February 28, 1999 |
Twenty-five years ago, the country was in the grips of the Watergate hearings, an economic slump and the last vestiges of the Vietnam War. But the films we saw on the big screen in 1974 were anything but diversionary--they were revelatory. Michael Corleone gained a powerful Mafia kingdom but lost love, loyalty and family in "The Godfather Part II,"; private eye J.J.
April 21, 1995 |
In 1968, a fledgling band called Iron Butterfly released an album featuring a decidedly unorthodox acid-rock song that rambled on for 17 minutes and included a 2 1/2-minute drum solo. Executives at the band's label, Atlantic Records, cringed at the prospect of marketing an album whose title track took up the entire side of a vinyl LP and came with the tongue-twisting title "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Efforts to persuade the San Diego-based group to edit its opus proved futile.
October 11, 2013 |
MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - Along Highway 1 between Marina and Seaside, it's all roller-coastering sand dunes and chaparral. There the road cuts across Ft. Ord, where soldiers trained for almost every war the U.S. Army waged in the 20th century, as well as deployments to Panama and the 1992 L.A. riots. Then Ft. Ord closed and it was over. In 1994, 36,000 soldiers and their families were relocated, emptying hospitals, barracks, chapels, stockades and 28,000 prime Central Coast acres.
September 30, 1990 |
A chain of low hills began to rise. Moving plates beneath the earth's crust pushed them skyward. They climbed imperceptibly at first, fractions of an inch over centuries. On the western flank of the central range, a river accelerated into a torrent. The crashing water cut a narrow, V-shaped canyon out of the granite. Twenty-three million years passed. An icecap enshrouded the summit of the range. Tongues of ice streamed down into the canyon. The ice thickened.
August 8, 1999 |
In 1974, the year President Nixon resigned: * Inflation was 12.3%. * Unemployment was 5.6%. * Top song was "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack. * Oakland Athletics beat Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 in the World Series. * Gasoline passed the 50-cent mark to reach 58 cents a gallon. A loaf of bread was 39 cents. * Best Picture was "The Sting."
January 3, 2000
The last original "Peanuts" daily cartoon, a message from Charles M. Schulz to his readers, appears today on Page E5. Beginning tomorrow in the same spot, "Peanuts Classics" will debut. The strips will reprise Schulz's work beginning with 1974, a year that the United Media syndicate said was chosen because it features the strip's well-known original characters as well as those introduced in later years, such as Woodstock and Peppermint Patty. The final original Sunday cartoon will appear Feb.