A "satellite photo of Marina del Rey, California" (estimated price: $25-$50) is among the treasures offered at the Space and Aviation Memorabilia Auction this weekend in Calabasas. Just imagine -- a satellite shot of the densest grouping of single middle-aged men in the nation!
Are investors docile creatures? One broker seems to think so (see accompanying). And not just sometimes, but All Ways.
Another quiz: Jon Sanders of Montrose sent in an eye-care ad (see accompanying) and asked: "Can you read the third line?"
Sounds like ... : I think I would require a bit of documentation before buying the autograph of a certain pop star (see accompanying).
The ups and downs of college life: The police log in Pomona College's campus newspaper reported that "a student was found sleeping in the elevator of the Carnegie Building. The student claimed he had been working late in the building and needed a place to sleep. The officer escorted the student back to his dorm."
Spacey stuff: Robert Stack, the good-natured actor who died the other day, was one of several leading men who were given buffoonish roles in the 1980 movie "Airplane!"
A discussion of the filming of the movie included on the DVD recalls the time that co-star Lloyd Bridges said he didn't get the joke in one scene.
"Lloyd," responded Stack, "you don't understand. We are the joke."
Hold the broccoli! So two published medical studies now maintain that eating few grains, fruits or vegetables but loads of fat-laden meat will help you lose tons of weight -- and achieve healthier blood-fat levels.
Every time there's an article debunking some long-held theory about nutrition, I think of "Sleeper," the 1973 Woody Allen movie.
Allen's character, thawed out after 200 years in 2173, practically makes a scientist gag when he requests a meal of wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk.
A second scientist informs his colleague about the health food beliefs of the 20th century.
First scientist: "You mean there was no deep fat, no steak or cream pies or hot fudge?"
Second scientist: "Those were thought to be unhealthy. Precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true."
miscelLAny: In the tradition of such local melting-pot eateries as Senor Sushi, Genghis Cohen, Alpine Deli, Sushi of Naples and the late, lamented Kosher Burrito, I just learned that there's an establishment called Ye Olde Taco House in downtown Los Angeles. I wonder if it offers that olde English favorite, fish and chimichangas?
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