April 15, 1999 |
Jean Vander Pyl, the voice who brought the animated character Wilma Flintstone to life in the groundbreaking cartoon series "The Flintstones," has died. Vander Pyl, the last surviving member of the show's original cast, died Saturday at her home in Dana Point of lung cancer, said her son, Michael O'Meara. She was 79. Wilma was the harried wife of Fred Flintstone in the series which depicted the life and comic times of a family in the Stone Age town of Bedrock.
February 17, 1990 |
Keith Haring, whose distinctive, cartoon-like drawings in subway stations caught the attention of art dealers who made him famous miles away from those dank underground tunnels, died Friday of AIDS. He was 31. Haring, who was diagnosed as having AIDS more than a year ago and was active in AIDS fund-raising, fell ill with flu-like symptoms in January and died early Friday at his Manhattan home.
January 21, 1992 |
The fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmers in the world last year were Americans Matt Biondi, Tom Jager and Steve Crocker. But only two of them will advance from the Olympic trials, March 1-6 in Indianapolis, to the Olympic Games, starting July 25 in Barcelona, Spain. In response to U.S. swimming dominance, FINA, the world governing body of the sport, decreased the number of entrants allowed each country from three per event to two in 1980. Other international meets followed suit.
February 25, 1998 |
From the time they were old enough to chew bubble gum, Matt Fisher, Matt Cassel and Conor Jackson have been called baseball wonders. Every step of the way, from T-ball through senior league, they've stood out as all-stars. In youth drafts, they were certain No. 1 picks. If only they had agent Dennis Gilbert to negotiate their pizza deals. Time has flown by. They're now sophomores in high school, Fisher and Cassel at Chatsworth, Jackson at El Camino Real.
August 20, 1995 |
With a repertoire of dives that turned and twisted like the Big Sur coastline, Mark Lenzi figured it was a simple springboard flip to lifelong happiness. Diving had come so easily. No reason everything else wouldn't as well. Lenzi had it all, didn't he? A year after tumbling his way to the three-meter springboard title in the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona, Lenzi discovered the sobering answer. It was staring him in the face, reflecting from another round of drinks.
October 29, 1998 |
"I don't know if you can see the scar," Ryan Nece says. Barely. "It goes from here to here." He stretches his right hand over to his left ear, extending the thumb inside the closely cropped dark hair as a pointer, then drags it over the bend of the skull to the other side. "I had an operation," he says. "They cut me open from ear to ear." For the reconstruction. "They pull down your skin, they cut underneath my eyes. I have titanium plates all through here."
May 20, 1992 |
Hey, it was only a coin toss. That little pregame ceremony that precedes every football game. Nothing to get stressed about. But, hey, this was the Angelus League. Greg Willig, St. Paul High School's quarterback, had only one thought at that moment in 1987: heads or tails. He was being introduced to the Bishop Amat captains when . . . WHAM-O . "This little guy from Bishop Amat hit me," said Willig, who will be a senior this fall at Rice. "There were no words, he just threw a punch.
April 1, 1990 |
"My agent would like me to be working on a big movie for a major studio," Andie MacDowell said, the hint of an ironic smile on her lips. "But here I am instead." "Here" is Ealing Studios, which emphatically does not qualify as major, and where big movies are simply not made. The lot tells its own story; offices and corridors are painted in drab, institutional colors which recall the decor of Victorian English schools.
March 10, 1988 |
Singer Andy Gibb, who rose to fame in the 1970s in the footsteps of his three older Bee Gees brothers, died today in a hospital near Oxford. He was 30 years old. The cause of death, which came five days after Gibbs's 30th birthday, was not immediately announced. "Andy Gibb was taken ill with stomach pains on Monday and was admitted to the hospital for observation. The reason for his death has yet to be announced," a spokeswoman for Island Records said.