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Linda Thompson has led an extraordinary life. 

She was a queen of beauty pageants, lover to Elvis Presley, mother to two children with her former husband Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner), wife to music producer and musician David Foster, and an actress and songwriter to great personal success.

There’s no doubt the longtime Malibu resident, now 66, has plenty of stories to tell.

Lauren Finkler
Area firefighter Steven Moak was off-duty on Nov. 9, but there was no question in his mind that he belonged in Malibu.
Lauren Finkler

In the same room on Galahad Drive where 16-year-old Barbie Herron and Amber Laforet began their friendship, 22 years later, the pair returned to fill the space with a new set of memories, this time as business partners and co-founders of Head Regal.
“That room where I lived with Barbie for a summer when we were 16 became our first office,” Laforet said. “Basically, our business was born in one night over sushi. We came back into each other’s lives after all these years and we just absolutely connected — it was magnetic.”

Chris Bashaw

The Firestone Fieldhouse at Pepperdine University is nothing to write home about. Much of the seating consists of wooden benches that look like church pews and the space feels cramped overall. The arena feels more like a glorified high school gym than the site for Division 1 college sports events in an affluent town like Malibu. 

Alex Vejar
The Pepperdine University Athletics Department will partner with the #CaliforniaStrong movement and Southeast Ventura County YMCA, to play host to a celebrity softball game in support of the recent tragedies that have impacted community members on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Lauren Finkler

Longtime Malibu artist and surfer Warren Long has died. He was 62. 

Long, best known for his whimsical paintings and furniture that featured fish, mermaids, angels and flying pigs, was also a teacher. He worked at the Malibu Garden School in the 1990s and his Big Rock beach studio — full of paintings and sketches of the found objects collected along the shore that he used as sculptural elements in his work — was always open to students and visitors.

Alex Vejar

Kenneth Robinson, educator, best-selling author, speaker and international advisor on education, was in the Malibu area on Wednesday, May 27, to talk about his vision and to tour MUSE, the school developed by Malibu resident and environmental activist Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister, educator Rebecca Amis, that embodies many of the ideas advocated by Robinson. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu officially welcomed its very own, fully-licensed radio station — 97.5 KBUU-LP FM — to the airwaves last week, a project which Malibu resident and KBU general manager Hans Laetz has championed for more than a year. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Honoring Malibu native Johnny Strange is very important to his dad, Brian — so much so that he has put a $1 million matching donation behind City plans to build a skatepark in Malibu in commemoration of his late son. 

Brian said a skatepark was an obvious fit, as his son — who died Oct. 1, 2015, during a BASE jumping excursion in the Swiss Alps at the young age of 23 — was an avid skateboarder who traveled the world to share the sport. 

Lauren Finkler

Drake Hogestyn, an actor from “Days of Our Lives,” gave a master class in acting for daytime television last Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Malibu Playhouse.

Christopher Sean, who plays Drake’s son on “Days of Our Lives” and is the new main villain on “Hawaii Five-O,” joined Hogestyn on stage for an interactive exchange of acting experience, advice and practical acting techniques.

Alex Vejar

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