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September 13, 1992
There is an old Russian proverb--the shortage will be divided among the peasants. Alas. HANS ASKENASY, Laguna Beach
April 26, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma, said his wife, Donna Santman. Anker made more than a dozen films during a 25-year career, including "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust" (2004), "Music from the Inside Out" (2004) and "Scottsboro, An American Tragedy" (2000)
November 5, 1989
Let's not be too hard on Mrs. Reagan. The old studio star system didn't provide the contract players with training in protocol, diplomacy or even, alas, good manners. MARY LOU WHITEMORE Brentwood
October 6, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO HUNTSVILLE, ALA. From LAX, Delta, United, American and US Airways offer connecting service (change of planes) to Huntsville. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $564. WHAT TO DO U.S. Space & Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville; (800) 637-7223, . Home to one of the world's most comprehensive collections of space memorabilia and hardware, it also contains space-travel simulators, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center exhibits and Space Camp facilities.
January 31, 1993
In response to Keith A. Dodson's poem (Times, Jan. 24): ORGANIC GARDENERS They've mooched off the State for twenty-one years, Never paid rental fees or water bills. Cal State's been generous, allowing gardeners to grow Veggies and flowers to lessen the load. Alas, but alack, the hour's at hand To march to the drummer of Progress's band. As state budgets shrink, and Wilson says, "No!" Alack, but alas, the garden must go! JO ANNE CHARMACK Long Beach The writer's husband, Scott Charmack, is associate vice president of physical planning at Cal State Long Beach.
September 26, 1994
Re "At 25, Internet Readies Move Into Free Market," Sept. 5: le Mourn the Internet--one of the few things Uncle Sam did right. It has been a bountiful garden of ideas and information, a meeting place with few barriers. Now smug businessmen are tromping in with hobnailed boots and chain saws. Alas! DERON A. WALTERS Goleta
May 7, 1994
There they were with two minutes left in the game, Jacques Demers and his Canadiens desperately looking to find a Bruin with a curved stick. But, alas, none was to be found, so exit the Canadiens. JOE MASSARO Rancho Cucamonga
November 30, 1985
The Trojan victory could have marked the emergence of Ryan Knight as another in the long line of outstanding USC halfbacks. Alas, it is not to be. He was lost forever near the end of the game when, as Tom Kelly picturesquely announced, he "literally exploded" at the line of scrimmage. GERALD R. FINLEY Huntington Beach
September 23, 1988
Golly! With Hugh Downs, Gregory Peck, Lily Tomlin and Johnny Carson endorsing Mars exploration, nothing can stop us now ("The Red-Hot Planet" by Paul Ciotti, Sept. 15). If only Moe, Larry and Curly were alive to lend their support to space exploration . . . alas. DAVID KOLPACOFF El Cajon
April 21, 1991
The March 21 episode of "L.A. Law" (NBC) saw the conniving Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) plummet to her death as she stepped into what everyone thought would be a waiting elevator. Alas, there was none. After giving the "shaft" to everyone else all season, she finally got hers. We certainly appreciated the humor intended. Velma Senaga, Davis, Calif.
October 6, 2013 | By Jane Engle
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - I was inept at moonwalking. My rocket was a dud. And I crashed the space shuttle. Fortunately, I was just an astronaut wannabe and not the real deal. But it's as close as this middle-aged space geek is going to get. That geekiness, inspired by IMAX documentaries on space and news coverage of NASA's final shuttle launch in 2011, was what brought me to Adult Space Academy. The trip was a gift from my wife. The three-day program is among more than a dozen versions of Space Camp, which the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville created more than 30 years ago to give visitors a taste of what it's like to train as an astronaut.
