May 6, 1997 |
Fast-growing California companies drove the market for initial public offerings last year, and their stocks' initial gains were well above the national average. In California in 1996, a record 184 companies went public, raising a total of $7.3 billion. Computer, telecommunications and biotech firms led the way.
December 29, 1996 |
This was a year of extraordinary transition in pop, when everyone from MTV to scores of anxious record executives proclaimed that the creative and commercial centers of music were shifting from the alternative rock and rap sounds that have dominated the '90s. Let's hope they're right. Even if no one seems certain about exactly what's next, the question should have a stimulating effect on the pop world, because the search itself reminds us of the importance of keeping pop relevant and fresh.
December 29, 1996
1. Only 15% of TV viewers thought Ellen DeGeneres' character on "Ellen" was gay, 41% thought she was straight and 36% said they didn't know or thought she was asexual. (Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 2) 2. More than 40% of readers thought Tori Spelling had worse hair than Marge Simpson. (TV Guide, Aug. 12) 3. Seventy percent of Americans said they change channels or turn the volume down during commercials. (Harris, March 18) 4.
April 12, 2000 |
Calling all taxpayers. If you didn't file a tax return in the recent past, perhaps because you earned so little that you were not required to file, you might want to reconsider--in a hurry. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that U.S. taxpayers will lose $2 billion this year because they failed to claim federal tax refunds they were due from the 1996 tax year.
October 10, 1996 |
When John Calley arrives at Sony Pictures Entertainment next month to head the studio's filmmaking operations, he will immediately face crucial decisions if the studio is to rebound quickly from its recent management upheavals. Despite the executive suite shuffles, Calley, who was named president and chief operating officer of Sony on Tuesday, will find a star-driven slate of movies left behind by his predecessor, Mark Canton.
December 28, 1996 |
The Orange County jazz scene, encompassing various clubs, restaurants, college auditoriums, outdoor festival sites, hotel ballrooms and the O.C. Performing Arts Center, was a varied lot in 1996. The year was packed with dates from fine, Southern California-based artists as well as a good number (though not nearly enough) of internationally known figures playing the larger venues. The most promising trend was the growing number of places where jazz is played.