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July 28, 1985 | JUBE SHIVER Jr. and NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writers
In the year following the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, some companies that paid up to $13 million to be official sponsors have found that a few competitors derived as much marketing benefit from the Games by using less costly Olympic tie-ins or plain, old-fashioned advertising. Eastman Kodak Co., which advertised heavily during the Games, maintained its dominance in the film market over upstart Olympic sponsor Fuji Photo Film Co.
August 11, 1985
This letter is in response to a news item which appeared in the "Briefly" column of The Times' Business Section on July 31. The item in question reported on the sale by Financial Corp. of America of its FCA Mortgage Securities subsidiary to Salomon Bros. A tombstone advertisement on Sept. 15, 1983, announced the sale of $1.5 billion of Federal Home Mortgage Corp. participation certificates, a transaction arranged by FCA Mortgage Securities. This was at the time the largest single financing transaction in U.S. business history, and is but one of a series of multibillion-dollar mortgage securities transactions consummated by this operation during my tenure as general counsel of FCA. To state, as did the news item in question, that this operation "never got off the ground" is grossly inaccurate, as one would have discovered with even a minimal amount of inquiry.
For a look at how the people of St. Matthias Catholic church in Huntington Park live their faith, check the basement. One recent Monday night, the downstairs room that doubles as an auditorium was filled with people from this mostly Mexican American parish of more than 5,000 families. As six City Council candidates entered the room, it was not instantly clear that this gathering was a type of prayer meeting. But most people in the audience understood.
March 23, 2003 | Claudia Eller and Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writers
In January 1996, Nia Vardalos stepped onstage at an HBO-sponsored free theater "workspace" in Hollywood and made a bit of show business history with a 20-minute monologue about her mixed-up life. It was the first public telling of her now-famous yarn "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which she continued to perform at HBO sessions as the months went by. A year after that premiere, Vardalos registered a screenplay bearing the same theme and title with the Writers Guild of America.
December 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
The ex-wife of a former Harvard professor wants the university to publicly apologize, saying the school forced her then-husband to leave almost 50 years ago on suspicions he was a communist. Ann Fagan Ginger, 75, told the Boston Herald that she has sent the school a registered letter explaining the case, along with a copy of an FBI document about her ex-husband, who died in 1975. She said she is still waiting for a response. Her ex-husband, Raymond S.
March 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
A brokerage house that fired a gaming industry analyst who issued a negative critique of Donald J. Trump's newest casino project has tarnished its image and increased skepticism about investment advice, industry observers said Monday. Marvin Roffman, an analyst for 16 years with Janney Montgomery Scott Inc., was fired last Friday.
July 1, 1996 | ROBERT EISELE, Robert Eisele is a screen and television writer, playwright and producer
In Robert W. Welkos' article " 'Cable,' 'Rock' in Disputes on Writing Credits" (Calendar, May 21), Michael Bay, director of "The Rock," attacks the arbitration system the Writers Guild of America uses to determine screen-writing credits. An open letter Bay wrote is quoted: "I have more intimate firsthand knowledge of the evolution of this screenplay ["The Rock"] than any individual involved in the project with the exception of producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
June 21, 1989 | From United Press International
Women own more than a quarter of all small U.S. companies, but a women's economic development group maintains that many of these entrepreneurs still don't have the financial savvy to write a credible loan application. Beatrice Fitzpatrick, president and founder of American Woman's Economic Development Corp., said women's uneasiness with the financial end of business is cultural. "Most women who come here are wonderful at the creative end but haven't learned the business end," she said.
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