Yamaha Introduces New Props and Smoother Shifting to Midrange Outboards


Yamaha Introduces New Props and Smoother Shifting to Midrange Outboards

Capt. Ted Lund


Known for maPropeller By Application   Yamaha Outboards (1)nufacturing some of the smoothest running, shifting and quietest outboards on the market, Yamaha’s midrange motors just got a little smoother and quieter thanks to a new series of hi-tech, hi-performance aluminum propellers.

Specifically designed for outboards ranging from 70- to 115-hp,Talon aluminum props feature Yamaha’s proprietary Shift Dampner System (SDS™) for no-clunk, quieter operation across a wider range of boats. Yamaha’s SDS was previously only available for larger horsepower engines. The new props are perfect for pontoon, walleye, deep-V and fiberglass boats.

The new props not only greatly reduce the clunk sometimes associated with shifting, but also provide smooth and quiet in-gear operation, even at very low speeds — particularly for outboards featuring in-line cylinder designs.

Yamaha’s Talon series of props feature a high-efficiency, low slip design and a 13.5-inch diameter. The propellers also come in 9-inch, 10.5-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch, and 16-inch pitches to meet the requirements of just about any midrange power application.

“Now, you don’t have to be an offshore boater to enjoy smooth and quiet operation when shifting or trolling,” says David Meeler, Yamaha’s Product Information and Propeller Manager. “Talon propellers give you the smooth and quiet operation of SDS, and along with performance from an aluminum prop that has to be felt to be believed. These are high-performance aluminum propellers that are perfect for the mid-range segment of the boat market.”

Talon propellers feature new, replaceable SDS hubs that require no additional special hardware for operation. In addition to being compatible with the range of traditional 70-hp to 115-hp outboards, Talon props are an excellent companion for high-thrust models like the T50 and T60 engines.

The new Yamaha Talon propellers hit the water this Spring and are available through authorized Yamaha dealers nationwide. For more information on Talon technology, Yamaha Marine’s complete product line up or to find an authorized Yamaha dealer near you, visit yamahaoutboards.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



, Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

The Answer is…No

The Answer is…No

~ Amy Lignor


Of course it matters if fans watch football games. However, no matter how you look at it, the fans are never going to stop. Football is here to stay. It is the most beloved game in the United States, and bad headlines are not going to make it extinct. The jerseys are all out there, the
families head out to the stadium, paint their faces, wear cheese on their heads, and even cheer for the ones who throw four interceptions in one game. Why? Because they love their team.


no-1This constant news regarding the ‘bad’ players in the NFL has been horrific. The video was gross, the accusations and arrests of others have brought disgust to the soul of the fan who thought one thing and received another. BUT, the fan will not become extinct to the game of football. And although fans give money to the team through tickets, jerseys, etcetera, it is the corporate world that really keeps the NFL in business. Without their advertisements and cash, the NFL could go down the toilet. Will it? No.


There has not been a line of advertisers and sponsors coming out of the woodwork and giving up. There are, however, some that came out almost immediately. It was as if they wanted nothing to do with certain teams that had handled everything so badly. Did they pull out from other teams? No. They just came in and made their point as fast as possible. In fact, they – like the fans – are looking for Goodell to clean it up ASAP so that new headlines will take over and the NFL SHIELD can be polished up once again. The advertisers are smart, and they will continue to look for the Manning’s and Brady’s out there for all their commercial needs. Taking a true captain who everyone loves will make sure their products are never seen in a bad light.


This is about violence, however. The off-field problems need to be addressed – although this is one fan who wishes that the legal system would address it ASAP. In other words; you hit your kid or your wife or your husband – you are inserted into a jail cell where the last problem you have to worry about is how many games you’ll be suspended from. But we are not going to debate the ‘punishment should fit the crime’ here.


Sponsors have stepped back when it comes to their ads being associated with games that involve the Vikings or the Ravens. CBS also stated that for the game between the Ravens and the Steelers – the very first Thursday Night Football game played this season – an advertiser walked. And although they will not pull out, major sponsors have definitely made it verbal that they do not like any of this, and threw the threat out that they would walk if the league didn’t shape up. Will they? No.


We are talking big names: Anheuser-Busch and McDonald’s, just to name two. In addition, and perhaps the one most embarrassing to the NFL, would be Procter & Gamble pulling out of a cancer initiative with the league for the month of October. Add in Radisson Hotels suspending their sponsorship with the Vikings, and you are looking at huge embarrassments until the NFL keeps its word and gets back in shape.


Is the jig up, so to speak? No. Corporate sponsors will remain with the NFL as long as it is a cleaner NFL and Goodell makes sure to do what he says he will do. Will domestic violence completely end in the U.S. and around the world? No. Unfortunately.
From the football fan’s point of view: it sure would be nice for the fan who has loved this game all their lives to see more of an Eli Manning 4TD rout or a Peyton Manning ‘almost’ comeback against the Seahawks, than have to hear about players who deserve a cell and not a uniform.


