November 27 was Black Friday and an appropriate nickname to acknowledge it’s been a year since OC Weekly folded after a 24 year run. If you hit www.ocweekly.com, there’s still a website where you can scroll through some past issues.
Former editor-in-chief Gustavo Arellano seems to be doing pretty well as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. But his columns aren’t what they were at the Weekly.
Writer Matt Coker landed on his feet too and is a Communications Specialist, St. Jude Medical Center.
Gabriel San Roman’s “other Anaheim blog” appears to be dead with no new posts since 2016. He was a producer at KPFK radio and now publishes a weekly Slingshot! newsletter. His byline does pop up around OC from time to time.
Does anyone know what happened to R. Scott Moxley? His last written Tweet is from July and he retweeted something in August, but since then crickets. Moxley, where are you?
The demise of OC Weekly wasn’t a surprise. Alternative weeklies have been dropping like flies for years. The Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix and LA Weekly couldn’t make it either. For a paper that routinely published a column on the “OC Register Deathwatch,” I know more than a few Register reporters and editors who aren’t sorry the Weekly bought the farm a year ago.
Does anyone miss the paper? If it hadn’t died last year, COVID19 restrictions on restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment venues who supported the paper via advertising certainly would have dried up revenue resources.
Do you miss the paper? Leave a comment.