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January 13, 1998 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walter E. Diemer, who accidentally invented bubble gum while testing recipes in 1928, is dead at 93. Diemer's invention, developed when he was a 23-year-old accountant for a chewing gum company, became the bane of parents throughout the world, but remains the pleasure of countless youngsters--and some adults. By the 1990s, the gum, which originally sold for a penny a piece, was ringing up sales exceeding $1.2 billion a year.
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SPORTS
May 31, 2012 | Chris Erskine
If a bone chip can work its way into the bloodstream, then I'm doomed, after taking a furious four-seamer off the chin while warming up a kid pitcher the other day. I remember the rawhide smell as much as the impact, the rotation of the ball adding a little extra karate kick to the experience. Thuuuuunk. Past tense of think. Present future tense of stunk. I'm usually pretty good with pitches in the dirt — like J. Bench I try to smother them before the wicked, unpredictable hop. Not this time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1997 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Given her tumultuous and rebellious off-screen past, Shannen Doherty might appear well cast as the lead vocalist of a supposedly alternative rock group called Dead Pink. But neither Doherty nor her fictional band exhibits much of a rock 'n' roll heart in the NBC thriller "Friends 'Til the End," which airs tonight. Dead Pink sounds less like an edgy alternative outfit than like a bland, '70s era bubble gum pop concoction.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2011 | Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Adam Bernhard The gig: Founder and chief executive of HauteLook, an online "flash sale" marketplace where members can buy designer apparel, accessories, home décor and other products at deep discounts during a limited time period. HauteLook, with headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, was founded four years ago and was acquired in March by Nordstrom Inc. for as much as $270 million in stock. The company had revenue of more than $100 million in 2010 and expects sales to rise 50% to 60% this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"SKIN ON SKIN." Vanity. Motown. Rate this one DD: Dumb and Dirty. The one-time Prince protege continues to offer herself as a filthy-talking, submissive plaything. This time out, though, the soft core consists of bubble gum, with some of the silliest lyrics this side of "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy." The songs--all written by men--play to male fantasies, the worst case being "Ouch," in which the singer begs for pain from her sex partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT
"When I met these guys they weren't hip, they were real lame--real pitiful," laughs Treston Irby, a native New Yorker and the only member of the R&B vocal quintet Hi-Five not from Waco, Tex. "I'm from the big city, so I (figured I) could help them get hip. I was surprised that these well-known singers were such hicks." That was the least of their problems.
NEWS
January 28, 1988 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
One boy at Miss Paula's School invented a bubble gum tree. The invention didn't work because you can't grow bubble gum--a mere technicality, the boy's teacher said. "I don't care how silly an idea you think it might be," said Catherine Holst. "Nothing is wrong with your invention. Nothing is stupid when you are creating." The children at the private Northridge school recently participated in a national contest. They were told to become inventors.
MAGAZINE
November 18, 2001 | GINNY CHIEN
Call him the King of Retro, ruling over a bygone era of Googie-style coffee shops, ranch-style tract homes and classic Caddies. Having written several books on mid-century pop culture, Charles Phoenix knows a thing or two about vintage relics. His latest work, "Southern California in the '50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy," mines the landscape from Santa Barbara to San Diego for all things nostalgic.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1995 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't feel out of it if you've never heard of the Emotions. Hardly anybody knows who this female R&B vocal trio is, except for some hard-core R&B fans with very, very long memories. It's not as if they were the Supremes. Back in the late '70s, they had a short run at the top, mainly riding one huge 1978 hit single, "Best of My Love," By the early 1980s, they were history. Doesn't sound like much on which to build a musical life story, does it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1988 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
Dukakis got the the bubble gum vote Wednesday. As the band played "Happy Days Are Here Again" and 2,000 delegates at the Kids Convention '88 cheered, credentials manager David Ford, 11, announced that the Democratic presidential nominee, Michael S. Dukakis, had bested Republican candidate George Bush, 53% to 47%. "We as children want to set an example for adults," David told his fellow delegates gathered at Universal Studios. "There is no excuse not to vote."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Daniel Maclaine
"Odor in the court!" "That's 'order,' not 'odor.'" Fiona Gabshaw rolled her eyes. She often had to correct such mistakes, ever since she set up the first All Kids' Court of Hickory Hill Lane. Fiona had dreams of becoming a very important defense lawyer. Today's judge was Arnold Slammer. He protested, "It could be both. The prosecutor has smelly socks. " Today's trial was especially serious. Of all the crimes – from throwing water balloons to giving atomic wedgies – this was the most grave: taking something that did not belong to you. Wally Weiner was accused of stealing a packet of bubble gum from Randolph Sniffles.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2009 | Times Wire Services
Johnson & Johnson's McNeil unit is voluntarily recalling 57 lots of infants' and children's liquid Tylenol products because of possible bacterial contamination. The recalled products were made between April and June and include nearly two dozen varieties, including Children's Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Grape, Infants' Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4 oz. and Children's Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4 oz. Bubble Gum. The company said that no bacteria were found in the finished product and that the likelihood of a serious medical event was remote.
