January 20, 1988 |
President Reagan, who has exactly one year left in his second term, looked over an audience of perhaps 1,000 political appointees who had just given him a two-minute standing ovation Tuesday and cracked: "My goodness, if they'd have done this for 'Bedtime for Bonzo,' I never would have left Hollywood."
January 2, 1989
One hundred and fifty-three police officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 1988, and California had the highest number killed, with a loss of 23 officers, the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police said. Texas was second, with 21, followed by Florida, with 13. The national total, which included eight women officers, was down slightly from 1987, when 155 officers, three of them women, lost their lives.
January 2, 1989 |
The newspaper Izvestia said goodby to 1988 with a good measure of humor Sunday, saying it hadn't been hard to give up one-candidate elections, jammed radio programs and other former staples of Soviet life abolished last year. The government newspaper toasted many changes made during 1988, including the improvement in supplies at liquor stores, which resulted from the Kremlin's realization that its crackdown on alcohol had created a massive network of moonshine distillers.
January 1, 1989 |
The problem with jazz awards is that this field has about as much breathing room as the A Train during rush hour. So, in this ever more crowded arena, the main consideration in selecting honorees for the 24th annual Golden Feather Awards was who should be reluctantly eliminated rather than whom to include. Does New Age belong in jazz territory? Does fusion? NARAS, the recording academy, says no on both counts.
January 1, 1989 |
A surprising amount of good work got done in Los Angeles theater in 1988, considering that it was a war year. For months, Actors' Equity and the smaller theaters fought out the question of how to compensate Waiver actors. This at least established the principle that Waiver actors deserved compensation. But it also used up a lot of energy. By year's end, you had to hope that the Waiver wars were winding down: Everybody was sick of them. Meanwhile, the smaller theaters got on with it.
December 31, 1987 |
If there were a grand climatic design, New Year's Eve Day would be dank, dark and gray, thus creating a fittingly funereal mood in which to observe the passing of the late year. New Year's Day would on the other hand dawn crystal-clear, rain-washed and sparkling, atingle with the promise of 365 days in which to commit a whole new set of triumphs and follies.
January 1, 1988 |
If theater has never exactly enjoyed abundant good health, no one ever doubted it would manage to hang in there as it always has--precariously, by its teeth, by its fingernails, but in there. Yet as we wind down one of the least inspired years in Los Angeles theater, hanging in is getting harder and harder. It would be nice to say the odds were good for a strong 1988. Reality indicates otherwise.