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March 26, 2006
"American Idol" reflects the deconstruction of celebrity ("Tyro Mania," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, March 12). It is no longer professional talent versus amateur aspirants. Once C-list celebrities morphed MTV's "The Real World" into VH1's "The Surreal Life," it was clear that amateurs were trumping professional talent in the public's mind. This reversal of attention threatens executive careers and skyrocketing salaries. The return of prime-time game shows, the persistence of "Survivor" and the shorter season of episodic TV all reflect too many amateur channels and too little professional content.
March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Bad teams and the end of the season can make for some strange situations. Healthy players can develop mysterious (read: nonexistent) injuries. Productive veterans can lose playing time to unproven youngsters. Then there is what happened to Mark Madsen on April 19, 2006. The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward who had not taken a three-point shot in 135 games and 1,617 minutes over parts of the previous three seasons took seven shots from beyond the arc . . . in a span of 9 minutes 4 seconds.
January 6, 2007 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The Kings fired Al Murray, the director of amateur scouting, and a large portion of the amateur scouting department Friday, a source close to the team said. Murray has been with the team for 18 years, the last 13 as director of amateur scouting. Grant Sonier, the assistant director of amateur scouting, also was fired. General Manager Dean Lombardi declined to comment.
January 18, 2014 | Elaine Woo
John Dobson, a former monk and self-taught stargazer who developed a powerful, inexpensive telescope that almost anyone could build and showed thousands how to do it during five decades as one of public astronomy's most influential evangelists, has died. He was 98. Dobson died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said Bob Alborzian, coordinator of the Burbank chapter of Sidewalk Astronomers, an international organization that Dobson helped found in 1968. Dobson had been in poor health since a stroke a few years ago. Called the "Johnny Appleseed of amateur astronomy," the lanky, ponytailed Dobson started building telescopes in the 1950s when he was a monk at the Vedanta Monastery in San Francisco.
June 24, 2010 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The scouts who are shaping the Kings' future have driven through snowstorms on twisty mountain roads in British Columbia to see games and have crept across the Canadian prairie guided by hope and a GPS device telling them the next turn is 120 miles away. They've looked at gangly, teenaged defensemen for glimpses of what they might become, sought signs a scrawny winger will develop broad shoulders and tough skin. They've projected who's destined to be a difference-maker, a sixth defenseman at best, a career minor-leaguer.
August 26, 1990 | From Associated Press
Phil Mickelson and Manny Zerman played nearly bogey-free golf to win semifinal matches Saturday and set up an all-Arizona final in the U.S. Amateur championships. Mickelson, 20, of Arizona State, and Zerman, 20, of the University of Arizona, will battle in a 36-hole match for the title today at Cherry Hills Country Club. Recording three birdies and just one bogey--on the opening hole--Mickelson defeated David Eger of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 5 and 3.
April 7, 1999
Only Masters champions who first played the tournament as amateurs: 1. Tiger Woods: tied for 41st as amateur (1995) 2. J.M. Olazabal: missed cut as amateur (1985) 3. Craig Stadler: missed cut as amateur (1974) 4. Ben Crenshaw: tied for 19th as amateur (1972) 5. Tom Watson: missed cut as amateur (1970) 6. Charles Coody: missed cut as amateur (1963) 7. Jack Nicklaus: missed cut as amateur (1959) 8. Tommy Aaron: missed cut as amateur (1959) 9.
April 24, 1993
Re Waco, etc.--every night is amateur night in Washington. JOSEPH G. GILLAM Irvine
January 5, 1985
Dr. Bobby Brown, president of the American League, was named major-league baseball's coordinator for amateur baseball by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth.
July 5, 2003
At the risk of being called a chauvinist, I think it's obvious why all these teenage girls are able to compete on the LPGA Tour. It's the standard of play. The gap between the professional women and the top amateur women is not that great. The numbers speak for themselves: To play a qualifying round for the women's U.S. Open, an amateur needed an index of 4.4. For the men's U.S. Open, a male amateur needed an index of 1.4. That's quite a difference. Steve Kehela Studio City
January 1, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - In a verdant valley east of Rome, Fabrizio Baldi admires a forgotten stretch of a two-tier Roman aqueduct, a stunning example of the emperor Hadrian's 2nd century drive to divert water from rural springs to his ever-thirstier capital. But Baldi, 36, is less interested in the graceful arches than in where the aqueduct's span ends, hidden in a wooded slope across a stream, halfway up the side of the valley. Scrambling through thick brambles, he comes across a large hole in the ground that appears to be the start of a tunnel.