From the human’s point of view: bring back the time when justice was distributed by the system of people who wear uniforms that do not come along with a football helmet.


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Source: Baret News Wire

Fishburne Baby Fishburne!

Laurence Fishburne

The “Black-ish” Interview

with Kam Williams

Fishburne Baby Fishburne!


Laurence J. Fishburne, III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer and director. Starting at the age of 10, Laurence starred on the soap opera “One Life to Live.” He made his feature film debut at age 12 in “Cornbread, Earl and Me” and followed that up a few years later with “Apocalypse Now.”


His television performances include “The Box” episode of “Tribeca” which earned him an Emmy award and “Thurgood,” which earned him an Emmy nomination. He starred for three seasons on the hit series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and he was an Emmy Award nominee and an NAACP Image Award winner for his starring role in the telefilm “Miss Evers’ Boys,” which he executive-produced. And he can currently be seen alongside Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen in the NBC thriller series “Hannibal.”

Through his production company, Cinema Gypsy, Laurence is scheduled to executive-produce and star in “The Right Mistake,” a dramatic television series for HBO. The company also made the movies “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Five Fingers” and “Once in the Life.”

Among his many film credits are “Boyz n the Hood,” “A Rumor of War,” “The Color Purple,” “The Matrix” trilogy, “Decoration Day” and “The Tuskegee Airmen,” for which he received an NAACP Image Award. Laurence also won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, and Tony Awards for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.” In 2006. he reteamed with his frequent acting partner Angela Bassett at The Pasadena Playhouse in August Wilson’s “Fences.” directed by Samuel Epps.

Here, he talks about playing Pops on the new TV sitcom, “Black-ish.”


Kam Williams: Hi Laurence, I’m honored to have another opportunity to speak with you.

Laurence Fishburne: Thank you, Kam. It’s good to hear your voice.


KW: I told my readers I’d be interviewing you, so I’m mixing in their questions with my own. Aaron Moyne asks: What inspired the title Black-ish?

LF: Ah, the title came from Kenya Barris, our writer/creator. It’s like “squeamish” or “Jewish” or other “ish” terms like that.


KW: Editor Lisa Loving says: Why this show? Why now? And Harriet Pakula-Teweles says:What was “intrigue-ish” about doing this show?

LF: What was intriguing to me, first of all, was that it’s comedy, which is something I don’t do a lot of. I’ve wanted to do comedy for a while, and the elements of this show fit. They really made sense in terms of my doing a comedy basically about a well-to-do black family with children of privilege, living in modern America, in our Digital Age. I can relate to what all of that means and how we have to navigate it. So, that’s the why and the where.


KW: How would you describe your character, Pops, in 25 words or less?

LF: [Chuckles] I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t describe my character Pops in 25 words or less.


KW: Director Rel Dowdell says: You’ve presented some of the most memorable images of African-American men at either end of the spectrum with “Furious Styles” from “Boyz N the Hood” and Ike Turner from “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Is it difficult to portray characters that are so different in persona and morality, and do you have a preference?

LF: I don’t have a preference. The wonderful thing about what I do is being able to run the gamut. It’s never the same. I don’t get excited about the idea of playing the same person all the time. I do get excited about being able to explore different people and different characters, and using my range, as it were.


KW: Professor/Filmmaker/editor Hisani Dubose says: Please ask the wonderful Mr. Fishburne why he decided to do comedy. He’s such a great actor that I’m sure he’ll pull it off.

LF: Because I haven’t done much of it and because a lot of people don’t know that I actually can be quite funny. Plus, I feel that the context of the show, the timing of everything, and my wonderful cast mates, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, all added up to the perfect combination of ingredients. It just makes sense at this time. And actors should be able to do both comedy and drama. At least the good ones.


KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: Do you get to ad-lib on the show?

LF: Yes, we do.


KW: Shelley Evans asks: Is it any easier for African-American actors to land parts on television and web series these days?

LF: Well, it’s certainly easier than it was 30 years ago! [LOL]


KW: Sangeetha Subramanian asks: Do you think diversity has improved on television over the years? There is still so much more to do, but is there anything the general public can do to campaign for more authentic diverse images being represented?

LF: I think that if the general public would use that social media tool to express their desire to see a more authentic and genuine representation of what the American family looks like, then that would be helpful.


KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier says: I have a high respect for you as an actor for decades and I was blown away to discover even more your high-caliber when you performed the role of Thurgood Marshall for the play. My question is what does Marshall represent to you and how did you prepare for the role?

LF: Thurgood Marshall represents so much to many different people. For me, he really came to represent not just the courage that African-Americans have had to have in the face of discrimination and racism, but the courage that was borne out of the love that he received from his family, his community, his educators and his classmates. Everything he did was borne out of that love and support that was given to him. He also went into the lion’s den not only with great courage but with great humor. So, he’s really a towering figure in our history.


