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Bet You Didn't Know the Claremont Colleges Had Their Own Film School

June 24, 2003|Steve Harvey

Richard Chamberlain, who attended Pomona College in the mid-1950s, had this to say in his new autobiography: "Coed Pomona, Scripts College and Claremont Men's College were all adjacent to the sleepy little town of Claremont." Guess you can't blame an actor for referring to Scripps as Scripts.

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Easy for them to say: When FedEx sent a verification message to Diana Nemeth of Irvine, she couldn't help but notice the unusual name of the person who signed for it (see accompanying).

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Which made me think of the football broadcaster who misinterpreted a roster note and said that one player had attended "None College."

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Thanks for the warning: An anonymous reader wondered if more women -- or none -- would take a certain drug after reading about its side effects (see accompanying).

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Obey your conscience: In Carmel, Richard Krause of Redlands came to a street that led to a church in one direction and a golf course in the other (see photo). Of course, I do a lot of praying on the golf course, as well.

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How much mileage can it get? After scrutinizing one car ad, Jim Moore of Nipomo concluded: "The styling is too boxy for me" (see accompanying).

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Finishing touches: I published a photo of a sign that said "Furniture Restorer ... Funeral Director" at a 133-year-old business.

That brought a note from Alan R. Hafer of Vista, who is in the latter business.

"In ye olde tymes it was not uncommon that the village undertaker was also the furniture/cabinetmaker since he was the one building the casket anyway," Hafer pointed out.

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Another stinging blow to tourism: The police log of the Laguna News-Post reported that "a resident called police about bees swarming from a tree next to the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau. Signs were posted in the area to warn people.... "

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Hi, I'll be your news server: KCBS-TV anchor Laura Diaz, who was given a lifetime achievement award at an L.A. Press Club banquet the other night, anchored the news at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo early in her career. The pay was so low that she kept her day job as a waitress at a local restaurant.

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miscelLAny: USC, home of the George Lucas Instructional Building, the Johnny Carson Television Center and the Steven Spielberg Music Scoring Stage, was the first college in America to establish a film school. So, if any college deserves to be called Scripts, it's USC.

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Steve Harvey can be reached at (800) LA-TIMES, Ext. 77083, by fax at (213) 237-4712, by mail at Metro, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A. 90012 and by e-mail at steve.harvey@latimes.com.

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