Saturday, May 31, 2008

Buddy Blue and the Beat Farmers

By Cathy Scott

In journalism, we're fortunate enough to meet and work in newsrooms with extraordinary people from all walks of life. Such was the case at the La Jolla Light newspaper, where I worked with Buddy "Blue" Seigal for a year and a half, beginning in 1989. He was a features writer, and I was the business editor. He'd show up for work in upscale La Jolla, California, wearing a leather or black-denim vest over a black or faded T-shirt (revealing his tattoos), black jeans, chains hanging from his belt loop and pocket, black leather studded boots, and his trademark goatee and long sideburns. Occasionally he'd wear a hat. His writing gig, he'd regularly tell us all, was just temporary until his musical career took off.

While at the Light, he cut an album with the indie record label Rhino. A bunch of us -- reporters, editors and ad staff -- went to downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter to watch him play at a club there. Buddy wasn't fond of one of our editors, and he wasn't shy either about vocalizing his displeasure, often during our weekly editorial meetings. He had such a dry sense of humor, plus he was direct, and during the meetings we'd sometimes look at him with surprise. He'd look back at us and ask, "What?" Then, a few seconds later he'd start laughing.

The last time I saw Buddy was about 10 years ago at a Society of Professional Journalists conference in Ontario, California. I was a speaker at a writer's workshop, and Buddy was receiving a writing award. We ran into each other the first day, at a luncheon. He looked the same and said he had a regular writing stint for the alternative newspaper the Orange County Weekly.

I was searching for something online today and ran across an obit in the San Diego Union-Tribune. It was Buddy's. The headline read, "'Buddy' Seigal, 48; performer a mainstay of S.D. music scene." He died two years ago, in 2006. I didn't know about it until today. His early band, the Beat Farmers, made its mark in Southern California, and Buddy Blue left his mark on those of us who were lucky enough to have spent time with him.

Publicity for Pawprints

Publishers Weekly has included Pawprints of Katrina at the top of its pet care new-release titles. It's exciting, watching publicity grow as the book is about to be released. It should be available around mid July. Just click here -- PW -- and you can read the write up. It's a nice description of the book. (Pictured is Mia, my little 8-pounder who was rescued from 4-feet of water after Hurricane Katrina. Her story is featured in the book). --Cathy

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pawprints of Katrina short video

A video is now viewable about my latest book, Pawprints of Katrina. Photographer Clay Myers put it together, and he did a great job. Here's the link: Pawprints video Pictured is Red, a paralyzed American Staffordshire terrier whose rescue, rehabilitation and adoption story make up a chapter in the book. Photo by Clay Myers.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Faces of Iraq

My friend Russell Klika, whom I once worked with at a daily newspaper in San Diego County, just won honorable mention in an international photo contest. It's a compelling pic he titled "Faces of Iraq." He shot it while serving in Baghdad as a combat photographer. The contest winners, including Russell's photo, are on display through May 23 at The Art of Photography Show at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery in San Diego's downtown Gaslamp Quarter.