December 21, 1995 |
Three decades ago, a thin young man wearing a briefly fashionable Nehru jacket and a very wide grin showed up in the back row of the Assembly chamber. "Who's that?" a reporter asked. "That's the guy who beat Eddie Gaffney," I said. Edward M. Gaffney, 78, a former Shakespearean actor first elected to the Assembly from San Francisco in 1940, was a sweet gentleman best known for two things. Each March, he'd put on a green derby and lead the Assembly in celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
March 14, 2005
Your article on "Big Daddy," the bull elk that was poached near Big Valley Springs (Column One, Feb. 8) was reprinted in the Anchorage Daily News recently. As a wildlife biologist of over 25 years who has studied elk extensively, I wish to comment on the closing thought in this article -- now that "Big Daddy" is gone, the elk may not return. This notion, plus a couple of earlier references to this bull's relationship with a group of cows and young bulls, suggest that adult bull elks "lead" and play an important role in determining what elk groups do. This idea is incorrect.
June 29, 1999 |
For Sony-owned Columbia Pictures, the weekend's stupendous opening of the Adam Sandler comedy "Big Daddy" at $41.5 million is the first piece of box-office business the studio brass has had a genuine reason to brag about in a long time. The movie, which cost $34.
October 31, 1985 |
Bob Wayne, leader of the L.A.-based group Big Daddy, is ready to junk the Laos story. Big Daddy, the story goes, was on a USO tour in Laos in 1959 when it was captured by communists, who held the eight musicians prisoner for 24 years. When it returned to the States to continue its career in 1983, the band naturally looked for current hits to perform. And, naturally, they performed them in the only style they knew: 1950s rock 'n' roll.
May 2, 1989 |
Eric (Big Daddy) Nord, a 6-foot, 8-inch bear of a man who was forced by a lack of paint to title his avant-garde nightclub the hungry i, has died in San Jose at the age of 68, it was reported over the weekend. United Press International said that Nord, who died in a convalescent home of ailments resulting from his weight of 400 pounds and who was credited with helping establish the "beat movement" in both Northern and Southern California cafes in the 1950s, died Wednesday. The bearded Nord, who prowled San Francisco's North Beach and Los Angeles' Venice beach in old sea captain's hats, using a giant tricycle for transportation, operated a series of coffeehouses and clubs during the colorful and controversial years that beatniks dominated the cultural scene.
April 24, 1997 |
Since he started coaching men's volleyball at Pierce College in 1976, Ken Stanley has captured his share of glory, guiding the Brahmas to state titles in 1986, 1988 and 1992. But Tuesday, Stanley hit a low. In the championship match of the Southern California regional, the Brahmas won the first two games but blew a 12-8 lead in the third and a 13-11 advantage in the fourth, and lost to host Orange Coast in five games.