KW: Is there another historical figure you would like to portray?

LF: I’m sure there are many, but I couldn’t pick just one right now.


KW: D.V. Brooks says: Mr. Fishburne, having become one of our esteemed elders in the performing arts and public figures what advice would you like to pass on to the upcoming generation of writers, actors, producers and directors of color in continuing the legacy of such individuals such as  Ruby Dee, Amiri Baraka, August Wilson and others like yourself?

LF: The real answer to that is that when I see those young people I will give that advice to them. It is for them and for them only.


KW: D.V. also says: You and I share an experience from our youth: the Model Cities summer programs. What did that experience, along with the support of your parents, Laurence, Sr. and Hattie, instill in you as an artist?

LF: The Model Cities experience didn’t really inform me as an artist as much as it informed me as a human being. It was a very safe place to be, and I came away from that experience with a lot more confidence in myself as a person.


KW: Marcia Evans says: Kam, you must use my questions and comments.  Please start off by letting Laurence know that I’ve followed his career since One Life to Live. Let him know that I’m a huge fan of his work, especially the amazing performance he honored us playing Socrates Fortlow in “Always Outnumbered” That blew me away. I went thru a box of tissues that night. Thank him for me because he really brought it.

LF: Thank you, Marcia.


KW: She goes on to say: I know his lovely wife Gina Torres has Cuban roots. I wonder if he’s had the pleasure to visit Cuba as yet.

LF: No I haven’t been to Cuba yet.


KW: She also says: I’m aware he is a music lover and I’d like to know whether he digs Cuban vibes.

LF: I love Cuban music.


KW: Next, she asks: What are your favorite countries to visit?

LF: Goodness! I love Morocco. I love Italy. I love Spain. And I love Tahiti.


KW: Finally, Marcia suggests: They should make a film about Hannibal, and cast you, Mr. Laurence Fishburne, in the title role. You’d make a splendid Hannibal!

LF: That’s very kind, Marcia. Thank you very much!


KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

LF: No. [Chuckles]


KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

LF: The last book I read would be right here on my Kindle. It’s called “Perfect Brilliant Stillness.”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0976578301/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20


KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?

LF: I enjoy making Arroz con Pollo for my wife.


KW: Thanks again for the time, Laurence. I really appreciate it. And best of luck with Black-ish.

LF: You’re welcome and thanks, Kam.



Collegians Form Fake Charity to Fleece Gullible Christians in Faith-Based Morality Play

Believe Me

Film Review by Kam Williams

Collegians Form Fake Charity to Fleece Gullible Christians in Faith-Based Morality Play


Even though I was raised in the church and attended services religiously as a child, I was simultaneously warned by my skeptical grandmother that sometimes, “The closer supposedly to Christ, the further from God.” That sage old saying came to mind while watching 120907_galBelieve Me, an intriguing modern morality play written and directed by Will Bakke (Beware of Christians).

The story revolves around the ethical issues confronting Sam Atwell (Alex Russell), a law school-bound college senior, or at least he thought. Trouble is, his parents suddenly can’t afford to pay his final semester’s tuition which means he won’t be able to graduate on time or continue his education the following fall.

This is the predicament we find the handsome upperclassman facing at the picture’s point of departure, a time when he’d really rather be hazing pledges to his fraternity and hooking up with cute coeds he meets at keg parties. And after a futile visit with the unsympathetic school dean (Nick Offerman), Sam knows he simply has to come up with the $9,000 somehow, if he wants to get that degree in June.

Thinking outside the box, he concocts an elaborate scheme to separate gullible Evangelicals from their cash, figuring them to be a soft touch. So, he enlists the assistance of a few of his frat brothers in the nefarious endeavor, namely, Pierce (Miles Fisher), Tyler (Sinqua Wells) and Baker (Max Adler).

The plan is to prevail upon Born Again congregations by posing as a Christian charity assisting needy children in Africa. In due course, Sam proves to be such a good pitchman that the money starts flooding in.

That development is not lost on Ken (Christopher McDonald), a faith-oriented entrepreneur who offers to help take the boys’ burgeoning business to the next level. Soon, as the God Squad, they’re on the prayer meeting tent circuit and selling120917_gal a Christian clothing line called Cross Dressing that includes “F-Satan” t-shirts and the like.

However, the sinful scheme begins to unravel when they have no place to send a kid (Chester Rushing) who wants to do missionary work with them in Lesotho. And the moment of truth arrives when the pretty tour coordinator (Johanna Braddy) Sam’s just started dating is given proof by a colleague (Zachary Knighton) that her new beau is a big fraud.

