The Final 12 Announced in Men of Laguna Beach Calendar Contest

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — In NCAA Basketball there is the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final 4. Well, in the Men of Laguna Beach Calendar Contest there is the Final 12 (one for each month). The 12 winners were selected today by a panel of judges and SAVE the BOOM!!! ( is pleased to announce the results:

In alphabetical order the Final 12 are:

Caleb, Chris, Daniel, Gustavo, Joe, Michael, Ray, Russell B., Russell, M., Ryan K, Ryan L, and Ryan W (see the Final 12 below with photos and attached).

The first ever Men of Laguna Beach Calendar will now go into production and will be available soon in Laguna Beach, on line and around the world.

“It probably should be called the Ryan’s and Russell’s of Laguna Beach Calendar, with 5 of the Final 12 men named that. The panel of judges has come up with 12 great looking guys both gay and straight who will be excellent representatives of Laguna. They will greatly help in our continuing efforts to Save the Boom – Forever!!!,” stated Fred Karger, founder of Save the BOOM!!! and Producer of the calendar. “This was an incredibly difficult decision to narrow the field down from the 20 Finalists to just 12. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who was involved in this first ever effort of its kind.”

Several factors were considered to help determine the final results: AOL’s’s on line gallery, which since it launched 3 weeks ago has received over 1,000,000 (yes million!) page views. Site visitors have cast over 231,000 votes! And conducting a poll of its readers was the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot These two on line sources, plus lots of feedback and comments were reviewed by the judges to help decide the outcome. In approximately a week the top 3 winners will be announced and the prize money including $1000.00 to the first place winner will be announced.

The fight to save the landmark Boom Boom Room has kicked into high gear with the recent announcement by property owner Beverly Hills Billionaire, Steven Udvar-Hazy that all his holdings on Coast Highway and Mountain are for sale. SAVE the BOOM!!! is searching the globe for a buyer who will remodel and keep the Landmark Boom Boom Room right where it has been for the last 60 years.

“They just reopened the 131 year old St. Vibains Cathedral in Los Angeles which was supposed to have been demolished. It took Tom Gilmore 11 years to Save that important landmark and we at SAVE the BOOM!!! will work just as hard and fight for as long as it takes to Save our landmark gay bar in Laguna Beach,” said Karger.

“Now that the old management is out and the bar is closed we are reaching out to a buyer or even a lessee to get the Boom open again ASAP,” concluded Karger.

We have attached some links to several more stories about our efforts to SAVE the BOOM – Forever!!!

Thank you very much for your interest and support.

The Final 12 in Alphabetical Order:








Russell B.

Russell M.

Ryan K.

Ryan L.

Ryan W.

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