CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2010 |
Eric Malnic, a former longtime Los Angeles Times staff writer who was part of the team that won The Times a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riots and later specialized in aviation stories, has died. He was 73. Malnic, who underwent surgery for urinary tract cancer two years ago and suffered numerous complications and four more operations, died Tuesday night at his home in Altadena, said his wife, Martha. During a five-decade career that began as a Times copy boy in 1958, Malnic filled a variety of posts: He was a beat reporter, an assistant Metro editor and a facile rewrite man who was often called on to take dispatches from reporters at the scenes of earthquakes, train wrecks and other disasters and blend them into coherent Page 1 stories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2010 |
Robert J. Serling, one of the nation's top aviation writers and the author of the bestselling novel "The President's Plane Is Missing," has died. He was 92. Serling, the older brother of "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling, died May 6 in a hospice facility in Tucson, said his wife, Patricia Hoyer. He had been diagnosed with cancer five days earlier. A former award-winning aviation writer for United Press International, Serling became UPI's aviation editor in Washington, D.C., in 1960, the same year his first book, "The Probable Cause: The Truth About Air Travel Today," was published.
October 20, 1996
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is opening exhibits on entertainment and aviation at two of its museums. "Red, Hot & Blue: A Salute to American Musicals," featuring about 400 items, opens Friday and runs through July 6, 1997, at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. The exhibit follows the musical from its 19th century roots through Broadway and Hollywood and into the 1990s.
October 1, 2011
The Flight Path Learning Center & Museum in the Imperial Terminal at LAX is a treasure, with exhibits of a time gone by when we enjoyed flying. The docents we met were airline retirees who really entertain the visitors. Children will love all the model planes, and a wonderful mural shows the airport history. You can watch planes take off and land on the south runways too. Flight Path Learning Center & Museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, (424) 646-7284, http://www.flightpath.us . Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
April 24, 2011 |
"I see this more as a philosophical exhibition than a history of space and flight," says Stephen White. He's talking about "Skydreamers: A Saga of Air and Space," an expansive show of photographs and related materials — largely drawn from his collection — that's opening Friday at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park and runs through Sept. 4. "I don't know much about the technical aspects of aviation," he says. "What interests me is how photography interacts with what we call progress.
May 24, 1987 |
Jessie Woods never learned to drive a car, but she stood on her head on airplane wings and began flying when aviation had a soul. In those days, airplane fuel was 15 cents a gallon and Charles Lindbergh had just knocked the cap off the new frontier. "I was born at the best of times the world has ever known, or will know," Woods said. "At the time I broke into aviation, aviation was coming up to bloom. Now it's outgrown itself. It has grown beyond me. I can't really comprehend it.