At this juncture, the jig is essentially up, whether or not the arrogant co-conspirators are too blinded by a combination of cynicism and greed to confess to the crime. After all, they’d taken such glee in exploiting foolish followers of Christ by strategically faking everything from appropriately-pious poses to the right religious buzzwords.

A thought-provoking, faith-based parable asking whether it’s ever too late to make a second impression, especially on God.


Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for profanity

Running time: 93 minutes

Studio: Riot Studios / Lascaux Films

Distributor: Headline Features / Gravitas Features



Top Ten DVD List for September 30, 2014

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams



Top Ten DVD List for September 30, 2014





Agatha Christie’s Marple: Series Six



Daniel Boone: The Complete Series



Ivory Tower



Enemy of the Reich



The Field of Blood: Set One



I Know What You Did Last Summer



The Fidel Castro Tapes



Defiance: Season Two



My Little Pony: The Complete Series




Honorable Mention


Reign: The Complete First Season



Martin Clunes’ Wild Life



Blue Thunder



Brooklyn Ninety-Nine: Season One



Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story



Al Capone: Icon



Transformers: Age of Extinction



Monster High: Freaky Fusion



Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome!



Time Team America



Third Person



Sordid Lives



American Muscle






The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill



Thunder and the House of Magic


Iconoclastic Doc Focuses Lens on Ageless Fashion Plates

Advance Style

Film Review by Kam Williams

Iconoclastic Doc Focuses Lens on Ageless Fashion Plates

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We live in a culture which unfortunately equates beauty with youth. Why else are so many women to make a joke of their own faces so long as the skin remains as tight as a ten year old’s? As the late Joan Rivers, a big fan of cosmetic surgery, might ask: Can we talk?

For, flying in the face of this conventional wisdom is Ari Seth Cohen, a street photographer who roams around Manhattan looking for
flamboyant elderly females to capture with his camera. He even has a blog, Advanced Style (http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/) dedicated to portraits of these classy ladies ranging in age from 60 to 95.

The website generated so much interest that we now have Advanced Style, the movie, a documentary featuring some of his most attractive Advanced_Style_Film_Dogwoof_Documentary_1600_1375_85subjects. The picture marks the “Fabulous!” directorial of Lina Plioplyte who makes quite the splash simply by shedding light on seven, ageless fashion plates.

There’s Jackie Tajah Murdock, 81, who was a dancer at the Apollo during the famed theater’s heydays, and Lynn Dell Cohen, 80, the self-proclaimed “Countess of Glamour.” The baby of the group is Tziporah Salamon, 62 who rides around the city on a pimped-out bicycle. And at the other extreme we have the group’s elder stateswoman, Zelda Kaplan, 95, who has a good sense of humor about being a little addlepated.

Rounding out the crew are Ilona Royce Smithkin, 93; Joyce Carpati, 80; and Deborah Rapoport, 67. What they all seem to share is an infectious zest for life and for looking their best that they can’t help but share with anyone they meet. Ostensibly for the sake of a plot, the picture inexorably works its way to the ladies being feted, whether they’re landing a contract with Lanvin, making an appearance on Ricki Lake’s TV talk show, or just strutting their stuff during Fashion Week.

But it all seems secondary to the obvious fact that natural aging lines can look every bit as good if not better than botox and face lifts. The best antidote around to America’s unhealthy obsession with youth!


Excellent (3.5 stars)


Running time: 72 minutes

Distributor: Bond360




Brit Hackers Hustle Gangster in High Octane, High Body Count Heist


Film Review by Kam Williams

Brit Hackers Hustle Gangster in High Octane, High Body Count Heist


Sometimes, a film unfolds so fast and furiously that it’s hard to keep score. Such is the case with Plastic, a high-octane, high body count affair following the antics of a stolen credit card ring run by a brilliant and brazen computer hacker named Sam (Ed Speelers).

123199_galThe movie opens with one of those “Based on a True Story” (google Saq Mumtaz) which might mean that what you’re about to see is the cinematic culmination of painstakingly-researched historical fact. However, it’s could just as easily be serving as a disclaimer designed to sucker you into believing a farfetched story since, well, somebody once said it happened.

I suspect that this tall tale belongs in the latter category. Regardless, I suppose all that matters in the end is whether the picture has any entertainment value. Plastic does throw a lot of testosterone-directed gore and sensuality at you, but not much for anyone outside of the eroticized violence demographic.

The fun starts when the gang of four steals the identity of Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann) to the tune of a couple hundred thousand pounds. Boy, does this sadistic gangster know how to hold a grudge. Soon enough, he turns the tables and has the college student punks promising to pay him back ten times the amount they stole, plus interest.


High-stylized piffle designed to titillate and satiate bloodlust while slowly turning your brain to mush!


