January 31, 1992
Your article titled "Bright Angles" (Dianne Klein column, View, Jan. 7) addressed the topic of how a mother not only copes with a special child but finds "that lining" to keep the rain from falling all the time. Nancy Torbitt has another special child besides A.T. and I am sure that she knows it. It adds another dimension that I have observed as a neighbor and which I am sure others who know the Torbitts have also noticed. I first met Ali as a parent volunteer on a whale watching field trip for my son Michael's third-grade class.
May 5, 2009 |
A federal judge ordered a Yemeni man released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after seven years' detention. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said the U.S. should take all necessary diplomatic steps to release Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. He was picked up seven years ago by Pakistani forces in a prayer house that the government said was run by a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative. The judge gave the government until June 15 to report on the status of his release.
October 12, 2010 |
The barber's mirror hangs on tree limbs lashed together to make a vanity. His customers wait their turns sitting on cinder blocks. His floor is not black-and-white checkerboard linoleum, but a patch of dirt. A tarp suspended by branches keeps his clients from getting drenched during the monsoons. Call it a shave and a haircut, two bits ? Pakistani style. In this country, the barber, the masseuse, the moneychanger and the shoemaker often ply their trades wherever their bare, calloused feet take them.
December 16, 2001
I portrayed a ringside photographer in "Ali" and would like to point out that not once during the 20 days I was on set did Will Smith have a double do any of his boxing or take a punch for him ("A Fight That Went the Full 15 Rounds," by Patrick Goldstein, Dec. 9). Smith also taped his hands before boxing each day in a ritual to help him get into character, and his stamina was inspiring. Working on "Ali," while grueling, was a unique experience. I had ample time to observe the principals and get to know many of them, and discovered that they are typically gracious and not at all arrogant.
June 3, 1990 |
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
November 16, 2011 |
When ABC Sports guru Roone Arledge was suggesting Howard Cosell for "Monday Night Football," NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle replied: "Cosell? Why don't you just dig up Attila the Hun?" Such was the reaction generated by modern broadcasting's first Category 5 hurricane: How-wuuuud Co-sellll. The way he pronounced his own name dripped with chutzpah and self-promotion. In his day, Cosell may have been the most mocked man in America. If the very memory of his nasal delivery is a form of aural torture, this book may not be for you. But if you remember Cosell as some sort of broadcasting pioneer, brave and occasionally brilliant, Mark Ribowsky's new tome is worth your time.