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July 18, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Chip Foose is considered by many to be the world's top hot-rod designer. His Huntington Beach company, Foose Design, modifies collector cars and builds custom cars. A hand-built creation can take up to six years and cost more than $1 million. Last year the privately owned firm posted more than $4 million in revenue. Foose, 46, also has designed sunglasses and footwear for Oakley Inc. On screen: Foose has hosted two reality TV shows for the TLC network — "Overhaulin' " and "Rides" — and is currently a judge on the Discovery Channel series "Ultimate Car Build-Off."
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May 3, 2010 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
For most of his life, Max Pauson was the boy without a name — a given name, that is. For reasons Pauson doesn't fully understand, his mother never got around to giving him a first and middle name. Hospital administrators, who had to submit a record of birth to the state's Office of Vital Records, eventually filled in the blanks, dubbing the infant "Baby, Boy, Pauson." "I guess my mother never gave me a name," said Pauson, 20. "She was indecisive, I guess that's the reason."
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March 22, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni and Corina Knoll
Steven Honma was the kind of neighbor people said they made a point of inviting to social gatherings in their Westlake Village neighborhood, out of concern he would call the police. Honma was among the guests Saturday at a Persian new year's party, a festive gathering of more than 30 friends and relatives, including a Pasadena design instructor and his wife. It was also Honma, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said, who grew suddenly enraged at a perceived insult during the party and marched to his home two doors away, returning minutes later with a knife and two guns.
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October 3, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Janice Lowry Gothold, an artist who specialized in creating primitive-looking assemblages from found objects and whose journals received national recognition, died of liver cancer Sept. 20 at her Santa Ana home, her family said. She was 63. At 11, Gothold started keeping a diary, which led to a lifelong fascination to "prove" that she "existed," the artist said in a 2008 interview. Over the next 50-plus years, her journals became increasingly visual, and, in 2007, the collage-filled collection of 126 volumes was accepted into the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection.
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September 24, 2009 | Suzanne Muchnic
As Harrison McIntosh tells his story, he had to be an artist. The diminutive, soft-spoken ceramist who's celebrating his 95th birthday with a retrospective exhibition at Pomona's American Museum of Ceramic Art is a virtuoso of pure, gracefully handmade form whose work represents the classical vein of Southern California's postwar crafts movement in museum collections around the world. He was born in Vallejo and raised in Stockton, not exactly the center of the art universe, but he watched with fascination as the Haggin Museum took shape and opened its doors in 1931 in a park near his school.
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April 12, 2009 | Scott Timberg
For a visionary, Kurt Andersen is keeping it pretty low-key. The writer is sitting quietly in blazer and jeans in front of a class at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. He's not just a visiting professor but the school's visionary in residence. The class' students, with their retro hats, black duds and horizontal stripes, could be making a French New Wave film or rehearsing the latest edition of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Six local students were among the first-place winners of the 30th annual College Television Awards, handed out Saturday night by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Julie Sagalowsky and Josh C. Feldman of UCLA won in the comedy category for "Lucy: A Period Piece," about a teenager aching for puberty, while Daniel M. Harrich of the American Film Institute in L.A. captured top drama honors for "Acholiland," about a United Nations worker in Uganda.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Radhika Bhalla dreamed of empowering women in her native India by designing an attractive, multipurpose bicycle cart made of inexpensive, easily obtained local materials. At present, many rural Indian women must haul heavy loads of firewood and flour bags by hand, on foot. Bhalla calculates that the new carts could save up to five hours of walking per day. That, in turn, could help win over husbands who traditionally don't like to see their womenfolk getting too mobile and independent.
OPINION
December 20, 2008
Re "Stalled at the starting line," Dec. 15 Your article does a great disservice not only to the talented graduates of the Art Center College of Design but also to the automotive industry as a whole. Sure, these are difficult times for Ford, GM and Chrysler -- and if you are a recent graduate hoping to work for the Big Three, you very well may feel stranded. But there are a significant number of automotive studios that are focused on the creation of innovative approaches to fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and new modes of transportation.
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