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August 21, 2006 |
When Frank Sinatra ended his two-year retirement at 57 in 1973, Warner Bros. Records art director Ed Thrasher came up with the perfect title for the legendary singer's comeback album. The album -- for Warner's Reprise Records label -- with its cover photograph by Thrasher showing a relaxed and grinning Sinatra during a recording session, was called "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back." "Ed showed the artwork to Frank, and he just flipped, as we all did," recalled Joe Smith, former president of Warner Bros.
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.
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June 15, 1992 |
When Tina Abel sees the American flag, she remembers arriving in this country 40 years ago from Germany. "I stepped down from a ship in New York Harbor," said Abel, 69, who fled Europe after spending three years in a camp for war refugees. "They played 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' and we all cried." Abel was one of six flag bearers in a Flag Day ceremony sponsored by the Simi Valley Elks Lodge at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sunday.
September 2, 1991 |
Jimmy Connors celebrates his 39th birthday today by playing Aaron Krickstein in a fourth-round match. Krickstein, who is 0-5 against Connors, says he doesn't think he will be psyched out by the Connors mystique. "I think a lot of guys . . . you get a five-time U.S. Open champion . . . if you read into it, you think about it too much," Krickstein said. "Then you can be in awe of him. We grew up watching him on TV, so it is kind of weird to be playing him (in important matches).
December 13, 1997 |
Only those who were there would remember. The way Wallace DeCuir entered the station and greeted his colleagues every morning, knowing they would ignore him. The way Reynaldo Lopez kept his cool, even after a "Whites Only" sign was hung from the kitchen door. The day someone smeared feces on Earnest Roberts' pillow, and the other men watched. And laughed. In 1950s Los Angeles, these men fought fires, saved lives and slept under the same roof with white colleagues who did not want them there.
November 4, 1989 |
East Harlem is inner-city America: where crack sells in rubble-caked lots, guns sound in the night, public housing darkens under graffiti, abandoned tenements rot on decrepit streets and tattered men just hang around. "You don't walk around here at night," said Allister Whitman, who supervises the speech programs in East Harlem's public schools. "If you walk around 109th Street," said Leslie Moore, director of a junior high school on that street, "you will see lines forming for crack.
February 10, 2003 |
A Croatian fan sitting courtside waved a sign as James Blake was about to serve: "You can't beat without Pete." The United States certainly didn't have Pete Sampras on Sunday when it was eliminated by Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup. These are different times for the Americans at the Davis Cup. Instead of Sampras or Andre Agassi, or even the injured Andy Roddick, it was left to James Blake to keep their prospects alive.
May 4, 1987
Ken Garcia broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run single, then threw out a runner at the plate for the game's final out as Cal State Fullerton defeated San Jose State, 6-5, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. baseball game Sunday at Fullerton. Longo Garcia (10-2) went the distance as Fullerton (16-2, 39-14) won its fifth consecutive game. Garcia got the first two outs in the ninth but walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases.
October 13, 1994 |
On a team of World Cup superstars--Romario, Hristo Stoitchkov, Gheorghe Hagi and Ronald Koeman--the most talked-about player this season for Spanish League power FC Barcelona has been a thin, 20-year-old midfielder with one of international soccer's most famous names. In the tradition of Brazilian and many Spanish players, he prefers to be called by only his first name: Jordi. But everyone in European soccer knows who he is--Jordi Cruyff, son of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.
August 12, 1990 |
During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, Ota Pavel's father and his two brothers were sent to concentration camps. Pavel helped support his family by working in a coal mine and illegally catching fish. After the war, he became a sportswriter, best known for "Dukla Among the Skyscrapers," a novel about a Czech soccer team's visit to America. Later, Pavel wrote two collections of short stories based on his father's life and his own.