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88 FOR 1988 : Meet Southern California's Rising Stars

January 10, 1988

Los Angeles has always been described as a city with great potential. Now more than ever, the city seems to be speeding toward the future, realizing its potential in ways both exciting and troubling. According to current estimates, Los Angeles will be the most populous city in the United States by the end of this century and will likely dominate Pacific trade as well. With such extraordinary growth and expectations of greatness come problems that demand creative leadership in all areas of endeavor.

The 88 people chosen for this special issue are some of Southern California's rising stars. Most are relatively unknown outside their respective professions. All are certain to make a difference in the life of Los Angeles in 1988 and beyond. They were selected by informed observers from within their fields and by the editors and writers of The Times.

HANK KONING AND JULIE EIZENBERG,

architects

Style wars are raging in architecture these days, but Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg refuse to participate. The husband-and-wife team is too busy designing livable apartments with people, not awards, in mind. Neighborhoods welcome the subtle, clean lines of their buildings; national critics applaud their revival of architecture's commitment to solving such social problems as privacy and affordability. Three complexes by Koning, 34, and Eizenberg, 33, will open shortly in Santa Monica, and next year the Australian-born team will unveil designs for several residential projects, a community center in Santa Monica, improvements to Farmers Market and a Century City deli.

JOSE I. LOZANO,

newspaper publisher

At 33, Jose I. Lozano, publisher of Los Angeles-based La Opinion, heads one of the largest Spanish-language daily newspapers in the country. He's among the nation's youngest publishers, and at the paper founded by his grandfather in 1926, he's quickly making a name for himself as one the most influential Spanish-language journalists in Southern California. He's a 17-year veteran of the trade, having begun his career at 16 as a shop apprentice. The region's booming Latino population has helped push La Opinion's circulation to 74,000, and Lozano vows to boost it past the 100,000 mark with an emphasis on editorial quality.

EMILE ARDOLINO,

film director

With the sizzling impact of "Dirty Dancing," director Emile Ardolino, 44, finally got Hollywood's undivided attention. Despite an Oscar (for the irrepressible documentary "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' "), three Emmys, 12 more Emmy nominations and credits as producer and / or director of 28 episodes of PBS' "Dance in America," he was one of filmmaking's best-kept secrets. Now, Ardolino is discovering that "every studio wants to do a film combining dance and drama," and so does he. His next stars Cybill Shepherd.

TIM BELCHER,

baseball player

Pitcher Tim Belcher was one of the Dodgers' few bright spots in the dark days of last fall. The No. 1 selection in the June '83 baseball draft, he spent four years in the minors before the team brought him up with a month left in the season. In his brief big-league stint, Belcher, of Sparta, Ohio, went 4-2 in six appearances with a 2.38 earned-run average, and in 34 innings he struck out 23 and walked only 7. If he picks up in spring training where he left off last fall, the 26-year-old will join the starting rotation.

MICHAEL BERMAN,

political consultant

Berman, 40, is a man with one foot squarely in each of two eras. On one level, he's a throwback to the days when political consultants shaved on Sundays, took their whiskey straight and wouldn't know Brooks Brothers from the Marx Brothers. But he's also a shrewd modern political technician and strategist, operating at the cutting edge of computer and direct-mail technology. Over the howls of Republicans in 1981, Berman, together with the late Rep. Phillip Burton, artfully drew the congressional-district lines that have locked in a heavy Democratic majority. The political-consulting firm Berman runs with Carl D'Agostino provides the backbone of the expanding Westside political machine centered around Reps. Howard L. Berman (his brother), Mel Levine and Henry A. Waxman.

ERIC BOVY,

fashion designer

In just three years, clothing designer Eric Bovy, 29, has joined fashion's national leagues, building a client list of 400 stores that extends from Macy's to Bloomingdale's. He admits that his lack of business experience made for a disastrous first year--"I thought being in fashion just meant designing great clothes"--sending him back to learn about finances and begin again in 1985. Since then, the very feminine styles of Paris-born Bovy have put him on a steady ascent. His clothes "don't shout at you," he says, but they're putting him on the cover of major fashion publications.

BRIAN BROWN,

football player

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