Fair (1 star)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, drug use, graphic violence and pervasive profanity

Running time: 102 minutes

Distributor: Arc Entertainment



Land to Table: California Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Beef


Land to Table: California Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Beef



The Piedra Blanca Rancho lords over the Pacific roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Grassland, native oaks, and chaparral cover its gentle slopes. Coastal prairie extends from the foothills to the cliffs above San Simeon Bay. Rainfall runs up to 20 inches at sea level, and as much as 40 inches at higher elevations. Streams flow year-round from the Santa Lucias, a coastal mountain range running parallel to the ocean’s waters. During the warmer months, dense fog is a constant feature along the scenic shoreline.
At its heart, San Simeon and its sister operation, the Jack Ranch, are traditional cattle outfits. In the winter, breeder bulls

Known worldwide as the home of Hearst Castle, 82,000 acres Piedra Blanca Rancho is a landmark cattle ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Known worldwide as the home of Hearst Castle, 82,000 acres Piedra Blanca Rancho is a landmark cattle ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

are turned out with cows. Calves drop in the fall. The following winter, mother cows and calves are rounded up for vaccinations. Gentle handling helps familiarize the calves with humans. It also minimizes the stress they endure. The newly branded calves are quickly reunited with their mothers and then moved into low-intensity grazing rotations that protect native range. Inland pastures are grazed first to allow coastal pastures time to mature for summer and fall grazing. Calves aren’t weaned until summer, when they’d naturally wean themselves.“A lot of emotion goes with the San Simeon property,” says Steve Hearst. “The family loves it just the way it is. They don’t want to see changes. Our president once said he bought a newspaper for $500 million and got a call from a single family member. He had a fence painted on the ranch and got 18 calls. We maintain and restore buildings, but we don’t want them changed. All of us in the family, whenever we drive through the gates at San Simeon, we feel like we’re home.”

“I would rather spend a month here than any place in the world.” – W.R. Hearst

“I would rather spend a month here than any place in the world.” – W.R. Hearst

After weaning, steers and heifers are moved to the choicest pastures to put on weight. The specific locations are selected based on rainfall and recent grazing history. About 1,400 acres of irrigated pasture provide insurance against the severe drought that currently threatens more than half of California. Once the cattle reach about 1,200 pounds — ideally around the 18-month mark — they are moved to a facility certified for humane processing. Hearst Ranch has earned numerous humane handling certifications through the Global Animal Partnership.

It’s a time tested approach, one that has been developed and improved by generations of Hearst Ranch cowboys and family members over the past 150 years.

“We’re letting cows be cows, and giving them plenty of room to do it,” says Steve Hearst, the fifth-generation family member who runs Hearst Corporation’s ranching and timber operations as well as its real estate interests in San Francisco and Southern California.


According Victoria Kastner in Hearst Ranch, W.R. was an accomplished horseman who “received secret pleasure from outriding his younger guests, many of whom were robust film stars, and some of whom had portrayed cowboys on screen.”

According Victoria Kastner in Hearst Ranch, W.R. was an accomplished horseman who “received secret pleasure from outriding his younger guests, many of whom were robust film stars, and some of whom had portrayed cowboys on screen.”

“I came over after 25 years at newspapers and, as a family member, had the privilege of growing up on these ranches and getting to play on them and also work alongside some of the cowboys with brandings and so forth,” Steve says.In addition to San Simeon, the family’s name for the historic 82,000-acre Piedra Blanca Rancho that surrounds Hearst Castle, the properties include the 71,000-acre Jack Ranch in Paso Robles and 61,000 acres of timberlands in Northern California.

His arrival heralded an era of momentous change, one whose initial focus would be to develop a conservation easement for San Simeon. At 128 square miles, it is five times the size of Manhattan and it boasts miles of breathtaking Pacific Ocean frontage.

“The conservation deal is something that required some pretty heavy lifting at the beginning because of all of the battles with the Coastal Commission over certain developmental opportunities at the ranch on the coast with some resorts and golf courses and so forth. I think we were fairly villainized, unreasonably so, but very villainized by some extremist environmental organizations and independent rock throwers from the local communities,” Steve says.
“This ranch obviously has a place in every family members’ heart. During the five years I was negotiating the conservation

The San Simeon that George Hearst Jr. first glimpsed when visiting his grandfather W.R. in the 1930s has been cherished and nurtured by seven generations of the Hearst family. A landmark 2005 conservation easement ensures it will remain so for generations to come.

The San Simeon that George Hearst Jr. first glimpsed when visiting his grandfather W.R. in the 1930s has been cherished and nurtured by seven generations of the Hearst family. A landmark 2005 conservation easement ensures it will remain so for generations to come.

easement that closed in 2005, I was often heard to say that regardless of where any family member lives in the world, whenever they drive through the gates at San Simeon, they all think they’re home. And that’s very, very true,” he says.In addition, there was another major constituency to take into consideration: the members of his own family.

