June 12, 2011 |
Regional theater wasn't a big turn-on for me when I was a theater student in the late 1980s, early 1990s. Off-Broadway was cool; off-off-Broadway was cooler. Those subscription-based behemoths scattered around the country like giant shopping malls sounded dorky to me. My view of the world beyond the five boroughs of New York City was admittedly cramped back then. I didn't realize that the theater that gave me my start, the Public Theater, was part of the very same nonprofit network my callow ignorance was prepared to completely write off. As the Public's literary intern, reading scripts all day in the complex of offices shared by head honcho Joseph Papp and his wife, literary director Gail Merrifield Papp, I had a lot to learn.
June 4, 2011 |
Jake Lemmerman remembers the day he was taken in the Major League Baseball draft like it was yesterday — in fact, it's been nearly a year. "It's kind of surreal, basically. This is what I always wanted, with the team I always wanted to play for," says the Dodgers minor leaguer who was taken in the fifth round last June. Teammate Blake Smith, a second-round selection in 2009, won't soon forget his selection, either. "I think about it all the time," he says. "It definitely changed my life.
April 7, 2010
It's good for both Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that the new shepherd and his flock are embarking on a getting-acquainted period that will last almost a year. Instead of abruptly replacing Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Gomez, a native of Mexico who is now the archbishop of San Antonio, will serve as the cardinal's coadjutor -- ecclesiastical parlance for being in the on-deck spot -- and will thus have the opportunity to learn from the man who has defined Southern California Catholicism for 25 years.
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September 23, 2009 |
It's been called the longest apprenticeship in America. Longer than the most elite medical residency. Longer than going through law school -- a couple of times. The lead-up to becoming president of the Tournament of Roses, the person who presides over the nation's most-watched parade and its accompanying bowl game, involves years spent staking out barricades in the middle of the night, supervising the parade's equestrian participants, and organizing a stream of parties -- all with the kind of devotion usually associated with religious crusades.
November 12, 2007 |
Rich Gonzalez has everything he needs to fulfill his dream of becoming a major league umpire. He has the skills, the character, the intelligence, the passion. "It's what I want to do with my life," he says. What he may never get, however, is the opportunity. That's because the big league umpire roster has only slightly more turnover than the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, between 2004 and last season the Supreme Court actually got more new justices (two) than baseball did new umpires (one).
November 9, 2007 |
Two giant 16-year-old sophomores who didn't play tackle football until they reached high school have discovered that smashing their smaller opponents to the turf can be fun and rewarding. Chris Ward, 6 feet 4 and 285 pounds, and Matthew Jakubiec, 6-8 and 275, are important contributors for Santa Ana Mater Dei (7-1) and Anaheim Servite (7-1), respectively, and they've become the anointed successors to All-American offensive linemen Khaled Holmes and Matt Kalil.