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Ed Rosenthal Found Alive

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 12:03PM
Poet Ed Fuentes

Poet-broker Ed Rosenthal reads his poetry at Gary Leonard's Take My Picture gallery during the August 2009 Downtown Art Walk.

Downtown's Poet-Broker has been found alive nearly a week after he failed to return from a day-hike in Joshua Tree National Park.

Ed Rosenthal was airlifted to a local hospital and is reported to be in critical condition.

Friend Jack Skelley posted the news on Rosenthal's Facebook page late this morning.

Ed has been found! He is alive! In critical condition. We just heard from his wife Nicole. They are taking him to hospital. Please keep praying....more info later...

The Desert Sun is also reporting Rosenthal's rescue, saying that he was located in the East Wide Canyon area. The paper quotes a park spokesman as saying that Rosenthal was conscious and talking with rescuers, but has "some injuries and some exposure issues."

A massive search effort had been underway since Rosenthal was reported missing on Sunday, two days after he had set off on a day-hike in the park.

Rosenthal brokered the recent sale of Clifton's Cafeteria to the Edison's Andrew Meieran. Robert Clinton, grandson of Clifton's founder Clifford Clinton, called blogdowntown this afternoon. "I can't tell you how overjoyed we were to hear that Ed was alright," he said.

Update (3pm): Park spokesman tells AP that he expects Rosenthal to recover from "heat exhaustion and other minor injuries."

Update (Friday): The L.A. Times has a great story this morning on Rosenthal's journey.

Lost in a hot, dry, rugged canyon in Joshua Tree National Park, with no water and no food, Ed Rosenthal, a prominent real estate broker and experienced hiker from Culver City, took out a pen and started to write on his hiking hat.

Rosenthal, a poet, never went anywhere without a pen. But he didn't write a poem. He wrote to his wife and his daughter to say he loved them. He wrote advice to business partners. He wrote instructions on where to donate money in his memory. And he wrote an account of what he believed was his last trek in a lifetime filled with hikes.

Rosenthal is reported to be in fair condition, but will stay in intensive care for the next few days.

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