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September 1, 2000
Whatever happened to adults ("Someone to Help Resolve All Your 'Issues,' " Aug. 8)? This is rapidly and frighteningly becoming a nation of very tall children in an increasingly dumbed-down victim culture. Grown men and women hide behind children's alibis: "I forgot"; "I couldn't help it"; "The dog ate my maturity." Remember adults? They made their own decisions (and dealt with the consequences), not to mention handled their own mistakes. Now, it seems "life coaches" are needed to take up where Mommy left off. In other words, if you don't feel like being a grown-up, hire someone to be a grown-up for you. KEVIN DAWSON Sunland
November 24, 1989
Children and teen-agers infected with the AIDS virus can apparently fend off the disease much longer than adults, suggesting that the immune systems of the young may somehow protect them better, researchers said recently. A new study of 319 hemophiliacs infected with the virus found that the rate at which they developed acquired immune deficiency syndrome was strongly related to their age.
October 18, 1990 | ERIK HAMILTON, Erik Hamilton is a free-lance writer based in Irvine.
Louise Schiffler only needed one more thing to make her Halloween costume complete. "If I don't find the log at Vons, I'll have to check out a lumberyard," Schiffler said. "But I'm not worried, there should be one log that fits what I'm looking for." Since June, after watching the offbeat television series "Twin Peaks," the 32-year-old Garden Grove computer programmer knew exactly what she was going to be for Halloween: "The Log Lady is perfect. It's simple, funny and cheap."
May 21, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
Despite pleas of some tattoo artists, the City Council has enacted zoning regulations that classify tattoo parlors as an adult business. By a 5-2 vote earlier this week, the council enacted the new restrictions, which greatly limit where a tattoo establishment may operate. During a public hearing Monday , several tattoo artists urged the council not to classify tattooing as an adult business--a zoning category that includes massage parlors.
March 20, 1999
As an adult, and a regular moviegoer, I couldn't help but be amused by the results of your poll ("Adults Less Likely to Go to the Movies," by Amy Wallace, March 14). I believe that this falls into the category of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The studios make movies for teenagers, so teenagers are the ones who go to the movies. If they make movies for people whose IQ exceeds their age, maybe adults will attend. In Orange County, adults are also faced with what I refer to as "Edwards censorship" regarding what we see. Edwards has a near monopoly on movie screens in O.C., and they dictate what we get to view.
October 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A second 16-year-old suspect in the Fresno shooting rampage that left one dead and nine wounded will be tried as an adult. Juvenile Court Referee Phillip Silva ordered Friday that Dwight Tamplin stand trial as an adult for first-degree murder and 17 other criminal charges in connection with the Labor Day weekend shooting spree. Silva said Tamplin was unfit to be tried as a juvenile because of his previous criminal history and a record of failing to respond to rehabilitation.
April 26, 1990 | SHERRY ANGEL, Sherry Angel is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
With an arm around each youngster's waist, Melissa Gagne spins her two students around in the water in a game of "ring around the rockets," then carries them to the side of the pool. Still wearing big grins, the preschoolers are scooped up in warm towels and praised by their parents. For them, the swimming lesson at Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley has been a half-hour of playtime. But for the two students getting into the pool next, it's going to be hard work.
Now that all the kids are suited up in "Batman Forever" T-shirts, drinking from "Casper" mugs and playing with "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger" action figures, the major studios are looking for ways to bring their parents into the merchandising fold. "The competition for the kids market is brutal," said Neil Newman, vice president of marketing for Viacom consumer products. "In order to grow the business, we must grow the adult segment. If it's done correctly, there's a lot of money to be made."
When she was 18, the mother of a 21-year-old recalled, she could hardly wait to go away to school and move out of her parents' house. Most of her friends felt the same way. Nobody knew who they went out with, where they went, what they did or when they got in. Her son, on the other hand, lives at home and likes it. A junior in the Cal State system, he doesn't have to pay rent or buy groceries. "He has a TV, a computer and a double bed. What more could a guy want?
The first few innings had been ego-bruisers for Richard Martell's band of middle-aged softball players. "We were down by six runs," recalls Martell, a 39-year-old vice president of a Los Angeles home furnishings store. Then came the last inning. With two outs, two on and Martell's team ahead by two, the batter smacked the ball to the second baseman, who tagged the base. "Out!" thought Martell. "Safe!" cried umpire Joel Rosenzweig, who was also a member of the opposing team. "You're wrong!"
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