HOME & GARDEN
August 21, 2003 | Sondra Farrell Bazrod, Special to The Times
One person's junk may be another's treasure, so start checking your home, where treasures worth far more than you ever imagined may reside. For example, last year two sisters in Los Angeles brought porcelain wall plaques to Bonhams & Butterfields auction house for appraisal, where they learned that the plaques were Meissen. One plaque, titled "Pianist" and depicting figures in a music room from the late 19th century, was sold at auction for $22,325.
SPORTS
April 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Luis Gonzalez apparently won't have to give DNA samples after all. No more gumshoe detective work will be necessary. The Arizona Diamondback All-Star reportedly has decided to end any controversy over the legitimacy of a piece of already-been-chewed-by-Gonzo gum being sold at auction on the Internet. Gonzalez said he would chew a new piece of gum while on a Tucson radio program via telephone this morning, according to Johnjay of the "Johnjay and Rich" show on station KRQ.
MAGAZINE
November 18, 2001 | GINNY CHIEN
Call him the King of Retro, ruling over a bygone era of Googie-style coffee shops, ranch-style tract homes and classic Caddies. Having written several books on mid-century pop culture, Charles Phoenix knows a thing or two about vintage relics. His latest work, "Southern California in the '50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy," mines the landscape from Santa Barbara to San Diego for all things nostalgic.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2001 | LINA LECARO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They know every sugarcoated croon and bootie-busting move from Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again" video. They look good in revealing, rhinestone-studded, belly-baring T-shirts and hip-hugging jeans. But the hit lovers flocking to Tigerbeat-the rollicking new dance club celebrating all things pop-aren't the pre-pubescent. They have no Powerpuff backpacks, no Backstreet Boys posters and, most importantly, no curfew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1987 | DAVID NELSON
The obvious way to introduce a new Hillcrest restaurant named Corvette would be to mention the vintage car that occupies a place of honor in the eatery's cavernous main dining room. This hunk of chrome with a fancy paint job would seem the image that best reveals the soul of this carefully engineered temple to neo-1950s gastronomy, but there is a better one: Bazooka bubble gum. Classy joints sometimes offer chocolate truffles with the bill, but Corvette brings Bazooka, one piece for each guest.
NEWS
June 25, 1992 | JANICE PAGE, Janice Page is the editor of O.C. Live!
"Don't color us black or white. Don't color us R&B or pop. Color us Badd." Literal translations aside (because if you have to ask, either you're not hip enough or you're one of those finicky grammar people), what singer Kevin Thornton was getting at is that his group, the multiracial, multiethnic Color Me Badd, knows only one shade these days: red hot. Chatting over the phone from the Color Me Badd tour bus en route to a concert in Corpus Christi, Tex.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2001 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
When you think about it--and thinking about it is probably the last thing you should do--"Josie and the Pussycats" is a third-generation cartoon. First came the Archie comic book debut in 1963, then the animated series a decade later, and now this amiably cartoonish cinematic slumber party. Talk about a distinguished family tree.
NEWS
October 10, 2000 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As cultural monuments go, Bubble Gum Alley has proven its staying power. Like a wad of Bazooka Joe stubbornly stuck on a shoe, it has hung on for almost 50 years. "On a regular day, we get about 300 to 400 visitors," said James Anderson, the assistant director of information services for the Chamber of Commerce. There's always "a handful" who say their visit wouldn't be complete without a trip down Bubble Gum Alley.
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