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Author archive for Warren Miller

  • Hollywood-land

    By Warren Miller on September 30, 2015
    By Warren Miller   undreds of millions of people have read the Hollywood sign as they came in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport. In the early days of the sign, the 1920s, it read Hollywoodland and was illuminated by thousands of electric light bulbs. Each letter was about 40 feet high and made of sheet metal attached […]
  • First Tracks in Europe

    By Warren Miller on September 24, 2015
    By Warren Miller   In 1953 I was hosted by both the Swiss and Austrian tourist bureaus on my first trip to Europe. All I had to do was get to New York and carry my camera everywhere and expose a lot of 16mm film. It was a long drive in my panel delivery truck from Los Angeles to New […]
  • The autobiography

    By Warren Miller on September 16, 2015
    By Warren Miller     Nearly 30 years ago, Laurie and I were spending the summer in Vail, Colo., while I recovered from torn rotator cuff surgery. I couldn’t windsurf with my shoulder so we didn’t go to Maui as we usually did, so we had to find other things to do and I could still walk. While hiking one […]
  • The Big Red Truck

    By Warren Miller on September 9, 2015
    By Warren Miller                             In the spring of 1950, I was surfing at San Onofre when a friend named Burrhead drove up in a shiny, new Chevrolet panel delivery truck. It was the perfect surfing wagon and he had already converted the inside into what I thought […]
  • Sun Valley 1946-47

    By Warren Miller on September 2, 2015
    by Warren Miller ·    When I drove into the Sun Valley parking lot with Ward Baker in January 1947, I had no idea that I would spend the next three winters there. On the road from Ketchum to Warm Springs, there was only one building after the Bigwood River Bridge. There was no reason for anyone to live out […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]