September 17, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Amid the intense law enforcement search for the Navy Yard shooting suspect Monday, social media site Reddit halted attempts by amateur sleuths on its site to locate the gunman. Within hours after the first shots were fired, a subreddit called “findnavyyardshooters” had already cropped up - and was subsequently banned - on the website. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin said in a statement to The Times that the site banned the forum because it violated its rules regarding the posting of personal information.
August 22, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
"Wampler's Ascent" is certainly an inspiring story: Stephen J. Wampler, who turns 45 this week, has been afflicted with cerebral palsy since birth, but he doesn't let that stop him from climbing El Capitan, one of the biggest rock faces in the world. His goal is to reach the top, of course, but also to raise awareness and funding for Camp Wamp, a wilderness experience for physically disabled kids. As cinema, however, the film comes up short. The documentary by Stephen's wife, Elizabeth, charts his incredible undertaking through newscasts about the feat and home video shot during his six-day ascent.
August 14, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amateur chefs will have the chance to learn from professionals as the Venetian begins a series of cooking classes. The Venetian  has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts to provide guests with six-hour classes during which students will learn how to use master chefs' skills in their own culinary creations. At the end of each class, participants will dine on the lunches they have prepared. The classes will feature a variety of cuisines and techniques.
August 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Lights, camera ... police action? An amateur film crew's robbery scene took a dangerous real-life turn Thursday when police, unaware the takeover at a Glendora coffee shop was staged, swarmed the building with their weapons drawn. It began just before 7:20 a.m., Glendora Police Capt. Tim Staab said, when a woman walking up to Classic Coffee saw a man inside who was wearing a bandanna covering his face and carrying what appeared to be a gun. She ran back to her car and called 911, Staab said, prompting all eight of the Police Department's on-duty officers to rush to the scene.
August 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC will be well represented at next week's U.S. Women's Amateur golf championship. Sophomore Annie Park, the defending NCAA champion, is one of six Trojans players who will participate in the tournament at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., the school announced. Senior Sophia Popov, junior Doris Chen, sophomore Kyung Kim and incoming freshmen Gabriella Then and Karen Chung form the USC contingent. Park, from Levittown, N.Y., won the NCAA title in May at Athens, Ga. USC won the NCAA team title, finishing 21 strokes ahead of second-place Duke.
September 24, 1988
It seems that amateur boxing has finally fallen to the low that professional boxing reached many moons ago. TOM COURTS Channel Islands
January 12, 1985 | Associated Press
Canada's Shawn O'Sullivan knocked out American Marvin McDowell in the second round of a welterweight bout Friday night to remain undefeated as a professional. O'Sullivan, 22, a silver medalist at the Olympic Games and former world amateur champion, raised his record to 3-0 with the victory. For McDowell, from Baltimore, it was his fourth defeat against five wins. His amateur record was 118-18, with 68 knockouts.
June 16, 2013 | By Teddy Greenstein
ARDMORE, Pa. - After he made birdie on No. 15 Saturday, Michael Kim glanced at a scoreboard. The 19-year-old amateur was tied for third at the U.S. Open. "I wasn't looking to see what place I was in or how many shots back I was," he said. "I just thought it was super cool to see my name on that big leaderboard next to the leaders like [ Charl ] Schwartzel , [ Phil ] Mickelson , [ Luke ] Donald , all those guys. " Alas, it didn't last. Kim's bogey-double bogey-bogey finish dropped him to 10th place, five shots behind Mickelson.
May 31, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
With all that has been said about Kris Bryant's prodigious baseball talents — the tape-measure home runs, pitches he shouldn't have been able to hit but did — he is also a scholar-athlete, a highly intelligent young man. It must run in the family. Because Grandpa was certainly no fool. From the time Bryant was 8 or so, college baseball's most feared slugger recalls his grandfather awarding him $20 for every home run. The practice allowed Bryant to accumulate quite a bundle of Jacksons before the rewards stopped during his high school years.
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