RE-REMEMBERING MIKE HODEL
July 12, 2013
Today would have been my older brother Michael Paul Hodel’s
74th birthday. Mike was the
host of his own local radio show, HOUR 25 (KPFK) and was diagnosed
with cancer (melanoma) which quickly metastasized to his brain and took his
life in May, 1986 at the relatively young age of 47. (Mike’s death was the primary factor in my
decision to retire from LAPD with just under 24-years’ service. I retired two
months later, in July of that same year.)
friend, Harlan Ellison.
Harlan took over hosting Mike’s radio show immediately following his death and
continued hosting the show for about one-year
L.A. Weekly May 16, 1986
Mike wore many different hats during his life. One little
known and long forgotten was his 1969 job as managing editor of L.A.’s underground
newspaper, OPEN CITY.
Los Angeles Times, March 7, 1969
A young Mike Hodel with our mother, Dorothy Hodel,
celebrating his First Prize win in an Essay Contest for L.A. County Schools.
Mike, age 25, visiting our father in Manila in 1964.
REST IN PEACE MIKE.
YOU WERE ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS AND ARE DEARLY MISSED AND NOT FORGOTTEN