April 9, 2013 |
“Mad Men” returned to AMC Sunday night with a premiere that was criticized by some for being too slow - perhaps a touch ironic, given that the episode saw Don Draper and his colleagues ringing in 1968, a year that was anything but uneventful. As faithful viewers know, “Mad Men” frequently uses the historical to illuminate the personal. In the climactic first-season episode, “Nixon v. Kennedy,” Don, a man of humble origins, faced a crucial challenge from Pete Campbell, born into the East Coast elite.
April 13, 2014 |
Journalists peddle fact but profit most from revealing the lies of others, best of all from the lies told to their faces. One Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books was called "Truth Will Out" and featured several authors who had unearthed hidden lives and lethal secrets. The panel's title alluded to Walter Kirn's new book, "Blood Will Out," about his decade-long friendship with a man who said he was a Rockefeller but turned out to be a German con-man and murderer.
March 14, 1991 |
There's nothing like a few hundred rattlesnakes to get your senses racing. The smell hangs in the air, heavy, musky. More than 500 frightened and angry snakes huddled in a warehouse create a powerful aroma that seems to follow you days later. Then there's the sound of the rattles, a bzzzzzzzzzzzzz, multiplied hundreds of times.
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May 25, 1992
Suppose they held a presidential election and nobody won? That's always a theoretical possibility whenever three or more serious candidates compete for the White House, as happened in the elections of 1824, 1860, 1912 and 1968. This year it could become more than theoretical. All that has to happen is for likely presidential candidate Ross Perot to carry enough states in November to deny either the Democratic or Republican candidate the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.
June 21, 1989
At the U.S. Open at Oak Hill, Lee Trevino stayed at the home of Paul and Barbara Kircher, prominent members of the Rochester (N.Y.) golfing community who had put Trevino up in 1968, the year he won his first U.S. Open. "I remember when I got there, I went in and met Barbara," Trevino told Jane Custred of the Houston Chronicle. "She was taking groceries out of a paper bag. And it was all Mexican food from Old El Paso. "She said, 'I didn't know what you liked to eat. I got all this Mexican food.
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December 20, 2001 |
A flood of water nearly ruined Christmas at the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic. But now a flood of donations is about to save it. Early Sunday, a man broke into the clinic in Los Angeles' Silver Lake district, setting off the sprinkler system. The resulting flood damaged several thousand dollars' worth of toys collected for a holiday party today for low-income children.
April 19, 1988 |
A polka dot dress, bullets taken from victims and a hand-scrawled notation that "RFK must die," were among pieces of evidence put on display today as state officials opened police records on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
April 15, 2005 |
An Anthology of Basque Short Stories Basque Literature Series Edited by Mari Jose Olaziregi University of Nevada Press: 222 pp., $19.95 * LITERATURE often flourishes like certain kinds of plants, between the cracks in walls that gardeners have forgotten to tend. It can spring from the oppressed, impoverished, ignored.