CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1989 |
For once, real estate isn't the hottest commodity in Orange County. Commercial acreage and ocean-view lots have been supplanted, if only briefly, by printed rectangles of cardboard good for just two things: admission to the 1989 All-Star game on July 11 at Anaheim Stadium and lots of memories afterward. If you still don't have a ticket, you've got lots of company.
August 4, 1990 |
Strangers have forever been coming to dig precious things out of Montana's ancient dirt--sapphires, copper, fossils--digging them up and carting them away. Not this time. This time the home team won. The trophy stays put. A museum right here, with exhibits that can run to barbed wire, frontier fashions and Rocky Mountain stargazing, has pulled off the grand slam, the Triple Crown, the Academy Award of saurian paleontology: the biggest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found.
April 2, 2001 |
Forget the desktop--Microsoft has won that war. But between any two desktops is a network, and on that network are servers. And there, the war for domination rages on. Though it was barely a player nine years ago, Microsoft might be winning this war too. But the dust is not likely to settle for a long time. Providing server software has become a very big deal: Client/server networks are the way America does business these days, both within offices and on the Internet.
April 6, 1997 |
Carroll Shelby insists that it all began as a joke. Just a bunch of hard-drinking buddies getting together in the wasteland of West Texas to have some fun and scorch their taste buds with a little chili. They called it the World's Championship Chili Cookoff, the name itself a mockery. "It's just a spoof, an adult Woodstock," recalled Shelby, a former championship race car driver and muscle car designer and one of the organizers of that first event. "Chili is a state of mind."
November 7, 2004 |
The designers of the first privately funded manned rocket to burst into space were handed a $10-million check Saturday, a prize designed to encourage technology that would open the heavens to tourists. SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan accepted the Ansari X Prize money, along with a 150-pound trophy, as a chase plane flew over the ceremony in a field adjacent to the St. Louis Science Center.
September 14, 2005 |
ONCE upon a time, I entered a couple of small-time chili contests. Then, because I am a good-natured patsy, I agreed to judge a couple of contests. I learned to regret this. Take it from me, the heartbreak of losing a chili contest is nothing compared with the heartburn of being a chili judge. (Well, not literal heartburn, though there's enough of that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 |
The first time the Chinese biochemist performed stand-up at an open mike was at a sports bar in Somerville, Mass., where he struggled to be heard over the noise of bowling, pool and football games on the big-screen TVs. It was a lonely five-minute set. At most, eight people watched. At the end, he remembers, one guy came up to him and said, "You were probably funny, but we couldn't understand you. " He could have hung it up right then and resigned himself to his day job, doing cancer research in a lab. But Joe Wong was determined to become an American stand-up comic.