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.
August 15, 2000 |
It was a liberal platform. Some said the most liberal they'd seen. Ultraliberal even. Scary, huh? The Democrats of 1960 did not know that being liberal would someday be the kiss of death in national politics. Back then you could be a liberal in the same way you could be a golfer or an orchid fancier, perhaps viewed around the neighborhood as a little possessed but probably not dangerous. And what did you stand for, exactly, if you were liberal 40 years ago?
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.
March 2, 1988 |
Janet Cunningham, a leap year baby in 1960, gave birth to a daughter exactly 28 years later. Erin Michelle Cunningham was born Monday, two days ahead of doctors' expectations. "I never expected it," said Cunningham, who lives in Severna Park. "It's not something you plan."
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.