Copy editor Rick Vanderknyff's headlines, judges wrote, are "Clever enough to draw in the reader, but not clever at the expense of the story"
Orange County Press Club
1st Place: Headline portfolio
2nd place: Headline writing
Full House, Aces High
On a story about the crowds at the El Toro Air Show (April 28, 1996)
Eat the Beetles
On a feature about a man who promotes bugs as cuisine (Feb. 26, 1996)
The Canary Sings, Our Hero Squawks, the Plot Thickens
On a Dana Parsons column--an imaginary screenplay about local politics (March 10, 1996)
Copy editor Tracy Boucher took inspiration from geography for her headline on a story about a fundraising bicyclist who rode from Alaska to South America.
From Cold to Chile (Aug. 29, 1996)
AWARD: Orange County Press Club: 1st place (tie): Headline Writing
Times staffer Jim Carr's winning headline was on a story out of Irvine; the nation's only blood bank for dogs.
101 Donations (Dec 20, 1996)
Award: Orange County Press Club: 1st place (tie): Headline Writing