LOVE HIM TENDER: Everyone has something to...
LOVE HIM TENDER: Everyone has something to say about the Jackson-Presley marriage, but how would the King have felt? . . . Well, he wouldn’t have turned over in his grave, as some have suggested, says Santa Clarita’s Steve Williams, an Elvis impersonator who has performed all over the Southland. “Lisa Marie was his pride and joy,” he says, “and if she was happy, he would have accepted it.”
LA BAMBA: Speaking of musical legends, the Valley produced Ritchie Valens. Valens died in the same 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, and his native Pacoima has never forgotten him. The latest honor: a park in his name (B1). . . . Bob Keane, the producer who signed Valens, hasn’t forgotten him either. “I still miss him,” said Keane, head of Del-Fi Records in Hollywood. “He was like a son to me.”
LESSONS: They never won any national basketball championships at UCLA, but Don MacLean, Trevor Wilson (above) and Mitchell Butler won plenty of respect. And now it’s their turn to give tips to the next generation of dreamers (C10). . . . Wilson, who played for Cleveland High in Reseda, knows how to rebound, on and off the court. He played in Europe before returning to the NBA.
WRONG KATZ: Politicians and dentists don’t usually get confused with each other, but it does happen with Los Angeles dentist Richard Katz, who is sometimes mistaken for Richard Katz, the assemblyman from Sylmar. He gets calls from people looking for the politician. . . . Said the dentist’s wife, Ellen Katz: “They even look a little alike.”
LIMBO: To rebuild or to tear down, that is the question. And residents of the quake-damaged Sherman Court condo complex in Reseda have been waiting months for an answer from the primary lender (B2). . . . “It’s very frustrating,” said Teri Feld, head of the homeowners association. “Sherman Court is just sitting there.”