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December 9, 2007
If your holiday wish list includes re-creating the movie theater experience in your own home, there's a lot more to buy than just the big-screen TV. For the full surround-sound-experience, you need a home theater audio system, which usually consists of at least five speakers and a subwoofer. Cost: as high as about $4,000 and as low as about $80. -- Sources: CNet; ISupply; Hiram Henriquez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Additional graphics reporting by David Colker
October 13, 1996
Over the years, hundreds of volunteers at the Stagecoach Inn have worked to present a true picture of the history of the Conejo Valley. They present a beautiful interwoven picture combining the history of the Chumash, the Spanish and early settlers in the Conejo Valley. There are independent structures depicting the history of each and how the combining of all led to the development of the Conejo Valley as we know it today. To eliminate the Chumash display would destroy the complete picture they have tried to depict.
March 20, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
How deflating. Just when you're satisfied that your knowledge of television is encyclopedic, along come 240 scholars to prove you wrong. Their essays nourish and fatten the "Encyclopedia of Television," a much-welcome, much-needed three-volume work (nearly 2,000 pages) recently published by Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. Priced at $300, the set is aimed primarily at libraries and college campuses.
July 23, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
Watch out, Russia, here comes William Watson! Sponsored by the YMCA's New Perspectives program, Watson has just left for a month in the Soviet Union, where he'll meander some, stay with a Russian family and actually take part in Communist Youth Organization activities. All of which may not be so unusual in these days of neo-detente. What's rare is the young traveler himself.
March 2, 2006 | Richard Schickel, RICHARD SCHICKEL is a film critic for Time magazine and the author of "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
HOMOSEXUALS treated with tender respect and understanding. An Israeli undercover operative haunted by the deaths he must deal out to Palestinian terrorists. McCarthyism condemned in a drama that draws strong inferential comparisons between the assaults on civil liberties then and now. A great American city teetering on the edge of chaos in part because of its brutal and racist policing.
October 6, 1991 | IRWIN L. KELLNER, IRWIN L. KELLNER is chief economist at Manufacturers Hanover in New York
Pity those economists who sit at their screens all day, scrutinizing the minute-by-minute minutiae of the financial markets. They tend to immerse themselves so much in the ebb and flow of the data that they are unable to see the forest for the trees. Some work for bond houses; they seemingly never met a statistic they liked.
April 4, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
Nick Chapman is convinced that the only way to break into The Industry is to make a mercurial rise to the top. So just out of college, he sets out to get a deal with a studio and make "The Big Picture." At first, Nick (Kevin Bacon) believes it will be no problem making his movie, an artsy love triangle of two men and a woman snowbound in a cabin for two weeks. After all, he has just won the top student film award from the National Film Institute.
February 19, 2000
Nice of you to find space for a small picture of Phil Mickelson (the guy who actually won) in your all-Tiger-all-the-time format! Enough already. D.S ADAM Newhall Byron Nelson's string of 11 tournament victories is indeed an accomplishment, but it is overblown when you consider that a great many of the top pros at that time were in the armed forces--Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, to mention a couple. AL MEYERS Los Angeles Editor's note: Snead and Hogan did serve in the military during World War II but both played tour events in 1945, the year of Nelson's streak.
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