October 25, 1985
Gateway Videotex said it will expand its service into Los Angeles County by the end of the year and estimated there are about 160,000 personal computer users there who could utilize the Santa Ana-based company's services. Gateway provides users with electronic access to numerous data bases, including news, stock prices, games and an encyclopedia. Last year, Security Pacific Bank began a home banking service using the system. Separately, the unit of Times Mirror Co.
July 23, 1990
The stars of the 1955 classic movie "Rebel Without a Cause" were James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Dennis Hopper, Nick Adams--and a 1949 Mercury Sport Sedan driven by Dean. That Merc returns to Southern California Sunday after an absence of 35 years--this time as the silent star of the Beverly Hills Charity Car Show. It will play alongside American classics and European exotics once owned or driven by Tony Curtis, Clark Gable, Steve McQueen and Delores Del Rio.
January 19, 1996 |
Computer navigational systems for cars have been available for several years, but they are separate screens in boxes--like visual Thomas Guides--that attach to the dashboard. This spring Acura will introduce the first in-dash system on its new luxury sedan, the Acura RL. It will be available only in California this year but is expected to be on line for the East Coast in 1997.
February 16, 1989
People have fallen in love with stranger things than a portable, compact fridge/warmer. At least the year-old device does its part for the love affair: It runs hot and cold and fits snugly into the passenger seat of your car. At Fitzpatrick Trailer Service and Supplies Co. in Burbank, where the Koolatron brand car fridge/warmers sell for $79.95 to $249.
January 15, 1992 |
Car gadgets sold at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show can also be purchased through mail order and/or toll-free phone numbers. They include: 1. EZ-Flo Gas Cap ($19.95 plus $4 shipping and handling) and Stormguard Car Covers ($159.95-$199.95, depending on vehicle size and model) are available at Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories, (310) 657-4800 in California; out-of-state, (800) 421-0911. 2.
December 12, 1990 |
Just in time for ski season is the new Magnetic Ski Rack. The rack, which uses two flat, flexible magnets to secure it to the roof or trunk of your car, holds two pairs of skis and comes with an anti-theft, plastic-coated steel cable for the skis. The two black magnetic discs grip the metal surface of your car and, unlike suction cups, don't break their grip if you pull on the ski rack.