“Ultimately we convinced everybody that it was a good thing, and we reserved the right to build 27 owner homes and a small inn on San Simeon Bay. We haven’t built any of the homes, and we haven’t built the inn. We’ve got the rights to do it, and ultimately with the growing family I’m sure that some houses on the property are going to be necessary and desired,” Steve says.

The California Rangeland Trust monitors the San Simeon easement. Founded in 1998, the trust is an organization established by cattlemen and cattlewomen “to conserve the open space, natural habitat, and stewardship provided by California’s ranches.”

“They actually understand ranching and understand emergency needs of getting across creeks and rivers. They understand drought conditions and that the grazing may be a little bit more intense in those periods.” They understand those kinds of things, and they come and supervise the easement twice a year on site,” Steve says.

Another major initiative got underway four years ago when Steve invited a delegation from Whole Foods to tour San Simeon.




“All of us in the family, whenever we drive through the gates at San Simeon, we feel like we’re home.” – Steve Hearst

“All of us in the family, whenever we drive through the gates at San Simeon, we feel like we’re home.” – Steve Hearst

“A lot of operations claim to offer grass-fed beef, but they’re finishing their cattle on organic corn or something like that.
We finish Hearst Ranch Beef on a 30-day mixture of alfalfa, bromes, and other non-grain forages,” he says.

In addition, Hearst Ranch Beef is free of antibiotics. If an animal needs to be treated, it then gets an ear tag and is subsequently removed from the beef program.

The response from Whole Foods to this approach was thoroughly positive. A contract was signed within 30 days. “The ranch is a great home court advantage, second only to the Oval Office,” Steve says.

Nowadays, Hearst Ranch provides Whole Foods approximately 1,000 head, on a seasonal basis, from April to September. HearstFamily07Thanks to this arrangement, Hearst Ranch is now the nation’s largest single-source supplier of free-range, all-natural, grass-fed and grass-finished beef.

The majority of this production can be found at Whole Foods Markets in Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and other cities in Southern California. Closer to home, the Whole Foods Market in nearby San Luis Obispo is another venue. So are restaurants along the Central Coast, in the Bay Area, and as far afield as New York at cafe57 in the Hearst Tower.

“The ranches are in better shape than they’ve been in for a long time due to our relationship with Whole Foods,” Steve says.

This long-term commitment to such high standards led the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association to name Hearst Ranch the Commercial Producer of the Year.

In 1865, George Hearst bought the 50,000 acres of ranchland along San Simeon Bay that form the bedrock of Hearst Ranches. As one of the original investors in the Comstock Lode, the Missouri native no doubt considered himself to be a miner, not a rancher. The coastal property was an investment, a nest egg for his wife, Phoebe, and their young son, Willie. In his memoirs, George mentioned that he had become “somewhat interested in stock raising … but that the land is not very valuable because it is too boggy.”

After George’s death in 1891, Will (as he was then called) poured his energies into his growing media empire. In 1903, a day shy of his 40th birthday, he married 21-year-old Millicent Willison, a former vaudeville performer. The arrival of five sons between 1904 and 1915 brought Will back home to San Simeon for he made sure that his boys knew the pleasures of camping, fishing, hiking, and riding in the same hills he’d loved as a child and as a young man.

In 1919, Phoebe died of Spanish flu. Not long afterward, Will contacted Julia Morgan about “building a little something” at San Simeon. The rest is history.

San Francisco architect Julia Morgan spent decades designing scores of structures at San Simeon, including the poultry ranch manager’s house (foreground) and the Hearst Castle (background).

San Francisco architect Julia Morgan spent decades designing scores of structures at San Simeon, including the poultry ranch manager’s house (foreground) and the Hearst Castle (background).

The two engaged in initial discussions, and Julia decided to open Job 503 — the San Simeon project. Brief lulls notwithstanding, this job remained open for the remainder of Will Hearst’s life.A prolific architect based in San Francisco, Julia was the first woman admitted to the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition, she was also one of the few Americans to complete the rigorous course of study. She had already undertaken several projects for the family, including a swimming pool for Phoebe at her 4,000-acre Pleasanton ranch and the headquarters of the Los Angeles Examiner for Will.

From groundbreaking in 1920, until his death, Will maintained complete confidence in his chief architect. Julia designed hay barns, dairies, poultry farms, dams, bridges, fish ladders, walls, airplane hangars, employee quarters, animal pens, and, of course, the Hearst Castle. She laid out hundreds of miles of backcountry roads and took responsibility for hiring and firing construction managers. More than 1,000 letters and some 9,000 drawings make clear that Hearst, creative in his own right, indefatigable, and forceful, usually heeded Julia’s advice. Every design decision, every improvement to existing structures, sought a balance of functionality, beauty, and harmony with the land and the region’s aesthetic traditions.

