra, a reporter for Newsweek, a young up and coming actor and screenwriter to name just a few.”
He said, “I also pulled cable for a soap opera, was a production assistant for The Amanda Show, a perceived reporter for Newsweek on the set of Fifteen Minutes, a court room juror on Judging Amy, a vampire of the underworld on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, etc. HOLLYWOOD UNDERGROUND is the true story of chasing a dream to the very end, no matter the cost.”

He said he has been working on his book for the past six years and completed it just a year ago “after several re-writes, edits and even a title change.” It was originally titled STAGE 30.

Jim was born and raised in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. His parents moved to Gladwin after he left for California. His Father is a retired Detroit Police Officer and my Mother works in eye care and as a tutor. “They sought to escape the city life and did!” he said.
He moved to Gladwin ten years ago.

A journalism and film guy from California State University in Long Beach, he writes full time and has a novel published and another coming out soon.
“The first book is a novel entitled AMERICAN STREETS, which is about three young men who decide to make a difference and go after the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives for reward money. They become very good at what they do. Both the Kindle eBook and Paperback can be found here at the link  My latest novel, which is set to come out in a few weeks is entitled THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHARLIE CHANCE, which is about a most famous person, sort of like a modern day Michelangelo or Da Vinci and his fictional life story,” he said. “But I also do articles, he added. He said he worked for the Press Telegram in Long Beach and writes for the Gladwin Record in Gladwin.



Many people have had the Hollywood dream: pack up all of their belongings, head out West in a car they hope will make the trek, and sell that screenplay, land that acting role or direct that latest blockbuster.

Jim Alexander Rice of Gladwin had the same dream, but he did things in Tinsel Town his own way: on the down low.

“I was young, full of vigor,” he said, laughing.

Rice recently self-published his book — “Hollywood Underground” — about his adventures living on production sets under assumed roles and identities in the land of movies. “I know it was crazy,” he said. “Who does this?”

Rice said he has been writing all kinds of stories since he was younger.

“You could say I am a dreamer. Short stories, screenplays, that sort of thing,” he said. He said he had sent hundreds of copies of his screenplays to all kinds of people in the business.

“It kind of consumed me,” he said of his life-long work.

Rice grew up in Mount Clemens, where he lived with his parents. His folks were ready for retirement and sick of city life, so they planned on relocating to Gladwin.

“I had always wanted to go to California,” Rice said. “When my dad asked me if I wanted to go Gladwin or California, it was a no-brainer.”

Rice moved to Long Beach, Calif., and was accepted to college. He lived with his grandmother while he attended school, and took work with a local newspaper on various projects for a time, before taking the leap to work on screenplays full time.

“I thought I could get some done and maybe get a job acting on the side,” he said. “Working for the paper left me no time to pursue my dream of working in Hollywood, so I quit.”

At the time, he had a few screenplays written, as well as a short film under his belt.

“My idea was that maybe I could go to Hollywood and get work there and stay with a friend,” Rice said.

The job offers and fame did not come as he had hoped, however.

“I kinda got stranded out there. I was basically penniless,” he said. That’s when things started for him that would lead him on a more than three-year adventure in the back lots and quiet nights of Hollywood studios. While walking around a studio lot, he saw something that he could not resist.

“I saw this studio door that was open,” he said. “I was young. And it probably wasn’t the wisest choice.” Rice wandered around and took in the scene, before finding an ivy-covered terrace that was on the set of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

“It was perfect. It was covered and no one could see me up there,” he said. He slept there for a while, walking around various productions during the day. Soon after, he was discovered by landscapers, and he moved down the road to Stage 30 on the Paramount studio lot.

“That is where they filmed ‘Soul Train,’” he said.

He found a “cubby hole” above the studio.

“It was about 8 by 8 foot,” he said. “And it was full of cables. He would spend much of the next three years here, hiding his clothing, laptop and scripts. He said he would wash in the bathrooms at night, launder his clothes by hand and take showers when no one was around.

“The place was usually empty at night. I would sneak out around three in the morning,” he said.

During the days, Rice would blend into the controlled chaos of the TV shows being produced on the lots. He found himself working on and observing the production of many television shows. Rice was on the sets of shows, including “Frasier,” “Roswell,” “Becker,” “Judging Amy,” “The Amanda Show” and many failed TV pilots. He also spent time on the set of the movie “15 Minutes,” starring Robert DeNiro.

“I couldn’t believe I was actually in a studio,” he said.

Rice stressed that while he may not be exactly proud of some of his methods, he used his time there to learn every aspect of film and television production, from working as a grip on several productions to filling in as background extras. While on various sets, Rice learned to adopt roles that would allow him to go undetected and allow him to learn everything he could about the trade.

Some of his roles or covers included posing as a journalist, a grip, assistant to an assistant, a promoter, an editor and an actor.

“I always wanted to act, so I was acting. Just for real,” he said, laughing. “For the most part, no one really questioned me that much.”

Rice said he had to eat, so he discovered one of the bonuses for crews and actors working at studios: the craft service tables.

“They always had food and if anyone asked why I was eating, I would tell them I was with the production,” he said.

Despite the fear of being caught, Rice said he was thrilled to be in a working production studio, learning everything he could, and brushing shoulders with important people in the industry.

“It is surreal. When you are eating a bowl of chicken and rice next to Ted Danson, it is amazing,” he said. “I felt like I was close to my dreams.”

When asked if he was scared of being found out, Rice said that was a fear, but he did his best to stay in character.

“Yes,” he said. “I was acting.”

Aside from sleeping at the studio and trying no to blow his cover, Rice said he was little different from many other people living and working around Hollywood.

“I was always working on a script or screenplay on the side,” he said. “Everyone out there who worked a regular job had a screenplay they wanted to sell.” He said it was common for people working in fast food jobs or at coffee shops to have a script at the ready in case they could slip it into the hands of someone important.

After all of his adopted covers and hiding out for three years, Rice finally met up with the law in a totally unrelated event.

“I get ticketed for boarding a train without paying,” he said. Rice failed to appear for a hearing, which would later come to haunt him. He was finally snagged by a security guard, who caught Rice while he was printing one of his scripts in an empty office.

“I got arrested. They take failure to appear very seriously in California,” he said. He would spend two weeks in jail, enough time to do some soul searching. When released, he decided to let his parents in on what he had been doing.

“My parents had been worried about me the whole time. They didn’t know I wasn’t going to school,” he said. His folks convinced him to come home, and since 2001, he has been living in Gladwin and “writing like crazy.”

“I have three novels already and I am working on a fourth,” he said.

When asked if he plans to return to Hollywood some day, Rice thought for a moment.

“I do miss it out there but I have family here now,” he said. “But I hope to go back out there some day.”

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