December 22, 2001
"MacArthur Park Crime Troubles Neighbors" (Dec. 17) brought back memories of a different time. I remember sailing my model boat (my best-ever Christmas present) on the lake as a 10-year-old boy in 1925. The park was quiet, peaceful and beautiful, with couples rowing quietly on the lake on weekend afternoons. I see myself putting my boat in the water, giving it a gentle push and watching the wind catch it and having it keel over as it started its trip across the lake, while I ran around to the other side to meet it at the end of its voyage.
November 2, 2000 |
Growing up in the Ohio towns of Fairfield and Hamilton, Jim Tracy would make a point of venturing to Crosley Field whenever the Dodgers came to Cincinnati. The young Tracy reveled in the growing rivalry between his hometown Reds and the visiting Dodgers, before the Big Red Machine and Big Blue Wrecking Crew battled it out annually for National League West supremacy. "I just loved that as a kid," the new Dodger manager said Wednesday afternoon after his hiring was announced at Dodger Stadium.
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May 6, 1987 |
Women do a much better job of it. Life, that is. They handle it so much better than we do. We men are a violent people. The facts are indisputable. Suicide and homicide: We kill ourselves and others three times as often as women do. Fatal car accidents: three times as much. Cirrhosis deaths: twice those of women. Arrests for felony crimes: five times greater. The net result is that we men live seven years less than women.
November 29, 2001 |
Johnny "Mike" Spann seemed never to have had much doubt about the path he would pursue out of his rural home town. High school classmates said Spann had mapped out a life in the military and national security before career plans ever occurred to most of his peers. Family members said it's hard to remember a time when he wasn't focused on a future that seemed so certain to him.
January 11, 1991 |
Kim Stanley Robinson's new science fiction novel, "Pacific Edge," concludes his Orange County trilogy. The three novels--each set in the middle of the 21st Century--offer alternate scenarios for Orange County's future. "The Wild Shore" (1984) is a post-catastrophe novel in which the United States has been destroyed by terrorist nuclear attacks. As a result of a mild nuclear winter, Orange County has been abandoned and forested over.
April 9, 1990 |
I'm glad baseball season is here. I have always been glad when baseball season is here. There is always the poetic allusion to springtime and renewal of the earth, but I always felt it more closely aligned with the end of the school year. Getting out of school -- no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks -- was a highlight of the whole year. Football season means going back to school.
March 26, 2014 |
One of the most intriguing releases of the 2014 award season (yeah, we said it) is “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater's epic project that screened to rave reviews at Sundance. As you may recall from the festival, “Boyhood” is the scripted coming-of-age film that Linklater shot over a remarkable 12-year period, a little bit each year, as we watch an ordinary boy (Ellar Coltrane) grow up while his parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) grow up with him--like a human time-lapse photography, as Hawke once called it. On Wednesday, IFC Films--the company that financed the movie going back to the early 2000s--is set to announce its release plans, rolling it out later this year with a nice long awards runway to follow.
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September 23, 2013 |
Steve Jobs' childhood home in Los Altos, Calif. -- where the first Apple computers were created -- will be the subject of debate Monday night as the Los Altos Historical Commission considers whether to give it a special designation. The commission has been reviewing the ranch-style home at 2066 Crist Drive for the last two years "for potential designation as a historic resource," according to the commission's agenda . Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the first Apple-branded computer, the Apple 1, in the house's garage.
April 24, 2013 |
As a guy who started his own company before he graduated from high school, Garner Holt is just a big kid who owns a giant toy factory. "I feel like I've never worked a day in my life," said the founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, the world's largest animatronics maker. Located across from a string of high-voltage power lines near San Bernardino International Airport, Garner Holt Productions is tucked into an industrial park that remains hidden from most theme park fans.
May 17, 1998 |
To understand why Northern Ireland's conflict has defied solution for so long, take the road less traveled and meet the divided people of Moy. The popular image of Northern Ireland is of urban Belfast battlegrounds, where high steel barricades daubed with tribal slogans make divisions between Catholic and Protestant immediate and obvious.