W.R. Hearst died in 1951. Six years later, the Hearst Corporation and Hearst family donated the hilltop buildings and 20 coastal acres to the State of California’s Department of Beaches and Parks. In 1958, Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument opened to the public.


Since then, the 165-room Hearst Castle has welcomed tens of millions of visitors to its 127 acres. Yet few realize that the surrounding ranchland is being nurtured and worked just as it was during W.R. Hearst’s lifetime — and his father’s.

Says Steve Hearst, “We took the position that we’re going to be in the cattle business for a long time. We’ve owned these ranches forever, and we plan to own them forever so working together with our partners at Whole Foods we said, ‘Look, if it comes down to protecting our resource, we may have to go with less head to you. But we’ll do everything we can.’ And I’ll tell you the kind of partner that Whole Foods is. They said, ‘Show us the numbers.’ And they’re sharing in our pain a little bit, which was very helpful. They are great partners to have. I have a world of respect for their team that we’ve been doing business with.”


The ways of the American West, including training pups, are practiced on a daily basis by Hearst Ranch hands.

The ways of the American West, including training pups, are practiced on a daily basis by Hearst Ranch hands.

Yet one asset stands above all.Hearst Corporation is a global concern with immense reach: 15 daily newspapers and 34 weeklies; 21 magazine titles in the U.S. and close to 300 overseas; two radio stations and more than two dozen television stations; and a myriad of interests in many other ventures.

Says Steve Hearst, “I think everybody around my board table — even though they’re all talking about newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, and business publications, syndication and so forth — they all understand that this property in San Simeon is the feeder route to the Hearst family history in California.”



For movies opening September 26, 2014


Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening September 26, 2014





The Boxtrolls (PG for action, peril and mild crude humor) Animated fantasy revolving around an orphan (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) raised in a cave by trash-collecting trolls targeted by an evil exterminator (Ben Kingsley). Voice cast includes Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.


The Equalizer (R for graphic violence, sexual references and pervasive profanity) Denzel Washington stars in the title role of this screen version of the Eighties TV series about a retired spy-turned-hardware store clerk who reluctantly starts moonlighting as crime fighting vigilante on the streets of Boston. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Martin Csokas, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.


Pride (R for profanity and brief sexuality) Historical drama recounting real events unfolding in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1984 when a group of gay activists rallied to the side of striking coal miners. Ensemble cast includes Bill Night, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott and Dominic West.





Advance Style (Unrated) Aging gracefully is the focus of this documentary chronicling the fashion sense of some Manhattan socialites over 60 who are challenging the conventional cultural assumption equating beauty and youth.


Believe Me (PG-13 for profanity) Buddy comedy about a broke college senior (Alex Russell) who enlists the assistance of a few classmates to raise his tuition by forming a fake charity designed to fleece gullible Christians. Cast includes Nick Offerman, Christopher McDonald, Zachary Knighton, Miles Fisher, Sinqua Walls and Johanna Braddy.


Days and Nights (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama, loosely based on Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,” revolving around the havoc wreaked by reckless desire indulged over a holiday weekend at a retreat in rural New England. Ensemble cast includes Katie Holmes, Allison Janney, William Hurt, Jean Reno and Ben Whishaw.


Good People (R for profanity and graphic violence) Crime thriller about an American couple (Kate Hudson and James Franco), living in London, who end up on the run from mobsters after finding a fortune in cash hidden in their dead tenant’s apartment. With Omar Sy, Tom Wilkinson and Anna Friel.


Jimi: All Is by My Side (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Oscar-winning scriptwriter John Ridley (for 12 Years a Slave) wrote and directed this rocktrospective chronicling Jimi Hendrix’s (Andre 3000) life in London prior to the release of his debut album. Featuring Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell and Ruth Negga.


Lilting (Unrated) Romance drama, set in London, where a Chinese-Cambodian mom (Pei-pei Cheng) mourns the untimely death of her son (Andrew Leung) with the help of the gay lover (Ben Whishaw) she never knew he had. With Peter Bowles, Naomi Christie and Shane Salter.


The Little Bedroom (Unrated) Unlikely buddies drama about an elderly widower (Michel Bouquet) who finds himself befriended by the grieving young nurse (Florence Loiret Caille) assigned to care for him after a bad fall. Cast includes Joel Delsaut, Valerie Bodson and Eric Caravaca. (In English and French with subtitles)


Plastic (R for sexuality, nudity, drug use, graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Fact-based tale about a couple of British hackers (Ed Speleers and Will Poulter) whose multimillion-dollar, credit card scheme lands them in the crosshairs of a sadistic gangster (Thomas Kretschmann) whose identity they stole.


Smiling through the Apocalypse (Unrated) Reverential biopic about Harold Hayes (1926-1989) editor-in-chief of Esquire Magazine at the height of its heyday in the Sixties. Featuring commentary by staff writers Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, Nora Ephron and Gay Talese.