July 7, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Charles Carr, who was just 18 and a college freshman when he drove country music legend Hank Williams on his final journey more than 60 years ago, died July 1 after a brief illness. He was 79. His death was confirmed by Beth Petty, director of the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Ala. "When he was younger, he didn't have an interest in being defined by that moment in his life," said his son, Charles "Lands" Carr. But after the museum embraced the elder Carr later in life, he became more comfortable talking about the last days of Williams, who died during the car trip at 29. The elder Carr was a friend of the Williams family and found himself behind the wheel after the singer hired him to drive him from Montgomery to a New Year's Eve show in Charleston, W.Va., and then to another concert scheduled for Jan. 1, 1953, in Canton, Ohio.
May 20, 2013 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Jean Nouvel, the French architect, is credited with creating "installations" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," although "transformations" would be more accurate. Azzedine Alaïa designed the striking costumes. The result is a stunningly high style and wonderfully performed French "Figaro" that customized Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night in more ways than one. But since when do the French have a problem with French fries? The most noticeable thing upon entering Disney on Friday night was that Nouvel has audaciously covered up Gehry's signature sculptural organ pipes, nicknamed French fries.
May 17, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
When Carmen Cervantes was growing up in the 1960s in East Los Angeles, it would've been nearly as surprising to find a Spanish-language bookstore in her neighborhood as it would be to unearth an Aztec pyramid in the middle of Beverly Hills. The problem persists today for local readers who are either Spanish-dominant or bilingual, said Cervantes, citing her mother, who lives in Montebello. "She goes to these stores and finds very limited things," said Cervantes, director of cultural and special events for the University of Guadalajara Foundation USA. "We read, and we want to read in our language as well, but we just don't have the books.
April 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Three people were in critical condition with burns Thursday after a series of blasts and fires tore through two barges in Mobile, Ala. Officials reported a series of seven explosions on the Mobile Bay that started on one barge late Wednesday night, apparently setting two barges on fire. The flames were extinguished early Thursday morning. It's unclear if any of the explosions came from the second barge. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that one of the barges belonged to Kirby Inland Marine and said it was an empty compressed natural gas barge that had been docked for cleaning.
April 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Three people were hurt in multiple explosions aboard two fuel barges in the Mobile River in Alabama on Wednesday night, according to the Mobile Fire Department. The department said the three victims were taken to a hospital. The Coast Guard said they had been burned, and their conditions were unknown. The fire department said the barges experienced four blasts, with the first reported about 9 p.m. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship that lost power in the Gulf of Mexico and later broke loose of its moorings at a Mobile shipyard.
March 15, 1992
Re the picture accompanying Dick Roraback's review of "Monday's Warriors" (Feb. 16), the method of "fighting" used by the peaceful Maoris of New Zealand was to line up in opposing groups to make ugly faces at one another until one side gave up. Anyone initiating physical violence during this "battle" would be killed by his own peers. Alas, the Maoris were obliged to unite to fight with their own primitive weapons when the British arrived. . . . MARY J. McLAUGHLIN, RANCHO PALOS VERDES
January 27, 1996
I have just spent a month in Los Angeles and have been delighted by the insight and wit of Martin Bernheimer's music reviews. There is an interesting person behind the savvy writing, and I'm told he got a Pulitzer for it too. Alas, I am back in New York where our New York Times music reporters are bland and faceless. MARSHALL IZEN New York
April 21, 2013
Regarding Birmingham, Ala. ["Moving Ever Forward," by Alice Short, April 14]: How can she not include Dreamland, a legendary Alabama barbecue? Chris Erskine would have mentioned this pork palace in his opening paragraph! Otherwise, a very fine article on this historic city. David Grimes Pasadena Cuba's reality? Regarding "Cuba Covertly? Weigh the Risks," by Catharine Hamm [On the Spot, March 31]: Cuba is not a "fabulous destination. " I don't understand this thinking.
April 14, 2013 | By Larry Bleiberg
THE BEST WAY TO BIRMINGHAM, ALA. From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Birmingham is available on Southwest, American, Delta, United and US Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $536, including taxes and fees. WHERE TO STAY The Tutwiler, Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham, downtown , 2021 Park Place; (205) 322-2100, . Ignore the chain affiliation; this is a Birmingham institution, refurbished and updated for guests.
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