For 46 years Charles Hillinger journeyed around the world writing human-interest stories for the Los Angeles times. He also helped create and do special features for the popular NBC television show Real people. California characters is a gathering of stories about a number of intriguing, eccentric, unusual, or simply amazing individuals profiled by Hillinger. Many of these people have strange occupations, or live solitary lives in remote locations, or collect, build, or design and assortment of odd things. Characters like Down the Road Dugan, Sweetwater Clyde, Dr. Tinkerpaw, Spaceship Ruthie, and Warmly Ormly will delight, amuse, and perhaps inspire the reader with their tales, and reasons why they've chosen to live the lives they do.