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Page numbers refer to editions with 369 pages, where the story begins on page 1. Not sure if there are other editions with variant pagination. Please let us know otherwise.
if it happened to Thomas Noguchi
Thomas Noguchi, Los Angeles' widely admired chief coroner, was fired by the LA County Board of Supervisors in 1969, and only reinstated after a month-long hearing. The firing was a cause celebre at the time, involving accusations of racial discrimination (against the Board) and of egotism, publicity-seeking, an inordinately gleeful attitude toward death (particularly celebrity death), and other personality issues (against Noguchi). In 1982, he was later demoted to Deputy Coroner in 1982 for similar reasons.
Shoot the Pier
In surfing, to "shoot the pier" is to ride a surfboard in between the pilings of a pier.
positioning the Book Review over his lap
He's hiding his erection.
You know how many musicians have been overdosing in recent years
Brian Jones (July 1969), Jimi Hendrix (Sept. 1970), Janis Joplin (Oct. 1970), Jim Morrison (July 1971) . . .
See note for page 49.
See note for page 48.
as Elvis always sez, when you have such luck
Doc is quoting "All Shook Up":
- My hands are shaky and my knees are weak
- I can't seem to stand on my own two feet
- Who do you thank when you have such luck?
- I'm in love
- I'm all shook up
This was probably a common enough phrase, but perhaps--just maybe--there's a connection to Bob Dylan here. In Dylan's iconic video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (the one in which Dylan holds placards with snippets from the lyrics), there's only one card Dylan holds up that is not part of the song lyrics. It says: "Dig Yourself." See the video here. The card in question is at 1:51. (I know that that might be a stretch, but a guy can dream, can't he?)
See note for pg. 166.