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Warren’s World

  • The Pursuit

    By Warren Miller on August 26, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·    The 20-foot Pursuit (my old camera boat) was loaded to the Plimsoll mark as we moved away from the launching ramp in Anacortes, Wash. I didn’t know it at the time, but this exploration of the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island in this small boat would change my life forever. I […]
  • 25 years of writing columns

    By Alyssa Ganong on August 19, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  Since I got my first job writing a weekly column for the Vail Daily about 25 years ago for 52 columns a year, for 25 years, 1,300 columns equals a lot of words. One of those columns appeared soon after it snowed 99 feet at Mount Baker one winter. Another when it started to become a […]
  • The Ford Pinto

    By Warren Miller on August 12, 2015
    By Warren Miller ·  During the 1970s, as far as I was concerned my life was in complete disarray. I was in the middle of an ugly divorce, my kids were all over the place with my son Scott graduating from the budget-busting Art Center in Pasadena, my daughter Chris was going to college in Santa Barbara, and my son […]
  • The Mattress

    By Warren Miller on August 5, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  I have a 6-foot-long, folding conference table in my office and under that table is a mattress designed for backpacking and sleeping on a bed of rocks. My office bed is so comfortable that I seem to fall asleep within 2 minutes when I lay down. I don’t know how many times I’ve folded up conference […]
  • Freedom on Mount Waterman

    By Warren Miller on July 29, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·    Tied tightly to the roof of the nearly new 1929 model A Ford coupe was my two-man toboggan that I had spent half of the semester of my seventh grade woodshop class making. This as my first project. I was already freezing cold as we started to climb up into the San Gabriel Mountains. Even […]
  • Unanticipated consequences, again

    By Warren Miller on July 22, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  Once in a while, it’s a good idea to pause in your journey through life and realize what might have happened if you turned right instead of left at that fork in the road. Had I not ridden my bicycle along with a friend for 3 miles to the Polar Palace ice arena in Hollywood, I […]
  • Enjoying the ski life

    By Warren Miller on July 15, 2015
    by Warren Miller · In the spring of 1997, my wife Laurie and I were living the good life in Vail, Colo., skiing almost every day when I was invited to take a ride on a private jet to Bozeman, Mont. On board were former Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp, Jon Reveal and the man who had invited us, Tim […]
  • Escaping in the dark

    By Warren Miller on July 8, 2015
    By Warren Miller · In 1930, we were headed northbound on a narrow, two-lane road in the San Fernando Valley called Ventura Boulevard. Our family’s entire possessions were jammed in and on top of the car because we had again moved in the middle of the night to avoid paying back rent. Apparently, my father didn’t feel like working and […]
  • New skateboard parks

    By Warren Miller on July 1, 2015
    By Warren Miller ·  In the early 1960s, my family was living in Hermosa Beach and our friend, Don Guild, owned the local drugstore. Appearing one day in his front window was an 18-inch piece of wood painted red with a roller skate nailed to the bottom. On the top in big bright, white letters it said “Bun Board.” A […]
  • Early surfing

    By Warren Miller on June 24, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·  When the economic crash happened in 1929, the unemployment rate in America skyrocketed to more than 25 percent. Almost daily, someone knocked on the back door and said, “I will do anything for a sandwich of any kind, please because I haven’t eaten in two days.” My father was one of those 25 percent out of […]