December 16, 1990 |
When Pete Wilson becomes governor next month, he will bring with him one of his closest friends--the man he has always trusted to tell him when he is wrong. He is Bob White: loyal adviser, political strategist, keeper of the gate and hatchet man. To some, he is Wilson's alter ego. Without question, he is the man Wilson relies on to make things work. "He is politically very adept and sensitive," Wilson says. "He is not a yes man. I have great personal affection for him.
February 12, 1985 |
Veteran network correspondent Sam Jaffe, who was forced to spend the final years of his life denying that he was a Soviet spy, is dead of cancer. Jaffe was 55 when he died Friday at his home in Bethesda, Md., a suburb of Washington. Jaffe had been a correspondent for Life magazine and CBS before joining ABC television in 1960.
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February 28, 2007 |
Donnie Brooks, a singer with rockabilly roots who had a top 10 pop hit with the love song "Mission Bell" in 1960, has died. He was 71. Brooks, who lived in Burbank, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, said his wife, Penny Brooks. "Rock 'n' roll history in Los Angeles -- that's what he represents," said Steve Propes, a historian of local rock.
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February 6, 2007 |
Pedro Knight, a former lead trumpet player for Cuba's legendary band La Sonora Matancera and the devoted husband of the late "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz, whose career he helped guide, has died. He was 85. Knight died Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, hospital spokesman Tony Yang said. Although the cause of death was not given, Knight had suffered from complications of diabetes and had a series of strokes last year.
March 30, 1986 |
Kaffir! Even now the word is loaded with associations planted deep in my childhood: a veiled sense of something shameful or dirty; a tinge of pity; the fascination of the different; the pungent, strange smell of black dwellings--the servants' backyard pondok (shanty), the Kafferkraal (Kaffir village), the Kafferlokasie (Kaffir township). Some of the closest friends of my youth were "Kaffirs"--but I would never, even in thought, have called them that.
March 14, 2010 |
One evening in 1966, not long after the Los Angeles Philharmonic moved into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, concertgoers were surprised to find a picket line in front of the hall on opening night. Though picket lines were a dime a dozen in the '60s, this one was unusual, for these young music lovers were protesting the shortage of works by Gustav Mahler on the philharmonic's agenda. The protest received radio coverage, and it had the effect of launching the local Gustav Mahler Society. Can you imagine such a scene today?