The Bard of L.A.: Alum Al Martinez

July 6, 2012

His name was Al Martinez, and he was going to be a writer. “The minute I got there, I found the [Golden] Gater office. I introduced myself and told them that I wanted to write for the paper.” Gater readers soon learned that Martinez possessed uncommon gifts -- a lyrical prose style and a natural-born storyteller’s talent for making “a walk across the street feel like an adventure,” says his longtime friend, the journalist Bill Boyarsky.