December 6, 1985
I was very interested in your article concerning the choices of family names for children whose parents have different surnames. We have another solution. My husband and I kept our last names, but chose to combine parts of them into a new name for our children. Meredith plus Weydemeyer became not a long hyphenated form, but simply Meremeyer. This solution has worked well because our children's name is so ordinary looking. Moreover, the junk mail coming to our house provides constant amusement with new combinations of all our first and last names.
July 2, 2006
Regarding "Six Flags May Sell Its Magic Mountain Park" (June 23): So Dan Snyder and Mark Shapiro expect us to believe that they will probably close perhaps the greatest assemblage of roller coasters in the world because of the park's "rowdy teenage atmosphere" that is driving away business? Please. These two arrogant, heartless excuses for businessmen obviously seized this amusement park with the sole intention of pawning it off to the real estate development company that would write the biggest check.
April 23, 1996
Concerning the article about Knott's Berry Farm's efforts to pass a law limiting its liability ("Knott's-Backed Bill Gets Panel's OK," April 18), this is just another example of what is wrong with our legislative system today. It is increasingly run by special-interest groups, and the rights of the common person and consumer are always secondary. Since big business currently has the Republican-dominated Legislature in their back pocket, this is only one example of the constant erosion of individual rights and of corporate responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1986
My first reactions upon reading about the fundamentalist Christian families who objected to their children reading various literary works and fairy tales in school were a mixture of amusement, understanding, and sadness. Amusement because the works mentioned are considered by most Americans as innocuous at worst and worthwhile and educational at best. As a rebellious teen-ager I recall telling my father that if everyone's actions and beliefs were limited to those of their parents we would still be living in caves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001
Re "Judge Voids Jury Verdict in Halloween-Prank Shooting" Feb. 24: Here are two definitions. A prank is something done to provoke laughter or amusement. A theft is an act of stealing. The first is playful and harmless; the second, a crime. These were not two little boys out having fun. They were both young men out intentionally hurting others for their own amusement. ROBERT SPENCER Westminster I have felt the fear of being at the mercy of teenagers who hunt in packs and think of themselves above the law. I have no tolerance for any kind of vandalism and would like to see the punishment for graffiti or petty theft handled as I understand it is in Indonesia or Singapore, with public flogging or public humiliation.
August 2, 1985 |
The president of financially troubled Malibu Grand Prix Corp. has resigned from its board of directors, and the Woodland Hills-based amusement center company is "engaged in discussions" about his status as president and chief operating officer as well, the company said Thursday. Neither the president, Edward T. Peabody Jr., nor the chairman and chief executive, Ira L. Young, could be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997
In regard to your Oct. 22 article "Knotts Agree to Sell Park," I'd have to say it's quite nice to see that someone is going to make the effort to expand the park. Knott's Berry Farm is actually a small amusement park, especially when compared with its competition, such as Disneyland. The attractions that Knott's is composed of are exhilarating and fun, yet there just aren't enough of them. It's obvious to one who has been to other amusement parks that Knott's is nowhere near as busy.
October 1, 2000
I was dismayed to read that the new Disney California Adventure theme park is seeking to be an "edgier" type of amusement park ["Disney Reaches for New Audience," Sept. 20]. I think that is a big mistake. We already have enough "edgy" places to go and "edgy" things to do in this world. If I want "edgy" real life, I can go to Venice Beach. If I want "edgy" artificial life, I can go see almost any movie or watch almost any TV show. If I want to hear "edgy" music or listen to "edgy" conversation, I just have to tune in to almost any radio station.
July 17, 2010 |
The gates had not yet opened at Raging Waters in San Dimas on a recent sunny morning, but assistant Girl Scout leader Brenda Mauss was already in the parking lot urging her five charges to slather on the sunscreen. The plan was to be in line for the 10 a.m. opening to wring every drop of pleasure from the day. Admission to the water park — the state's largest — costs $36.99. But Mauss had discount coupons from a fast-food restaurant that knocked 10 bucks off each ticket.
July 2, 1992 |
It would be called "White Water Canyon" and would be, by most fun-seekers' standards, a major amusement park: 82 acres of sophisticated water slides, four raft-filled swimming pools, gift shops and snack bars, all surrounded by a 1,350-space parking lot. But it's not plans for another Los Angeles or Orlando attraction. White Water Canyon would sit just west of Highway 15, near the intersection of Dear Springs and Mountain Meadow roads in Escondido. It is questionable, of course, whether such a water park could ever become part of a North County entertainment guide.