CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2001 |
One Russian-American spy scandal killed Eugene Posa. Forty-one years later, his family fears another one could keep his body hidden. Posa was a 38-year-old Air Force captain from Santa Monica in 1960 when he was tapped for a team to replace captured American U2 spy Francis Gary Powers for secret aerial surveillance over the Soviet Union. But a Soviet MIG fighter shot down Posa's Boeing RB-47 on its first flight. Posa seemed to disappear with the plane into the Barents Sea.
August 13, 2000 |
THE PREPPING HANDBOOK * The Democratic National Convention handed out hospitality kits to each of the 4,506 delegates, filled with California-grown raisins, oranges, tuna, olives, dates and wine, and a jar of "dietetic" fruit labeled, "Welcome Delegates -- Gov. 'Pat' Brown." * To accommodate feeding as many as 16,000 daily attendees, the Sports Arena installed "new radar ranges that can cook beef, bake potatoes and vegetables in a minute and 10 seconds."
August 16, 2000 |
It was either a glorious summer week, "smogless and milk-blue, the skies stretched on day after day, as gentle and pure as they must have been a generation ago," as one writer described it. Or, as another reported, you couldn't see the mountains for the yellow fumes that cloaked Los Angeles 40 years ago. For the record, The Times reported "moderate to heavy smog" that July week in 1960 when the Democrats last came to town. Then, as always, Southern California allowed different views of itself.
March 25, 2001 |
With 12 nominations, the sword-and-sandal Roman Empire epic "Gladiator" is the front-runner at this year's Academy Awards. Nearly 41 years ago, William Wyler's lavish, inspiring adaptation of Lew Wallace's religious drama, "Ben-Hur," dominated the Academy Awards, winning 11 Oscars including best film, best director, actor (Charlton Heston) and supporting actor (Hugh Griffith). Here's a look back at the star-studded ceremony, which took place April 4, 1960, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
March 26, 2000 |
The American Dream comes under the microscope with savagely funny and tragic results in "American Beauty," this year's front-runner for the Academy Awards on Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium. Thirty-nine years ago "The Apartment," Billy Wilder's dark satire of corporate America, won five Oscars, including best film, screenplay and director.
August 15, 2000
Convention oratory can be memorable. John F. Kennedy delivered his acceptance speech in Los Angeles on July 15, 1960. Here are excerpts: * 'We are not here to curse the darkness but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a sage and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some 20 years ago: If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. ... Today our concern must be with that future.