Who says you can't get God into the LA Times?

More than 18 years ago, I was a community news reporter for the LA Times' "Our Times" section, a department of the Times that was actually sub-contracted out. My byline always included "SPECIAL TO THE TIMES." I worked in the Orange County main newsroom off Harbor and Sunflower.

One morning, I was sent out to cover the memorial service for surf legend Jack Haley held next to the Seal Beach Pier. What happened was incredible and part of the story I'm beginning to write now.

You can read the article on Haley's memorial service in the Times here


The paper doesn't archive photos from too far back so I found this photo that was used on the front page of the Orange County edition.

From the article...

Pastor Bucky Dennis, a family friend from Mariners Church in Newport Beach, said he gave Haley a surfing analogy during the last days of his life.

"I told him the last wave was a different kind of wave," Dennis said. "This was a wave that you rode by faith, not by sight."

Who says you can't get God into the LA Times?!!

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7