The Song (PG-13 for mature themes including substance abuse, crude references and smoking) Musical drama examining the toll exacted upon an aspiring singer’s (Alan Powell) marriage after a tune he wrote for his wife (Ali Faulkner) turns him into a superstar. Featuring Danny Vinson, Aaron Benward Jude Ramsey.


The Two Faces of January (PG-13 for and smoking) Adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith best seller of the same name, set in Athens in 1962, about a couple of American sightseers (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) who, against their better judgment, help their tour guide (Oscar Isaac) cover up a murder. With Daisy Bevan, David Warshofsky and Ozan Tas. (In English, Turkish and Greek with subtitles)


Two-Night Stand (R for sexuality, profanity and drug use) Romantic comedy about two strangers (Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton) forced by a snowstorm to share another night between the sheets after a disastrous one-night stand. Featuring Victor Cruz, Berto Colon and Jessica Szohr.

The Bills Head to the Super Bowl!

The Bills Head to the Super Bowl!

 ~ Amy Lignor

Yes, this is a real headline. I know you may not remember, but the Bills ‘headed’ there many a time, guys and gals. This is the team (the ONLY team) to win four consecutive AFC conference championships. This is the part of the story that’s forgotten, because – like that guy 800px_Script_Mascot_Logo_AFC_BUFfrom ‘Mad Men’ – they are also the only ones to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. However, you can’t lose if you don’t go. Therefore…the Bills accomplished an amazing feat.


Tom Brady. Peyton Manning. Dan Marino. Troy Aikman, Steve Young. Joe Montana. Terry Bradshaw. Yes…there are a list of the ‘best of the best’ QBs ever to play this game. And, by the way, they were players who did not have to be listed on an exempt list, because they decided one day to just beat on their families. (Keep that in mind, as well). There was another, however. His name was and still is, Jim Kelly. This is a man who hooked up with a wide receiver by the name of Andre Reed for 65 touchdowns during their time together. They are on the premier list that includes the Young & Rice duo, as well as the Manning and Marvin Harrison team.


Jim Kelly is someone who should be praised in the QB column. He ran the Bills’ “K-330px-Jim_Kelly_2010Gun” no-huddle offense which made the game a whole lot of fun. Defenses were denied the time to think, and Kelly was more than talented at throwing the ball as fast as possible and making sure everyone was kept off-balance. This is the key to getting to four Super Bowls. This offense was one of the most exciting to watch because of the man behind the ball. After each play was completed, the Bills would line up for the next play where Kelly, expertly, read the defense and audibled the play. Goal? Outshine the rest of the AFC. Goal was…achieved. In the 1990s, the Bills became one of the NFL’s most successful teams, because their offense shone. Again…do not give me the ‘well, they lost all of them,’ when what you seem to forget is ‘they played in all of them!”


In 1983, Jim was the third QB taken in the draft (John Elway was the first). And Kelly proved that his role as the ‘master of the shotgun’ was rightfully bestowed. Although some may laugh or wave the Bills’ being a danger from their NFL outlooks every year, that team is hot right now. And they have a glowing history. From 1991 to 1994, they were atop the apex of the NFL. No AFC team could touch them. Even in his very first year of being eligible, Jim Kelly saw his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as his own jersey number (12) being the only number ever retired in the history of the team.


Perhaps everyone is already set on Manning coming back and proving that last year was a total fluke. There are some saying that there is a new ‘mystery man’ in the NFL that will rise and become the ‘best of ANY QB’ to ever play…but I doubt it. Johnny Manziel will prove himself, sure, but for now the bench is his home. Tom Brady may grab a fourth ring before saying, ‘so long’ to the whole darn thing. Or, maybe even Kap of the 49ers will head back to the Super Bowl in only his third year in order to show exactly why he deserves as much money as his contract will earn him. Aaron in Green Bay has something to say…but what will it be?


In the end, the season is brand new and ALREADY there have been surprises on the field; even though we seem to be sticking with the off-field mess (and rightfully so, although if it had been taken care of immediately, we could at least be hearing about actual football right about now). And, again, news that should be remembered: a majority of players making up each and every team out there, are good guys who want to play the game and BE the hero’s for kids who are looking toward a future in sports.


Jim Kelly is one of those hero’s. In addition, he had to go through tough times, dealing with cancer and operations, as well as a cancer-free time, a recurrence of the disease and, as of August 20th, 2014, another cancer-free diagnosis. God bless.


It’s odd to see how surprised people are that the Buffalo Bills are 2-0. In fact, people brush off the Bills as a ‘has-been’ without realizing that there are newcomers who know how to play football and do have the talent to knock some ‘haughty’ people off their proverbial high horses this year. So…if a headline appears that states: ‘The Bills Head to the Super Bowl,’ don’t be surprised.

They want it. They will work for it. And, most of all, they are DUE!
Source:  Baret News Wire